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  • RocGaude 9:45 pm on December 5, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage When you post, be sure it’s an “update”. Your post was set as a “quote”.

  • ckim 4:57 am on November 29, 2012 Permalink  

    Oh jeez. I just watched the video for the Barkley Kickstarter, and I had a similar reaction to @bluesforbuddha. Everything about it is pitch perfect.

    This is canon. Attributing a Nietzsche quote to Hoopz. Hell yeah. I’m in. I don’t think I can go in for $100, because it would be way too hard to explain a body pillow, but yeah…

    Let’s do it like the True Doom Murderheads I know we all are.


    @cptcarnage Whoop! There it is!


  • bowlisimo 4:01 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink
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    Holy shit, Star Citizen is nearing 6 mil. Not too surprised, there were a significant amount of 30+ year old backers sounding off in the “How old are you?” thread on their site. That’s a lot of old 90’s pilots, with disposable income in hand, desperately wanting to dust off their flight suits and get back in the cockpit again. To SPACE! You old farts! Getch yer goggles.

    @cptcarnage Awesome! You’re crazier than I am. Now I can dock my Hornet on your ship and walk around. God…if they deliver even half of what they’re promising…

    @angryjedi @unmanneddrone I could make a case for a buyer’s guide kind of review, like one of those “Is there value in getting this console right now? Yes/No” reviews, based on the price, the experience of using it, and the software available. But yeah, attaching a number is pretty fucking stupid. It’s not too dissimilar from the MMO review problem.

  • beige 2:59 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage You want some donations for that Squad constellation? I’m happy to chip in.

    Squad iOS users: In case you’re interested I had a fun time this morning with a new iOS game called Devil’s Attorney.

    Elevator pitch. Lawyer game, but not like Phoenix Wright. Turn based strategy (?) (!). I KNOW.

    You’re playing Max McMann — a delightfully horrible individual. Setting: Some ill-defined period obviously in the mid 1980s judging by the opening title movie, neon colors, shoulder pads and crass, hyper-materialistic overtones. Max is a defense lawyer, but unlike Phoenix Wright he is a terribly amoral person and pretty much 100% of his clients are quite obviously guilty as hell from the get-go. Your job is to acquit these horrible people, gaining wealth, status and material posessions in the process.

    Cases begin with the mundane (defending Chinese hot-dog cart guy who is obviously putting questionable meat inside the hot dogs) and escalate in severity from there. Rival lawyers are suitably colorful, with plenty voice-acted zingers and one liners trading across the courtroom floor.

    Gameplay: Turn based. I’m particularly impressed by the fact that this game is the first I’ve seen in a long time to abstract the familiar mechanics of hit points, attacks, etc. into something besides just raw blood and guts and damage. You have a “case strength” (your own internal HP) and each of your “opponents” (lawyer, piece of evidence, witness etc.) has “credibility” score roughly corresponding to its own HP meter. Each round of questioning you must choose various “attacks” ranging from defamations of character, tampering with evidence, swaggering and posturing,etc. which carries various riders on each attack. Your job is to knock out and discredit each adversary using a combination of things like direct damage [interrogate: Does 2-4 credibility points of damage against human witnesses] and various contextual buffs or defenses [bluster: gain 5 case strength points for a single turn], etc. etc. Turn based strategy with, you know, legal stuff.

    Rival lawyers will all have schticks – some do more “damage” based on how many witnesses are in the box, some will gradually increase in “power” during prolonged trials, etc. etc. All have various personalities which you can exploit.

    Winning cases gets you money which you can spend on things like gigantic stereo systems, waterbeds and 80s wallpaper for your apartment. Spending money on these rediculous items levels up your three independent tech trees: Materialsm, Vanity and Decadence. I just bought a supremely tacky faux-ionic-column glistening kitchen makeover (“It’s like it’s classical and contemporary AT THE SAME TIME!”) for my apartment that raised my Decadence +2. As you level up in those three areas, new skills and powers are unlocked.

    Still early in the game, but the production values are very slick for something that costs $2.99 or whatever it is on your phone. Easy recommendation for people like me who love both that inimitable 80s flavor and turn-based gameplay on the go.

  • Pete Davison 3:28 pm on November 17, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage I don’t have your email address, can you let me know what it is please? Here if you’re happy to post it, or just email to pjedavison at teh geemailz dot com if you don’t want to post it publicly.

    Anyone else interested in this? I’m keen to get some ideas rolling on this, so speak now if you are. 🙂

  • ckim 9:21 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Thanks for not leaving me hanging!

    I didn’t mention it on the Squawkbox, but I am beyond excited for Squad Santa. Now that GOG has made it easier to gift games, someone is in for FMV hell this holiday season. (I kid. I kid…. not really though.

  • bowlisimo 5:06 pm on August 13, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige Like Persona, don’t like fighting games, own MK9, hmm. Also, who the eff is Yu Nakatomi? You mean CHARLIE TUNOKU?

    KSP is a rocket sim (also space planes) that has a space sim wrapped around it that is basically a mirror of our solar system. There’s a pretty cool, easy to use, make your own rocket a la carte section, but getting off the planet is just the beginning, as far as I can tell, and they’re adding more planets. Getting a solid build together just to make it TO the moon, let alone land on it, get out and walk/jetpack around, and return home, is way harder, physics-wise than it sounds. People go nuts with geosynchronous orbit, slingshots, space stations, space rendevous, mods, etc. Crazy stuff.

    @cptcarnage Rescue mission? That’s… amazing. One day.

  • RedSwirl 5:35 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage Oh man. I just looked it up again and realized that HBO Go is US only. That sucks. Well then lemme explain for you, @bluesforbuddha @angryjedi @unmanneddrone @rampantbicycle etc.

    Basically, if you’re a US subscriber to HBO through any cable or satellite service, you can download an app called HBO Go that let’s you stream any HBO programming at any time. That’s all movies currently showing on HBO, any episode of any series that HBO ever aired, all sports, documentaries, comedy, etc. Currently it’s offered on devices like the Roku, iOS, and Xbox. I don’t have to catch The Newsroom every Sunday evening. I just wake up Monday morning and turn on the Xbox. People are currently wondering why the fuck you can’t just subscribe to the app by itself.

    Why the hell did “HBO J-Drama” show up on the tag list?

  • RedSwirl 9:40 pm on July 23, 2012 Permalink

    @cptcarnage The Xbox app might be US only I’m not sure. I checked on Wiki once and saw that HBO Go itself though is available in a bunch of countries, might be the Windows app only though.

  • beige 1:30 pm on July 20, 2012 Permalink  

    @unmanneddrone Watched the Giant Bomb quicklook for that one a while back, couldn’t make hide nor hair of what I was seeing. Swedish Diablo meets RPG in the tundra forests of postapoc Scandinavia? Giant bears? Random JRPG style encounters? Looked awesome though, if somewhat confusing. Sadly, my gut tells me that there won’t be a ton in the way of “awesome story” to be had in Krater, but the charm and flavor of what’s going on is worth the price of admission. Will pick it up for sure.

    A great night of Squadcrafting with @bowlisimo, @cptcarnage and @rampantbicycle. Those logging on to the server should check out the new Sniper Wolf Memorial Subarctic Research Station, aka “Wolf Base” which was set up underneath the Taiga beacon. Basically, I’ve found that if left to my own devices in a minecraft world what I enjoy doing is playing at some combination of architect and interior decorator. Enjoy your dimmed second floor bunk areas with gravel inlaid floor mosaic and backlit glass light fixtures squaddies. And somebody bring back a bucket of lava for the fireplace in the main lounge.

    Also, bad ass treehouse going up courtesy of Bowley and the Capn’. Yub nub. Thanks to whatever mysterious person left a grand stone bridge over to Wolf Island. Came in handy when we were doing time sensitive corpseruns.

  • ckim 9:42 pm on July 19, 2012 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage I’m in a similar place. I have a ton of games on Steam that I have never even booted up. For whatever reason, the steam calculator doesn’t find my id, but that may be for the best since I’m scared of finding out what it says.

    @redswir1 I remember being very excited for that game but picking it up when it came out. Thanks for remind me. I hope you will keep us updated on your progress and whether or not you are liking it.

  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 4:39 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink

    Minecraft will be my start of the weekend, quite excited.

    @cptcarnage congratulations on the new rig, it’s looking pretty sweet

  • impynickers 10:51 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage …. envy… thats the word. Your machine looks like its ready for the next wave of high end games and beyond. Im going to need to upgrade my motherboard in the next couple years if im going to overclock, its currently not a supported feature. It was very cost effective though for a sandy bridge motherboard, 70$CAD made by ASRock I believe cant remember what its called.. The i5 2500k works well with it. Came recommended for a bare bones but well built motherboard for cheap builds. Videocard is HD 6970. The thing is bigger than my motherboard lol. Its not hard to make a system that will run modern games decently, but your system looks like it will tear those games apart. My hats off to you sir.

    Steam sales. Holy mother of god.

    Anyways. Got games to play.

  • RedSwirl 9:57 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Yeah no. I’m trying to do a build this year, and I wanted to do one by the end of this summer but it didn’t pan out, but I’m probably gonna stay under $1000 or at least under $1500 or an HTPC, then upgrade the GPU next year. My main concern right now is upgrading the CPU from my five-year-old Q6600.

  • RedSwirl 9:20 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Total cost?

  • beige 9:03 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Bad asss. I need one of those built and set up in my TV area for steamboxin’. Set you back a pretty penny?

  • Pete Davison 6:00 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage @bluesforbuddha I’m pretty sure with this server provider you can make it private with a whitelist of allowed users, which gets around that particular problem. You just have to make sure your whitelist is up to date 🙂

  • RedSwirl 7:20 pm on July 9, 2012 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage My problem is that I still need a computer to work on, and I can’t do that on a TV. I still need something with a screen two feet from my face. My choices are either get a laptop and turn my current system into an HTPC, or get a new gaming HTPC and relegate my old one to a work desktop. I’m choosing the latter because a new gaming HTPC would probably be less expensive than a powerful laptop, and because my Q6600 probably won’t be as useful a year from now. Don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do anything on account of joblessness though. My ultimate hope would be able to play a lot of the games coming out later this year on an HTPC. I’m also holding back on a lot of my current games (like Skyrim) until I can play them on such a setup.

    @shingro I’m gonna be practicing my Soul Calibur V all month. Anyone else on the Squad play it on PSN?

  • RedSwirl 7:51 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink

    @cptcarnage Ugh. Thinking about doing the upgrade myself this year but I don’t think I’ll be able to afford a card as high-end as the 680. My current setup will also be turning 5 this year but I upgraded to an HD6850 last year and that might do fine until next year when another mid-range card will probably offer enough of a jump. The problem for me is upgrading to a new CPU and RAM, still being jobless and all.

    As for Gold, only reason I even need it anymore is Gears 3. @cgrajko Yeah Sony needs to get off their asses on HBO Go support.

  • ckim 5:35 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage I haven’t had Gold in years, and I can’t say that I miss it. It would be nice to have access to the HBO Go app, but I’m not willing to pay $60 a year for that. The PS3 takes care of all of my streaming needs for free.

  • Pepperized 6:46 pm on May 31, 2012 Permalink  

    Thanks the only one I owned out of these were Amnesia. Thanks to you managed to catch it before it went over £5.

  • RedSwirl 6:30 pm on May 31, 2012 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha Nagoshi actually defended the controls in that game, being the same guy (and team) behind Binary Domain. Basically, he said he deliberately declined to re-gear Yakuza for shooter fans.

    @cptcarnage Too bad I own all those games on one platform or another. Is this a good time for me to confess that Psychonauts didn’t impress me all that much?

  • Pete Davison 10:26 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink |

    Diablo III

    The official Squad crew of elite skeleton clickers

    So it seems a few of us are picking up Skeleton Click III shortly. Post your Battle.net details/character names etc in the comments below, along with any thoughts on the experience.


    • Pete Davison 10:38 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      If you’re on the front page, click the “Reply” link at the top right of the post to comment.

    • zegolf 1:47 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Very much looking forward to this! I nearly failed out of my freshman year of college due, in part, to LoD. I’ll be on, pretty sure I’m zegolf on battle.net, too.

    • Pete Davison 2:48 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      My BattleTag (which is how Diablo III is handling friends lists) is AngryJedi, or AngryJedi#2260 if you need the full thing, which I think you might as they’re non-unique.

    • RedSwirl 3:02 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’ll download the trail whenever I have time. That’s all I can promise at this point.

    • Pete Davison 3:15 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I don’t think there is a trial, Red — it’s not an MMO. You buy it or you don’t.

      If you played and enjoyed any of the following, you will dig the game. If you didn’t, you probably won’t.

      • Torchlight (PC)
      • Titan Quest (PC)
      • Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance (Gen6 consoles)
      • Dungeons and Dragons Heroes (Xbox)
      • Dungeon Hunter I and II (not III) (iOS)
      • Drakensang Online
      • Everquest: Champions of Norrath
    • zegolf 3:16 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Also, if you’ve played Diablo or Diablo II, you may enjoy Diablo III.

    • Pete Davison 3:17 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I figured that probably went without saying. 😉

    • cptcarnage 7:00 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Preorder hasnt been placed yet and I’m on the fence.

      I loved Torchlight but never gave Diablo the benefit of the doubt, whats the similarities/differences?

    • beige 8:42 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’m 100% in for Skeleton Click. Waterkanji on Steam, send a friend request.
      Haven’t played Torchlight, but as I understand they’re basically the same game. Diablo invented the skeleton clicking genre, and the DIII marketplace looks to take lewt whoring into the stratosphere with its insane real-money market for items and equipment.

    • zegolf 8:49 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Updating with my Battle.net account name. zegolf#1213

      See you all in Sanctuary.

    • Pete Davison 9:23 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Torchlight was, in fact, developed by a bunch of ex-Blizzard bods who worked on Diablo, hence the similarities (particularly in the distinctive ambient music, which was the work of Matt Uelmen). If you loved Torchlight, you’ll love Diablo. The only major difference in Diablo III is the revamp they’ve done to the ability system — I read an interesting post on the subject here.

      I saw a TV advert for it tonight. I know it’s going to be huge, but I never figured Diablo for a game that would fit in with the TV advertising demographic.

    • Pete Davison 9:52 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      This is Wal-Mart’s actual description for the game from their website, reproduced here verbatim. Their copywriter wants firing.

      The Diablo III PC/Mac Game revolves around an interesting plot which will keep you spell bound. while you are playing. This Strategy Video Game also has some similar setting as the Diablo II like Tristram. The Witch Doctor is a new character in this game, is reminiscent of the Diablo II Necromancer, The Barbarians in this strategy video game have a variety of revamped skills at their disposal on the basis of the use of their incredible physical prowess. Bring home the PC video game to solve the mysteries of the mighty Barbarians.

      Diablo III PC/Mac Game:

      • The Witch Doctor is a new character reminiscent of the Diablo II Necromancer
      • The Barbarians will have a variety of revamped skills at their disposal based on the use of their incredible physical prowess.
      • 1-on-1′ dueling system coming into play.
    • impynickers 9:57 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      @Pete lol! I do want to solve the mysteries of mighty barbarians in a strategy video game.

      Really looking forward to this game. BattleNET name I believe is ImpyNickers, at least it was for Starcraft 2 months ago.

    • Pete Davison 9:59 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers You’ll need to make sure it’s a “BattleTag” (you can reserve it now on the Account page on Battle.net) and I think you need the “#number” bit after it too. I think it’s to distinguish you from all the other ImpyNickerses out there.

    • cptcarnage 12:48 am on May 12, 2012 Permalink

      Done and preordered. In the meantime i’ll dust off my copy of Diablo 2 that i never played LOL.

      Battletag: CptCarnage#1483

    • bowlisimo 1:29 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Wow, Walmart. They should have just written, “I think diablo is a pretty cool guy. eh brethes fire and doesnt afraid of anything.”

      Bought this on Newegg, paid $10 less, but have to wait to ship. Can’t remember the last PC box I bought.


    • RedSwirl 1:51 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      @angryjedi I kinda assumed there would be, I think I heard confirmation somewhere, I dunno. StarCraft 2 has a demo (which I still haven’t booted up because I insisted on finally buying the original StarCraft on the day SC2 came out, and have barely done anything in THAT game). This is all kinda hard for someone who hasn’t touched a Blizzard game since 2000.

      The only things slightly resembling Diablo that I’ve played are Torchlight and Phantasy Star Online. Torchlight’s nice but for some reason I can’t do a whole dungeon in one sitting. It’s almost like an iOS game to me – for short bursts only. It doesn’t even feel right playing the game on a desktop. Looks at Torchlight II and Path of Exile have me interested though if I deem them more important than my backlog. I don’t think I’ve seen any DIII footage at all.

      I really just want Sega to release an English version of Phantasy Star Online 2.

      And lastly, in this area I need to get in as much Demon’s Souls as I can before the servers shut down. I’ve already made peace with the fact that I won’t be beating the game before then (Stuck at the Penetrator and Old Hero). Once that does happen I’m thinking of re-rolling in Dark Souls, or just shelving that until Prepare to Die Edition comes out. I’ve made it through a lot of hardship in that game so far, but I keep hearing talk of areas that I’m still nowhere near (I’m stuck at the Gaping Dragon).

      Oh, and I’m finally about to finish Final Fantasy IV, I think.

      Basically, I am behind-as-fuck in dungeon crawlers.

    • feenwager 2:47 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      I’m so torn as to whether to purchase DIII. On one hand, I know I’ll love it. On another, there’s the whole ‘sitting in front of the computer’ thing all over again. I really want to play it though, so…

    • Pete Davison 10:23 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Do it. DO IT. Surely some hack and slash clicky combat will be ideal for those times when the little ‘un wakes up in the middle of the night and you’re waiting for peace once again. Or whatever it is you child-bearing people do in the middle of the night. 🙂

      Also, Squad multiplayer.

    • Pete Davison 10:44 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Anyone going to be having a go on Hardcore? My love of roguelikes makes me want to at least try. I’m going to have a character reserved exclusively for playing regularly with my buds in this time zone, but outside of that I’m going to experiment a bit and see how long I can survive. That sounds like fun. Or possibly infuriating. I won’t quite know until I try it.

    • cptcarnage 3:11 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Probably not until I get the feel for it.

      Any class preferences? Huntress sounds cool I like ranged combat but I may roll a wizard or a barbarian.

    • bowlisimo 3:32 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      You’re going to do hardcore mode? In Diablo?

    • RedSwirl 5:28 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      I don’t even think I’d survive in Diablo multiplayer since Torchlight had none for me to practice with. Closest thing I know is PSO co-op.

    • mjpilon 9:54 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Admission time: I never played Diablo II. I actually bought a copy years ago but my old family PC couldn’t handle it and I forgot about it.

      I’m still not sure I’ll buy Diablo III but I am very intrigued. In case I do take the plunge (which won’t occur until June anyway since I’ll be on vacation), I signed up: mjpilon#1415

    • zegolf 10:29 am on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      I’m pretty excited that my physical copy (due to ship this afternoon, here by tomorrow) is actually Mac-compatible. When Blizz basically abandoned Mac users with Diablo II, I was worried I would have to boot camp this game. As much as it’s nice to have the ability to bootcamp, it’s still a pain in the ass to have to reboot every time I want to play.

      Looking forward to tomorrow!

    • zegolf 1:11 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      @RedSwirl Rumor has it (the early copies that have already shipped) that the game is shipping with a “Guest Pass” that will allow you to get on Diablo III “Starter”. I’ve got a physical copy coming tomorrow that has a guest pass with your name on it, if you want it.

      If Red doesn’t take it, anyone else is welcome to it.

    • RedSwirl 1:36 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      @zegolf Sure, but I’m not sure when I’d use it.

    • impynickers 7:33 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      Turns out I did have a battletag already

    • cptcarnage 4:32 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      To bed, is it me or am I the only one who always gets tricked into thinking a midnight launch is midnight EST only to find out that its actually 3am EST.

      Too much bias for PST imho.

    • impynickers 4:56 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      @cptcarnage Yeah…….. … Yeah. I swear I was able to play Starcraft II around midnight EST at launch. I don’t know why this is a thing. Oh well.

    • RedSwirl 4:36 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Heard about the server problems which reminds me of the always-online DRM. The system that I’d be running DIII on happens to be going through some internet trouble so I’m not even sure I’d be able to play the game.

    • cptcarnage 6:23 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      That Sums it up quite nicely.

    • bowlisimo 6:44 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      More reasons not to buy games on release, although that problem used to be solely an MMO problem.

      Hopefully this stuff is ironed out by the time I get home and install.

    • beige 6:45 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Yo skeleton clickers, don’t forget to add Beige#1834
      I won’t be online for a day or two but I’m in there!

    • zegolf 7:21 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      So it looks like the game actually shipped with THREE guest passes. At least mine did. And one for WoW…because Lord knows I need to start playing that game again.

      If anyone is interested, feel free to email me. It’s just my screen name [at] gmail!

    • Pete Davison 9:08 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Pro-Tip to anyone getting a physical copy of the game: If you have the bandwidth, activate your key on Battle.net and download the client rather than installing from disc, otherwise you will quite literally be there all day.

      I have two Guest Passes, too. If anyone wants one, Squad gets first dibs.

    • bowlisimo 9:14 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Too late, already installing off the disk.

      Yeah, I have D3 guest passes coming out the wazoo over here (3 total) if anyone wants one.

    • bowlisimo 9:44 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      That wasn’t that bad, install off the disk, make a sandwich, read the lore. It’s fine.

    • Shingro 1:24 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      I’d love to get a guest pass =) my nick at Yahoo.com would much enjoy the chance to give D3 a whirl, there’s so many amazing games coming out that I’ve no shortage of distractions, but I’d love to take a spin in the zeitgeist of it for a bit =)

    • cptcarnage 3:34 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Got a few hours in this evening before battlenet decided to kick me off for no particular reason.

      Running a Demon Hunter. Clicking skele’s like mad, got together with a party of 4 (all different classes) and its interesting to see the different dynamics that start appearing.

    • bowlisimo 3:43 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Wow… All I needed to do was hit the boss literally 2 more times and I would have beat him “You have been disconnected”. !!! WHY? WHY IS SINGLEPLAYER TIED TO SERVERS….ughhhh. Welcome to the future.

    • feenwager 3:46 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Clearly there is money to be made in server stress testing. It seems that no matter how open a beta anything runs, whether it’s a game or service, it immediately breaks the minute it goes live to the general public.

      Someone get on that so we can all be rich, mmmkay?

    • Pete Davison 11:17 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @bowlisimo I blogged about this yesterday. Blizzard would have had a much easier time of it if they had actually set expectations for Diablo III correctly and said up-front that it was an online-only game, which it is.

      By “online-only” I don’t mean “has DRM”, I mean “MMO-style”, like Guild Wars or even World of Warcraft. No-one complains about games like that requiring you to always be online — even if you’re soloing — and Diablo III is structured in exactly the same way, albeit without the massively-multiplayer areas in which to congregate. The trouble is, past Diablo titles had a discrete “single player” option, so those who wanted to solo stuck with that and perhaps never ventured onto Battle.net, which is where a healthy degree of fun lies. In the previous games, you had separate characters for online and offline, too, which was a pain. People were expecting the old game’s clearly demarcated “single player” and “multiplayer” options, and those simply aren’t present here. When you’re playing solo in D3, you’re not really playing “single player”, you’re soloing online.

      Perhaps I’m putting too much of a positive spin on it, but that’s how I see it. I understand why people are angry, though — Blizzard haven’t done a great job of communicating about this. BLUE PLZ

      Personally, I can live with a few day-one server issues — I’ve come to expect them, in fact. I know it shouldn’t be like that, and they should stress-test their servers, but it’s the way it is with online titles at the moment.

    • zegolf 11:26 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @angryjedi @bowlisimo I think it’s also important to remember the history of the series, as well as look toward the future for Blizzard. WoW was a cash cow for Blizzard, and now they’re staring down both diminishing numbers and the release of a game which has no real source of income for them. History dictates that this game could require support for upwards of 10 years, which is an eternity in the “gaming world”.

      Enter: The Auction House

      I mention the history of Diablo because, as someone who spent an inordinate amount of time on the old series, it was plagued with duping, hacking and other issues. If Blizzard hopes to make any money off of the Auction House, they’re going to have to ensure people continue to use it. In order to maintain that usage, they’re going to have to guarantee that it’s safe and that the economy won’t be disrupted by hackers and dupers. The easiest way to do that? Control every aspect of the game that is relevant to the Auction House on the server side. Want to hack your character on the client side? Go for it! But it’s not going to affect the server side aspect, which means that people can feel safe knowing their rare drops are going to continue to be rare, and Blizzard continues to make money.

      Pete’s right, Diablo has NEVER been a try single player game and I don’t think Blizz had any plans to change that. If anything, they’ve made the game easier to drop-in/drop-out for multiplayer. But it’s my belief that the real reason you’re seeing “Single Player DRM” is to protect the economy of the game, and to give Blizzard a viable business plan for running Diablo III servers well into the next decade.

    • Pete Davison 4:17 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink


      In Blizzard’s infinite wisdom they decided that while they were absolutely fine with people being able to switch regions to play with international friends, they decided that The Right Thing To Do would be to keep friends lists, achievements and characters separate on each region’s servers.

      As such, if you see me playing Diablo III on Steam but I’m not showing up on the in-game friends list, it means I’m playing on the European servers. Feel free to shoot me a Steam chat, iMessage or whatever if you want to play and I’ll switch over.

    • impynickers 6:15 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Been enjoying what I played so far, though there are many changes to the game that really seem to go further than I would have liked. The inability to actually use weapons is one thing that shouldnt bother me as much as it does. I mean… you have them right there. Why cant I see what this ultra awesome new weapon I picked up actually does? I dont care if it boosts my stats. I have no tangible feedback. Also, the game as far as I have played is really easy. Health is in great quantity, and damage is something that doesnt seem to come in great quantities. Other than that, things feel pretty good. But those are some major issues. That and the whole online requirement.

    • bowlisimo 6:36 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      I disagree with you guys. Diablo has always been a single player experience for me. Single player first, maybe some multi second, I doubt I’m alone on that. I think it’s fundamentally stupid, but I don’t have any fight in me on this one, and I’m sure we’ll never hear about D3 server problems ever again, so…whatever. I just don’t like it. *crosses arms*

      My $50 dollars is already spent, I would have spent it anyway, so my opinion doesn’t much matter.

      The game was fun otherwise, right up until it disconnected me one second before beating the first boss.

      The monk is cool. I don’t get why he holds weapons if his animation is a punch though. Kind of weird. Do my weapons even matter statswise? Howabout a monk with a shield? Questions to be answered.

    • zegolf 8:27 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers So you CAN fight with just your weapons, it’s just a bit kludgy and takes away your primary attack slot. If you go into Options -> Gameplay and enable “Elective Mode”, you can then drag and drop your attacks to the various slots. You can also drag your primary attack OFF of the bar (but not to a slot) which will then enable weapon attacks.

    • mjpilon 2:45 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      Game has been officially purchased! Decided to start with a monk but I’m leaving for France for 10 days on Friday so hopefully you all haven’t burnt out on the game by the time I get back 😛

      Battletag : mjpilon#1415

    • impynickers 3:53 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      @zegold Oh hey! Look at that! I mean the game seems to have been designed around the skills, but I appreciate that it is possible to go back to traditional hack and slash. Even if it is a little out of the way.
      Maybe in patches they will make it easier, for now I am enjoying the game my way and that makes me happy enough.

    • Pete Davison 10:10 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      I consider it my divine mission to bring at least one of you through the secret level, which is a magnificently epic troll on those who were complaining about D3 being “too colourful”.

      In order to get there, you have to craft a Staff of Herding, which requires the following items:

      • Black Mushroom (Cathedral, floor 1 — Act I)
      • Leoric’s Shinbone (Leoric’s manor — Act I)
      • Liquid Rainbow (Mysterious Chest, Mysterious Cave, Dahlgur Oasis — Act II)
      • Wirt’s Bell (Squirt the Peddler , Caldeum — costs 100,000 gold)
      • Gibbering Gemstone (random drop from mobs in the caves in the battlefield in front of the bridge — Act III
      • Plans (random drop from Izual — Act IV)

      Nowhere near accomplishing that yet, but it’s something to aim for. 🙂

    • feenwager 1:11 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      I added it up top, but in case you missed it: KonradBeezo#1109

      Go nuts.

    • RedSwirl 1:43 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink

      Got the trial client. Might be on tomorrow night. Managed to grab RedSwirl#1337 as a BattleTag.

    • RedSwirl 1:44 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink

      My internet still sucks though so I don’t know if I’m really gonna be able to play it.

    • impynickers 4:12 am on May 20, 2012 Permalink

      So I beat the game. It was epic.

    • Pete Davison 12:53 pm on May 20, 2012 Permalink

      Don’t spoil anything, but is the final battle better than in previous instalments? Fighting Diablo was always a big letdown in past experience, but Blizzard seem to have got wise to how to make a more “dramatic” encounter now — not least by actually adding some music for once.

      I have to say, I’m loving the game so far (about halfway through Act II with my furthest character), and the drop-in co-op, cloud saving and online profile gubbins is great.

    • impynickers 3:40 pm on May 21, 2012 Permalink

      @Pete Final battle was a lot of fun. Came slightly before I was expecting it. I mean the game is long and satisfying, but the final act has a lot of stuff going on. You knew it was coming, but I wasnt expecting it to happen quite when it did. It was a great battle though.

    • beige 7:42 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink

      Started playing the skeleton clicks after podcasting on Saturday. Only played for maybe 2 hours total over the weekend, if that, but have many thoughts.

      a) The witch doctor seems unususally polite and generally nice for a guy who communes with loa and dark spirits all the time. Not that I was expecting anything in particular, mind — he just seems like a decent sort. Sort of empathic, generally calm and understanding when dealing with NPCs. To me, there’s a pleasing dissonance there especially since dude throws jars of spiders all over the place at everything. I want to imagine this dinner party where the witch doctor is politely discussing TED talks with his brother-in-law or something and then, just after asking if someone could pass the cranberries, he stands up and blasts everything in the room with flaming bats before sitting down to spoon a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

      b) I missed that little fwufffwuff sound that the books make when they fall to the ground.

      c) Blizzard has come a long way when it comes to presenting their stories in a coherent way. That said, the multiplayer “narrative-based experience” is like trying to read a novel in the middle of that group of guinea pigs up there. I was trying — really TRYING — to stay with the nice girl who was telling me a sad story of her crazy uncle Cain — but at the same time there were three other people running cheerfully around the map waving their hands in the air like kids at a birthday party or selling loot while waiting on me to finish up already. Over here: gravelly voiced Scott telling me how he had to put old King Leoric down. Over here: Pishu, making up hilariously crazy names for randomly summoned Blizzard monsters. It’s like being fed a novel in the form of tweets. My brain was tired from trying to stitch it together.

      d) It’s hella fun to click skeletons together though, innit!. I felt bad for Zegolf who stepped into our kiddie pool around level 30 or so. “Hey guys! How’s it… eerr….. yeah.” To a level 30 character, our level 5 asses just look like high school kids slow dancing 2 feet apart.

      e) Disjointed or not, I still appreciate how they’re portraying the game as sort of a “Tale of Five Dudes” thing. It’s less about the quest to defeat Diablo big caps and more about the Witch Doctor and his SPECIFIC perspective on the whole affair. It makes the “pick up and play” part make sense in a sort of Team Fortress way. You can adventure around with your character of choice, hop over to a friend’s game and go down 10 levels and still feel like you’re having a good, novel experience. Do the male and female voice actors have the same dialogue? Is it the same monk’s story regardless of gender?

    • feenwager 3:11 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink

      It’s a small thing, but something Diablo 3 does better than many recent game is keep my attention on the main action. I find myself looking at the mini map much less often that usual. Kudos.

    • bowlisimo 6:28 pm on May 24, 2012 Permalink

      Completed normal a few days ago. Had a lot of fun, but I kind feel bad for the narrative in that game. They really try to make it serious and dire, but the on the ground action feels even more divorced from the whole good vs evil plot than I remember. I sat and talked to everyone, listened to all the lore,and paid attention. It’s jut not engaging on an intellectual level. Then there’s semi-beloved characters dying in isometric in-game cutscenes? Surely they deserved better?

      No, it’s totally fine, especially when everything else is so good. I said briefly to Beige last night (as he was summoning walking exploding zombie torsos) that I’m glad the game is pretty ridiculous and not serious in how it plays. This barbarian I started can swipe dudes clean off the map. The monk can punch monsters in half. Bad guys might as well be saying “Muahahaha” after all their dialogue when you get there too late to stop them for the 80th time. Practically everything on the map is attackable and blows up into splinters (that also go flying off the map) when you do, leaving money and presents behind. It’s satisfying.

      No idea how long I’ll stay on the treadmill, but as of now I’m still enjoying discovering new skills, finding new items, and in stark contrast to what I said earlier, running around with you guys in multi, so who knows?

    • zegolf 3:16 pm on May 25, 2012 Permalink

      Some potentially spoilery stuff here, so just a warning.

      Still spoilers….

      Ok, ready?


      Looks like there might be more to the D3 Secret level than people first thought. I love conspiracy theories in games.

    • scribl 2:04 am on May 27, 2012 Permalink


    • zegolf 3:28 pm on May 29, 2012 Permalink

      Been trying to think of a way we can store information about items we might have that could help anyone else. I know I’ve picked up a few drops that have helped out @angryjedi, but it would be great if we all could share the love. Anyone have any thoughts?

    • cptcarnage 2:23 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Well my account got hacked, all my gold, items and stash is gone.

      Talking with 2 other people that I play with they got nailed too. Anyone here?

    • zegolf 2:36 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      My account is unscathed. Change your password, get the authenticator and contact Blizzard. They’re able to roll back your account to semi-recent times and get your stuff back. For the most part.

      Did you notice anyone added to your friends list that you don’t recognize? Make note if you do.

    • cptcarnage 2:38 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Already done, authenticator’s on my phone and one new user on my recents with a bunch of level 1 characters with dwadwadwa names.

      Don’t know how long ago it was, haven’t played for at least 5 days.

    • Pete Davison 10:15 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      @cptcarnage Crap, that sucks. Sorry, dude! Like Zach says, do all the usual security measures, ensure you have the Authenticator and contact Blizzard, they should be able to help. Unfortunately, they’re used to this sort of thing. People are scum.

      The account-hacking thing was supposedly due to some sort of exploit with public games. I believe it’s been fixed now, but be careful, all.

    • bowlisimo 2:48 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Damn, well that got me to order an authenticator. Crossing my fingers until I get this thing in the mail (no I don’t have a smart phone).

      Diablo 3 has become a chillout with itunes on shuffle timesink for me. Haven’t really played anything else since it came out. Feel like I can ride this wave to hell difficulty, maybe the beginning of Inferno, hit the level cap and then probably stop. Grinding for late game gear without any level progression is what will finally end this game for me, I think. Although there’s always the Barbarian I’ve been leveling up with Beige…

    • zegolf 1:57 am on May 31, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve taken the first steps in acquiring the items to enter Whimsyshire. I’ve found the Black Mushroom and I’m currently seeking out the remaining items. I’ll keep everyone updated!

    • Pete Davison 10:15 pm on June 1, 2012 Permalink

      Good work, sir. I successfully made it there the other night, and I believe Bowley has too. Be prepared for LOTS of farming.

  • bowlisimo 5:30 am on December 17, 2011 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage @beige And you thought you were done after those “The Kid” levels… howabout doing that first piece of shit level backwards, and more!

  • mjpilon 3:59 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink

    @cptcarnage Speaking for myself, they were not put in order so I think winging it makes the most sense 😉

  • beige 10:23 pm on December 7, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Hope you get someone who hasn’t already finished Bastion as your Sekrit Santee

  • Pete Davison 4:25 pm on December 5, 2011 Permalink

    @cptcarnage I installed that a while back. Looks lovely, but Morrowind’s gameplay is frustrating. The combat system is nonsense, for starters. And whoever thought that levelling up your “Athletics” skill to be able to move faster than a slug was a dick.

    That said, Morrowind’s crafting and spell-creating systems are a lot more fun than subsequent installments.

  • bowlisimo 4:30 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager Thanks for the impressions. Heard some weird things about the way dialogue works from a friend who was also in that beta. From what he said, when choices come up, everyone can pick, but only one person has final say. For instance, he said he was Sith and two players chose to kill an npc and one guy chose to spare him, so the guy was spared. Without any more context I’m not sure how I feel about that, but maybe it’s justified. God, multiplayer dialogue must be a nightmare, but it’s the only real draw for me.

    Anyway, you’re better off. From my experience, it’s generally not a good idea to buy MMOs on release. On top of that I have my doubts about that 15 dollar subscription holding up in the face of F2P.

    @cptcarnage lol, nice. That whole boss fight was absolute bananas. Beige’s stadium sized rage trap almost singlehandedly saved those top two lanes, too bad he didn’t get any credit. We’ll have to level you up and make another run one of these days.

    @beige *Fist bump* Dark Souls 1.3 veterans.

  • mjpilon 12:29 am on November 15, 2011 Permalink
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    Quick question for my fellow Canadians in the crowd @bluesforbuddha @cptcarnage @impynickers: now that I have an non-student income coming in (getting that 1st check on Thursday will be SO great… but I digress), I am looking at game rental options to help me try out games that I have no interest in buying at this point but would still like to try out (i.e Skyrim, Dark Souls, Shadow of the Damned).

    Have any of you tried the Gamefly-like options we have (Zip, Game Access) and would you recommend one of them? I remember someone tried it but I forget who… thanks guys!

  • Pete Davison 11:57 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige @bowley @cptcarnage Excellent! I’m free all weekend so any time is good for me, though the evening (UK time) will work best as the girlfriend is going out. Hit me up on Steam tomorrow and we’ll set it up.

    Dark Souls talk is inspiring. I want to play, but I have too much other stuff on my plate at the mo. I will finish Xenoblade before I take on anything else of that level of magnitude. I’d totally listen to a podcast on the subject, however

  • Pete Davison 8:27 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Good morning all! Hope you’re well. I am super-busy but I have been lurking and reading. Very interested by all the Dark Souls talk, though I sort of feel I should beat Demon’s Souls first. Maybe. Glad to see you on the console train too, Bowls — add me on PSN when you get a chance, Angry_Jedi. You’ll probably only see me “playing” EA Sports Active 2 on there at the moment as my primary gaming focus is — sorry, Mark — Xenoblade Chronicles.

    I’m about 60something hours in and the game is continuing to surprise and delight me. I finally have my full party now (no spoilers) and by far the best thing is the fact that you can play each and every party member whenever you want (assuming the story dictates they’re all together, which is the vast majority of the time). The cool thing about this is that they all play differently, meaning if you’re getting bored of playing one particular character all you have to do is switch to someone else and be able to play in a very different style. The fact none of them quite fall into your usual RPG archetypes helps, too.

    To give you an idea (without names, as those could be spoilers) — you have a roguey-type, who specialises in debuffing enemies and backstabbing them; a tanky type who soaks up damage and manages aggro; a healer type who also specialises in ranged attacks; a magey type who either buffs the party with summoned elementals or fires said elementals at enemies to cause damage; another aggro-management type, but rather than being a tank, he has super-high agility so dodges a lot of the attacks; a strong character with bizarre skills; and a customizable character where the gear you equip determines the “role” they’ll take in the party. Then you have the “premonition” system, where occasionally you’ll get advance warning of an incoming special attack and will have a matter of seconds to do something about it, either by doing something yourself or warning one of your other party members (which allows you to trigger one of their abilities). And on top of that, you have the “affinity” system, where characters who like each other more will work better together in combat and even shout different things at one another while fighting.

    So that’s all good. No idea how far through I am in terms of the whole thing yet.

    Alongside that, I’ve been playing Edmund “Super Meat Boy” McMillen’s new title The Binding of Isaac, which @cptcarnage mentioned below. It’s both horrifying and darkly hilarious, and strangely addictive. I haven’t beaten it yet, but it has that quality that makes you want to try again and again and again — helped hugely by the fact that the mix of items you get on each playthrough is completely different, and the effects of certain items are randomised, too. There’s some nice references to other games in there (the whole game is a Zelda 1 parody) and if you can stomach some really quite distasteful humour then there’s a lot to like. Check it out.

    Finally, I find myself strongly drawn towards Bohemia Interactive’s upcoming Take On Helicopters — a helicopter game without any shooting in it. It’s a civil aviation sim, but in an unusual twist it has a story mode, too. Also, rather than simply flying around aimlessly as in Microsoft Flight Simulator (incidentally, one of the most poorly-optimised games I’ve ever seen — despite being a few years old it still runs like a dog on my new rig) you have actual missions to do, a number of which are procedurally-generated. I’m getting SimCopter flashbacks — and, man, I loved that game.

  • beige 4:44 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage I’m hardly impartial, take my advice for what it is… but…

    It’s not that Dark/Demon’s Souls is especially HARD – not like Ninja Gaiden twitch hard – this is a misnomer. Its philosophy can be described more as “this game is as difficult as you are stupid/impatient/etc.”

    The series deliberately revels in its ambition to buck modern industry trends towards hand-holding and coddling of the player’s feelings, instead focusing hugely on risk/reward stakes and being a tough taskmaster. It’ll come at you with a knife but you can defend yourself.

    You know that adage about how insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result? That’s the Souls conceit in a nutshell. If you refuse to learn through experience or change your ways if your great plan isn’t working, then the road is going to be a tough slog.

    What I found is that the series forced me to adopt a mindset of “What WOULD *I* do IRL if I suddenly found myself in this situation. No, really.” Hint: In a real world Call of Duty scenario the best idea is not “run out into enemy fire hoping not to get shot until your screen goes from red to white again”. It’s a very foreign mindset in the world of video games by and large. See that guy with the huge spear, or that huge dragon. Something like that would be dangerous, right? Probably don’t want to run right up to something like that while brandishing a weapon, screaming like an idiot? You are correct.

    Super Meat Boy meets Castlevania is not an incorrect comparison. One thing that Demon’s Souls (usually) lets you do is forgivingly pull the eject ripcord, allowing you to ABORT MISSION! call it off and return to base to resupply and rearm with your souls intact with no penalty. You will almost never lose anything by doing this and the option is almost always available. The only barrier to playing it safe and secure is your own pride/ego. This game will make you humbly bow your head by the same methods as that first trap room in Indy 3.

    The times when you curse yourself is when you deliberately ignore that sensible voice, pushing onwards against the face of good judgement for just “one more room” or “one more enemy!” Those times the game will fuck you from behind with a poleaxe without mercy. As you stand there, looking at your corpse the game will say “…well?”

    Appeal Elements: Ask yourself:

    • Can I handle / am I interested in / a game that uses failure as a teaching method?
    • Do I enjoy the sense of feeling myself pressed to constantly improve my skills as a player, enough that the realization of “I’m getting better at this!” carries real weight? Could you handle it if “getting better at this” takes a while?
    • Would it be worth the risk of potentially agonizing defeat if the reward was a thrilling hard-won victory?
    • When you succeed on your terms.

    For me, these are the common ties binding experiences like Meat Boy to things like the Souls series. There is a kind of gamer (and I am one) that derives a huge sense of enjoyment through the “mountain climbing” sense of accomplishment you get when a challenge in a game pushes back hard against you in a big way.

    The thing about Souls (UNlike Meat Boy) is that it depends much more heavily on a methodical, careful approach to danger than frantic trial-and-error. Covering your ass, being prepared, being careful (and occasionally throwing caution to the wind) but then feeling amazing when your plan actually works and you make it through alive.

  • RedSwirl 2:13 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage I actually suggest we do restrict a Hitman mission to just Blood Money. In my opinion it’s the only one you really need to play. Silent Assassin was cool, but BM has completely out-done it.

    Anyway, now that you guys got me posting, I should bring up some absolutely infuriating shit I just read from Take Two about XCOM.

    “The ‘90s generation of gamers all love Xcom and we own the IP, so we thought OK, what do we do with it? Every studio we had wanted to do it and each one had its own spin on it. But the problem was that turn-based strategy games were no longer the hottest thing on planet Earth. But this is not just a commercial thing – strategy games are just not contemporary.

    “I use the example of music artists. Look at someone old school like Ray Charles, if he would make music today it would still be Ray Charles but he would probably do it more in the style of Kanye West. Bringing Ray Charles back is all fine and good, but it just needs to move on, although the core essence will still be the same.

    “That’s what we are trying to do. To renew Xcom but in line with what this generation of gamers want. The team behind it is asking themselves every day: ‘Is it true to the values of the franchise?’ It’s not a case of cashing in on the name. We just need to renew it because times are changing.”

    I still haven’t played that complete X-Com collection I got for $5 at a Steam Sale three years ago, but this is what I hate about AAA gaming today. It’s killing genres.

    I know real-time strategy games have never really worked that well on consoles, but turn-based has worked out just fine. Just look at all the stuff from Nintendo Intelligent Systems or Final Fantasy Tactics. The one game the new XCOM should be trying to emulate is probably Valkyria Chronicles.

  • Pete Davison 7:26 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink  

    There we go, @cptcarnage.

  • Pete Davison 11:27 am on May 7, 2011 Permalink  

    @Shingro @cptcarnage By the time you guys were around, it was bedtime for me, unfortunately 🙂 Who’s around on Sunday night? Have tried Magicka a bit now and I bet it’s fun in co-op. Or there’s L4D, Alien Swarm (that was always a good laugh) and numerous others.

  • Pete Davison 5:19 pm on May 6, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Yeah, I’m game for that — especially now I have a rig that can run it. How embarrassing that I didn’t before, it’s not as if it’s the most demanding thing in the world 🙂

  • beige 4:13 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage Go for the 2009 complete patch. I mentioned this on the squadcast but the patch is a huge single .exe file that combines years of patchwork and art/gameplay upgrades into a single package, all coordinated under some kind of unified creative direction so the mods don’t look all janky next to each other. At the very least you want the 2000+ game-crashing bugs it fixes.

    It’s totally painless to install and works with Steam version of the game.

    As for the Witcher, YES, PLAY IT fools. I loved the Witcher in a serious way. Totally beat out Dragon Age that year (and Dragon Age was great) for Beige’s RPG pick of 2009. I’m a bit nervous about how my rig is going to stand up to Witcher 2, but it’s too late to turn back now. Already purchased and waiting for that shoe to drop on Steam so I can gobble it up.

  • bowlisimo 6:13 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink

    Ended up not buying Arrival (or any of them), word on the street is that it’s a waste of money. I don’t know if you know this guys, but the Reapers are coming.

    @cptcarnage Too true.

    @redswirl My feelings are so scattered on DLC, but yeah, that’s an important distinction to make. It’s really a personal problem I have where, after I finish a game, downloadable bite sized missions hanging out on their own after the final act are meaningless, except as a vehicle to stick around the universe for longer than I should. However optional they may be, however passable, they are something I would like to encounter while I’m actually in the thick of things and deep into the meat of the story. To that end, downloadable content (among other things) has steadily pushed me to purchase games farther and farther from release where I can do just that and for significantly less money.

    As @Beige so eloquently put it, “THE BIG FINGER to the industry that sees me here WITH MONEY IN MY HAND, WANTING to play this game yet whose business models compel me to NOT give them my burning cash.”

  • RocGaude 12:13 am on February 10, 2011 Permalink
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    @cptcarnage My “hard and fast” rule is: PS3 for single player, 360 for multi-player. It hasn’t failed me.

    Also, for those of you who don’t know, I’ve rejoined Twitter. My old account has been obliterated so if you had originally followed me, you’ll need to follow me again. @CMWhittington

  • unmanneddrone 11:13 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage It’s in AUD on the Oz store, but in the age of digital distribution, I cannot think of why there’s such a price discrepancy. I can understand a few bucks’ price hike – for old time’s sake – but forty dollars?! Horrid. There’ll come a time when I’ll get around to Mass Effect and whatnot, but for the moment, I can safely leave them be – however many peoples’ GOTY they ended up being.

  • feenwager 2:26 am on January 7, 2011 Permalink  

    @cptcarnage add me as a friend. It’s my actual name.

  • bowlisimo 3:31 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink

    @feenwager @cptcarnage 9 sounds good. Played a bunch of the Dwarf lands last night. The changes aren’t nearly as drastic as I thought they would be. The quests are still in all the same places, but maybe slightly different if at all, with a few interesting additions where the 5 year difference in quest design is glaring. I definitely don’t remember being launched into the air over a mountain or being strapped into flying machines and dropping bombs back in ’05.

  • RocGaude 7:41 pm on January 3, 2011 Permalink
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    Giant Bomb’s cavalcade of incredibly entertaining “best of 2010” podcasts have left me wanting for nothin’ over the holidays. If you’re looking for a suitable replacement for our “lost episode”, look no further.

    As for my best gaming memories of 2010, here goes:

    Mass Effect 2: When my Shepard completed the final, casualty-free encounter by making a mad leap into Joker’s outstretched hand, I high-fived my family as if I had won the Super Bowl. When my typical response after finishing a game is either “…aaaaand done”, “really?”, and/or “fuck this game”, that’s special.

    Red Dead Redemption: John Marston is hands-down the best character I’ve ever controlled for 30 hours straight. Rock Star (of all developers) made a truly mature game that I enjoyed every minute of.

    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit: @angryjedi and @cptcarnage are some cheatin’ muthafuckas. That said, I haven’t had this much fun with a racing game since…hmmmm, oh yeah…Criterion’s last game. I like those guys.

    Bayonetta: Man, did they make that girl move in ways that dripped confidence and charm. Sex as a weapon? Hell yeah it is and no other studio proved their point as meticulously as Platinum.

    On to my current spin…

    AC: Brodeo is proving to be a solid continuation of AC2. Still, I’m scratching my head as to why some things are actually worse then the last game. I can’t count how many times I’ve hopped into a battle and had more trees in my face then anything else. Does anyone else struggle with the camera?

  • feenwager 4:53 am on December 29, 2010 Permalink

    @cptcarnage I think what I appreciate is the fact that the world isn’t open at all. You’re presented with a series of obstacles, and you don’t have to look for them…they’re just there.

    Also, the mechanics never fail to entertain.

  • bowlisimo 9:25 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink
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    @Feenwager I saw the Giantbomb quicklook for that game. Looks to me like Telltale gets Back to the Future. I’m really impressed by the guy who voices Marty, “Doc, are you telling me you bult a time machine…out of a DeLorean?!“.

    @beige I hear you man. There’s a reason why detractors were calling 4e a WoW clone. They were right in the sense that you could easily map a 4e character’s powers to buttons on a UI with cooldowns. It really doesn’t take much of a leap. Also, I’ll stop calling you crazy, until you beat the Demon’s Souls sequel anyway.

    @cptcarnage lol, screw that. There’s a line I won’t cross and those achievements embody it. I can barely get past any level without messing it up on the first try. My method was brute force. Regardless, the world still awaits the chosen one who can complete Cotton Alley without dying.

    I love Assassin’s Creed 2 so far (thanks again, Mark/Lynette!) and I absolutely adore the Ezio Family theme, I just wish I didn’t have to replay the beginning 3 times because Ubisoft’s shitty online solution constantly screws up the autosaves.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas guys.

  • bowlisimo 6:26 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink

    @cptcarnage Something is broken with my account (apparently I’m not the only one, and I already have 2 support tickets in, but support blows). What a joke. Oh well, Bully and Just Cause 2 instead?

  • bowlisimo 5:24 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink

    @mjpilon @cptcarnage Sheer force of will, and about two hours of pain. The first screen took the longest, but it’s not as insane as it looks once you get the muscle memory down (although you’ll still fuck up the first drop 1,000 times anyway). It’s that last 1/3 of it that’s really nerve wracking. I disagree with that diagram though. After the second set of wall jumps you don’t need to hit the wall and jump across, you can just fall and then hit the double jump (with run), and that last jump doesn’t need run. That got me killed three times, mere centimeters from bandage girl (rage!).

    The second screen sucks balls, but the only real hard part is weaving through the smaller spikes. It’s all timing and luck, but at least you get to rest your jump hand.

    And you’ll need to rest it, because the third screen is pure, relentless, torture, of both body and mind. If you’re not jumping, you’re dead. If you don’t jump at the right time, you’re dead. If you don’t do anything, you’re dead. You’ll start to feel like Bill Murray in groundhog day, where he just stops caring and starts killing himself. The only thing I can say here is watch how someone else does it on youtube (especially how to transition from lower to upper tiers).

    Not sure if it was worth it, but it’s done. If I can do it, you guys can, but as Beige said, you just need to be willing to bash your head into a wall over and over, and clear about 2-3 hours of your schedule for it. Also, having the IWBTG music or your own music in the background helps the morale, for a little while…

  • RedSwirl 11:29 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink

    @cptcarnage Speaking of Online RPGs, I leveled up my character in Phantasy Star Online yesterday. I still love it.

    Back to Red Dead though. As soon as I get back I’m gonna take a look at the wanted posters and see where that get’s me.

  • bowlisimo 9:52 pm on December 4, 2010 Permalink
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    Well, not that anyone cares, but two worlds at 100% and three? more to go in Super Meat Boy. I’m simultaneously developing an aneurysm and a hernia and also rapidly approaching the point at which this keyboard becomes completely useless. It’s nice to be reminded of that fact at the loading screen every time I boot the game. Can’t wait for the IWBTG stages. @cptcarnage You sir, are one fast meat mofo.

    @unmanneddrone That music is shaping up nicely, however this track was notably absent.

  • RocGaude 5:10 pm on November 26, 2010 Permalink
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    @zegolf Jesus, what a blast from the past. Technically, a “pile of shame” game is considered a game worth playing but hasn’t received the attention it deserves. I’m not so sure ET qualifies. 😉

    @cptcarnage For the record, I grabbed AC: Brodeo yesterday but told the Mrs. to wrap it up for me for Christmas since I still have AC2 to play through. You won’t be alone.

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