Hell Let Loose

Hell Let Loose, in development by Black Matter, just started a pre-order / crowdfunding effort leading up to a Q2 2018 release for PC.

Hell Let Loose is a platoon-based realistic multiplayer first-person shooting game for PC set during the Second World War.

You’ve never played World War 2 the way it was meant to be played… with lumbering tanks dominating the battlefield, crucial supply chains fueling the frontlines, being a cog in the machine of colossal combined arms warfare. Hell Let Loose puts you in the chaos of war, complete with deep player-controlled vehicles, a dynamically evolving frontline, and crucial platoon-focused gameplay that commands the tide of battle. This is a simulation of war… not an arcade arena shooter.

On paper, Hell Let Loose is a realistic multiplayer World War Two combined arms first person shooter of open battles of up to 100 players with infantry, tanks, artillery and a shifting front line. At it’s core is a unique resource-based strategic meta-game that is easy to learn, but hard to master.

“one-time circus ringmaster who made gorilla suits in his basement”

A showman to the end, his gorilla suits launched a costume empire.—Jamie Zawinski, jwz

Philip Morris, the one-time circus ringmaster who made gorilla suits in his basement as he built the world’s largest costume distributorship, died late Sunday at his Mooresville home.

In 1967, the company says, a customer named Roger Patterson bought a custom gorilla suit that was used to film the famously grainy footage of a hairy “Bigfoot” striding through the northern California woods. […]

“And it’s not like that in the Klingon world. We’re all just trying to stay sane.”

‘Star Trek: Discovery’: How A Klingon Expert Was Essential To Creating The Most Authentic Portrayal Yet. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman, star Kenneth Mitchell, and “the best Klingon speaker in Canada” reveal the level of detail that went into every moment the warrior race was on screen.—Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire

“It would’ve felt very inauthentic, and I think people would’ve been upset by the idea that we were having the Klingons speaking in English,” Kurtzman said.

So, that meant the Klingons were going to speak Klingon, in lengthy scenes which aimed to develop these characters and this culture beyond typical bad guy tropes. “We know that Klingon is a language that has evolved for over 50 years. People are married in Klingon. They speak Klingon to each other. Which means we can’t get it wrong,” he said.

“We all looked at each other and embraced arms and said, ‘Fine. We’re going to do this. We’re going to write long scenes in Klingon, and we’re going to ask the audience to read the subtitles …”

Mitchell is fairly convinced that many of the people with whom he’s worked have no idea what he looks like underneath his Klingon make-up, including the directors. He and his fellow Klingons were often the first cast members to arrive each day for the three-and-a-half hour prosthetics process. “I realized that ‘I gotta stop this. I gotta meet the directors before I get into my prosthetics, because this is just too weird,’” he said. “And I still am meeting crew members or certain cast members who have never seen me before, outside of my makeup. It’s kind of funny.”

Meanwhile, his “Discovery” compatriots were having a very different experience on set. “One time I went over to visit the Federation side, and there they were: All the cast are in their chairs. It’s bright, they’re laughing, they’re on their cell phones, they’re telling stories,” he said. “And it’s not like that in the Klingon world. We’re all just trying to stay sane. We can’t even use our phones because we have prosthetic hands. It’s a totally different atmosphere.”

I came out of my cave and saw my Shadow Warrior …

… so, I guess there’s 3 more months of killing this year. Shadow Warrior by Flying Wild Hog from Devolver Digital has a ton of old school shooter nostalgia, with some mouthy badassery. Oh, and lots of gibbity gib gibs.

Shadow Warrior by Flying Wild Hog, from Devolver Digital

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“the clearest sign that it is time to worry about Facebook is that Zuckerberg himself seems to have realized that it is time to worry about Facebook”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 2.0—Librarian Shipwreck

The case of Facebook and Equifax demonstrate that, as Winner argued, the question of responsibility for minding the machines has generally been left to these technology companies themselves. They say “you can trust us,” and many people do wind up trusting them; perhaps recognizing that they don’t have particularly much choice in the matter. You can trust Facebook, or you can abstain from using it – but opting out personally doesn’t protect you from the social impact of the platform. Similarly, many individuals were shocked to realize that their information was bound up in Equifax, despite their having never made use of that company.

Alas, perhaps the clearest sign that it is time to worry about Facebook is that Zuckerberg himself seems to have realized that it is time to worry about Facebook.

Facebook and Equifax are not technical systems out of control. They are technical systems operating exactly how they were built to function. Albeit, how they were built to function by people who don’t seem to have been particularly concerned with the consequences of what they were building and how they were building it.

“to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence”

God Is a Bot, and Anthony Levandowski Is His Messenger—Mark Harris, WIRED

Many people in Silicon Valley believe in the Singularity—the day in our near future when computers will surpass humans in intelligence and kick off a feedback loop of unfathomable change.

When that day comes, Anthony Levandowski will be firmly on the side of the machines. In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. Its purpose, according to previously unreported state filings, is nothing less than to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”