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Once consoles swing back around again, will everyone be disconnecting their Steam boxes or will it be just another box back there? This whole development is interesting, regardless. Forget about the “one console future”, everything plugs into everything else (more or less) so it doesn’t really matter anymore. I plugged my PS3 into my monitor and routed the sound through my PC for god’s sake. You can get Starcraft from the comfy couch and Demon’s Souls from the computer chair if you wish it.
Speaking of Steam, there are 8 Sherlock Holmes games on it now. EIGHT! Any squaddies ever give one a try? @rampantbicycle?
I’ll just drop this here, but I don’t like the actor who plays Moriarty on the latest BBC Sherlock series. The show is great otherwise. EDIT: Only finished the first season though.
@rampantbicycle I’d like to suggest Deja Vu for the NES. It is held back from direct sleuthing since the main character has amnesia, which causes you to by necessity focus on the ‘who am I?’ question, but it’s the closest I can think of.
Also, to the Squad in general, Borderlands 2 is 10% off for the weekend on steam if you already own Borderlands 1. I’ve already got a handful of people prepared to do some solid Co-Op multiplayer in there and I’d be thrilled to add any Squaddies interested to the roster of possible fellow vault hunters. Good luck out there =D
@rampantbicycle I always like the approach that the Blade Runner PC game took to investigation. There were a lot of clues to find and investigate, but the way the game played out changed depending on how thorough you were, what you found, and when you found it. Jeez, I haven’t thought about that game in years.
I am only a couple of cases deep in LA Noire, but I have already experienced what you were talking about with doubting someone for one reason and having Cole say something unbelievably stupid. I suppose this is one of the constraints of video games as opposed to tabletop.
@rampantbicycle Thank you for the incredibly detailed post. We started up LA Noire last night and are having a good time with that. I have also made notes to pick up both AC2 and Red Dead Redemption when we finish LA Noire.
I had started LA Noire a while back, but I’m having a much better time with it now that I’ve started over. I like the mission structure to the game, and I also like that I can force someone else to drive from location to location. I’m not in it for the sandboxy stuff so much as I am for sleuthing. (Though, living in LA makes the game interesting to drive around in. There is a shot of the Pantages Theater at the beginning of the game, and she and I were at that exact intersection for dinner an hour before we booted the game up.)
@redswir1 Half-Life 2 is a good suggestion. I wish I still had my copy of The Orange Box for 360. Speaking of which, I seem to have a black home somewhere that’s eating games. Both Mass Effect games are missing as is The Orange Box. Creepy… (Alright, they probably got lost in the mail when I moved to LA from NJ and I didn’t notice until now.)
I’m not sure the first Mass Effect is really worth revisiting. I might pick up the PS3 version of ME2 solely because it has the interactive comic that lets you skip the first Mass Effect. Every time I think about replaying it, I remember having to drive the stupid tank and lose all will to play it again. Though, I must admit that I do enjoy ****ME1 SPOILER*** leaving Ashley the space racist to die a terrible death.
I forgot where I was going with this, but what’s important is that I said mean things about Ashley. Also, Thane was really dreamy. Did anyone else romance him in ME2?
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?
@mjpilon Feel free to screw around when you’re there. Start small, make a house in our growing village (or way up in the sky like Sinfony), or dig a cave, and learn the basic tools that way. Everything pretty much follows from there naturally. For instance, “Hmm, now my house needs a stable, and a basement, annnnnd, you know what? Eff this house, this house is dumb now. Let’s make a castle, which needs a moat, and a bridge to it”, etc. etc.
@shingro Horrible deep holes in the ground filled with terrible things already exist! @rampantbicycle finds them daily. Also, you can totally reskin your avatar to look like an anime character, just saying. Make a pixel shrine to Katawa Shoujo, while listening to j-pop, somewhere.
@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.
@beige @angryjedi I’m in.
@rampantbicycle You’re in the majority, as far as Minecraft is concerned. The devil in Minecraft is its strong natural sense of progression from one self made goal to the next. Personally, I went from don’t die, to carving out a tunnel system, to designating individual rooms, to building a shrine where you spawn, to building a bridge to a nearby mountain, to more bridges, to building docks and roads, to undertaking massive (failed) engineering feats like tunneling water to fill in a nearby dry lake, to a minecart system, to a giant-sized unfinished castle. Yeah. It’ll suck you in.
If you really want to see what people can do, check out Minecraft Westeros. Good god.
@pepperized There’s nothing to judge, its just something people like. That’s all it should be.
That being said, its not for me either. I do find some of the fan created content entertaining though.
And @rampantbicycle there’s a lot more to the brony phenomenon than just a bunch of guys loving a children’s cartoon, with varying levels of intrigue each warranting different levels of concern or not. That’s a subject I don’t care enough about to get into though. I just hope you’re more aware of it than you let on in that post. Maybe you did, and I just haven’t been around to see the whole conversation.
I know I only pop my head in once in a blue moon, hope you’re all doing well.
Great post, @rampantbicycle. I mostly agree. I don’t think you should look down on someone for enjoying what they enjoy, although I do think hating on books like Twilight and 50 Shades for the way they portray women and relationships is totally legitimate.
Totally unrelated: Is anyone planning to pick up Payday within the next 26 hours? It’s been on my radar for a while, but I’m not sure it’s worth buying without friends to play with. The 4pack is $15 in today’s daily deals. Anyone wanna go in with me?
@rampantbicycle Actually, it took years for me to find out the name of Spartakus, and that interim aeon had me believing I’d created some bastardised memory of Mysterious Cities, as not a soul I knew had any idea what I was talking about.
Madly phallic headdress on Arkana, a perspective only the grizzled sleaze of adulthood appeared to offer.
Ah, the passage of time.
@beige Great to hear Spec-Ops does the job and deftly. It appears to be getting decent reviews from the folks who give two hoots, but like many good things, let the herd eat cake. Moreover, just knowing there’s a game out there that does the idea of a “descent” without the ding-ding “Congratulations, you’ve made a particular moral choice!” telegraphing is heartening, especially considering the wrapper of a military shooter. Good show, Yager. They’ve come a long way since Magnus Tide and friends on their debut title – a world which I’d love them to revisit as a palate cleanser down the line.
And I hope the Endless Space discussion/sales pitch hasn’t been too overbearing. @angryjedi hit it out of the park in the ES Fireside chat.
Oh god, please don’t send me down a nostalgic cartoon theme youtube death spiral, those trips are one-way only!
@rampantbicycle You and I may have had this conversation already but I always thought that theme was iconic among 80’s cartoon viewers. I definitely remember that intro (especially random air kick with slipper flying off and animation over weird inverted photographs), just never watched the show. I like the time period they set it in, pretty unique.
@unmanneddrone Wow, I can honestly say I’ve never ever ever seen that Spartakus thing, what the hell. You know it’s an 80’s cartoon when they describe the whole premise to you in the intro and then break into synthy music with vocals about it. Good times.
@sinfony @shingro I guess I’ll find some time to train with the Dwarves (gulp).
@rampantbicycle You’re exceptional. Do you read a book a day like Teddy Roosevelt? I don’t know how you do it. You really read while standing in line? It’s hard for me to understand because I tend to seclude myself when reading or I don’t get wholly immersed (the quality of comprehension goes down too). So walking and reading like Belle is right out. To quote The Last Samurai, “Too many mind.”
@everyone Here’s a well written Eurogamer interview with Jenova Chen. He comes across as a game design sensei.