Real or Hoax?

Why are people so quick to dismiss something unknown as a hoax? I ask this coming on the heels of my review of The Fourth Kind yesterday. Prior to watching the movie I did not know the background story or the fact it was all Hollywood born. None of what was witnessed actually took place and the archived video footage and audio clips were made for the movie. Yet, even before facts surfaced and research was done to legitimize the piece, people were already calling, “BS!”

What’s worse many people don’t or can’t back up their opinion with any sort of fact when they attempt to disprove the story. Rarely will an individual have first hand knowledge or even have experienced a similar situation, but before striking out with your opinion, do some research. I know we can’t take everything we read on the Internet as valid or even close to the truth.

Today on Godlike Productions (GLP) comes another alien video shot in real time of a small, extraterrestrial, who quickly spins to look away from the camera. Real or hoax? You can view the video here.

Unfortunately what usually happens on sites like GLP or Above Top Secret a few posters will ridicule those who “wanna believe.” Now the video above has already been debunked as being CGI (Created using Vue 9). But the fact remains it’s still rather impressive to view and make you think twice, was that real or just a hoax?

I tend to take the approach of “it’s real until it’s debunked.” Usually it’s the later of the two that wins out, based on research and comments about a given video or image. When something cannot be validated as a hoax, more questions seem to rise. But that is part of investigation, finding answers. In the words of The X-Files Fox Mulder, “I wanna believe.”

Terror de Urban

Wow! It was one of the best weeks every for Urban Terror! Hard to compare to a real event like Quakecon, which was amazing in its own right. But this was different. The team is a much closer group of individuals in the past. That does not take away the development work of previous team members. Maybe it is the interaction and how we work together as a team, some together or nearly 5 years!

The release was something special in its own right. Coming off one of our longest development cycles we wanted to make sure everything was right. Was it? Of course not. There were issues pre-release and now post release. Even during the release we were a bit tardy with the files to the host FTPs, which in turn made the files about 30 minutes late. But hey, it’s close enough for government work.

The community support for the release was amazing! We had over 250+ gamers in each of the #urbanterror channels on Quakenet and ETG, along with some 450+ watching the pre-release party on Stickam Video and another 100+ tuned in on the radio side. We applaud the community for their turn out and I believe we have impressed the majority of the gamers with the release. But there is still that small percentage, of which I won’t rant about now.

The past week has been spent in support of the Urban Terror release. Many are still working tirelessly at updating files, talking to community gamers, playing the game and answering questions. This is just part of that “cycle” I spoke about during Urban Radio last weekend. Of course you would NEVER find this sort of support from a development team if this were a retail project bound for the shelves. It’s unfortunate, but I guess when money dictates actions and money dictates getting a good looking game released as opposed to a well playing game…

Anyway, big props to the Urban Terror community for coming through and believing in the development team. I know many had their doubts that A) this release would happen and B) it would cause this sort of noise to bring gamers back into the community.

One last note, while at Easter dinner last night, I had the pleasure of downloading, installing and starting ioUrbanTerror.exe (used in conjunction with the mod files). Folks, if you just follow the directions, you will have NO PROBLEMS! Yes, it is that simple of an install, easier than it was with the mod files, as I had to restart three times on my own machine with the mod installer.

Magic Missiles & Boots of Escapement

Now, I am not a big TV watching, couch potato. Even with a DVR I don’t watch much of what I record because I don’t have time. There are really only a few shows that I will tape from time to time, but when I watch them, who the hell knows.

Two days ago, I am sitting in class (for work) during training and one of the other guy (who is a Train Controller, like me) gets going on some skit that took place. I am only listening halfheartedly to his explanation and the setup. What really made it funny was the very end, where this little dwarf guy runs away screaming “boots of escapement, boots of escapement!”

Well, it only took a few minutes on the Internet before I found the piece, which was actually on the television show, Reno: 911. Again, another show I never saw, but someone told me it had it’s roots in the movie, Super Troopers. Although, Vermont and California are on opposite parts of the country, I don’t know if his comments about the origin are even correct. Here is the scene that I found so funny