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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: April 18, 2015, 10:15:02 PM
And still simpler then English.

I'd try reading it myself, but I'm afraid I'd phlegm up my monitor if I tried.  Tongue
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 18, 2015, 10:12:51 PM
So Helldivers looks awesome.
And apparently the echoing comment is "why isn't this a 40k game?"
 Cool

Because if it was, it couldn't be a satire of US Military intervention (Claiming the space elves have WMDs, the bugs literally exploding into oil, the cyborgs possibly being blamed for a terrorist bombing that might not even be connected with them), though strangely everyone has a British accent anyway.  I mean, which do you want to hear?  "For the Emperor!" or "Taste Democracy!"?
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: April 18, 2015, 08:59:22 PM
Y'know, I really should have countered the Lars Anderson archery video with this one.  Who needs quick fingers when you have drum magazines?
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 16, 2015, 05:51:15 PM
New Deus Ex game coming. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Looks like a direct sequel to Human Revolution, you still play as Jensen even. I'm curious to see what the 'canon' ending is for HR.

According to the Game Informer article, they are taking the "Shrug of God" approach, and are writing it in such a way that any of them could be plausible.  One of the hazards of approaching a game as a one-off, though you can't really blame them for it when they weren't even sure if they could pull it off.

They've also learned their lesson about outsourcing the boss fights, and are building them in-house this time.

I do like that they haven't forgotten the idea of using exo-suits as a counter for an overly cyberized world.  It's like, y'know, why don't we use this highly advanced robotic tech for something less invasive?

And in a way, you could say that the Dr. Deus Ex (see what I did there? Wink) world is what happens when a Supremacy society decides to go Purity part way through the Civ game.
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 16, 2015, 02:15:38 PM
Can't breathe. New Star Wars trailer. Too awesome.

Goddamn right. This is the good stuff right here.

"Chewie, we're home."
"Graaaawwr."

 Cheesy Grin
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: April 15, 2015, 01:35:13 PM
The Planet Mercenary Role Playing Game is now live.

It is almost completely funded already.

Correction.  As of this post, the goal has been reached.  Now we are on the Stretch Goals portion of the show, where contestants try for even grander prizes!
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: April 15, 2015, 03:51:15 AM
The Planet Mercenary Role Playing Game is now live.

It is almost completely funded already.
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 15, 2015, 03:48:36 AM
Yeah, this was a major bummer - and after one of the early Terminator 2 trailers did the same revealing the nature of Schwarzenegger's character... You'd think the marketing execs (or whomever made this call) would know better with this franchise.

You are not the first person to say something like that.  [Vid is also a spoiler warning if you've successfully avoided the first one].
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:38:18 PM
Whoa, hey, WHOA, HEY!  Just caught the next official trailer for Terminator: Genisys.

SPOILER WARNING!!  DO NOT WATCH IF YOU DO NOT WANT SOMETHING SPOILED

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25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 03:08:17 PM
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.

Yeah, you are a bit behind, ain't ya?
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 12, 2015, 07:15:49 PM
By the way, Space Beast Terror Fright is probably going to be, hands down, the dumbest sounding name for a video game this year.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 12, 2015, 01:08:19 AM
Rus, did you end up playing it? Has anyone here? What did you think?

No, sorry.  I usually wait for full release if I'm paying actual money (with the exception of Heroes of the Storm, of course  Smiley ), and I've got a large backlog of games that I need to catch up on anyway.  For instance, I've been playing a lot of UFO Afterlight, the most mechanically polished of the Afterblank series.  I gotta say, I actually like the hybridization of real-time and turn based elements.  Sort of wish the company stayed in business, 'cause I'd love to see some of the cover mechanics from XCOM: EU/EW added in.

On a different note altogether, one game I've actually been looking at for inspiration is Frontlines: Fuel of War.  For those that missed it, and I'm pretty sure I'm remembering this correctly, there was a mod for Battlefield 1942 that added modern military assets to the engine.  Basically, the modern Battlefield series before the modern Battlefield series.  The mod was well received enough that when they started making an the modern Battlefield series, they offered jobs to some of the modders.  And if I'm remembering correctly, not all of the modders accepted the offer.  Instead, they decided to try their own thing, and Frontlines was their maiden game.

It did not do as well as they hoped.  The company then went on to create Homefront.  And if you missed that game, let Angry Joe enlighten you.  Then Kaos, the company, went under.  Fortunately for Homefront, Crytek was interested in the setting.  Frontlines?  Not so lucky, and it looks like its going to be one of those titles that will fade into obscurity.

Which is too bad, because it had this interesting stylized take on near future equipment.  Not super realistic, not ultra sci-fi-e, but recognizable equipment with a techy look, yet still maintained a used feeling about it.  It's basically what I keep looking at when I want my headspace to stay grounded while working on HGM.  No dropships, just transport copters.  No fancy gauss guns with overly fancy munitions, but old fashioned bullets in old fashioned casings.   It might look fancier than what we have currently, but it is still very recognizable.

That, and sometimes, with the world the way it is, it's good to look back, and realize that things could have gotten a whole lot worse.  Remember the blackouts of 2008?  Or the Avian Influenza of '09, when the vaccine ran out?  Or when the food ran out in 2012?
Yeah, makes you a bit happier with your day in comparison, right?
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 10, 2015, 08:32:28 PM
News on the A-10's retirement debacle?

Well, if it's true it's interesting.

Especially the claims that Dick Cheney hated the F-14, or at least the obstacle to the adoption of the F-18 platform it represented.

And if this news has any effect, then it'll prove that the A-10 can withstand politics and keep on flying, therefore officially making it the toughest aircraft in history.  Wink
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Hey look, it had an effect.  So we can mark one Air Force General's career as a confirmed A-10 kill.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 03, 2015, 05:58:24 PM
In an interesting bit of news, Blizzard has added Warcraft III assets to the StarCraft II editer.  Guess Heroes of the Storm's causing Blizzard to get a crossover itch.
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 02, 2015, 07:05:12 PM
Did I mentioned Darkest Dungeon?
It's on Steam.
It's dark fantasy dungeon crawling.
There are trailers, you'll find them if you're interested.

I've been playing a bit of Darkest Dungeon the last couple of days, and I gotta say, even though it's in Early Access it's damn good fun. And despite being Early Access it's a remarkably complete game (the majority of classes are in, as well as the first 2/3rds of the dungeons) and I dare say less buggy than most AAA releases lately.

The dark gothic + lovecraft atmosphere is oozing throughout the entire game, and is a breath of fresh air from all the generic fantasy games released lately. Watching the adventurers slowly succumb to increasing stress, picking up interesting character quirks and eventually spiral into madness is surprisingly interesting. The battle system is interesting, with it's focus on positioning (it's 4 adventurers vs. up to 4 enemies, and the adventurer's skills are dependent on positioning. F.ex. melee skills can generally only be used in the first two slots, and can only target the first two enemy slots. Exceptions exist, f.ex. a charging strike that can be used in the rear slots, and move you forward when used) is interesting and gives room to multiple different tactics and group builds.

And the narrator!  Don't forget the narrator!

It's been mentioned, yes.
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