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31  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.
32  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?
33  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.
34  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.
35  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.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: March 30, 2015, 09:02:18 PM
The Planet Mercenary RPG Kickstarter will launch on April 14th, 2015

So yes, you can play a character with a gun that has an ominuuuuuus huuuuuuum.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: March 29, 2015, 09:37:17 PM
The Satellite Uplink shall be built in a few short days.  And coincidently (I seriously did not plan this), my free Heroes of the Storm Stimpack will run out tomorrow.  So 1.) I will have something to pass the time while I wait, and 2.) I will not have any distractions for when, if, there is the news that I think we are going to see.

Until then, some music.

Dang, if I had a penny for every time I listened to the readying music while I pondered who to take for my next mission, I'd have a brand new computer to play it on.  Tongue
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: March 27, 2015, 10:25:41 PM
Posthuman, a post-apocalypse board game.  Smashed its goal in 12 hours.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: March 27, 2015, 02:12:35 PM
(Why can't I give them lasers?)

You expect fighter craft to have capital ship level long-range artillery?  The Plasma stuff is probably just a stand-in for the type of weaponry fighters would have that were capable of hurting such larger ships.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 27, 2015, 02:08:04 PM
And just in case we go to way with one of those universes: Force Fields!

Funny thing, we always thought the lasers would be the weapons, not part of the armor system.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 27, 2015, 06:12:44 AM
Large Hadron Collider May Prove Parallel Universes Exist By Spring

So what do you think your goatee self is like?
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: March 24, 2015, 07:28:27 PM
In honor of the new Heroes of the Storm patch:

Poke Mecha Tassadar

Poke Sylvanas
43  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: March 23, 2015, 04:03:59 PM
Hey, remember the IMR, the 3D printer gun from CoD: AW?  Well, the original artist posted an explanation for how it works.  In short, the gun itself is like a shotgun P90, where the magazine (the black bar that the character pulls out when he reloads) is fed directly from the printer right behind it.  Rather ingenious when you think about it, and remarkably old-school.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: March 22, 2015, 10:59:50 PM
Oh hey, look what just popped up today:

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Official Teaser Trailer

I also missed bringing this up last time: Mr. Holmes
45  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: March 22, 2015, 05:45:18 PM
Hmmm... note to self: find artist to help create Kyonyuu Gun Kitsune manga.
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