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Star Wars Virgin Takes the Plunge

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the losin-it dept.

Star Wars Prequels 397

Entertainment Weekly is running a short account of one Star Wars virgin who recently sat down to watch all six Star Wars movies in their originally intended order while recording his thoughts. From the article: "So after watching the sun set on all six of the Star Wars (or sun rise, in my case), what do these movies mean to me? I have to be careful where I tread here, because people's love of these movies is passionate to say the least. (Personal note: My friends had a Star Wars-themed wedding.) The cynical and tired side of me wants to say that George wanted Episode I to be shown first because after watching 14 straight hours of Star Wars, my memories of young Anakin and Jar Jar are almost long forgotten. I've tossed them aside along with my package of caffeine pills and bottle of Coke."

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Anyone... (5, Funny)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860484)

Anyone who would watch 6 consecutive Star Wars movies should be considered a virgin by default.

Re:Anyone... (2, Funny)

Godboy_g (794101) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860532)

He must be very strong in the Force......Or the Caffeine!

Re:Anyone... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860566)

Yes, because watching 6 good movies in a row AUTOMATICALLY means your penis has never been inside a vagina.

Re:Anyone... (5, Funny)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860638)

good

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Re:Anyone... (0, Offtopic)

The Man of the Woods (1027066) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861022)

Yes, because watching 6 good movies in a row AUTOMATICALLY means your penis has never been inside a vagina.

For those Linux users who prefer their penis to be in an anus: http://gaybuntu.com/ [gaybuntu.com]

Re:Anyone... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861418)

http://www.501st.com/ [501st.com] yep all virgins and NONE of the 4000+ members have kids or are married tell that to the thousands of dollars raised for charity I guess the kid in the burn center or cancer treatment center fits that profile too.Open your eyes and don't talk about things you know nothing about a^&hole.i cannot tell you how many respectable people are involved.people you never would expect
why your doctor may even be one of those guys.

Re:Anyone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861606)

And for those Linux users who prefer their penis to be in a vagina: http://www.upoontu.com/ [upoontu.com]

Just kidding, I don't even know what that URL is. I have to say though, with a name like that, I have a feeling it would attract plenty of Linux users.

Re:Anyone... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861670)

For those Linux users who prefer their penis to be in an anus: http://gaybuntu.com/ [gaybuntu.com]

And now the Mac user moniker of "gay terrorist" has a worthy challenger.

Re:Anyone... (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861336)

The only problem with that is that only two of those movies are good. I thought Jedi was good when I was a kid, but then I saw it again and now I realize it's only amusing. Ep.IV was an epic, Ep.V was just beautiful and the closest thing to believable that we saw through the whole thing. Ep.VI was an action movie. Episodes I-III are properly subtitled the same way Spaceballs II would be. They are crap.

Perhaps the statement should be that thinking all six movies are good automatically means your penis has never been and will never be inside a vagina worth being in? You don't have to be gay, you just have to have no sense of what is and is not good...

Re:Anyone... (4, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861622)

Of course it doesn't automatically mean that...

It's like the mathematical axioms -- we assume them to be true, simply because we haven't found any counter examples. :)

Re:Anyone... (2, Funny)

Karloskar (980435) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861758)

Yes, because watching 6 good movies in a row AUTOMATICALLY means your penis has never been inside a vagina.

So a male homosexual who has never had male/female intercourse but plenty of male/male intercourse is destined to be a virgin all his life?

Re:Anyone... (1)

oogoliegoogolie (635356) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861182)

Once, I remember, I had no sex life so I watched three Star Wars movies in a row.

Re:Anyone... (3, Funny)

Ninjaesque One (902204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861380)

This raises interesting theological questions. If one has sex, conceives then watches all 6 Star Wars movies(or, rather, is forced to watch them) in a row, then is the [possibly-resultant, as there is the chance that the simple act will automatically kill the baby]baby the second(or first, depending on your beliefs) incarnation of the Christ?

Re:Anyone... (1)

Pulszar (968478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861764)

I'm 27 and just saw all 6 (in a row) this past 2 weeks. I recommend seeing them in proper order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3). There are more surprises that way. Of course at my age and unless you hide in a cave from pop culture, you already know the bigger points of the stories. Regardless, I thought they were badassed.

Speaking of long movies... (2, Funny)

that_xmas (707449) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860502)

So what was worse, Star Wars or the Cremaster series?

Re:Speaking of long movies... (3, Funny)

joFFeman (574971) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860690)

say what you will about the cremaster cycle, it is far more consistent in quality [or the lack thereof] than the star wars saga.

Re:Speaking of long movies... (1)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860844)

Is Cremaster actually _about_ anything, or just a bunch of wierd images that Matthew Barney filmed?
Off topic I know.....

Re:Speaking of long movies... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861598)

I have a feeling Cremaster Cycle may be a obscure for most people here. So a couple of links:

Offical Site [cremaster.net]
Somewhat sparse Wikipedia page on the topic. [wikipedia.org]

Star Wars Virgin? (4, Funny)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860544)

Is there any other kind of Star Wars fan?

Re:Star Wars Virgin? (1)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860574)

Oh, I've wasted my life....

Re:Star Wars Virgin? (-1, Offtopic)

at_slashdot (674436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861272)

Those who had sex during the movie, and yes, it was a girl. *grins satisfied*

The Perfect Heckle (5, Funny)

saudadelinux (574392) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861712)

I have to sit through that uncomfortable kiss between Luke and Leia knowing that they are indeed brother and sister.

At this precise moment during the '97 special edition release of Star Wars, in a packed house (the Uptown Theater in Washington DC, 840 seats), some guy down in front yelled,

INNNN-CEST!!!!

The whole place cracked up. I wish I could say it was me, but alas, it wasn't.

How strange (5, Funny)

Bugs42 (788576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860576)

Star Wars? Virgin? Why, those are 3 words that have never before been seen anywhere near each other!

Re:How strange (1)

JungleBoy (7578) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861088)

There are some who would consider these three words together to be... unnatural [vgcats.com] .

we all know (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860578)

it was not some great intention or design. If he wanted to do 1 first, he would have.

Re:we all know (2, Insightful)

jmp_nyc (895404) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860652)

it was not some great intention or design. If he wanted to do 1 first, he would have.

If he'd made episode 1 first, and it was anything like the film that was released, there would never have been more than one Star Wars film...
-JMP

Re:we all know (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860666)

Relax, it's slashdot. The stories are just placeholders to hang advertising and comments. They don't have to make any sense.

Re:we all know (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860676)

Wanting to do it first and wanting it watched first are two different things despite the high correlation.

Re:we all know (5, Interesting)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861522)

Wanting to do it first and wanting it watched first are two different things despite the high correlation.

But he didn't make the movies in such a way that they lend themselves to watching in episodic order, either. So his wanting them watched in order is misguided.

For example, watched in episode order, the first coherent explanation of what the Force is occurs in Episode IV. The Midichlorian explanation in Ep. I would be confusing as hell since he's describing how you measure Jedi-ness assuming both the characters and the audience are fully aware of what that is, and then midichlorians are never mentioned again. The knowledge that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father is given away at the end of III, but revealed as plot twists in V and VI. I can only imagine how confusing Ben Kenobi's behavior must have seemed.

From the article:
"For me, the biggest problem with seeing these films in their intended order is that Episodes IV-VI offered little surprises. I know who Luke's father is; I know that the little creature is Yoda. I have to sit through that uncomfortable kiss between Luke and Leia knowing that they are indeed brother and sister. Most of the mysteries and questions that drive the plots of the later episodes are nullified by having seen the first three. I almost envied those who saw them in original order, so I too could have enjoyed the shock and surprise of some of the plot's twists and turns. Luckily I was never a fan of bellbottoms, so I will indeed stick with the intended order."

"Intended order" my ass. It's a broken order.

Of course, the real reason you need to watch them IV-VI then I-III is so that you like Star Wars enough to make it through the prequels.

Re:we all know (5, Funny)

prockcore (543967) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860998)

There wasn't the technology in 1977 to film long senate orations and a jamaican muppet.

Re:we all know (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861084)

There probably was, CSPAN went live in 1979.

Re:we all know (4, Funny)

ENOENT (25325) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861384)

CSPAN has Jamaican muppets?

Re:we all know (2, Informative)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861324)

He once said that he made 4, 5 and 6 first because they featured a more compelling story.

He was right. :)

As yoda would say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860610)

The force is strong in this one...

So tiring (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860624)

isn't the Virgin Joke been done to death?

Gah, I am a SW fan, and it never stopped me from getting laid.
I've been having sex regularly since about 1980.

Of course, I don't have an attitude and somehow think I am great and all powerfull because I know more trivia about SW then the next fan...which I do, btw.

Re:So tiring (1)

rolyatknarf (973068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860728)

"I've been having sex regularly since about 1980"

Doing that alone does not count.

Re:So tiring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860904)

"I've been having sex regularly since about 1980"

Doing that alone does not count.

Get it? It's not sex because it's your dog!

Re:So tiring (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860748)

It says a lot if you were born in 1950.

Re:So tiring (1)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860958)

I've been having sex regularly since about 1980.

I think you forgot several very important qualifiers in this statement.

Re:So tiring (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861110)


Come on, Jack, the blow-up Yoda doll does not count. And neither do those cute Ewok stuffed toys. ;-)

Re:So tiring (3, Funny)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861122)

Once in 1980, once in 1990, and once in 2000, though "regular", doesn't bode terribly well for your sexual prowess... -Taylor

Re:So tiring (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861222)

"I've been having sex regularly since about 1980."

I wish I could say the same. But somebody would be getting in trouble... I was six years old then.

Was ESB involved? (1)

Chagatai (524580) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861260)

And did it happen to coincide with the release of The Empire Strikes Back? [imdb.com]

Re:So tiring (0, Redundant)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861576)

I think we're referring to sex with other people here. That's the difference, geekoid.

uh... a virgin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860656)

I thought we were talking about a literal man-virgin who was going to re-watch all 6 episodes of star wars and render a great opinion, based largely on his virginness.

Please, slashdot, make titles more descriptive >_

watching someone watch a film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860722)

Ha ha this experiment reminds me of DOCTOR CLAYTON FORRESTER of TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000!

He would do experiments where he made a dude watch bad movies and record his thoughts and reactions! The dude got lonely so he made some robot pals with common household items such as a bowling pin, a gumball machine, tupperware parts and a hot glue gun! The dude excaped in a excape pod hidden in a box of hamdingers. But then he was replaced with another dude pretty quickly.

Ha ha my vword: merits

Ha ha it is IRONIC because Star Wars doesn't have any merits!!!!

HA HA!

Correct order? (2, Insightful)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860724)

Whoever said it was inteded to be watched I-VI and not IV-VI+I-III? I'm quite happy I grew up with IV-VI and later saw I-III as they came out.

Re:Correct order? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860916)

Agreed. It's a huge leap to think that Lucas intended from the very beginning to make six films that would make sense in numerical order. "Midichlorians"? Come on. Greedo shooting first? Please. Lucas has made a bad habit of changing his mind repeatedly and then trying to convince the viewer that the new way was the way he wanted things all along. Most Star Wars fans can see right through that, though, demanding simple things like, oh, the original trilogy in its original form.

In fact, I'm pretty sure I heard a melodramatic "Nooooooooooooo!" coming from California when Fox decided to do the right thing (and make some more money in the process).

Re:Correct order? (4, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861174)

Midichlorians

Actually- we've got something similar in our own cells- Mitochondria [wikipedia.org] - a symbiotic sub-cellular life form that produces energy (chloroplasts in plants are a competing symbiotic life form that is similar). All he did was twist the word around somewhat and made them more powerful than normal.

Re:Correct order? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861644)

Yes, yes, I know all about basic high school biology. You miss my point. In the original trilogy, the Force was a "mystical energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the universe together". If you were strong with the force, you could tell how strong someone else was just by sensing it.

Then, years later, Lucas decides that an abstract concept isn't good enough for him anymore, so he changes it to some lame pseudo-biological explanation that contradicts established lore, and tries to make us believe that it was the midichlorians doing it the whole time.

Re:Correct order? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861738)

I'm sorry- I don't understand. How exactly are the two explainations incompatible? A well practiced user of the force could "feel" the midiclorians of another and get a rough estimate. The force could be just the frequency the midiclorians are playing on. AND the destruction of the Jedi Order could have created a loss of knowledge and technology- the Empire would certainly want to supress such information.

Re:Correct order? (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860976)

I'm quite happy I grew up with IV-VI.

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that. Just that. And nothing more.

Re:Correct order? (1)

semifamous (231316) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861008)

My preferred order:

IV
V
For the oooooh and aaaah, and the cliffhanger at the end.
Darth is Luke's... ??

Huh?

Then the explanation:
I
II
III

Ah. I see. OK. So that's what Darth Vader really is. Well what happens to him?
Conclusion:
VI

The perfect order in my opinion.
Except I'll have to find a copy of The Phantom Edit.

You know what would be kewl is if someone could take the "Original Trilogy" DVDs that Lucas put out, and the cleaned footage from the latest "Special Edition" and merge the two to have a cleaned up OT.

Re:Correct order? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861132)

Except I'll have to find a copy of The Phantom Edit.

It's amazing how much better a movie Episode I is when Jar Jar no longer speaka da English, as is the case in the "Balance of the Force" edit.

Really, it's just more evidence that Star Wars stopped belonging to George Lucas - and started belonging to the human race - a long time ago.

Re:Correct order? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861296)

Yeah. There's the a couple of little surprises. Not just the big one that Chewbacca is Artoo's ex-wife, but there's also the mini-twist that the epic Warrior Yoda is a bit of a muppet. And not seeing Jabba until RotJ made the guy a lot more menacing.

George Lucas used a lot of common, but perfectly robust story techniques when he made the original trilogy. When he did the special edition and the prequels, he seemed to forget about the decisions he made.

Re:Correct order? (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861428)

Why make it? Just wait till next Christmas.

You don't think Mr. Lucas is done milking his cash cow, do you?

Re:Correct order? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861042)

The article retcons actual history by saying that watching 1-6 is watching "George Lucas' complete saga in the order in which he originally intended (Episodes I-VI)."

Georgey-boy originally intended to do 4-6, then 1-3, then 7-9. I doubt he would have wanted to delay construction of his numerous money-hats until 1-3 were made (which he wondered would ever happen at all for years).

I think any "Star Wars virgin" should watch the series in the order it was released. It's the way the rest of the world saw the series, and it's the way Lucas made it. The author himself found himself confused during and after the viewing of episode 1 as the first film, which is proof enough that Lucas isn't that great of a writer to have covered all the bases for that to be a viable introduction to the series. On top of that, what about things like "Luke, I am your father?" Any real "SW virgin" (as in, isolated enough from Western pop culture that this would still be a surprise at this point) would experience NONE of the shock that original viewers did. What a loss.

4, holiday special, 5-6, then 1-3. (Scandalous, I know.)

Re:Correct order? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861258)

I'm with you, except for the small detail of being sorry I saw I-II and skipped III.

KFG

Re:Correct order? (3, Insightful)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861394)

Indeed. However, a co-worker wanted his kids to see them in I-VI order, so he rented I-III and watched them before my remastered IV-VI set. (We didn't include Clone Wars either, nor the other earlier spinoffs (Droids, Ewoks, Wookie Christmas).) I thought it was a mistake. I think he really wanted to experience the movies in that order for the first time vicariously through them. (We did not watch them back-to-back on the same day!)

Compare subjecting a Star Trek virgin to Enterprise first. Or Back to the Future with the third movie's scenes set in 1885 first! Or even recutting Memento? Chronological order isn't necessarily the best way to watch anything.

The best part of episode V was the parentage revelation, and IV is just creepy with that Luke-Leia kiss.

There are only three Star Wars movies... (2, Interesting)

ivanmarsh (634711) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860762)

Lucas is a fallen hero at best.

When can I get the unfudged up version of THX-1138?

Re:There are only three Star Wars movies... (1)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860932)

As with Star Wars, I'm sure somebody's done a Laserdisc transfer of the original THX-1138.

Notable quote (1)

paranode (671698) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861366)

"It was only a couple of minutes before my first Jar Jar Binks sighting, and I found myself wondering: Why does he sound like a Jamaican Elmo?"



LOL. He nailed it.

These movies mean to me... (2, Interesting)

ribo-bailey (724061) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860784)

An almost scene-for-scene rip off of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials.

MUCH more interesting topic on same site.. (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860790)

Next 2 items on EW website: ranking of best/worst Bond girls.

Bond Girl Countdown... (1)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861326)

Have to agree...about it being more interesting.

Mind you, I cannot agree with some of their best/worst Bond girls...

caffeine pills and bottle of Coke (1)

ion711 (1027800) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860800)

This guy needed caffeine pills and a bottle of Coke to get through them? Time to toughen up. Sure, by the end of my Star Wars marathon I was about to gouge my eyes out, but the run time isn't more than 13 or 14 hours. That's hardly worth a snickers bar, much less caffeine pills and coke.

Re:caffeine pills and bottle of Coke (1)

joeware (672849) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861142)

He finished watching at ~4am, so probably didn't start until 2pm. Not the brightest idea.

Re:caffeine pills and bottle of Coke (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861318)

Caffeine? Coke? Nah! Imagine taking a shot of vodka every time somebody mentioned The Force. Eek.

At least... (1)

nrlightfoot (607666) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860812)

At least he's not an actual virgin.

Confusing headline (5, Funny)

c0d3h4x0r (604141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860822)

Star Wars Virgin Takes the Plunge

The headline made it sound like a Star Wars-loving virgin who had actually gotten laid was going to tell us what it was like to finally score.

Re:Confusing headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861106)

That would indeed be 'News For Ners' around here...

Star Wars themed wedding (0, Troll)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860830)

So, was his friend the bitch, or the butch?

Re:Star Wars themed wedding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861344)

Jesus christ man, there's just some things you don't talk about in public!

welcome... (1)

Yonsen (866784) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860832)

...to the Dark Side!

I prefer a different ordering (1)

syntap (242090) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860876)

I'm showing them to my young kids gradually in the order of 4, 5, flashback to 1, 2, 3, then 6.

Re:I prefer a different ordering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861204)

I'm going to show them to my kids in the following order:
  1. A New Hope
  2. Harry Potter, read out loud
  3. Indiana Jones
Seriously, they're just movies, not some kind of religious experience.

Re:I prefer a different ordering (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861556)

I'm showing them to my young kids gradually in the order of 4, 5, flashback to 1, 2, 3, then 6.


I didn't know Quentin Tarantino read Slashdot

Re:I prefer a different ordering (1)

gnosi (893875) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861762)

I do 4, 5, 6 upto the Luke/Obi-Wan conversation, Flashback to 1, 2, 3 then finish 6.
The Luke/Obi-Wan conversation sets up the last of the history needed for 1, 2 and 3.

All of my former girl friends and my wife are Star Wars fans.

His friends had a star wars themed wedding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16860914)

and yet he didn't ever think to watch the films? As someone who saw episode 1 first(then 4, 5, 6) I was talked into it by my friends, and they didn't even have a star wars themed wedding.

anyone else fooled? (0, Offtopic)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860968)

I thought I was going to read an article about a Star Wars fan getting his cherry popped. This is a total let-down. I feel flaccid over the whole thing.

He missed something important... (2)

DimGeo (694000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16860988)

Namely, the Clone Wars series. I think they were one of the best parts of SW.

Han shoots first (1)

theStorminMormon (883615) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861002)

Seriously. That was the first thing that came to my mind. If only I could have been there to pause the movie, and explain "that's not really how it was".

Anyone who sees the movies "as George Lucas intended" is missing out.

-stormin

Star Wars wedding? (5, Funny)

Copid (137416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861038)

My wife and I are both Star Wars fans, and we joked about telling just one guest that our wedding would be Star Wars themed and asking him to come in costume. We're not that cruel, but I can't help but regret that our wedding album lacks a picture of a bunch of guys in formal wear standing around with a guy in a cheap Chewbacca costume [spscriptorium.com] .

Re:Star Wars wedding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861334)

that's the funniest thing i have heard in a long time. some poor bastard in the back row of the ceremony dressed as chewy.

Re:Star Wars wedding? (1)

BennyB2k4 (799512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861494)

we had Princess Leia (in gold bikini) and Han Solo on top of our wedding cake.. very symbolic.

Slightly OT: Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal (0, Offtopic)

sporadic (110921) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861064)

I'll probably get modded for OT, but I thought this was a news worthy SW related story:

Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal
http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/746/746254p1.html [ign.com]

November 15, 2006 - LucasArts announced a killer bundle of games called Star Wars: The Best of PC:

        LucasArts today announced that, for the first time ever, five of the greatest Star Wars® games for the personal computer, plus a free 14-day trial of Star Wars Galaxies, will be packaged together in Star Wars: The Best of PC. This exciting new compilation will be released this month, and will be available only for the holiday 2006 season for a suggested price of $39.99.

        Star Wars: The Best of PC features titles from some of the most popular videogame franchises ever released. Combined, the games have sold millions of copies worldwide and, for the first time, are available in one box. Included in Star Wars: The Best of PC are: Star Wars®: Empire at War(TM), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic®, Star Wars Battlefront(TM), Star Wars Jedi Knight® II: Jedi Outcast(TM), and Star Wars Republic Commando(TM). In addition, a 14-day trial of the popular online experience, Star Wars Galaxies®, is included in the package.

        "Hundreds of hours of Star Wars gameplay, spanning many different genres, can be found in Star Wars: The Best of PC, making it the perfect holiday gift for any Star Wars fan, or any PC gamer," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of global sales and marketing for LucasArts. "Every kind of gameplay is available in The Best of PC, from fast-paced action, to tactical, real-time strategy, to engaging role-playing. It's all here, it's all PC, and it's all Star Wars."

I know I'm going to pick it up! Sweet deal and the last SW game I bought for Dark Forces, so it'll be a great way to spend a few hours during the holidays!

Regards,

Sporadic

Re:Slightly OT: Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861290)

Yeah, that's all bullshit.

They're giving away a bunch of crappy old titles that nobody plays anymore. They're not even including KotOR2!

They're just trying to convince you to buy a copy of SW:G and sign up for the service.

It's junk. It's garbage.

Re:Slightly OT: Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal (1)

nsandver (82942) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861458)

I agree. And where are X-Wing and Tie Fighter? I spent *hours* on those as a kid.

Re:Slightly OT: Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal (1)

MS-06FZ (832329) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861358)

I'll probably get modded for OT, but I thought this was a news worthy SW related story:


There's a moderation switch for Original Trilogy? That's pretty cool! But I don't think it applies to your post... IMO That's more EU than OT.

Re:Slightly OT: Star Wars: The Best of PC Deal (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861426)

Get back to me when they rerelease Tie Fighter. Best SW-themed game ever, to this day. Unfortunately all my joysticks are USB now (and nary a joystick port to be found) so I have no idea how I'd even play the original.

Warssies and Warssers? (3, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861102)

These days, Star Wars seems to be more nerdy than Trek. 10 years ago, Trekkies were considered hopeless nerds, obsessed with detail and continuity, and who never get dates, and Star Wars was considered cool and retro. These days, Trekkies are still considered hopeless nerds, but in a much more affectionate way, whereas the Star Wars fans are now nerdier, even more obsessed with detail and continuity, and even less likely to get a date.

Re:Warssies and Warssers? (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861608)

I don't know what world you're living in, but there's no way that's true.

My younger sister's senior year student president (that would be high school) was one of the biggest SW geeks I've ever seen. As were many of his friends. Both he and his friends (my younger siblings included) were mostly all star wars geeks, in one respect or another. Mostly, they were just geeks - gaming geeks, photography geeks, and what have you. They were involved in hockey, basketball, drama, and what have you as well. They were most certainly not "geeks" in the pedantic loser mold.

order of the films. next generation (4, Interesting)

bigdavex (155746) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861118)

I recently watched all the Star Wars movies with my 7 year-old son. I wouldn't let him see Episode III in the theater, because I felt the violence was too intense and the intrigue too slow. It's a bit better at home, because we can skip parts or take a break as necessary. (My wife and I, being mature adults, went to see it at midnight when it opened. Irony intended.)

He'd seen some of the orginal trilogy before, but I don't think the story stuck with him. Anyway, we watched I-III, the Clone War Cartoons, and then IV-VI over about two weeks. When Anakin died in Return of the Jedi, he cried. It was a much different experience in chronological order.

Re:order of the films. next generation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861574)

What!? Thanks for ruining it for me, jerk!

Re:order of the films. next generation (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861740)

When Anakin died in Return of the Jedi, he cried. It was a much different experience in chronological order.

Not that I cried, but I felt like that was a pretty emotional scene regardless of the order you watched the movies in. I thought it was pretty clear by that time that Darth V was totally conflicted and deserved some sympathy.

The Natural Order Of Things? (2, Funny)

randomblast (730328) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861348)

So, is it pretty much accepted that the only way to watch Star Wars is in the order of 1-6? You know, the only logical way, as Lucas intended?
I argued this point for about 2 hours in a pub once, almost got kicked out. A stupid, stupid friend of ours was trying to get my girlfriend (a Star Wars virgin as well), to watch them in release order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3).
I nearly slit his throat, corrupting my girlfriend with wrong thinking like that. It still upsets me.

Why watch I, II, or III? (0, Troll)

gosand (234100) | more than 7 years ago | (#16861396)

Why even watch the 'first' three episodes? Seriously... Ep I was a waste, but I'll admit I saw it it the theater. Ep II I rented, and watched the whole thing in about 1/2 hour thanks to FFWD. I haven't seen Ep III yet. I really have no desire to, even though I hear it was the best of the first three. Is it just to say I have seen it? WTF is the point of that? I decided a while ago to be a little more selective in my choices of entertainment, and it has worked out quite well. Although I did waste time on the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movies.

Think back for a second if you *wouldn't* have seen Ep I, II, and III, and how much more untainted your view of Star Wars would be... imagine if you had only seen the first Matrix. I am now willing to wait to see movies to get an idea if they are worth my time. I have no desire to see them as soon as possible, I just don't see what the benefit of that is.

Same thing goes for games... I recently just went through another round of playing single-player mods for Half-Life. yes, the first one. Now if I want, I can afford a video card that can play HL2, and I am sure there are many mods out for it as well. And when I do play it, I am sure it will still be extremely fun!

I'll stop now before going further down this rant-hole. :)

Re:Why watch I, II, or III? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861742)

Episode III is as craptacular as episode II. I fail to see how it is any better.
The scene at the end where Darth Vader does big "NNNNNooooooooooo" scence truly goes down as great comedy.
Anytime i think of it get a smirk and think of McBain fromn the Simpsons screaming, "Mendozaaaaaa!!!"

Such an experience shows you one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16861514)

That visual effects don't automaticly add up to the movie. Looking at the first three movies (IV - VI) you'll see that with a minimum of resources Lucas managed to create the maximum experience. Computer generated effects maybe nice, they'll never be as good as the power of suggestion which has been used in movies throughout the centuries.

Even though its hard to compare the "new" and "old" movies I still think that when comparing the "Star Wars babes" Leia still takes the biscuit. Not only does she manage to present a gorgeous looking helpless, yet defiant, princess in 'Jedi' she also managed to give the character some depth even though thats not really what the movies were about. But still; when comparing the "love scene" in 'Sith' between Anakin and Padme and compare that with the dialog between Luke and Leia (or even Leia and Han) there really was a major difference in acting.
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