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Monday, September 11, 2006

What's in a Signature?

Well, now that everyone is developing a keen eye for the subtle details, entreat yourself to the following. These are two clips taken from the video game Tomb Raider: Legend. The first is a quick overview. See if you can identify the "esoteric candy."



Ok, grant it, the quality is not as sharp as we would like it to be and the wide angle does not help us much either. I must admit that this serves more of a teaser than anything else. So, in this second clip we zoom in to the feature attractions.



Did you catch them all? Let's test everyone's sense of observation and see who can identify them all in the comments. The next question we ask here, is this strictly an artist's rendering? That could explain a lot of things here in terms of why we see so many objects of interest in one place or "shot." However, in the game, this local is in Peru. More and more games these days are "rendered" against actual locations. If this is a rendering of an actual town square somewhere in Peru, the even more intriguing this gets. Just what is Eidos and Crystal Dynamics trying to convey or communicate here?

9 Comments:

  • At 7:10 PM, September 11, 2006, Blogger Salt said…

    Beyond the 5 Pt. star (pt down), there is much (pagan and catholic) imagery.

    Anyway, a question you ask is "Just what is Eidos and Crystal Dynamics trying to convey or communicate here?"

    Ok, you seem to be alluding to an ulterior purpose. I find none other than the making of a game. If the image is based from a video or series of pictures of an actual place(s) in Peru, being as Catholic as it is - why would anyone be surpised? (I think it is a compilation of various images.)

    So the answer is - absolutely nothing intentional, other than a backdrop for another game.

    Understanding the imagery will probably not help one play the game - but then, one never knows.

    My opinion is that many people use such images without really knowing what they mean.

     
  • At 10:57 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Raker Tooth said…

    "use such images without really knowingwhat they mean"
    Ha! Or what they're going to mean. I'm refering to what I think is a rather old, small metal sign I (think I still) have. It's from a tire store. Don't remember the name, but they chose the swastika as their logo. Probably was a company in the 20's or 30's, that just liked the way that old Tutonic symbol looked. Probably did a swift 'company image upgrade' come 1939.

    As far as viewing the videos goes, I didn'teven try, as this dial up makes videos a royal pain. Even if I did see what you're refering to, I wouldn't know the context.

    Anyway-y-y-y, earlier this week, I was thinking that maybe there's some sort of psychological denial/comfort thing that goes on in people's minds, it makes it easier to deny 'conspiracy theories', and say things like: "Dread is a kook".

    I myself have been skeptical for years. I've been around it for a long time, but after seeing some bizzare newsletters, and expensive books for sale ($70 each), I figured that a lot of it was just a way of selling fear, and supplying said addiction. I even Googled "disproving conspiracy theories", there wasn't much available at the time.

    However, after thinking about 'the dialectic' I'm not so doubtful. I woke the other morning, and starting thinking about voting. Was I going to repeat the 'lesser of two evils' thing? I started wondering just how obvious are the similarities between the two major parties? Here are a few that came to mind: They both have no problem with the FRB, they both have no problem with the removal of the gold standard, WTO, war in Iraq, and illegal immigration. Probably could name more, if I thought about it longer.

    I don't know anything about the CFR, Trilatteral commision, bankers or wealthy family groups. That's not what I'm talikg about. What I'm getting at are things that are obvious to anyone, little or no research required. It's not like the early days of research on subatomic particles. Then, they didn't have electron microscopes. They had to deduce the existence of protons, nuetrons, and electrons, by experiments that left circumstancial evidence.

     
  • At 11:27 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Raker Tooth said…

    Oh hey, I just scrolled further down your blog and read how you wanted everyone that posts to have read ROE before posting. Rules is rules, I understand if you don't approve the comment. I'll get the book when I can.
    Talk to you later.

     
  • At 10:02 PM, October 15, 2006, Blogger DrFix said…

    Ye olde pentagram... Other than the ubiquitous Catholic church in the center of your South American pueblo I can't see anything else.

    You need to set up some sort of mailing list or Skype conversation dude! Unless I have some hard coded times listed its hard to keep up with things.

    Have read ROE and its interesting while also a tad depressing. On that we should discuss.

     
  • At 1:29 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger fooser77 said…

    Thanks for all the comments guys. Apologies to all for my apparent absence. I was recently promoted at my job (internet industry) which entails a whole new schedule. I now work Fri - Mon, 7am - 6pm. Those are 10 hr days. I get up at 5am, leave for work at 6am, and usually don't get home until after 7pm most times. Does not leave me a whole lot of time before bed at 11pm. Conversely, my days off will be Tue - Thurs. Strange, but effective for me at least, and I am enjoying it.

    On this present day off, I confess to being a "scatterbrain." I'm torn trying to respond to these recent comments by sitting at my home desk, and getting that wifi laptop I have envied for the past year. Do I continue to respond to these comments with a secondary expanded post at my inside desk, or do I focus like a laser beam on getting that wifi laptop and do the same sitting by my apt complex pool (with free wifi), or via the many Austin wifi spots that will sport many a college coed in same vincinity? I can see you all get my drift here. Back soon...

     
  • At 10:32 PM, October 21, 2006, Blogger JDHazim said…

    All right, I'm all a titter to start chapter 20 of ROE. The mysterious stanger of Manly Hall's legend about the night of 7/4/1776 in independence hall... I'm like Neo right after swallowing the red pill right now. I can't imagine what's next!

     
  • At 10:02 AM, October 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dread, I just picked up ROE at the local library, and I'm about half way through. Very interest book. I've believed for years that the RCC is the Bablyon mystery religion mentioned in the book of the Revelations. Have you ever read Alexander Hyslop's "Bablyon Mystery Religion"? The book gives great detail supporting Saussy's contentions.

    Orville

     
  • At 11:03 PM, November 07, 2006, Anonymous Jay D said…

    I read ROE through once and reread some of the more interesting chapters.

    Saussy tries very hard to establish the Black Pope as the ultimate mastermind. He makes an interesting case, but I have trouble believing the feasibility of that.

    I think it is the ideas that hold the whole thing together. The brand of mystical spirituality of the Freemasons meshed well with what Catholicism is really about and there might have been more-or-less open (but not public) alliance between them at the time of the revolution instead of one person secretly manipulating the chess board.

    Other than that, the most revealing bit of information is how much we are invited to look at the US government as if it were Rome. "Capitol Hill" (Capitoline), the fasces (complete with laurels), the eagle, the architecture, etc. The Apotheosis of George W. certainly does not depict a government by the people, for the people, of the people. I think I am mostly convinced that the US was never, ever, intended to be anything of the sort.

    If Ben Franklin actually said "A Republic madam, if you can keep it." It was the first bit of propaganda establishing the illusion that the actions of "the people" are what keeps the government going. Who were the first presidents? That lady's next-door neighbor, or the very men who established the new Roman government?

    Those are some of my thoughts on the book, for what they're worth.

     
  • At 3:52 PM, November 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey guys, just wanted to pass on some mp3 links to those with Ipods to hear...

    Here it is... Ayn Rand speeches, Bill Cooper's Mystery Babylon series (close to 40hrs worth of radio shows), and a very nice audio version of 1984 from the BBC, with assorted other stuff like Alex Jones and Jack Blood Radio show archives. Would any of you happen to know if there's an audio version of ROE available? If not...you should talk the author into doing a podcast of it, Dread.

     

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