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Gaming Discussion / Final Fantasy Online Two 2, Not Shit Edition
« on: October 14, 2013, 04:00:41 PM »
So, free server transfers for Final Fantasy XIV open up tommorrow. I'm on Balmung. You?

Gaming Discussion / Analogue: A Hate Story
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:34:37 AM »
So, this game was actually created by a pretty good pal of mine and I feel the need to give her a plug to maybe get a small bit more attention even if it's just from this community and because it's a genuinely fascinating read. Especially if you're not that well read on Korean history.

But anyway! It came out a bit ago, but today it was just released on Steam and that's as good a reason as any to look back into it, right?

Gaming Discussion / Of Skis and Sworders
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:23:28 AM »

So, Tribes Ascend is pretty goddamn great.

High-Context Discourse / I've Been Cursed
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:50:38 PM »
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days on end? Of course you have. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head in such a strong way that you started memorizing the lyrics involuntarily? Possibly, I'm sure. But were the lyrics in fucking Japanese?

This horrible malady started while talking to a friend and I expressed the admittedly unfair statement that I've never heard a single good J-Pop track, so I came to the conclusion it is soulless garbage even compared to the worst commitee formed pop music in the western world. And they agreed in the grand scheme of things, but then she linked me a YouTube video of one that she thought was actually pretty good on its own merits.

And I made the awful mistake of listening to it. Not because it was bad! I have to say, it's definitely got it's own charm and thing going on. It's a mistake because it DOES NOT LEAVE MY HEAD EVER. And this is the first time I've not been able to scour away a song stuck in my head by drowning it out with other things. Try and imagine the horror on my face while listening to the guitar solo in Bark at the Moon and only being able to hear RURANRA RURANRA RURANRA YAY YAY shouting... nay, *vociferating* over it.

For these reasons I have come to conclude it is not a song, but a memetically transferred contagious brain disease. So I post this here in hopes of afflicting you and maybe being freed of this burden in return. Come, drink in my sorrow. My shame. Listen to the opening of Carnival Phantasm, Super☆Affection. Cleanse me of this anguish.

Carnival Phantasm Opening PV

Gaming Discussion / EA = Killdozer
« on: January 01, 2012, 04:46:44 AM »

World of Warcraft / Nostalgia
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:24:41 AM »
So, I finally got around to adding the World of Warcraft soundtracks to my playlist and properly organizing and tagging them. And man. Is that audio a trip down memory lane. When "Shadow of the Necropolis" came up, for the first time in my life I had what could only be described as a flashback. Most tangible series of memories I've ever experienced.

For me, Vanilla was definitely the highlight of my times in the game. And 40 man Naxxaramas were some of the most poignant experiences I've had in a cooperative game. A lot of hard fought and earned victories, a lot of shameful nights of failure, and just tons of good times at someone's (a lot of it my own) expense. And fuck Thaddius, he can go right to hell.

Our first night in Naxx was the most grand TPK I had ever seen. We just got our first Instructor Rasuvious kill, and while there was only a bit more time everyone was high on good feelings, so we cleared to Patchwerk for credit for that one ring quest. And somehow in ways I don't understand or remember, we bugged the shit out of the slimes. They were literally zooming around looking for blood. Somehow we fought off a horrific 4 at once, and as we were rezzing the weak, someone cried "THEY'RE COMING OUT OF THE WALLS!" And oh, they were. They literally flew through the walls like a bad horror movie, and then 40 people just disappeared under a sea of green. Then they corpse camped. I was laughing so hard I was crying.

What are your favorite memories from this game? From hanging around vent, I understand people in these parts had plenty.

Gaming Discussion / Playstation Vita
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:35:11 AM »
In typical fashion, Sony prepares to launch a new console by stumbling.

One of the new features is backwards compatibility with your old PSP games! What you do is you is you download the UMD passport app into your PSP, it will read the UMD discs you have to Sony, and then Sony will permit you the privilege of purchasing the games you already own for a discount.

Assorted Creations / Considering Trying 40K Tabletop
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:08:09 AM »
Ever since DOW2, I really dove into the lore of 40K with the help of the 40K wiki and I find the universe fascinating in general. Recently, I've gotten an urge to try out the tabletop version but the cost is... prohibitive. I don't really want to blow 70 dollars on a battleforce and then learn that that the units it comes with suck or that I hate the army in general, and the friend I'm dragging into this with me has the same concern. I'm wondering if you guys have a suggestion on maybe doing a test game with me and him using tokens to substitute the models and the literature I would need to have to make this work, wasting only a minimum amount of money.

If there's no easy way to do it, I may just go halfsies with my friend on the Assault on Black Reach set, which seems to be a good entry point into the game and a better idea than both of us just getting a battleforce.

Gaming Discussion / Max Payne
« on: September 14, 2011, 08:22:48 AM »

Max Payne 3 is great news! I'm a bit worried about how all the cutscenes displayed were not in graphic novel style, though.

High-Context Discourse / Terrablox and You: Why You Want Them
« on: June 09, 2011, 01:37:52 AM »
My buddy Trevor came up with a great idea, and he's currently gathering what he needs to get started. It turns out manufacturing quality injection molds are *really goddamn expensive* from the perspective of a normal person. This fine community has many people that enjoy games of the tabletop persuasion so I thought I might do everyone a favor and just point out this out. He calls them Terrablox.

Quote from: T
My name is Trevor, I've been working as a graphic designer for a few years. I've done work designing cards for board and collectible card games, and I've started becoming more interested in tabletop games.

I found myself wanting simple, abstract, very modular, and setting-agnostic 3D terrain. Something that can be built quickly, stored easily, and would look and feel cool on the tabletop.

I've known about Dwarven Forge for a long time and thought it was great, but it's very expensive and sort of specialized. Heroscape (now out of print) is also neat, but not really the right size to use for typical RPGs and wargames, which are measured in inches, and many players do not like hexes.

But I thought, what if you just had cubes that linked together horizontally and stacked vertically? Have a handful of "natural" colors that you could intepret as a wide variety of materials. Make them one inch so they work with a lot of gaming systems. Plastic so they're durable, lightweight, and cheap.

I obviously have a personal interest in seeing this get done, but it's a goddamn great idea that I think a lot of people would be interested in. They would be much, much cheaper than Dwarven forge tiles, much more exciting than just cardboard dungeon tiles, and simple enough that you can construct your dungeon on the fly as PCs get into sight range of everything. As soon as he gets enough funds to get the mold done, he can start taking preorders; a set of 125 like the one that's the last picture of the page in that link will go from $40 to as low as $25 depending on demand... though I don't think that will be a problem if he can get past this step.

Did I mention there was a link?

« on: May 24, 2011, 10:51:46 AM »

So now that we have cold hard proof that it exists, who else can I expect to see on the battlefield, stealing my babes?

High-Context Discourse / Noronondor/yyler's Steam account is phished!
« on: October 28, 2010, 02:29:52 PM »
Frankly, I can't remember who is using right now, but I got a message from them and a link to check the not-Steam forums. Norondor, check your passwords.

Gaming Discussion / Gaming Knowledge Quiz
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:24:11 AM »

Kind of a fun little diversion. Really annoyed me since it took forever to load, but it turned out alright.

My first try I got up to level 80 something with 27,000 points but then I really needed to pee.

High-Context Discourse / Internet Easter Eggs
« on: June 15, 2010, 03:43:07 AM » Stay on the main page and enter the Konami code.

Edit: It's been fixed apparently. :(

High-Context Discourse / The Science of Humor in the Workplace
« on: May 01, 2010, 09:23:28 AM »

Hello! We're glad you stopped by to see how seriously we take humor. No, this page isnít a joke. It's part of a complete set of professional development competencies that we developed with educators for educators. Seriously.

I'm all for people recognizing that making a meeting/class/whatever fun is the best way to increase productivity... but the irony in this is so grand it has to be some kind of gigantic meta-joke.

World's Most Scientific Institute / How do you enter the shower?
« on: April 09, 2010, 09:20:44 PM »

(I can't take credit for the pic, but it is what inspired me.)

Personally, I use my foot instead of my hand, but definitely option 3 here.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Report Software Piracy!
« on: April 08, 2010, 07:40:26 PM »
So I was surfing today, and I come across this banner ad reading "One in five pieces of software is unlicensed. Stealing is wrong, report it." or something like that. The link went to The Business Software Alliance. I was entertained at the thought of people spending so much on this site to get the general public to help, when it is in fact the general public that are the filthy criminals. Literally every person I have ever known has engaged in, aided, or abetted piracy in some form. Who didn't use Napster? How many people in the world paid for Photoshop or MS Word? Hell, I know housewives that use R4s to play DS games. I mean, sure, there is the "chance for a million dollar reward," but who is seriously going to point the finger for things that they don't see as criminal?

World's Most Scientific Institute / Favorite Turtle
« on: April 05, 2010, 12:08:32 AM »
I always liked Donatello. I figured this had to do with the fact that my first exposure to the franchise was the hilariously imbalanced NES game.

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