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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:50 pm    Post subject: Offtopic - Winter 2010 Reply with quote

A bit later then usual (as usual?) ...well here it is!



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swine Flu Song
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People, you might wanna see this ASAP:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess I'll link to YouTube as well :)



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That must have been a hell of a ride!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sirocco wrote:
That must have been a hell of a ride!

Fucking epic!

Words, pictures, even video does little justice. It's a ride I'll never forget.


I'll have more video when I find the time to edit the hours of footage.

Twenty20 recently came out with an adapter that lets you attach their cameras to standard camera threaded mounts.

Tripod 1
Tripod 2
Tripod 3
Tripod 4

Shit just keeps getting better!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been thinking of either getting some sort of pocket HD-cam, or a decent set of night vision goggles. I've got a bunch of cool critters roaming around my house at night, but it's awfully hard to spot them out via ambient light. Recently I've had some foxes roaming around the back yard. Cute little bastards.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either way your going to need some kind of IR or UV lighting. Digital cams work for shit in the dark. Not sure if those critters can see beyond the normal light spectrum.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some can, some can't. Some can't even see red light. Night vision goggles seem way cooler. Maybe a camera mounted night vision lens? Sounds expensive though.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thoughts on the decade that just passed by to GIANT brains: David Brin and Vernor Vinge.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/dec/22/futurists-reflect-end-decade/

This gives me a hint why Vinge hasn't had a novel out in a couple of years. All the crap he's doing for the feds is probably classified...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually surprised this hasn't been done before.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/30/wiiwaa-is-the-greatest-wii-game-ever-made-we-assume/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. There's a sick sort of genius to it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's just the family friendly version.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dennis wrote:
And that's just the family friendly version.


Are you implying some sort of insert, withdraw and reinsert version? :)


(I'm suddenly imagining a screen saying "Withdrawn Prematurely! -5"
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FF: The Crystal Bearers is an intriguing game. It's not what I was expecting, but it's better than I was expecting. That is to say, Squeenix + Wii = meh for the most part. Given, Dragon Quest Swords was acceptable, and Chocobo's Dungeon 2 was actually a highly polished Rogue-like, but neither of those are representative of what a AAA title from their internal dev teams can be like, and we'll definitely pass the steaming turd that was Echoes of Time. A DS game emulated on Wii? No thanks.

So, here's Crystal Bearers... not an RPG, exactly. It's got solid production values, and a good bit of that old Square special effects know-how, but it's more like a platformer with benefits. Here's a few plus/minus points to consider, as I'm only 3 hours into it, and won't be playing it for the next week or so while I finish up Inimicus:

+ Graphically solid, and looks like a cross between FF12 and Crystal Chronicles.
+ Combat and object manipulation via wiimote is better than I was expecting. Good stuff.
+ Music is diverse, eclectic, and extremely catchy. By contrast, I can't remember any tunes from FF12.

- Where the hell is my map? You get an overworld map with a vague indicator, and that's it.
- Camera sux. By default it's turned off completely, so go into options and enable it. Even then it's piss poor.
- Voice acting varies. Some are good, others terrible. The main character's voice actor needs to look for another line of work. Clearly this isn't his forte.

I also got Indiana Jones and the Staff of the King, and Overlord via Gamefly. I now have 49 Wii games, and probably a third of them I haven't even touched yet. Gotta get my priorities straight in '10 :)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately, I've encountered yet another issue with gaming NOT associated with the "design" department: Hardcore Gamers

Yeah, the ones that consider anything other than massive depth and complexity insignificant and constantly demand the existance of the "simpler" games (i.e. Mario, etc.) to be completely invalidated. This is a problem for me because I've noticed that none of these people haven't learned where to draw the line in regards to their expectations.

P.S. I am not referring to ALL gamers of this particular archetype.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh. "Hardcore" is just a way of attempting to stratify gaming. There are people who play games, and people who don't.

Businesses like the distinction since it helps them market to a demographic. Fanboys like the distinction since it gives them an argument for placing one platform above another. Ultimately, I think it does more harm than good. "Casual" gaming has been around since the beginning of gaming itself; only now it's garnering attention as developers turn away from AAA titles in favor of something less risky.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the novelty of Casual is even starting to wain. Wii sales slowing down, casual portals taking drastic measures ($19.95->$6.95->$2.99), and developers closing shop, etc. Business is wacky that way.

This usually comes up in my "indie games" discussions, but my thought is not to make indie games/casual games/hardcore games/core games. Instead, make games.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got me an android phone. This thing fucking rocks!
I got the older G1 because it's got a slide out keyboard. Extra bonus, I didn't even need it to get here. I simply said "game developers refuge" and it did a google search :)

I put Android 1.6 on them as well. Google maps with street view and traffic etc. is awesome.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, I'm glad you were able to get 1.6 on it. That means you can be a guinea pig once Google Checkout+Android+Canada gets their act together. ;)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PoV wrote:
And the novelty of Casual is even starting to wain.


My idea is that casual gamers buy gimmicks. They buy a console and maybe 3 games. Not faithful customers by a long shot.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which works out for Nintendo and Apple, who actually profit from console/iPod sales. Taking a loss on something targeting the casual market, bad idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I messed around with Overlord: Dark Legend last night for about an hour. I had a lot of fun with it. I haven't played any of the other Overlord games, so I'm walking into this one a complete noob. The controls were great, the minions were funny as hell, and I got to break a bunch of stuff and beat up halflings. Good times.
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I'm looking for a fun sci-fi retro game to play during exam breaks. Does anyone have reccomendations?

I'm looking for something from mid nineties to early noughties with an adventure hook to it. Maybe something in the vein of either Dune or MissionForce: cyberstorm. Preferably not point and click.
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