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Active Signups

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Jan 11 2014 · 414 views

Part 1 of anything to further tease you all for Bionifight Ultimate. I've completely redesigned the signup system to deal with a massive issue, one that has plagued the previous games in the series and continues to plague every single game in the forum that asks for long-term dedication.
 
And, since I'm feeling generous, I've given you the profile sheet to look at here too... MINUS STUFF I'M KEEPING SECRET FROM YOU HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
Active Signups
Bionifight Ultimate features an all-new system for signing up to be a player, a term I have coined “Active Signups”. In the past, Bionifight games struggled with players who became inactive without notice, clogging up spots on the player list and making it extremely difficult to judge activity in the game. That issue will no longer exist with this new system in place. Here’s how it works:
 
There are ten slots available for signups – once a player has signed up (by filling out the brief profile sheet below and posting), they are in the game for the next three rounds (or three weeks). You commit yourself to remaining active within this game for those three weeks.
 
Once the three rounds have passed, the player list will be emptied. If a player wishes to sign up for the next three rounds, all they need to do is re-post their previous profile sheet (no changes unless approved via pm) and they’ll be added back in. Players wishing to take a breather, withdraw permanently, or forget will thus no longer clog up space – but if they return and wish to play again, they can always sign up when the player list re-opens.
 
If you miss a signup, don’t worry – if you join back in again, you’ll retain any prior rewards you have received.
 
There are currently 10 player spots – should there be enough interest, I am willing to extend the list to include 12 or 14 players.
 
Any other questions regarding Active Signups should be asked pronto.
 
Profile Sheet
Member Name: (Your current display name – you will also play the game as a character with this name, to avoid any confusion that might occur).
Weapon: (You are allowed to have one main weapon – it cannot have any special powers).
Power: (You are allowed to have one power – however, should you wish, you may replace this with a second piece of equipment without special powers. You cannot be immune to stage hazards).
Appearance: (Please add a small image, or preferably a link to an image or gallery, or just a small paragraph explaining how you appear to the other players).
[SECRET]: (Self-explanatory)


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COMING JANUARY 17

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Jan 10 2014 · 311 views

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Bionifight Ultimate releases in one week.


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THE KING IS BACK! (Smash Files 23)

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Jan 10 2014 · 443 views

Another wish has been answered! King Dedede returns!
King Dedede Profile
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Species: Penguin?
Series: Kirby
First Appearance: Kirby's Dream Land (Gameboy, 1992)

Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance: Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Wii, 2011)


Known For: Fighting Kirby, helping Kirby, fighting Kirby, ruling Dream Land, turning into yarn, stealing food


Excitement Factor: 8/10 - I'm just excited that there's finally another franchise in this game besides Mario and Zelda that has more than one character at this point in time; and besides, King Dedede is always fun to mess around with.

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OH GAWD


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The Ultimate Insult

Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Jan 09 2014 · 216 views

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burned


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2014: The Year Ahead (Games!)

Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Jan 09 2014 · 178 views

Followup post activate! Here are the ten video games that I am most looking forward to in 2014. I expect I shall probably end up playing roughly three of them.
 
Top 10 Anticipated Games
 
1. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (3DS/WiiU) - If you came into this thinking I was going to pick some other stupid game that doesn't matter as my most anticipated game of 2014, you were sorely mistaken. I mean, I have an ENTIRE SERIES OF ENTRIES dedicated to this thing. I'm pretty hyped yo.
 
2. Titanfall (Win/360/XBO) - An online FPS multiplayer - with GIANT FREAKING MECHS dropped right in the center. Color me extremely excited for this game. 
 
3. Project CARS (Win/Steam/WiiU/XBO/PS4) - This super ambitious title seems to be coming to every single platform on the planet, so hopefully the quality doesn't suffer as a result. The game looks beautiful and sounds really fun (and this is coming from someone who hasn't ever played Forza or Gran Turismo or any other car-centric games very heavily). 
 
4. Professor Layton vs. Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS) - I've been waiting on this game since 2011. Have I played either series much? No, because I'm not interested in drowning myself in the multitude of games at this point in time. But this is another game that I would have bought the 3DS for.
 
5. Tadpole Treble (Win/Mac/WiiU) - A game funded via Kickstarter; it's from the creator of the comic Brawl in the Family, Matthew Taranto, and features his usual art style, with a heavy basis in rhythm and music. It's not as large as the other titles on this list, but I'm probably more likely to play this (and play it often) than the other games.
 
6. Destiny (360/XBO/PS3/PS4) - Is there anybody that isn't interested in this game? This would rank higher, except that I'm probably never going to play it unless my brother picks it up for his 360, so I've been trying to keep my hype to a minimum. As you can see, it is clearly working spectacularly.
 
7. Bravely Default (3DS) - I don't generally play JRPGs, but the media's obsession with this title has managed to pique my interests. I tried out the demo briefly, though I did not have time to fully introduce myself to the play style. I'm also not happy about it being censored, more to the point of stuff being censored here when it's not elsewhere (why do games have to be censored anywhere I mean really governments pssh).
 
8. Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) - The Mario Kart franchise's chance to redeem itself to me after the appalling Mario Kart 7. I'm not convinced they can do it, since I dislike how they threw in the gliders and underwater driving as gimmicks, the customization system was sub-par, and now they're adding anti-gravity (and I've heard that the bikes are treated as karts this time too, ugh). But I'll give it a chance, just the same. It's also been a series best on home consoles (minus Mario Kart DS, my favorite in the franchise).
 
9. Pillars of Eternity (PC) - All computer gamers will have access to this game, another one funded by Kickstarter. I don't know too much about it, but what I do like interests me a great deal.
 
10. The Elder Scrolls Online (Win/Mac/XBO/PS4) - I doubt I'll play this, since I'd rather not experience the life-sucking abyss that is an MMORPG, but still... I feel the urge to at least give it a shot. 
 
And that's about it; as far as video games go, I'm not quite as obsessive over new titles as I am with movies (mostly because I could see like, 8 movies for the price of some video games). So woohoo


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2014: The Year Ahead (Film)

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 08 2014 · 281 views

It's mega post time! 2014 is a new year, filled with new things to come!
So! Here is the list of my top ten anticipated films; video games to follow!
 
Films in 2014
 
1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - this one is pretty simple, really; the first one is my favorite film of all time, and the trailer has shown that the visuals have improved dramatically and the music should be just as amazing. The only question remaining for me is if I'll enjoy the plot.
 
2. Interstellar - Christopher Nolan's latest directing work sounds extremely promising; time travel, alternate universes, wormholes... all of this is stuff I find extremely interesting and difficult to comprehend (which makes the moments when I understand how what I'm reading works even better), and after his previous films, who wouldn't be excited? 
 
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - I feel like this one is a bit of an unusual choice; based upon the Peabody's Improbable History segments of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show in the 1960s, it's about a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his adopted boy Sherman as they travel through time. I haven't seen either of those things from 50 years ago, but the concept sounds whimsical enough to work for me (plus, time travel).
 
4. The Maze Runner - While the third book in the trilogy was disappointing for the lack of answers, overall I really enjoyed this series and can never really decide whether I like this one or the second the best. While I am really looking forward to this... I am also very nervous. Films based upon books are very fifty-fifty; for every Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or Hunger Games you've got a Twilight (ugh), a Percy Jackson, etc. 
 
5. Into the Woods - I had no idea this was coming until a friend of mine pointed it out to me recently; while I have no idea what the Into the Woods musical is like, this is also the same friend who introduced me to Les Miserables and who provided the final push for me to go see Frozen - a small but exceptionally good track record. I await this film eagerly and giddily. 
 
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - The only reason this is not higher is because the other films so far are all new (minus the sequel to the best movie ever, of course). That said, I'm interested to see if they can maintain the same quality that Catching Fire had, since it was easily one of my favorite films of 2013. If they can maintain the steady release schedule and the quality, I think we'll be in for something special.
 
7. 22 Jump Street - I by no means expect this one to match the first film, but that does not change the fact that I really enjoyed 21 Jump Street and that the trailer for this had me laughing out loud again. All I'm looking for from this is a laugh and I'm very confident that it will deliver. 
 
8. Guardians of the Galaxy - More than the sequels to Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man, I'm looking forward to Marvel Studios' first new film property since 2011. It sounds like it will be a very fun romp, and I'm looking forward to a more "standalone" Marvel title (I don't believe the Guardians are in the next Avengers; their main ties seem to be with Thor at the moment). 
 
9. The LEGO Movie - What would my list be without this? The animation is beautiful, and while the tale might be a little cliche and cheesy at times, there is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a fun movie.
 
10. Edge of Tomorrow - No way, another film dealing with some weird variation of time travel! I wonder if I'm interested in the subject at all. The main character here keeps getting killed in combat, but he's stuck in a time loop and uses it to his advantage to begin fighting off an alien war force.
 
Other Films (in No Particular Order):
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Sabotage
The Expendables 3
Muppets Most Wanted
The Hobbit: There And Back Again
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
RoboCop
Welcome to Yesterday
Divergent
Transcendence
Earth to Echo
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Maleficient
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Giver
Dumb and Dumber To
Annie


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The Day is Finally Here

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Jan 07 2014 · 340 views

Stay tuned for more Bionifight related announcements. I'm bringing it back.


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Bionifight 5 Notes

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Jan 07 2014 · 231 views

BIONIFIGHT 5 NOTES
Teaser 1

·         The final title will not be Bionifight 5, and the number 5 will not be in it whatsoever.

·         It will feature at least ten different, uniquely themed arenas, as opposed to random locations each round. This will help with the structure of the rounds, and will thus enable for more preparations and changes to gameplay to be done.

·         The use of armies will most likely be removed.

·         Special weapons will be heavily re-worked into a new category, to allow for more options.

·         Capture the Flag will be re-worked.

·         The boss battles will be modified to have more structure.

Teaser 2
  • It will be possible to be eliminated from each round.
  • Judging will be re-worked, or possibly removed altogether in certain situations.
  • The PIG will be removed, and the rules will be made clearer.
  • The application sheet may be altered.
  • A new game type will be added that will involve special enemies.
Teaser 4

·         Free For All - Each player is on their own against everyone else in a massive fight to the death. The player with the most health left at the end of the round will be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the number of KOs a player accomplished during a round will come into play.

·         Team Battle (Name Pending) - The players are split into two different teams. Otherwise it is the same as Free For All, except you ay only attack members of the opposite team and an MVP will be crowned.

·         Last Man Standing - Much like Free For All, except the round will continue until only one plyer remains standing.

·         Escape (Name Pending) - The players must battle each other while escaping from a doom that cannot be stopped, such as a rising lava flow or an avalanche.

In addition, I have some more general news.

·         There will be ten different gametypes in the final release, with the possibility of more being added.

·         There may be more than one type of boss battle.

·         Rounds will last for one week as opposed to three days, allowing for better time management.

·         Players will begin each round with a set amount of health; how much health that is will depend on which gametype theyare playing and which modifier is in place for that round. The default is 20 health per player.

 

Just putting this here for organizational purposes... and also because I'm a little curious what people's opinions to these *rough* ideas are.

 

No promises being made here, but I will admit I've finally been starting to feel that Bionifight spark again.




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+1 Vacation Points

Posted by Lucina , in Life Jan 06 2014 · 103 views

I biked to my local cinema yesterday to see The Desolation of Smaug, and when I had to bike home on icy surfaces in icy rain, I successfully asserted that today would be a snow day and extend my Christmas vacation by a whole 24 hours.
 
Which it did. So +1 Vacation points to me. And +1 Psychic points too, because usually stuff like that jinxes it.
 
There is apparently a blizzard warning in effect right now, so I am 100% guaranteed to go to school tomorrow, since the transport board and school board are both just wacky like that.


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The Desolation of Smaug

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 05 2014 · 243 views

Smaug was fantastic. Voice acting for him was far superior to what I had envisioned (which was amazing, so it's even better). Easily the highlight of the film.
 
Speaking of which; while the film is certainly far better than An Unexpected Journey, I don't think it has yet met the expectations of an entry in the Lord of the Rings series. Two films was stretching the story, but three is just ridiculous. It feels really stretched, and you can tell that the filmmakers were playing for time.






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