Fallout 3 : Final Battle (SPOILERS)

Note: If you are playing Fallout 3 and don’t want to see the amazingly awesome epic finale as done by a fully realized, alien-pistol-toting, V.A.T.S.-abusing, tesla-armor wearing Wanderer…don’t watch this video.

If instead, you want to see it, or don’t plan on playing the game and wonder what all the fuss is about….watch the first video I put up….a really basic one…and then watch this. 

This game was a blast.  Fun from stem to stern.  Well done, guys. 

NOTE: Press play, then pause and give it a minute to load, this one is set to run at 720p.  That’s more than most standard DSL/cable connections can handle for pseudo-streaming.  If you are on Fios or other fiber, it’ll probably be fine.  The age of always-crappy YouTube video was short and is over.

If that’s too slow, here’s the “regular” HQ version.

Previous Videos:

Fallout 3 : Flaming Sword and Mini-Nukes

Fallout 3 : Predatoring

UPDATE: I recut the video with what I think is a more appropriate soundtrack.

HD version…

HQ version…

SCOTUS: Ping the Whales!

The Supreme Court, dividing 6-3, upheld the Navy’s power to use sonar in military training exercises, even though environmentalists claim that the technology threatens marine life in the training zone off the Pacific Coast.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., wrote for the majority; there were two full dissents and one partial dissent.   The decision, the Court’s first ruling of the Term, came in the case of Winter (Navy Secretary) v. National Resources Defense Council, et al. (07-1239).

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The back story here is that Navy exercises off the coast of Cali have been purported (ha) to have adverse effects on marine mammals.

This is being studied….

Using satellite-linked and underwater listening tags to monitor movement and behavior, NOAA and partnering scientists tagged more than thirty individual marine mammals of four different species. They measured how deep-diving marine mammals feed, interact with one another, dive and respond to sounds in their environment in this pioneering pilot project carried out in conjunction with the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 exercises. 

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…but ultimatey the Court found that the results of the study don’t really matter.

Roberts wrote that “the Navy’s need to conduct realistic training with active sonar to respond to the threat posed by enemy submarines plainly outweighs” the environmental concerns raised by advocacy groups. “We do not discount the importance of [the challengers’] ecological, scientific, and recreational interest in marine mammals,” the opinion remarked.

It added: “Of course, military interests do not always trump other considerations, and we have not held that they do.  In this case, however, the proper determination of where the public interest lies does not strike us as a close question.”

So given that no data on the effect of active sonar on the whales or other marine life was considered, it can probably be assumed that nothing, up to and including extinction level interaction, really matters in this case.

Personally I would have like to see the Court wait until the data came back from the study to make a ruling, but as that would have gone beyond the time limit for the exercises [“The Court had heard argument in the case on Oct. 8, and moved comparatively rapidly to prepare the opinions because the specific round of sonar exercises the Navy is conducting are to be finished by January, at the latest.” ] this is just a “move-along, nothing to see here” ruling. 

The Court didn’t say whether or not the Navy should do such a study and to what degree it could affect their exercises, but then again, that’s not really what the SCOTUS does….usually

Warhammer Intro Movie

via Warhammer Online

You know…I’m starting to think that some of the real art in the game making business revolves around intro-movie making.   The Warhammer Online one linked above is awesome.  The one at the beginning of “Lost Odyssey” is amazing. 

“The Witcher” begins with animated execellence.

Have to find a few more of these, but the Witcher and Lost Odyssey ones pretty much blew me away.  I think the Warhammer one is up there as well.  Some of these should be submitted for “digital short” awards.  Heck, you put together 10 or 15 in a series and you have an updated Aeon Flux-style phenom.