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The Big Game

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The Big Game

An Article by Sports Reporter Joe “Monster Hands” Manassas

The Big Game is here! No, you aren’t going to see the familiar Blue, White and Gold of the Captains’ jerseys on the field. You aren’t going to see the gold toothed grin of Captain Corsair, our venerable and beloved mascot as he pumps up the crowd for the team, dueling the coach with his foam sword and doing his inimitable victory dance. You aren’t going to see the lovely Wenchettes flipping their pom poms and performing acrobatics the likes of which you have never seen, between super-expensive, weird tv commercials.

  Why not? Well, as always, if you want to know, talk to the Hands...

No one new to Titan City can miss the fact that our team is beloved. Tricorn hats, old school lunchboxes shaped like treasure chests, fancy boots; the team is not hurting on the money front, the merchandise sells like, well, Captain Cakes (just a hint of orange flavor to fight off the scurvy. Yarr). Those same newcomers always do a double take when they see the numbers. How do we pack Titan Colosseum (newly refurbished with a retractable dome, ready for us to host the Big Game here) every week when we have a losing record?

  Because it’s our team, that’s why! And we love our team. How can we not love the plucky underdogs who work so hard training in the offseason, give so much to the community, and then go out and give it their all? They’re like family, especially Alan Capulet, the beloved coach. They’re all Titan City fixtures, and they’re all good, clean kids. Even if they never win, we’re happy to have people like this in our fair city.

Which is just as well, because - and this is the deal, sports fans - Titan City isn’t allowed to win. If the Captains win, then “obviously” it’s because someone on the team is a super, or they’re doping with some new superscience drug (conveniently impossible to detect or disprove), or someone’s using mind control on the referees or whatever. We’ve heard it all before. We hear it every time the Captains make the playoffs. Mike Thorkulson rushed 18,400 yards in 2007, and it was chased off the team because breaking a record meant he was ‘obviously’ superhuman. Then New York’s Shane Smith ran 18,427 the next year, but that was a crowning jewel of human achievement. It never ends, folks.

  Our boys are clean. Super clean. Squeaky clean. Heck, I even got investigated when I was on the team because of the size of my hands! Ladies, the Hands are here to tell you. I’m no mutant, just a freak. Ever since the Incident, the Captains have watched their food and their training regimen, but that cloud of suspicion always rises every time we get close to the playoffs, and I have been on that field folks; it does affect how you play.

Yes, I mentioned the Incident. We all remember 2005, although none of us want to talk about it. The season’s over for us, so what’s the harm? One guy ever gets his hands on the super-drug Chaser, thinking it will give him an edge. Then a hard tackle makes him belch fire all over a linebacker. Sure, it was shameful. I’m not going to say it was right. But it was one guy, one time, and now that cloud is going to haunt us forever? I say bull.

Titan City may have more super types per capita by far than any other city in the world because of our lax laws on supers. We may have a lot of super science and magic. But if there is one thing Titan City knows, it is that you can’t have the mask and cape crew do everything for you. Some things are best handled by good old regular guy know-how and guts. And one of those things is Football!

Mark my words. Supers are getting to be more and more populous worldwide. One of these days, one of the big teams is going to have their Incident. Maybe that will make everyone start letting a little bit of the super onto their pro teams. Maybe that will make everyone work as hard as our Captains do to be spotless. But either way, some day, as they say, the playing field will be even.

Never give up hope, Captains Fans! We are going to have our day in the sun! We are going to see Captain Corsair dance under the goalposts! We are going to host the Big Game some day, and we are going to win! And we all know why!

Say it with me, as you read this on your phones and on your laptops! Say it with me as you read the paper on the bus stops and in the barber shops! Let this city ring with the chorus! Anyone can make it in Titan City!

That’s all from me this year on the Big Game, folks. As always, if anyone asks, the Hands went that-a-way.

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    1. Craig E Ransom on

      Interesting update! And how true it would be if COT was real world.

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      peter burczyk on

      This gives me an idea for a time displaced Viking who plays for the captains. Also I like why titan city is the super capital of the world, it's very realistic.

    3. David Guillot on

      Thanks for the themed update. Not every update has to be about the nuts and bolts of the game. I actually like the more "this is the design concept" type of Update myself. Like the cab driver's stories or any background information in any shape

    4. Spiritunicorn on

      Sparkle sparkle! *sits in the park eating ice-cream*

    5. Missing Worlds Media Creator on

      To absent friends, Little Unicorn. To Jester and Shia and Captain Valor and Geisha and everyone in the Park. And to you. Sparkle Sparkle!

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      Shane on

      Thanks MWM for responding to my comment. I appreciate the additional info and now I kinda feel like a jerk for being a bit critical

    7. Spiritunicorn on

      Also Ascendant was a friend and I miss him a lot! Special little unicorn hugs to Ascendant, wherever you are...

    8. Spiritunicorn on

      Yay! for Well timed update! Yay!

      It may be Birdy vs. Horsey time in the other world but in this one we can support the Captains all the way! Yay!

    9. Missing Worlds Media Creator on

      I met Ascendant on the day the Rikti came down from the sky. It was the last day of Beta and a guy stood up and made a speech. I thought he was a dev.

      I stood with him in Steel Canyon, and I fought with him, side by side, from the north tram, to the side streets, back to the hospital. They spawned in the hospital, even on the second floor, but we pushed them back. We pushed them back to the tram, and then we went to clear the rest of King's Row out.

      He was a special guy. He was my friend. He was one of the reasons I joined this project.

      He will not be forgotten.

      - Warcabbit

    10. Captain Titan-Defender of Phoenix Rising on

      Tell me you a Still going to have something special planned in the City for ( Ascendent )? It was brought up when we all got the news, So check your forms for it,

    11. Missing Worlds Media Creator on

      I'll actually tell you what's going on. See, the thing about a game is that it's 90% boring stuff and 10% pretty stuff. Once you get the code and rules in, you can tell lots of people 'go make costumes now'. So, it'd be great to just throw up zones for you to see, we need to get the architecture and underlying terrain working. Then you just build on it according to the plans. It's a foundation. Right now, we've got a big pit and a couple pipes - which is better than it was a month ago, we got the pipes to the location now, and it's now a big pit instead of an empty lot - and we're about to pour the concrete slab, but really, unless you're fascinated by pipes and concrete, you're not going to be all that thrilled.

      Right now, we could show you the heightmap for a couple locations. It's a grey bumpy thing. And critical.

      Or, as costumes go. Let's talk about shirts. CoH, shirts were just painted on top of your body mesh. We're hoping to go beyond that. In a whole bunch of ways. So, let's take Westley's Pirate Shirt from The Princess Bride. It's cloth! It's on top of your body. Okay. Now we see a gem, let's socket that _into_ the chest for a nice glow, makes it look like an Arc Reactor a little. Then... ooh, gladiator armor for the left arm. Put that right over the shirt.

      Now, doing that by hand is easy. But if you do it wrong... well, that gem in the chest intersects a pre-existing mesh. Either that means the gem vanishes or the chest does. The shirt's fine, but it doesn't load fully deformed under weight, so that gladiator armor pops off at the speed of light and heads to the far corner of the map.

      The trick we're doing right now is figuring out a way to define the rules so that we can automatically load those layers of armor and clothes on top of the body, so the player can put costumes together, and have it look right, instead of a horrible twisted mess.

      The thing is, none of this has pretty graphics. In fact, it doesn't even have amusing graphics. It's all code and planning. Once it's done, it's done for everything.

      But right now? Nothing to show.

      We will give you gameplay elements. We will give you powers and zones and screenshots.

      When they're ready.

      But not until then.

      That's really the best we can offer. We want a quality game, not something that looks pretty early and then fails because we spent all the time working on things to show you guys rather than developing the game. And right now, at the stage we're in, they pretty much are either one or the other.

      So.

      Get out there. Root for a team or a commercial. (I liked the new Cheerios ad.)

      Have fun. Relax. We're gonna BLOW YOUR MINDS... but it'll be a little while.

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      Ken Shaw on

      Come on, it was just a little fire. Is that so wrong?

      Great bit of flavor. Hopefully we can have some missions to save the team from various things and keep things clean on the field.

    13. Chris S. aka Pepsiman
      Superbacker
      on

      It's Super Bowl weekend, why not have a themed updated?

      I know not everyone gives a damn about sports, but some of us do, and the designers want to show how immersive and detailed this city will be. Not everything about this game will appeal to 100% of the player base.

      Also, I'm hoping the Fightin' Meerkats make an appearance, maybe as the local college mascot.

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      Shane on

      Don't get me wrong. I am grateful...GRATEFUL...for any and all updates concerning the development of our new home. But with us all having to wait so long before we can resume our heroes' journey, would it not make more sense to focus on the actual gameplay elements like what the powers are looking like, or how the costume creator is coming along, maybe a screenshot or two of some zones? Something like a fully functional football stadium with a team backstory seems like a feature kind of low on the priority list to me, especially since the development team is working on this stuff "after hours"

    15. Missing Worlds Media Creator on

      Hey, someone caught the error!
      Sometimes the Hands speaks before he thinks.

      Actually, quite frequently.

      On the other hand, he's no "Well, what you got here is a guy who's got the ball, and he's got to throw the ball, and someone's got to get the ball."

      (He keeps breaking the chalk.)

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      Jason King on

      This is GREAT! I'd root for the Titan City Pirates over either of the teams in this weekend's Super Bong! :)

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      Cryo on

      Just in time for Suberb Owl Sunday, woohoo!

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      Paul Kennedy on

      Great update, I like the Wenchettes already.

    19. Kelly Creighton on

      I love that Titan City will have a football team, and I love that it's pirate themes! Living in Tampa Bay, I can relate to having a bunch of Buccaneers around who do great things for the community, but have a hard time pulling off more than a couple wins. I also love that we're gonna have an airport. I assume we'll have schools and a mall too?

      I really appreciate the effort that's going into making Titan City as much of a "real" city as possible. The game, she be in good hands!! <3

    20. David Gable - Janitor of Phoenix Rising on

      Nice update, except about the rushing totals. 18,400 rushing yards in a season!? That's extremely unrealistic, maybe even with superpowers. The NFL record for rushing yards in a season is Eric Dickerson's 2,105. The record for rushing yards over an entire *career* is Emmitt Smith's 18,355.

    21. Bryan A. Ellis on

      Instead of the Wenchettes, it should be the Corsettes. Just sayin'.

    22. Milan Dare on

      Great update! I don't follow gridiron but when I substitute 'cricket' this sounds fantastic. No? Okay, you had to be here. Keep up the great work MWM!

    23. NinaGuardian:PhoenixRising'sModelCitizen on

      I'm still gonna call them the Fightin' Meercats ;)

    24. Missing Worlds Media Creator on

      This is part of the Integrated City philosophy we have. We intend to fit as much of an actual _city_ into the game as we can. The stores, the landmarks, the tunnels and bridges. The Sports Stadium and the Airport are two of the locations we've had quite a few ideas about fitting in over the months. Trust me, there's going to be gameplay to be had in a football stadium. Heck, the Globetrotters had their own superhero cartoon. Now dig this! Now dig this!

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      mrinku on

      Stuff about the city's football team on Superbowl weekend. Made perfect sense to me.

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      Crowe on

      I read this one twice. WTH is this update about? Seems pretty far off the usual stuff. Let's get back on track please.

    27. Michael O. on

      You guys were going to use "Sxxxx Bxxx" I'll bet ^_^