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Gaming Discussion / Re: Modern Game Design
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:27:25 pm »
Regardless of this discussion, I want Tomb Raider.  That is all.

General Discussion / Re: Laid off!
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:53:26 pm »
Aye, I did get the email.  And good to know you've got other offers!

Gaming Discussion / Re: Famiclones - a bang for your buck?
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:20:47 pm »
Maybe snitch one from a older NES cart?  Nintendo used some for a while.  Very specific criteria for identifying them, though.


There was no reason to grind in the dawn of souls remake.  I played through that without grinding and had no issues with difficulty at all.

The original FF2 for nes was a different story though.  All the grind issues were addressed in dawn of souls.
Yep.  I played through the rebalanced version, and it helped the game's pacing a ton.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Anyone getting tired of the current gaming market
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:55:03 am »
Zelda is not dead.  It's just what it has been since A Link to the Past.  I don't have any problems with that.

At some point, I'm going to dig deeper into Dark Souls (or Demon's, I'm further along in that).  I get some original Zelda vibe, but it certainly doesn't replace it, at least in my mind.  I can see where some of the comparisons are valid, however.

General Discussion / Re: Girls' Names
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:13:48 pm »
Both Rachel and Sarah are very common in the States.  Which, of course, makes perfect sense, given the Christian influence.  We tend to take the ones that make sense, but we kinda ignore some of the others (Hagar?  Dorcas?  Not common, especially for girls.)

General Discussion / Re: Laid off!
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:06:43 pm »
Dang it, Garoth, sorry to hear about that.  I'll be praying that something else will come up soon!

Man, I'm definitely over 6-10 for this week.  I probably hit 20.  Thanks, Paper Mario.

Gaming Discussion / Re: 1UP shutting down
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:39:09 pm »
At least he's got Telebunny, I suppose.

Gaming Discussion / Re: 1UP shutting down
« on: February 22, 2013, 12:57:14 pm »
I'll admit I didn't find their reviews to be very good... however, often 1UP had some really great articles and independent features highly worth reading.

Well I hope Parish keeps Gamespite going and he finds work somewhere else.  Hey, maybe Shall We Game should hire him.   ;D
Yeah, their features were much more interesting.  I think Parish is landing at IGN, who they had merged with last year.  They were already in pretty bad condition, from what I understand.

And yeah, Parish would give Shall We Game an instant credibility boost, to be sure.  :D

Gaming Discussion / 1UP shutting down
« on: February 22, 2013, 12:42:50 pm »
I know a lot of you don't frequent there, but they're apparently going away.  Guess they're just another casualty of a crap economy.


Mass Effect, as a series, was great.  And the extended cut helps the ending out a bit.

I'm not a FPS fan, but they're fun games.  A few problem areas for me, but what else is new?  I highly recommend 'em, regardless.

General Discussion / Re: Any experience with root canals?
« on: February 22, 2013, 12:06:02 pm »
Were those wisdom teeth already in, or still impacted?  Cutting them out isn't trivial (and a lot more expensive than pulling teeth).

The good news is, once in a while there's good new stuff.  For all the Call Of Duty and Just Dance games, once in a while we get a Ghost Trick or a Miasmata.
Yes, yes there is.  I'm not that jaded yet, thankfully.

Sarge, we really like this devil's advocate game, don't we?  Anyway, the sexism is related to the character and how out-of-character Samus appears despite her built-up past endeavors, like killing the shit out of entire alien races in the past (not condoning genocide, but that's effectively what Samus does).  It's hard to imagine her as a whiny girl, much less taking insane orders from her commander (run into the fiery death room and don't put your protective armor on!).  It's not just that, but the fact that she's frequently rescued by men despite never having been rescued by one in the past, etc.  There's a whole slew of problems going on that aren't justifiable.  They're also out-of-character in a sense of being fairly disrespectful of what does and doesn't qualify as post-traumatic stress disorder.  Someone who suffers from that doesn't magically snap out of it and become their normal killing-machine-self in less than a few seconds.  Soldiers die on the battlefield as a result of this stuff.
I don't think I'm even playing devil's advocate on this one.  We'll just disagree on this one, and move on.

We're so jaded that we'll all just go back and play our old systems, anyway.  Some of us are already there, apparently.  There's still plenty to play, even without keeping up with modern stuff.

Never played Homefront, so I can't comment on racism in that game.

Other M, I have played.  This is another one of those cases where calling it sexist may be stretching things a bit.  A little silly?  Sure.  But despite having a few lockups or two, Samus still ends up killing the crap out of lots of aliens, including Ridley.  Just because they portray a moment of weakness in a female character, in my mind, doesn't make it sexist.

(I can't be the only one here that actually enjoyed Other M.  This also can't be the first time I've rhetorically asked this question.)

EDIT:  Dang it, I get the sneaking suspicion that we've done this dance before rather recently, Talbain.  ;)

You patent to process so someone else can't, it's as simple as that. You do it so that you don't lose out on prospective income in the future.
Oh, I know...  but who even thinks to patent something like that?  I see the light at the end of the DRM tunnel, and I'm pretty sure it's a train.  It may not be here yet, but it's coming.

You see this cookie? --->  :cookie:

That was going to be yours before you played Devil's Advocate for Kotaku and Edge.

That cookie is long gone now.  There's not even any crumbs left.

You can sniff the plate if you want though.

But...  but...  I like cookies.  *sniffle*

Not trying to play devil's advocate for them, just sayin' (search your feelings, you know it to be true!) it's coming, and there's a distinct air of plausibility about the whole mess.

The thing is, it's not like there weren't legs to the rumor.  When you go out and get a patent on the process, you at least know they're thinking about it.  Maybe we don't get it this time, but what about the next?  I think we may be far enough down the digital pipeline that we will see it in our lifetimes, easily.

I've noticed a trend for a lot of older gamers (late twenties and into thirties and beyond) that we spend more time reading and debating about games than actually playing them.  What's up with that?
Because we have less time for them in general, and it's easier to argue about common experiences we've already had than overcome our initial apathy to actually play something new?  Dunno.  Maybe waxing nostalgic?  Probably some of that, too.

Gaming Discussion / Re: sony just announced the playstation 4
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:49:20 pm »
As long as we remember our gaming resolutions for this year, we'll be fine.   :thumbsup:
Resolution?  I don't remember a resolution.  No sir.  Not at all.  Someone clearly hacked my account.  ;)

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