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Red vs Blue Meets The Sims

CowboyNeal posted about 10 years ago | from the molto-machinima dept.

Movies 103

blackbearnh writes "The folks over at Rooster Teeth Productions, best known for their Red vs Blue comedy movies based on the Halo rendering engine, are branching out with a second series, with more of a sitcom flair, called The Strangerhood. This time, they're using the Electronic Arts Sims 2 game as their rendering engine."

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Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400427)

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Re:PLA performs hostile takeover of SPC, GNAA, oth (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400524)

props, m8

Thank you, Anonymous Coward Troll (-1, Offtopic)

Smurf (7981) | about 10 years ago | (#10400915)

I really don't give a shit about your message. I haven't really paid much attention, but it seems that you are a pathetic loser that doesn't have much to do. You are a really sad example of a human being.

But I'm very grateful, because I have learned a lot thanks to your post. You see, I don't really have a lot of free time, but at least I try to use it constructively. Today, I'm learning about HTML formatting of Slashdot posts, following yours as an example.

In particular, today I:

  • Learned how to write text in italics with bullets.
  • I already knew how to do similar things, but this gives a much cleaner output.
But that's not all!
I also learned that you can mix monospaced fonts with regular text.
Before, if I wanted to include a nicely formatted table, I would resort to posting the whole thing in "code" style.
And a final lesson:
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I'm using DD instead of BLOCKQUOTE (that's what I normally use, and that's what's used in the monospaced lines).
Apparently DD doesn't automatically insert the vertically space that I hated in BLOCKQUOTE.

Now, laugh all you want at my ignorance of HTML, but we all have to learn each thing some day. Kudos to you if you mastered it years ago.

Very Cool (4, Interesting)

cbrocious (764766) | about 10 years ago | (#10400428)

I find this interesting, but do they just take videos of the existing content where they simply do weird things, or do they add additional content to the games? I assume the latter due to the post saying "rendering engine".

Re:Very Cool (5, Informative)

adelord (816991) | about 10 years ago | (#10400497)

do they just take videos of the existing content where they simply do weird things, or do they add additional content to the games?
from their faq
Q: How do you make the videos? A: This is by far the number one question asked in e-mail. We use a video capture suite by a fantastic company, Canopus. The card we use is a Canopus DV Rex M1. We also use a variety of software, including Adobe Premiere and a great (and cheap!)sound editing tool called Cool Edit 2000. As far as specific questions about certain shots, we reserve all behind-the-scenes info for our sponsors forum which offers a unique look at the magic behind RvB. We don't publish that kind of info on the public site, because we feel it detracts from the enjoyment of the story. We don't want viewers wondering how we got two different colored Marines in the Warthog -- we just want them to enjoy the movie.,
since they use shots you totally can't get from playing the game, maybe the Halo developer gave them a copy of the engine or source, or they opened it themselves. my guess is the former. BTW, the more you watch it the more humor you get out of it. i can't explain why

Re:Very Cool (5, Informative)

illuin (113072) | about 10 years ago | (#10400556)

Actually, they use a stock version of the game. All the "camera work" and "acting" are just players running around in the multiplayer mode of the game, doing what they're normally allowed to do. Their DVD details some of the crazy stunts they had to pull to get some of their shots, which really is quite fascinating.

Re:Very Cool (1)

Kris_J (10111) | about 10 years ago | (#10401249)

Your comment tipped the balance, I just ordered the DVDs. Thanks.

Re:Very Cool (1)

kormoc (122955) | about 10 years ago | (#10402360)

for season three, if you sign up as a sponcer, you'll get the dvd free at the end of the season, as well as getting all the shows sooner and high res then the public too :)

It's so worth it :)

Re:Very Cool (5, Insightful)

DrAegoon (738446) | about 10 years ago | (#10400593)

since they use shots you totally can't get from playing the game
If you're talking about the different colored marines in a warthog, I'm pretty sure that was just clever editing. This is Microsoft we're talking about. I seriously doubt they let them have any part of the Halo engine or source. You can pull off some pretty slick tricks with creative editing too; movie makers have been doing it for almost a century now. Having digital media just makes it easier.

Re:Very Cool (2, Informative)

kcb93x (562075) | about 10 years ago | (#10401609)

I bought the DVDs - both Season 1 and Season 2. Very entertaining, plus the commentary explains this. What they did in those cases was actually use the standard multiplayer (non-Capture the Flag, which is the only place where the team colors are fixed) for those scenes. Hence, the flag scenes will only contain those whose body armor is Red (or maroon) or Blue.

Re:Very Cool (2, Informative)

Nivoset (607957) | about 10 years ago | (#10400649)

they just split screened it for when he jumped in, and didn't worry about the other shots, as maroon is hard to tell from red in distance. the most impressive is actually the panning shot in the first scene

Re:Very Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10401230)

Actually, they didn't "split-screen" it. One marine drives his warthog strategically over a teleporter thing, and then when the other player warps through they're stuck in the other seat of the warthog. They can't do anything, but the warthog can drive around and stuff with them still in it.

Re:Very Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10403429)

Actually, I thought RvB was pretty stupid.

Re:Very Cool (1)

fenix down (206580) | about 10 years ago | (#10401996)

I'm wondering how talking's gonna work though. I haven't played 2 yet, but I doubt you can make the guys lipsynch to your voices in the stock game. Halo has helmets, are they just going to try and make it look close with this?

45...43... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400434)

...40KB/s.. c'mon guys, I'm still getting data.... 33KB/s.. yeah, that's more like it, let's slashdot this sucker...29KB/s...

Re:45...43... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400504)

T minus five
T minus four
T minus three
T minus two
T minus one

And... its dead!!


We have slashdot. I repeat we have slashdot!

Re:45...43... (4, Informative)

Lord Prox (521892) | about 10 years ago | (#10400555)

Now showing on an Emule client near you...
SH_Episode00.wmv [ed2k]

Re:45...43... (3, Informative)

Lord Prox (521892) | about 10 years ago | (#10400622)

and again for the QT ver. Why can't they use something more "normal" like MPEG1 or Xvid. Lawyers probably... [ed2k]

Re:45...43... (0)

2mcm (775747) | about 10 years ago | (#10400687)

or PR people ..........

Re:45...43... (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 10 years ago | (#10402051)

Xvid more normal than QuickTime? I'm sorry, what planet are you from? Got news for you chief. Even though this is Slashdot, QT is INFINITELY more popular than Xvid.

Re:45...43... (1)

Dizzle (781717) | about 10 years ago | (#10402389)

Which I guess is why all the new torrents are encoded in Xvid, right? Xvid would suit this purpose far greater than quicktime as xvid is nice and light and plays in any video player. Quicktime (which i know is a file container, so don't start) has the ugliest player ever.

Advantage: Xvid.

Re:45...43... (1)

oddfox (685475) | about 10 years ago | (#10402880)

Get Quicktime Alternative [] then? Works great for me. There isn't anything wrong with .mov AFAIK, and the download/installation of that package I linked to is quite quick and painless (Cable modem user speaking here, 7.5MB for latest ver), I really recommend Media Player Classic even if you don't want to get the Quicktime Alternative (It's bundled with the Alternative).

And I have to agree that the Quicktime player is one I avoid almost as much as the Real player. Eww to both of them. I do agree though that Xvid would be nice, just because choice == good. :)

Re:45...43... (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | about 10 years ago | (#10402390)

I want to really see how many people QT is "popular" with. Its popular with Apple and... ...?

Last I saw, the Windows player sucked on technical levels, AND it was naggy to boot.

I liked it more than "realmedia", but thats far from praise.

Re:45...43... (1)

tod_miller (792541) | about 10 years ago | (#10402446)

He said normal not popular.

He didn't say widespread either. He said normal.

Xvid is way more normal that QuickTime(TM) and I could show you some gaussian curves that will show you what normal is.

QT is more widespread than Xvid, but some viral video type like this would channel lots of traffic Xvids way, and in the world of Xwindows, Xbox, windowsXp, and XXX, Xvid is happly at home.

I wonder what gets more P2P searches - divX or Xvid?

Re:45...43... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10405200)

What he means is that normal people, who don't pirate movies and tv shows, are more likely to have Quicktime installed than an xvid coded. And if they don't, it's a lot of easier for them to install quicktime then an xvid codec. (Remember, we're talking about people who don't understand that a codec is required to decode a video. All they know is that media player is opening the file, and it doesn't work.)

Re:45...43... (4, Informative)

sn0wflake (592745) | about 10 years ago | (#10400661)

I couldn't get your links to work but searching for them provided these results:

ed2k://|file||7993122|FC24D4B15F9A 8B795DFB07AA985E4CDB|/
ed2k://|file|SH_Episode00.wmv|4337520|40EB0C31DA59 6F772B02AA0564C279F8|/

Re:45...43... (1)

Lord Prox (521892) | about 10 years ago | (#10400697)

Thanks for the feedback. I remember that in the future.
Post both the ed2k link and the filename...

Re:45...43... (-1, Troll)

sn0wflake (592745) | about 10 years ago | (#10400763)

No, no, I thank you since I've downloaded and sharing both files now :)
All I did was right-clicking the search results and show file details.
Watching the presidential debate now. OMFG Bush is an idiot.

Re:45...43... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400790)

OMFG Bush is an idiot
I know... It's almost painful to listen to 'em.

But it sure is funny how he makes faces and dances around when Kerry's got 'em by the nuts.

Re:45...43... (-1, Offtopic)

sn0wflake (592745) | about 10 years ago | (#10400880)

What's most depressing is that the majority of Americans actually agree with him and thinks that he's smart. Why else was he elected?
My view of Americans now is the crazy gun slinging cowboy from The Simpsons.

Not /.ed yet. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400561)

I got 220K/sec.

Re:45...43... (2, Interesting)

moonbender (547943) | about 10 years ago | (#10400568)

Coral cache [] (or whatever the correct term is) of the QuickTime version. Works fine for me.

Re:45...43... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400659)

Some might not like it, but the WMV one [] , but I haven't gotten it to work yet. (And even the QT currently dies at about 600K on me)

Re:45...43......3...2... (3, Funny)

ppz003 (797487) | about 10 years ago | (#10400667)

1.5 KB/s...Damn! Oh wait, I'm on crappy dial-up :-( Nevermind.

Re:45...43... (0)

Bullseye_blam (589856) | about 10 years ago | (#10400680)

Heh, at least the link is working for you... torrent?


Re:45...43... (0)

javcrapa (594448) | about 10 years ago | (#10400690)

The server is still working, takes a minute for the save popup to appear but downloads at nice speed

Interesting (3, Insightful)

Kehvarl (812337) | about 10 years ago | (#10400450)

The intro was interesting, butI don't know that I'll subject myself to many (or any) future releases. Perhaps I just don't get enough of a kick out of things like this?

Re:Interesting (3, Insightful)

nate nice (672391) | about 10 years ago | (#10400652)

Yeah, I agree. Red VS Blue is OK at first but I sort of forgot about it and never bothered to grab new episodes. I'm not going to say it sucks or anything as I'm not doing anything better (nor aspire to in that medium), but I don't watch TV because it's generally boring to watch things and I cannot see myself watching what amounts to TV, but over the Net.
Ah well, I'm sure a lot of people like it so more power to them.

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10402353)

RvsB is best if you watch it all in one sitting, in my opinion. I caught it on Winamp TV a while back, and couldn't contain myself... I damned near pissed my grandmothers undergarmets... I always found her panties more comfortable than my own. Not that I go shopping for womens undergarmets, or anything -- what kind of guy do you think I am?

Point is, wait until it is available in one sitting, and watch it... non-stop laughter.

I bet..... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400452)

I go with some friends tonight to see the new movie Sky Captain in our local cinemaplex. Halfway
through the movie I'm about to cork off and decide to liven things up a little in the theater.

Unknown to my friends, I had eaten several bowls of cereal and milk earlier and I'm basically lactose intolerant.
What this boils down to is that the cereal and milk ferment
in my gut and give me really raunchy gas about 2 hours
after I down them.

Well, the gas attack happens on schedule and I proceed to
start stinking up the theater with SBDs! Beside me is an
oriental couple and their little girl is sitting in the
seat right next to me. She was getting the brunt of the
noxious fumes, and after 30 minutes of getting gassed she
was in tears and sobbing out loud to her mother that "I
It was all I could do to keep from busting out laughing.

Of course, you could hear other people sitting in front of
and behind me complain about the stench too. Isn't life

Knowing what they did with RvB (3, Insightful)

Ironsides (739422) | about 10 years ago | (#10400458)

Oh dear god, this is going to be funny. Can't wait to see how they take this.

Re:Knowing what they did with RvB (1)

kayak334 (798077) | about 10 years ago | (#10400469)

My thoughts exactly. Red vs. Blue made me literally cry laughing a few times. For those that haven't seen it, I highly suggest checking it out. It helps if you've played Halo, but it's not required.

What's next? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400463)

" known for their Red vs Blue comedy movies based on the Halo rendering engine"

What's next? A sitcom based off of HL2's physics engine?


Re:What's next? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400823)


Re:What's next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10403043)

I think there's much more potential in a dark comedy based on HL2's development and publishing process. Or would that be a tragedy?

I'll check it out (5, Interesting)

RightInTheNeck (667426) | about 10 years ago | (#10400474)

When someone pointed out Red VS Blue to me, I rolled my eyes and thought yeah here we go some more people on the internet who think they are really funny and think everyone should know it. Red VS Blue turned out to be pretty damn funny actually I enjoyed it. I'd be willing to check something from them out.

Re:I'll check it out (0, Offtopic)

Zebbers (134389) | about 10 years ago | (#10400844)

Jesus, im watching it now and I was the same way as you. I thought itd be stupid nerdy shit...but its funny funny

Expansion set (1)

programgeek (726420) | about 10 years ago | (#10400480)

And don't forget to by The Sims 2: TV Families, including the characters and apartment layouts from your favorite sitcoms such as: - The Simpsons - Family Guy - Frasier - That 70's show - Law and Order - Law and Order SVU and my favorite - Law and Order: Criminal Intent

No /. effect yet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400491)

I just got 1200Kb/s gonna have to try a bit harder to /. this page.

In Other News (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400507)

Three editors of a popular technology news site,, fell under the fire of a local internet Crip gang set today. One shot proved fatal. Two editors remain in critical condition.

Re:In Other News (4, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | about 10 years ago | (#10400519)

/. has editors? When did they get hired?

Video link Slashdotted... (1, Informative)

mOoZik (698544) | about 10 years ago | (#10400508)

There it goes...

Does anyone have a mirror?

Re:Video link Slashdotted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400553)

Ummm... still getting a good transfer here...

Re:Video link Slashdotted... (1)

skyman8081 (681052) | about 10 years ago | (#10400570)

Not really, RT has been /.ed before, and they have a really good way of making sure transfer rates stay up.

Just keep trying, they limit the max connections, so that there are a few people downloading a file at a good rate, rather than a ton of people downloading a file at an very slow rate.

Re:Video link Slashdotted... (3, Funny)

MikeDX (560598) | about 10 years ago | (#10402583)

I searched google and found a few mirrors []

Torrent? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400512)

Anyone got a torrent of it? /. killed the server :(

Re:Torrent? (4, Informative)

mskfisher (22425) | about 10 years ago | (#10400585)

Re:Torrent? (1) troll (593289) | about 10 years ago | (#10400647)

If you look around, You can find Red VS Blue playing on a ton of shoutcast NSV streams. Its a shame bandwidth costs make streaming video so hard to do freely, as chances are you'll have to wait in line to join a stream, but they're worth it.

Re:Torrent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400851)

Thanks for the torrent.

It's quite the invaluable tool for things like this! (too bad that maybe we can't get a torrent mirror system sort'a thing so that when someone links a bunch of videos (or pictures) from a website that it's automatically torrented by slashdot (or someone else))

Links Dead (1)

Mooga (789849) | about 10 years ago | (#10400515)

Any one else not able to DL the intro? I'm a bir RvB fan... can't wait!

Sponsors vs Freeloaders (5, Informative)

skyman8081 (681052) | about 10 years ago | (#10400533)

In all the hilarity, a group of sponsors, decided to make a video explaining why people should sponsor red vs blue. And it is open to all sponsors of Red vs Blue.

anyway, they are now famous in the red vs blue forums, and burnie, the head guy of RvB, loves it.

Sponsors vs Freeloaders: Sponsor or Die []

funny (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400551)

I think there's some kind of anti-slashdot mechanism at work on that page. I right clicked ->save as, and nothing happened. closed the page, and suddenly the dialog popped up in firefox, and now I'm saving at 60k/s.

Re:funny (1)

GigsVT (208848) | about 10 years ago | (#10403191)

Yeah, it's called Firefox's incredibly buggy download manager.

Ever try to download more than 3 or 4 files at once? It'll be 10 or 20 minutes before the dialog boxes pop up for the later files.

If I have to download more than one or two files, I just use wget, because firefox is totally fucked.

mirror of WMV (4, Informative)

haluness (219661) | about 10 years ago | (#10400563) v


Re:mirror of WMV (1)

haluness (219661) | about 10 years ago | (#10400584)

mirror link :-/

Now, enjoy

Re:mirror of WMV (1)

babybird (791025) | about 10 years ago | (#10400644)

404 Not Found o_O

"Rooster Teeth" (2, Funny)

the_skywise (189793) | about 10 years ago | (#10400566)

That's brilliant... Thumbs-up guys...

"Hey we're going legit now...our old company name is offensive... should we change it?"
"Not really..."

Re:"Rooster Teeth" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400624)

okay, i've always assumed there was a dirty reference behind the name "rooster teeth", but honestly, i'm not sure what it is. my best guess is "cock bite". can anyone confirm?

Re:"Rooster Teeth" (3, Funny)

C0rinthian (770164) | about 10 years ago | (#10400663)

Cock Bite.

Re:"Rooster Teeth" (4, Funny)

DoktorGonzo (513156) | about 10 years ago | (#10402194)

If I knew that the way to get modded up (as "Informative," no less) is to post only the words "Cock Bite," I would have started long, long ago.

Re:"Rooster Teeth" (-1, Flamebait)

2mcm (775747) | about 10 years ago | (#10400677)

Well Microsoft's name is offensive to many and will they ever change it ?

TubgirL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400592)

playing so it's are about 70d00/5 [] in the Please moderate

Damnit... (-1, Redundant)

kdougherty (772195) | about 10 years ago | (#10400678)

Way to /. the site.... I'm having a bitch of a time trying to download the intro movie!

Inaccurate link (3, Informative)

Have Blue (616) | about 10 years ago | (#10400681)

Red vs Blue is made with Halo on the Xbox, not the PC. It also uses some relatively extensive post-production effects.

Re:Inaccurate link (3, Informative)

Derang() (318404) | about 10 years ago | (#10400751)

Season 1, aside from church being a ghost, didn't have a lot of post-production effects. Season 2 had more, but I wouldn't call them extensive.

Also, some of the scenes from RvB season 2 were done on the PC version of halo, usually the ones where lots of up close texture detail of the master chief guys are important to the scene.

Re:Inaccurate link (2, Informative)

Have Blue (616) | about 10 years ago | (#10401446)

Church was only a single effect, but he was onscreen a LOT. There have also been color filters, distortions, the split-screen trick mentioned elsewhere, and more. I haven't watched the season 2 DVD with commentary yet, so I'm not sure about Halo PC.

Re:Inaccurate link (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | about 10 years ago | (#10404446)

Actually they switched to the PC ver a while back.

Re:Inaccurate link (1)

RadioTV (173312) | about 10 years ago | (#10405322)

No, they didn't. They cover this in several places including their forums and the DVD commentary. They make limited use of Halo PC for shots the can't get on the console, but to use it full time would require that they have a PC for every character + 1 for the camera man. With the consoles they need one for every 4 characters + 1 for the camera man.

intro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10400700)

the intro music for this series is really cool. i hope they release a downloadable version soon.
the intro seemed cool but it seemed that there was maybe a bit too many characters in the house. or maybe some were neighbors. oh well, time will tell.

only a boring intro (2, Insightful)

javcrapa (594448) | about 10 years ago | (#10400703)

But whats the big fuss about this, the download is just an intro, with nothing worth the download... lets wait for episode 1..

Re:only a boring intro (4, Funny)

Xaoswolf (524554) | about 10 years ago | (#10400775)

I said the same thing about starwars...

Boy was I dissapointed...

Re:only a boring intro (3, Insightful)

emazing (778569) | about 10 years ago | (#10400780)

Because this is news, and not a movie review site. If you watched Red and Blue, you know that the creators making another series of movies is big enough of a deal.

Re:only a boring intro (2, Insightful)

Ziviyr (95582) | about 10 years ago | (#10402371)

I'll be one person to agree with you, all that lead-in and no goods. Slashdot could have waited until there was something worthwhile to slashdot the site over.

Its not like this is a cool new embrionic tech like flourescent multilayer discs, that just must be mentioned immediately. Its a boorish intro leading straight to "the end", and nothing else available...

And no sympathetic statements at the end, like. "I want the last two minutes of my life back".

Torrent link (5, Informative)

mskfisher (22425) | about 10 years ago | (#10400708)

I keep forgetting to reply to the story instead of the ACs, so my links usually get buried at the bottom of the page.

Here's a .torrent link for the .WMV file - I've got like 84 seeds as of 8:26PM CDT. []

Have fun...

Re:Torrent link (1)

mskfisher (22425) | about 10 years ago | (#10400773)

174 seeds as of 8:47. woot!

Rocket Launcher (4, Funny)

kai.chan (795863) | about 10 years ago | (#10400762)

I can't wait for the episode where the Doom 3 Marine takes a rocket launcher (with unlimited ammo) and going postal in the Strangerhood.

'Bout time (4, Insightful)

mblase (200735) | about 10 years ago | (#10400979)

A while ago, I was remarking how there was no software to easily build 3D "RvB"-style animations on personal computers, the way Apple's iMovie or GarageBand software lets you build your own movies and music. Then I saw the box for "The Sims 2" and noticed the bit where you could script your Sims and record their actions as a standalone movie.

I knew the moment I saw that, that it was only a matter of time before people started posting their own "Simcoms" online. It never occurred to me that the RvB folks would be the first ones out of the gate. Bravo, fellas.

Re:'Bout time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10404705)

You're welcome. :)

Fantastic (3, Insightful)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 10 years ago | (#10402097)

I think what we're witnessing now is the birth of the do-it-yourself cinema for the average Joe.

All it would really take would be Maxis to team up with some experience machinima teams to guide them and they could create the ultimate home computer tv studio suite.

I realize there's a game coming out called Hollywood or something like that, but I have no idea how open ended it is. Maxis has built an EXTREMELY powerful tool with the Sims, and it really is a shame that they're still selling it as just a game. They could easily take parts of it, add some new things, and reposition it as an entirely new product, even a serious, nongame product.

Anybody know of any open source engines that are similar to the Sims?

Re:Fantastic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10403140)

"Anybody know of any open source engines that are similar to the Sims?"

Shut the fuck up. Please, just shut the fuck up.

Re:Fantastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10404912)

I think what we're witnessing now is the birth of the do-it-yourself cinema for the average Joe.

yay. I can hardly wait for the Internet to become even more polluted with worthless crap than it already is.

I want to see the birth of something for the above-average Joe so that I don't have to wade through a bunch of tripe trying to find something worthwhile. Case in point? /. - news for the average nerd, stuff that has no relevance to anything.

Where are the Lawers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10402098)

I'm surprised truck loads of lawers from the writers of Halo and Sims havn't already begun predatory action with (TM)(R) and god knows what other worthless intellectual property violations yet.

After all, isn't this the good ol US of A? (TM)(R)(Pat pend)(C)

Re:Where are the Lawers (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10402338)

Microsoft is in full support of the RvB crew, you apparently don't keep in tune with everything about RvB. Hell, MS let them play Halo 2 for 14 hours straigh recently. Nothing pleases a game maker more than exposure and FREE ADVERTISING.

And the whole Strangerhood thing started with a call from EA, according to Burnie in the GameSpot interview.

Re:Where are the Lawers (1)

blowdart (31458) | about 10 years ago | (#10403034)

There was also the RvB TechEd video last year, with one of the soldiers talking about getting time off from the war to go.

Why oh Why can they never use a standard format? (1)

baadfood (690464) | about 10 years ago | (#10402402)

Whats wrong with xvid then? And, what fuckign audio codec ARE they using? My Media Player tries to find it, fails, and plays with no sound.

Re:Why oh Why can they never use a standard format (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10404932)

Actually, they're using a codec that is only available on non-pirated versions of Windows. Oh mean, you don't have it? Uh oh...

Red vs Blue in the Sims2 (1)

SeanTobin (138474) | about 10 years ago | (#10404318)

There is a painting you can buy in the Sims2 whose description is something along the lines of "shows the conflict of Red vs Blue".. Not a bad painting, but not as usefull as the pink flamingo's from the original.

Award-winning stuff (1)

lukestuts (731515) | about 10 years ago | (#10404370)

And this year's nominees for the Virgin of the Year prize are...

Red Blue? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 10 years ago | (#10404562)

I actually prefer Red Green.

Keep your stick on the ice.

Re:Red Blue? (1)

Hassman (320786) | about 10 years ago | (#10405110)

Funny show.
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