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Introduce Yourself / Re: ...more like a re-introduction.
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:00:18 PM »
1. Yes, kaneda is from the movie Akira. One of my all time favourite movie characters. The name's also given to a character in the movie Sunshine, although he's a captain so he's Captain Kaneda, which gave me a chuckle.

2. I haven't seen or spoken to Dark in a looooong while, so I wouldn't hold my breath on a reappearance any time soon.

3. The lads and I have been on the hunt for Neo since we all reconnected, but nothing concrete enough to find him. He sacrificed himself for the salvation of Zion though, so that might have something to do with it. And I'm glad there's someone who got some kind of perverted enjoyment from our radio shows...for whatever reason.

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VC Un-Modded Stunting Video Releases / Re: FREAKED OUT
« on: February 16, 2021, 09:49:13 PM »
Just plain groovy. I'm liking this trend (it may be a trend, or I could be wrong) of remaking older vids. It's wonderfully nostalgic and makes me want to do a remake of a classic myself - inspiration always wins points. Reviewing a vid that's a remake of an existing vid is tough, however. I don't exactly recall the first version and can't locate it anywhere (although did stumble across an SFH remake of Apparition - neat), but a remake kinda speaks for itself so I'm assuming the stunts are those that appear in the original.

Tall and the short of it is - I liked the vid. The stunts are slick and most are nice and simple, and that's pretty much the way I like stunts at this point - nice and simple. Editing was nice and the colours really popped...maybe a little too much. Also, the end credits just made me want to watch Enemy again - so that's always good.

Nice job to all involved. Keep your eyes out for my remake of your remake because you guys remade a make of something...uh...I don't even remember where this was going. I'm going to watch Enemy.

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USS Video Releases / Re: Mehmet & Silw - Midnight City
« on: January 29, 2021, 10:08:42 PM »
Like everyone - love the retro vibe in this vid. How a vid done in VC (primarily) hasn't before adopted that retro look is beyond me. There may have been one that I missed, but that's the first one I can remember seeing. The inrto made me feel like I was watching the non-existent Vice City 80s TV show - so basically Miami Vice.

The stunts also had a bit of a retro vibe to them. It reminded me of old school vids like Miss This and Torn. Quite a number of blatantly obvious ideas that have somehow escaped everyone else for years. I love it when a stunt makes me think 'well, why the fuck didn't I think of that?'. Nice to see also that ugly terrain is not always a roadblock to a neat stunt - although it CAN be a pain. Oh, and screw you Matt - I was looking for what was possible at that construction site wall and you just stomped all over that  :P

Music choices married into the overall mood of the vid perfectly. However, the closing credit choice made me feel like I was trapped inside the Ocean Beach Hotel again - soooo much time spent with THAT particular track stuck in my brain.

Lovely work, guys. While I love a vid with a lot of polish, I equally love those with a more laid back approach.

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Okay, very VERY late on this one, but it took this long to finish watching the dang thing!

What the hell can I say? I don't know that I've ever seen a vid this polished. Every single frame of it looks utterly gorgeous. I realise that SA can be thanked for a portion of that (that game does look lovely still), but so much of it is down to (I'm assuming) the vid's editor. I lost count of the number of gallery worthy shots and pans. I'm fairly familiar with SA and it's environments, but a lot of the vistas on show here make them look soooo much better. Transitions between stunts are also just tremendous, making me believe that the editor is a burgeoning (or possibly established) film maker. I don't wanna overstate the look of this video, but I got a very distinct Denis Villenueve vibe - really, it's that impressive. Always appreciate also when stunters abandon all sense of ego and let everyone know just how awful their voice acting talents really are - I can relate, trust me. Cut scenes were nicely handled as well. Now I wish that SA had a 'Ring' side mission of some sort. If I had only one minor, barely worth mentioning complaint, I would say that some (only some) of the stunts are kinda robbed of their impact due to cinematic/wide camera angles being used initially, rather than after the first showing. However, that's just a personal preference, being an old timer.

I can't comment on the video, of course, without mentioning the choice in music. I'm guessing this is a fairly contentious element of the vid. Frankly I was left kind of on the fence regarding the music. On the one hand, I love any vid that doesn't blast my eardrums with death metal (or whatever you kids call it these days) or screeching lyricists that are barely comprehensible, or even incomprehensible. And yes, I realise I've been in vids that would fall into that category, so the irony's not lost on me. The music is melancholy and sombre, which I guess fits the theme of the vid - the end of an era for you guys. On the other hand, it does sort of clash with the high octane nature of stunting in general. It would be the perfect music for a vid where the only stunts were being done in Baggage cars and Caddys. That being said - it was at least unique, which wins a lot of my points in my book. Also, any vid that manages to incorporate Talking Heads into it's soundtrack wins +20 smiley points!

Now, naturally, the stunts. It's not surprising that this vid was in the works for 3 years (I remember getting antsy about Lagoon, which took just under 1 year), because the finished product is very obviously the result of a group of guys who weren't happy with 'close enough'. It's a lovely showcase of what you can do in SA that you can't in VC, so kinda throws the whole 'SA stunting isn't for me' outlook right back in my stupid face. One could say that it's just another vid with grinds, bumps, taxi boosts and vehicle bumps, and yeah that would be accurate - except for the 'just another vid' part. It's a hell of a lot more than that. Everything had something else. I was exclaiming 'Woah!' three times in one stunt on numerous occasions (the backwards wheelie down the dirt road was a particular favourite). The level of dedication and time spent to get this last hurrah as good as it can possibly be is (to me) an indication of a tight-knit crew and a good bunch of friends. And being that that is what this whole thing (stunting) SHOULD be about gives this vid an extra +20 smiley points.

Now that's +40 smiley points! And I don't just hand those out willy-nilly. Absolutely deserved. A great vid. A great farewell. A pleasure to behold. Congrats, guys, and I hope that, above all else, you enjoyed your time with the game, and with each other.

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Let me just preface this by saying that San Andreas stunting isn't really my thing. It just never got its hooks in like VC stunting did. That being said, I can still appreciate the style, grace and skill of any stunt, regardless of venue.

And...wow! There are so many aspects of this vid that scream 'community'. And for a vid like this, that's the most important part. So many contributors with so many differing styles. I'm not incredibly well-versed in the new and the old (in regards to individual contributors) but I'm guessing A Grand Occasion has a nice mix of newer guys and more seasoned veterans. There's  a healthy mix of both old school stunt techniques and more recent innovations - which is what I love to see. There was also a surprising lack of stunts utilizing RAD's - not that I'm knocking that technique, but it's lovely to see that not all stunts need to be about 'how high' or 'how far' - simpler stunts are often much more effective. Not having a great deal of experience in SA, I guess it's the hotspot for delectable combo stunts, because they were really on display here. I'm exhausted landing a single stunt! Here we had two, three or more in a long string. And stunts, stunts, stunts! I don't know that I've seen so many and this well-packaged.

Onto that - editing. I absolutely love it when a group of inspired people get together and pool their resources/knowledge to package a vid in a fun and creative way. The coding really makes me wish I'd dabbled more in SA in that regard. So much on screen, so much to keep track - I'm imagining the headaches, but the result elevates the content. Icing on the cake is incorporating that stuff into the stunts. The editing is also simply fantastic. The handoffs between stunts just keep that energy thumping and make the vid so damn watchable, and certainly rewatchable - always the sign of a great vid.

Considering that SA stunting doesn't appeal to me in the same way VC stunting does, I was hooked on A Grand Occasion from beginning to end. A great community video with emphasis on 'community', something I thought was beginning to be buried under the weight of prestige.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: ...more like a re-introduction.
« on: January 23, 2021, 03:39:48 PM »
To be honest, I haven't seen Darkness (Glen) in well over a decade now. That's just the way it goes, I guess.

As for boosting a Taxi - Excelsus left me with nowhere to go. Too damn good.

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VC Un-Modded Stunting Video Releases / Re: CASINO MMXXI
« on: January 23, 2021, 01:25:32 PM »
Ha! Who'd have thought you could get so much mileage out of one small location. Lots of creativity going on in this vid, and just when you think "That's it, there's no more you can do!", there's another ten stunts coming up. I'd love to see an idea like this take off (I'm not sure if this is another in a series of vids like this, so forgive me if that's the case) in other areas - construction site, central park, etc. Pushing stunters to come up with new ideas in old spots.

Great stuff. I'd mention standouts, but that's detracting from the vid as a whole - everyone was a standout.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: ...more like a re-introduction.
« on: January 23, 2021, 12:30:55 PM »
Heeey, so seeing as your reps are such a hot commodity, and you made the mistake of sending me them, I've started selling them to the highest bidder to pay for my hooker-addiction. I hope you don't mind.

Lots of love.

Those will have to be some cheap-ass hookers.

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Introduce Yourself / ...more like a re-introduction.
« on: January 22, 2021, 10:56:19 PM »
Hey all you guys, new and old...

So I haven't posted on here for a looooong while, but Nitz recently dug me up (ironically I had only just a week prior finished GTA: Vice City on the PS4 - who knew?) and re-recruited me back into it. I'll start by saying that I won't have nearly the same amount of forum presence I once had. I'm busier now and just don't realistically have the same free time I once had.

Secondly, I HAVE seen a lot of the stuff from the last 5-7 years, probably not all of it, but a lot. There are some really dedicated guys still kicking it, and a hell of a lot of jaw-dropping newcomers. It's great to see, and naturally great to watch. I'd love to go back and leave comments for every vid that has been posted since way back in the day, but I'm probably kidding myself when thinking that. As a blanket statement for all those and everyone still going - it's fucking great to see. I always had a sense that this would carry on, but the fact that the creativity and style is still going this strong this far into it is a joy to behold. And to everyone who has stuck around for nigh on 15 years now - I doff my cap to you all.

I'm stunting again here and there, but again - time is just not something I have in great abundance these days. I'd naturally love to jump into vids that people are planning to get some stuff out there again, but usable replays are a rare commodity for me these days. If there's a crew 'something something' waiting in the wings, I would obviously earmark anything I have for that first.

Having said all that, I'll be keeping one eye on what everyone else is doing whenever the time permits. It's good to be back, it's good to see everyone still having a blast doing this and it's great to see the creativity and dedication hasn't waned one bit since I was last here.

Thanks guys...

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Modus Operandi Public Section / Re: TurBo - Excelsus
« on: January 22, 2021, 10:28:55 PM »
Caught this at work on a teeny-tiny phone screen YT window. Just re-watched on a bigger screen and I'm glad I took the time - a little screen in no way does this vid justice. It's so great to see Taxi stunting not only still a popular type of stunt, but an evolving one. So many of the stunts in this vid proved that you don't need a high flat wall to nail a great taxi stunt. Sometimes a 3ft fence will do just fine. Tonnes of variety, tonnes of neat precision landings (which can be pricks to get) and a tonne of ingenuity.

I've always maintained that stunting is 90% luck and 10% actual skill - but having said that, knowledge and experience of the way the game works can give you a huge advantage in bringing that luck about a little easier. Excelsus is a vid made by guys who know the game and how it ticks - particularly when it comes to taxis, which can be fickle beasts at the best of times.

Editing was smooth and well executed with some nice coded shots (I do love those) and a general "ah, we're just havin a laugh" attitude, which is great. It's prompted me to delve into MO's back catalogue and see what I've been missing out on.

Great work, guys. It's lovely to know that this stuff is still being made.

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Community Videos / Re: Regeneration - 2012 VC/LC/SAiVC Community Video
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:49:49 PM »
Somebody already mentioned how this vid is indicitave of the 'new' community, and they're absolutely spot on. This is the reason why I liked this community vid - it felt like the current community. There were some old and some 'ho-hum' stunts, but this seems to be the point in the community where the torch is being handed over to the new up-and-comers. The idea that a stunter is gonna check the entire back-catalogue of stunt vids to make sure their stuff is new is ridiculous. Also, from what I was able to gather from the thread for the organisation of the vid, not a lot of contributors were really stepping up (myself included), so there's not much the editor can do but work with what he's got.

It was a solid vid, and in my opinion benefited from a lot of unfamiliar faces. There was some neat creativity (the grind at the bridge, although a little clunky in its execution, was great), and some really stylish use of older methods/locations.

The music and editing were fine, nothing too technical in the editing department, which suits me. I wasn't cranking the volume down to zero in an attempt to save my hearing, and the 'look at what I can do' flashiness wasn't really there. My only quibble with the editing is that some of the cam angles didn't do the stunts a lot of justice.

A fine community vid, and the perfect showcase for those 'stunters to watch'.

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Community Videos / Re: 2012 VC/LC/SAiVC Community Video
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:00:11 AM »
Intertwinedity?

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USS Video Releases / Re: Symphony
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:33:48 AM »
Orgasmic.

Some great creativity and really stylish looking stunts. A lot of standouts (about every stunt was a standout), but I couldn't let the finisher go without saying something - great eye. Stunts like that just make me smile. However, everyone's stuff was really fun to watch - Xtram's grind in LC and Mehmet's boost through the carpark gap in VC (Ugh - I know how ugly that one is) were also noteworthy. Nicely done by all.

Kudos on using Rocket Man in the creds too - not enough classics in vids.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: GTA V Trailer 2
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:29:30 PM »
Okay, THAT trailer makes me a lot more confident about the game. It's not necessarily the graphics or the environment (although they're both cool as shit), it's the characterisations. The protagonists and NPCs seem more interesting than in IV - not that I hated Niko, but most of the other characters were sub-par. This time we have cultural and generational gaps that look as though they'll provide a lot of depth and some laughs (something sorely lacking from IV). As KJ said too, it's more action movie-like and not so 'gritty realism' kinda thing - like the original SA, swinging on boat masts, jumping off crashing trains, etc. This is what I like to see in an action game.

"Bounce? We're bouncing now?" - awesome stuff.

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Movies/TV / Re: Breaking Bad Season 5
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:27:36 PM »
I just wanted to let you know guys that "The Myth Busters" are working on a special episode all about "Breaking Bad". Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul will also be in the show. It will probably come really soon.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/02/mythbusters-breaking-bad-episode/

That's cool as shit. I'd like to see them do another where they test two other things:

- when the RV's battery runs flat and they have to start it using nickel and acid to prime the battery

- when Walter uses thermite from a bunch of Etch-A-Sketch's to burn through a lock

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