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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: May 23, 2015, 01:20:23 PM

Has to be real.  The Youtube vid it links to is the Official Guinness World Record account. That tends to be in the upper levels of reliability.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: May 20, 2015, 06:11:10 AM
Oh, by the by, Heroes of the Storm has entered Open Beta.  Ya got an account, PM me, and I'll try to show you the ropes when I can, though I might be busy trying to build a team for the Forecasting Open tournament.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: May 19, 2015, 05:26:08 PM
Huh.  Expected more of a reaction than that.  Undecided
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: May 18, 2015, 09:24:08 PM
Beyond Earth: Rising Tide - Announcement

Some interesting things:

Expanded naval systems- New ships (Gunboats and Subs)!  New monsters!  Water cities!

New Diplomacy system-  As in, completely replacing the old one.  The goal here is to fill in that "missing personality" that the BE civs had, in a mechanically variable way.

New Civs-  Of course!

Hybrid Affinities-  OH SNAP!  Basically what happens if you "cross-class" in the three "main" affinities, is that you end up getting a completely different affinity path.  And this path is "more than just the average", but a unique identity in its own right.
The example given is the Purity-Supremacy route:  How do you remain pure while still focusing on advanced technology?  Making robots slaves, of course!
I look forward to the debates this new look at Affinities will bring!  Grin
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: May 14, 2015, 08:00:55 AM
Just in case anyone wants to see what the final product of Invisible Inc. will look like: Splattercat's let's play
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: May 14, 2015, 12:09:55 AM
Invisible Inc.'s hit full release.  Anyone who wants their XCOM Spycraft, now's a good time.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Webcomics on: May 11, 2015, 01:28:41 PM
Outsider, a story about a boy's first contact with blue-skinned space babe elves.

Seems to be suffering major schedule slip, though.  And apparently ground battles just aren't a thing in this universe, which is sad.  I likes me some ground-pounding.
8  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: May 08, 2015, 04:05:49 PM
Apparently the LSAT program gets us the CT LMG, which is 8.3 pounds lighter than a normal SAW, though the ammunition isn't compatible with M-16s.  (Maybe NATO needs new rifle ammo...)

Good to see it still chugging along without any apparent hiccups.  And it's actually proven to be more accurate?  Hmmm, neat.  Unfortunately, that's just one frankengun using one caliber which may or may not even be kept in the near future.  Sure, its nice to use for a comparison, but if there's any chance for the US military to break away from using 5.56 NATO, then this would be it.  And really, in this day and age, I won't consider it anywhere near a success until we have multiple different guns in multiple different calibers using that style of casing.  Remember how the G11's cancelation basically spelled the end of caseless ammo?

I also find it funny in games depicting the near future, where the CT LMG (aka LSAT SAW) is in fact the "standard" US Army LMG, and yet the technology is used no place else at all.  Like in Black Ops 2, where there is only the LMG LSAT, and the only Metal Storm weapon is a sniper rifle, etc.  Or in Advanced Warfare, where the only 3d printer weapon is an Assault rifle.  It's almost like they're just tossing in whatever guns they think would be cool, without considering the larger ramifications of the tech.

In fact, the only place I can think where the idea of the US military changing into a different ammo tech, without it just boiling down to one gun out of a collection, is ARMA III.  And even then, its just technically a LMG, and a modular rifle system that can be a carbine, rifle, sniper, and LMG.

So basically, LSAT's still got a ways to go.
9  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: May 07, 2015, 12:24:07 PM

Hey, I think at least one artist who agrees with you!
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: May 06, 2015, 08:10:20 PM
GoatZ Official Release Trailer
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: May 05, 2015, 02:27:52 PM
Black Mesa, the formerly fan-made mod turned official fan-made remake of Half-Life 1, has hit Early Access.  I'd like to play the free version, but I can't seem to get the stupid thing to work, so I might have to settle for the prettier, much more complete officially backed version.
12  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: May 05, 2015, 01:35:14 PM
So I'm browsing some image boards for *harrumph-hmph* reasons, and I decide to check out an artist named "fatkewell" (fatKE in Japanese, I believe).  And a pic of his brings up an interesting question: Weapons that you might not necessarily be physically carrying.

Technically speaking, you could say that the guns in the pic are hover drones slaved to a hip device, though that brings up the question of having drone weapons slaved to the armor, such as shoulder-mounted whatevers, or a revolver that literally fires from your hip...
13  Products / Z-Corps / Is it undead in here, or what? on: May 02, 2015, 04:10:31 PM
Is it just me, or is the whole zombie obsession finally... dying down?  *Ba-dum tish*

Though seriously, its all quiet in the rotten front.  'Bout the only new thing that I noticed is the semi-annual CoD zombies mode.

Things going alright in the Z-Corps HQ?
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: May 02, 2015, 01:34:10 PM
Vin Diesel's D&D campaign... I mean The Last Witch Hunter

And yes, I will be getting around to watching Age of Ultron eventually.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 28, 2015, 01:18:42 PM
Baltimore Riots: Mom Smacks Son for Taking Part in Violence

Just something light in a dark place.  Got a chuckle from me, at least.
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