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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 24, 2014, 05:45:07 PM
GitS:SAC First Connection Online gameplay trailer

While it looks pretty, it seems to be just a straight team shooter rather than a more complex narrative game.

Guns are... depressingly standard.  While they do at least attempt to slightly add some setting-flavor to the models, Masamune Shirow settings are rather well known for their own unique weapon designs.  Heck, there's even one that is intentionally supposed to fit over an M4!

It's a flaw I've noticed in Korean designed shooters before.  Even when they are using a setting with pre-designed equipment, they just shoe-horn in modern day guns, whether it actually fits with the setting or not.

Cool armor, though.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: November 24, 2014, 03:32:21 PM
I'm surprised that someone hasn't done that "make units more in line to their faction's culture" mod yet.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: November 24, 2014, 02:39:22 AM
Jurassic World teaser

[Insert not-quite-extinct related joke here]
4  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: November 24, 2014, 01:06:40 AM
What's that?  You thought the metal stopped?  You can not stop... THE METAL!!

...Even lazy so-and-sos like me.  Tongue
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: November 23, 2014, 01:40:26 PM
What Does Too Many Cooks Say About the Meaning of Life?

Technically a two-for-one, since you can then check out Too Many Cooks.  Which can get weird if you don't have a mind for it.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 22, 2014, 10:57:50 AM
So I like MovieBob, the movie reviewer for The Escapist, and one of his apparent criteria for if there's something genuinely quality in a movie is if the viewer can remember anything about it later without being prompted.

That might be trickier than you think.  According to Extra Credits and the Idea Channel, it's actually a lot tougher to remember moments in video games, particularly story, unless it was some "awesome" thing that happened during the course of play.  So we might need a different measuring stick when scoring the quality of a game's writing, such as how it interacts with the mechanics of the game itself.

Sort of like how games that get rather meta tend to be remembered more than games that try to play their genres straight.  We remember them because the game is talking directly to the player, instead of having the player be an outside observer to what's happening.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 20, 2014, 07:09:56 PM
Anyone try This War of Mine?  I hear it's rather evocative, and a fresh take on war in gaming.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 20, 2014, 05:40:33 PM
Found this in the 2kgames forum:

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News flash!

 Jake Solomon has published a few tweets today about the fate of the Volunteer:
 "I don't think I've ever said this before, but your ultimate psi soldier in XCOM, "The Volunteer," does NOT die at the end of the game."

 "Everybody assumes that the soldier dies, but actually, they disappear before the Temple Ship explodes. I'm not sure anyone got that"

 But he also added at the end:
 "To be crystal clear, I'm not hinting at anything with this, just wanted to share that your Volunteers are alive. They did good."

Well.  Isn't that interesting...
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: November 20, 2014, 04:14:42 PM
All 110 Times Homer Simpson Said "Mmm"

... Really.  Someone really loves this show.
10  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 09:54:02 AM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: November 18, 2014, 05:40:40 PM
Peanuts official trailer

Only one thing to say: Oh good grief.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: November 17, 2014, 09:47:15 PM
Tabletop is back

(click to show/hide)

One thing that bugs me: why do you get more points for having monkeys in the bathing pool?  Doesn't having monkey hair everywhere reduce hygienic quality?
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 17, 2014, 04:19:55 PM
You know one thing I find funny about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: that they are doing a zombie mode at all.  I mean, I understand why they did it, and of all things zombies in exo-suits is actually the most logical next step for zombie media.
The thing is, what with the exo-suits, the lasers, the jet packs, and so on, and a developing team behind a game that takes place in space, I would think that these theoretical future soldiers would be perfect for a bug hunt.
Meh, maybe next time.

In other news: Free Goat MMO Simulator patch coming soon

Yes.  Apparently Goat Simulator is still going.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: November 17, 2014, 02:32:59 PM
I have to say, this week's Epic Rap Battle ends the most... logically.  (Sporadic language warning, as normal for ERB)
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: November 16, 2014, 03:31:32 AM
Just a small update from my last two posts: Hoverboards are going to be a thing.  Giant robots, not so much.

On a sidenote: apparently someone attempted to fund a Gears of War Arma 3 mod, sort of take a more sim take on the game.  As of this post, there are three days to go, and precisely $1 has been donated.  Admittedly the page itself didn't inspire a great deal of confidence, but I get the feeling that Gears of War may have gone the way of the 360.
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