Talk Amongst Yourselves

Talk Amongst Yourselves

Talk Amongst YourselvesThis is where Kotaku readers go to talk about the stuff we’re not already posting about. Think of it as the official unofficial Kotaku community forum.

You can talk about games. Or movies. Or politics. Music. Food. Science. Sport. Insert your own miscellaneous off-topic discussion here. Just keep it clean.

We’ll be promoting this post each morning until Sunday to let the conversation continue all week. Makes more sense than starting a new comments thread every day.

Talk amongst yourselves below…

Comments

  • *found, huddled in the corner, rocking back and forth*
    I just couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t.
    I thought I posted decent times that people would struggle to beat.
    I was at least a whole second or two ahead.
    It only took 12 hours *twitch*
    12 HOURS!
    Then my time *twitch* was beaten.
    No not by 1 person… oh no no. By about *twitch* 5.
    I just couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t.
    I thought I posted decent times that peo…

      • *twitch* Doritos.

        This is how I sum up my efforts in the competition:

        It burst into flames! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It’s fire and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It’s burning, bursting into flames and is falling on the mooring mast, and all the folks agree that this is terrible. This is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world! Oh, it’s crashing… oh, four or five hundred feet into the sky, and it’s a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. There’s smoke, and there’s flames, now, and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast… Oh, the humanity, and all the passengers screaming around here!

  • Super Give Away Competition 1!
    ______________________________

    To mark the inaugural episode of the Super Give Away Competition, I want to do something the is very Kotaku. Something that says “Playing

    Games” and “Creating a Community”. As such, I’ve decided that the first competition will be a video game competition.

    It was difficult trying to find something that is accessible and cheap that everyone can play, but finally I settled on “Chime”. It’s

    cheap, easy to pick up, and should play on almost any PC or laptop (no Mac support sorry). It was also part of the Steam treasure hunt, so

    I figured some of you would already have it. If you don’t own it, it’s well worth the $5USD it costs anyway.

    So for the competition…

    Prerequisites:
    ————–
    1. Download Steam if you haven’t, and install it
    2. Join the existing Unofficial Kotaku Australia Group, so I know you’re in (http://steamcommunity.com/groups/kotakuaust)
    3. Send a friend invite to “Mr Explody”, so I can keep track of the leaderboard (http://steamcommunity.com/id/MrExplody)
    4. Buy and Download Chime, if you don’t already have it – USD $4.99 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/62100/)

    Challenge
    ————-

    Once you have completed the prerequisites, jump into the game.

    By 08:00PM Sunday 16th January, the person who has the highest score on the following level will win:
    Mode: Timed Mode
    Level: Paul Hartnoll (Orbital)
    Time Limit: 3 Minutes

    Note, you must have completed the Prerequisites to be eligible to win! If I can’t find you on the leader board, or can’t find you in the

    Kotaku Australia Steam Group, then you can’t win.

    Prize:
    ——
    As it is the inaugural competition, the winner of this week’s challenge will get to choose one prize from any in the bundle.
    http://www.explodingstudios.com/general/bundle.jpg

    Essentially, thats a choice of one from the following:
    – Halo Legends Blu Ray
    – Halo Poster
    – Iron Man 2 Soundtrack Vinyl
    – Dead Rising 2 T-Shirt
    – Dark Void Figurine
    – Lost Planet 2 Mech Figurine
    – Super Meat Boy sticker
    – Magic the Gathering Card Set

    I will contact the winner next week

    • would be so keen but due to living arrangements no internet at home ATM 🙁 only access to Kotaku is at work..

      good luck all 🙂

    • That is a brilliant idea
      That is a brilliant game
      This is a brilliant comp

      You, sir, are brilliant and i want to nuzzle into you.

    • A Couple of things, disclaimers and such:
      1. The cutoff date is 8:00PM Sunday 23rd Jan, not the 16th which has already past.

      2. The competition is for Australian residents only, I simply can’t afford to send the items overseas

      3. This competition is not an official Kotaku competition, Kotaku, Allure Media nor it’s subsidies do not have any control or responsibilities on the running of the competition or it’s outcome.

      4. Items will be shipped as is. Not that they’re in a bad way. The Dark Void 2 figurine however has a punture box (the figurine is fine though). The MTG cards are pretty old but range between used through mint condition.

      5. I reserve full judgement rights. If for some reason I believe you are cheating, I reserve the right to remove you from the competition.

      6. Judges decision is final.

      7. I will contact the winner over Steam, so if you’re in the running, make sure you check it periodically.

      8. When you sign up to the Kotaku AU Steam group, drop a comment in there with your Kotaku handle if your Steam handle is different.

      • I’ve been tossing this idea up, but not sure how best to run it. Something like a 1 on 1 Halo Reach competition or something similar.

        The problem is organising the tournament, collaborating with all participants, and capturing the results.

        Any ideas, or volutneers to help in running such a thing would be greatly appreciated.

          • I might have a spare 2 month gold trial lying around somewhere. I’ll let you know if I find it.

            As for the game, Halo Reach is just a suggestion. Might have to put it out for poll to ensure we get the most coverage.

          • I no longer own any Multi games that aren’t Arcade

            I have:
            Doritos
            Perfect Dark
            Duke Nukem

            and that is all.

            Pick a cheapie Arcade game or a bargain bin game!

    • I’ve joined, purchased, added invite for friend. Now I’m hooked! But, I really suck at it! I’m struggling to cover the whole board, but it is very addictive 😀

    • I’ve joined the group. Will add friend later when I’m home (looks like you need the client to run).

      Pretty sure I won’t compete in the competition, but I’ve got no friends/community on Steam. And I’d be keen for anything in the future.

      • Changed my mind. Gave it a shot. Not a bad game, very similar to Lumines. Which isn’t a bad thing as Lumines is my favourite puzzle game ever.

    • I wish I could play but I can’t afford to buy it yet. 🙁 Sad that I can’t even russle up $5 :0 Oh wells.. Hopefully the figurines will last til another event!

    • I don’t know exactly why but i’m excited to discover an unoficial kotaku au group exists on steam. Just joined it (steam alias g_m_it).

      Don’t thin i’ll by trying this comp but. Too much to do this week.

      • Yeh, I only discoverred it when I went to create one myself for this comp.

        I don’t know when or who started it, but there were very few members in there till we started flooding it 2 days ago.

  • New week new begginings and a new thread to begin the SPAM

    quiet an eventful weekend, halo reach campaign complete getting kicked out of clubs, walking home and doing the weeks shopping along with some beach.

    Everyone else have a good weekend?
    Does anyone play NBA 2K11?

  • I missed last week’s post and when I went to check it, there were over 1,300 posts. Very daunting when just reading them on the morning commute in.

    Can someone give me a wrap up of the goings on? Gotta have my gossip fix!

  • Hey there guys and gals!

    I’d just like to announce 3 new tees to my webstore!
    There are 2 Limited Edition Kotaku “Basic” designs, and one new ” Premium Range” Fallout New Vegas Tee.
    So all the designs this week are basic as i’m now working on a brand new Zelda-Inspired tee (that’s right you crazy fans), which i hope to launch sometime this week for you all.

    So without further blabbering, i present to you, first of all, the new “Limited Edition” Kotaku tees, which i have knocked up to celebrate 1000+ posts on TAY last week. A new milestone for our spectacular community.

    http://www.chuloopaoverload.toctopus.com/shop?c=333568&ctype=0

    The first thing you’ll notice is both shirts are cheaper/much cheaper than the rest of my tees. This is because i’m only charging wholesale on all Kotaku tees. I will be making NO PROFIT from the sale of ANY Kotaku tees now or ever. Consider them a gift from me to you, that you still have to pay for.

    First up, the “Kotaku United” Mens and Ladies tees, both available in Black or White.
    Closer look here:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0903/trozza/?action=view&current=kotaku_united.jpg
    As you can see, it is a slightly modified version of the Kotaku Logo. I’ve added a small “au” to the logo, as well as what i feel is a fitting slogan for the community.
    Basic and very easy on the eye. I hope you guys enjoy it and agree with the subtext i’ve gone with.

    Secondly, the “TAY Survival” tee. This is a mens classic fit tee availble in white only at this point.
    http://www.chuloopaoverload.toctopus.com/shop/view_product/TAY_Survival?n=1673448
    You’ll notice this one is much closer to the price of my other tees. This is because i have both a Front and Back print on this tee. It features the bold text you see here, as well as the aformentioned “Kotaku United” logo on the back cloes to the top of the shirt.
    So yes, this is still wholesale, but you’re just paying more for the 2 lots of print.

    Now we come to the shirt that is earning my bread and butter. The shirts that all other apparel vendors reffer to as their “premium range”.

    The I <3 New Vegas Tee. This is a classic fit mens tee available in both black and white.

    http://www.chuloopaoverload.toctopus.com/shop?c=328368&ctype=0

    As you can see, it's a rather basic design based on the classic "I <3 NY" Tees. The tee features a sihloette of a Radscorpion in place of the heart to give it a glorious wasteland flavor.

    The original version had good 'ol pip boy giving the thumbs up instead of the Scorpion, but i changed the design as i was worried about copyright infringements. I'll look into it more and see if i can do one with a pip boy or not.

    So that's it for today – I'll probably add another Kotaku Tee design this week, as well as the big unveil of the killer new Zelda Tee i'm working on. Also, as of this weekend, i have now sold a total of 8 Commander Sheapard tees. Once again i would like to extend my thanks to you all. Your support is astounding and is helping me do something i have always wanted to do. Thank everyone.

    On a side note, if you have an idea for a Kotaku Tee that you can put together, spend a little time and shoot me an email at the usual place (troy.clearyathotmaildotcom) and i will have it uploaded to the site so that your design can be printed, with your name in the credit. As i said, i make NO money from any Kotaku branded tees, so think of it like a community project, in a way. If you do want to put one together, make sure the final image is at least 300dpi, quite large and most importantly in .png format.

    Thanks for you time and support, guys and girls!
    Chuloopa, OUT!

  • AHEM! *clears throat*

    I would like to make an announcement.

    Everyone has their cool names but me. Looking at you Chuloopa.
    I regret logging on with facebook.

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Imma using my gaming alias from now on.

  • **Doritos Crash Course Competition**

    The competition started out quite tough but by mid week, everyone sort of stopped trying (or at least did not get any better). I am putting this down to the insane skillz of Batguy, posting an unbeatable time and basically taking the wind out of all our sails.

    I think that perhaps the prize for winning should be that for this week, you get to change your name to Batguy #1 or something?

    So without further anything, here are the times.

    Batguy – 29.202
    Jimu Hsien – 30.140
    Blaghman – 31.439
    FatShady – 31.704
    Tristosterone – 32.351
    AmbroseIV – 32.366
    Banderdash – 38.322
    Chuloopa – 47.207

    So, to make it a bit harder this time, assuming that you are all still keen on competing, this weeks track is the first one from Europe!
    It should be a more complex track with more room for improvement.

    I will also point out that any new people can join in on this as it is just being run week by week. Just send me a Friend Request on XBL (FatShady live) and say you want in!

    Cheers,

    • I could see how I might get another 1-1.5 seconds, but frustration and little mistakes got the better of me… Batguy’s time is just insane – well done 😛

    • LOL!!
      I didn’t get a chance to get onlien at all last week.. wow… 47, how horrible!!

      I’ll try to rank up a bit better on europe 1 this week 😛

    • Glad to see that my shock-and-awe tactics worked so well 🙂

      It was good fun though, thanks for the challenge. Between this comp and Super Meat Boy I almost feel like I have still have some 1337 gamer skill left in these 32 year old fingers. I look forward to crashing back to the pack in this week’s comp.

      I’ll admit that I was a little surprised that nobody got closer in the end though. By the time I finished I was getting under 30 every single time, so I was really worried that somebody else was going to work out the slide sequence and beat me with a lucky run. I even took another 0.18 off my time on Saturday night to be sure!! My final time ended up in the top 300 or so (once you discard the 650+ zero scores at the top of the table) so I figured it was going to take some beating.

      – Batguy #1 – my thumbs still hurt (seriously) from posting a record time in Crash Course and all I got was this lousy title!

    • did you not get my time? I sent freind requests to you all.. I can see Jimu and Tristosterones times on my xbox.. anyway, I’m at 31.x can’t recall exactly, but yeah! Maybe you guys need to check your messages!

    • Yes!
      Number 2 number 2…

      There was no way I could beat my score…I kept getting very close and then my hands betrayed me!

      Also my eyes were going to sleep!

    • Can we take out times for Europe map one from yesterday? Because I think I was winning then. Although, maybe not, still, bound to be better than when you all actually start trying. :/

      • The comp is who has the best time by the end of the week. Because no-one knows which track is next, there is no unfair advantage so discounting times from a prior week is not required. If you set such a good time two weeks ago that can’t be beat, then good luck to you.

    • Just sent a friend request (GT same as name here). I got crash course weeks ago, but have not played it yet. This gives me a reason too.

    • It’s amusing to see the difference between the first level, that everyone powered hard on, and this one, where barely anyone has. As I type this, I am in the top 1600 in the world, for what was merely an okay run.

      Silly people.

    • Hey I just discovered this yesterday! How the hell did you guys get under 33 on that first track? What the heck!? I don’t see how I can do it any faster :'(

      • Sliiiiiiide. Many many many times – 21 to be exact. I probably take 4 or 5 steps total over the course of the map.

  • I have been shamed..

    After being the gamer/tech guy of the household..

    *sigh*

    Bee got an android phone before me… *cringe*
    She got the HTC Desire yesterday, and i’m still using my Nokia N95 8GB….

    I am shamed… i am shamed so hard…

    Also, seeing as i don’t have one, therefore i don’t know the answer.. how can she stop things from auto DL so she doesn’t go over her (shitty) 3 DL limit…

      • You learn quickly to always wear your glasses when attempting bad-ass things. After the first time you miss, and manage to poke yourself in the eye with the ear piece of the sunnies.

    • Nah, you could buy a beanbag from Kmart or somewhere and still have enough left over to buy some err…companionship. Much better deal.

    • I saw these a few weeks back and got all excited. Realising I am poor I went for the next best thing – a beanbag. Now we have about a million left over beads (beans?) in the cupboard and an uncomfortable bean bag that noone sits on.

    • I showed my fiance this on the weekend, and she was totally all for it. But then I clicked on the AU version of the site, and they only had the Omni bean bag, which is more of a giant pillow.

      I’ll need to verify that they can ship the gamer one in Australia before committing.

      • I got one last year and at that point you could only get the Omni in Aus.

        I know it looks like a giant pillow but if you sit it on its end you can use like a huge bean bag rather than on its side like a pillow.

        My only real complaint is it can be hit and miss with the comfort sometimes. You have to get the position right from the start and if you don’t its really a matter of get up, reset (hit the bag) and start again. If you do get it right, its REALLY comfy, but if you don’t get it right its just awkward. You cant move your ass around to get the position right like with a normal bean bag.

    • Ha! Doubt it, considering they didn’t even finish the first one. *grumbles* stoopid half-a-game sucking me in….

      • Huh?

        What happened?

        Do you have a link to an article? Didnt finish?

        I thought it was fun!

        WHAT HAPPENED????!!!!

        • Did you not notice the huge world map of which you got to visit about 3%? Apparently they had a few other chapters/places they meant to do but ran out of time. Can’t remember the story exactly due to the fogginess of old age.

          Also Jimu #2?!!! Did you eat #1? Spit him out! NOW!

          • I was wondering about that.

            There was a big break between me almost finishing it and me finishing it. I am doing a closed fist replay now to remember what went on.

            There is only ever two areas available on the map I think. The first and last never appear.

            Also experience seems to jump from 10xp for a scroll read to 2000exp for a scroll read, rather quickly.

            Theres still a fair bit to the game.

            From a narrative perspective there isn’t enough game between the mid-game twist (Which is far closer to end game than mid) and the end of the game when you revisit the same place!

            Also yes I did eat myself, I may change my name to Ouroborous Jimu Hsien!

      • I was kinda hoping that after they finish the ME trilogy they would feel like break from Sci Fi and do another Jade.

        That guy in charge of DA doesn’t look like he’s interested in anything else!

  • My puppy, Tobias Dr.Who Hennessy Cooper, pooped on the deck again this morning.

    His punishment:

    I took him to the vet and he got a thermometer up his ass.

  • I need your help!

    I’ve got a massive paper due on the 30th (but I need mine handed in by wednesday because I’m busy after that)

    I need you guys to help me find any magazine articles/books/studies that talk about:
    1) Violent video games and their effect on users
    2) Addiction to computers
    3) The inability of the user to distinguish between the virtual and real world.

    I know I can count on you guys! 😀

    Tad

  • w00t! my new fridge just arrived! the old one was toast.. had to keep stuff in the freezer just to keep it normal fridge kind of cold 😐
    Of course I didn’t really need the expense given my current situation, but thankfully we got it no deposit and 4 years interest free! Saved our bacon.. literally!

  • Sooo, I started playing FF8 again over the weekend. Pretty much as good as I remembered it being. There was one thing I had forgotten though – just how much of an arse Squall is. I’m only up to the dance bit with Rinoa, so granted I’m not far in, but geez… he’s a serious arse.

    …Jimu. Thoughts.

    • Wait a minute, I’m not Ji-

      Never mind.

      Give him time. Once the whole game becomes mind numbingly crazy he begins to improve as a character, and all your hatred will be directed towards Rinoa.

      Useless, Useless Rinoa.

      • Haha, yeah I have played it before so the thing keeping me from saying ‘I do not wish to play as this prick any more’ and putting down the controller is the thought of what awesomeness is to come.

        But that being said, he’s so much more of a dick than I remembered him being. I thought when I was a teenager he was all cool and brooding. Nope, just a dick.

          • You can never be too harsh. Since I am still a teenager myself I have the absolute authority to say this. He’s a twat, yes, but I can relate to a lot of what he does. In real life I rarely ever speak, I would wear black more, but I can never seem to find my clothes, and my black jeans faded. I have ridiculous hair, and because of said hair I look kind of effeminate.

            Nevertheless, he’s a dick at the start. When I first played it, I thought he was cool, but I was like, 10 at the time, so I don’t think that really counts. He’s a dick. The only solace is Quistis paying him out for being such a moody twat.

          • Yes, parenting advice from me.

            Give them Ketamine to shut them up (but stay off PCP, that stuff is nasty).

            As teenagers they are annoying, self obsessed brats, just like they were when they were younger, they just think they aren’t.

            If you really want to mock them, talk about them from 2 years before, the rapid rate they change while a teenager means they are constantly looking down at their earlier years, but are wildly embarrassed by them.

            Finally, call your son a loser, and insinuate that he is gay, simply because he hasn’t had a girlfriend, and doesn’t display his feelings towards women in front of you… Mum…

            *cough*

          • My dad suggested there must be something wrong with me as I was nearly 25 at the time and didn’t have a girlfriend. He was going on about how I was the only one who could carry on the family name…

            I asked how he’d react if I told him I was gay (I’m not), I found out… he took a swing at me.

            Good times.

          • Wow.

            My parents are far too passive to do anything. My mother just enjoys tormenting me (not really, she just has a bit of a bitchy streak). I managed to get her to stop by pretending I was genuinely offended by her insinuations, and then she tried to get my sister to stop making the jokes too.

            Ahh, good times.

    • WAAAAAAY back when I first played that game I was the exact same arse as Squall.

      I had messy uncut hair I wore all black, couldn’t not have a deep thought before I spoke, couldn’t not have deep thoughts while others spoke. Just finished school and hated the world, questioning my reality and my place in it. Didn’t want to be a follower and wanted to make my own decisions.

      My GFs name at the time was …Renea.

      The major differences being:
      I wore sneakers not boots, didnt own a sword let alone a Gunblade. Had a goatee. Didnt have feathers on my bomber jacket…in fact my bomber jacket was a black hoodie.

      So even though it is obvious to me that Squall (And mys 17 year old self) is a complete self-centred arse, I will always understand why someone at that age acts that way.

      It’s a great coming of age story, Squall grows as a character and even though he starts off doing what he does he really grows up and becomes the hero we all want him to be.
      Mostly he is fueled by his love of Rinoa, another thing I can relate to(Not Rinoa, my wife!). I’m the kind of guy that has no real goals until there is a good reason. Why should I study hard and get a high payed job when I only support myself?

      I also like the fact that during the ending Squall is still unsure of himself and goes on a bad acid trip before finding Rinoa again. Someone like Zell just plows through life smiling and having a good time. He just pops out the other side because he aint much of a thinker and he knew he would. He isn’t a deep enough thinker to realise that failure is a possibility.

      It explained depression quite well I think, dumb guys don’t get depressed…depression is thinking too much. Zell’s never do that!

      I think Laguna is more of a dick because he gets talked into staying in Esther(?) and becoming president and never returning to his fiance, who dies with a broken heart, and meeting his only son!
      Also he is a coward for never returning to his first love(Voiced by Faye Wong) and letting her marry a complete military DICK!

      Any questions?

      • No, very well put! It’s all very true, I just don’t remember a lot of the game or the specifics of Squall’s character development to be honest so it was a bit suprising when I first started the game up. Looking forward to the rest of the game though! It’s almost like playing it for the first time again it’s been so long…

        • Thanks for baiting me into that. I wish I could do the same with DKC2 but alas its about a monkey saving a gorilla from a crocdile…maybe there is deeper meaning there that I’m missing…

          I’ll tell you something else, before FF8 came out I found out that there was a cowboy in it(Irvine Kineas) and I was so excited. He is prolly my least fav after playing…yes, yes he is.

          The only prob I had with 8 was there being no monster playable characters, 7 had Cait and Red and Vincent (..kinda).

          9 had Quina and Vivi..and Zidane (kinda).

          10 had Kimahri…and Wakka (kinda).

          12 did it again! All humans, except for G-stringboobsears lady. Who went straight on my team.(Yes I even got the camera to go up in between her legs on a staircase to impress some non-gamer freinds).

          8 is still my fave, love junctioning, story came at the right time in my life. FFX-2’s story was good timing for me too. These days I’m busy with Dragon Age and Pokemunz but I have fond memories of the days that Final Fantasy was the best.

      • Damn, that was very well put. I liked Squall because he was always a reasonable character, excluding all the fantasy stuff, and random happenstance, he changes how I imagine someone going through that might.

        • I keep meaning to add but was to busy ranting to remember that:
          “My GFs name at the time was …Renea.”

          I was referring to my GIRLFREIND and not my GUARDIAN FORCE.

          Just for clarification.

          • Bahahahaha.

            I used to make jokes about myself in the future and the only GF I’d ever get would be Shiva…

            Younger me had strangely premonitory powers…

  • Oh, man, phew.

    Was so worried I’d turn up and find that we were on page 7 already or something.

    Thank god.

    Oh wait, I’m supposed to say something constructive, right?

    Hmmmmm.

    So… Who wears short shorts?

  • Uh Mark, I just received Medal of Honor (PS3) in the mail and it came from Kotaku. I’m not sure why…..

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty freaking happy that I have it, but I don’t why I’ve got it. If this was a mix up of some kind, let me know and I’ll gladly post it to whoever it was meant to be for. If it wasn’t, then thank you very, very much 🙂

  • You not what one of the best parts of the day is..

    Lunch Break, the sheer amount of love i have to this part of the day is astounding, nothing like counting down the minutes till you get to duck out and grab yourself a nice feed, generally mine consists of going to coles and getting 1/2 a chicken for some chicken sandwiches, but whatever i have it always lifts my mood.

    just put it out there… Lunch breaks always a good time

  • So had a awesome weekend beat assasins creed 2 without all the freaking collectables. Played pokemon and decided i’m going to build a mini mame cabinet. I have a old spare laptop getting a 18.5 monitor and bought the keyboard encoder, joysticks and buttons for about $100. The project doesn’t seem to hard as i work with electronics at work should be just plug and play. But i struggling to think of a solution for speakers. Any ideas ?

    • I have no speaker suggestions soz, but I too have been meaning to do this for a while. I bought an encoder and a bunch of wires/buttons for a uni project a while back but just haven’t had the time to look into it since. That. and I’m still in disputes with the ladyfriend over where the cabinet would go once built :3

  • Just got my DC Encyclopedia in the mail Mark, very cool 🙂

    My comic-connoisseur colleague at work tells me its wasted on me and is upset I didn’t spend any money on it. I feel appropriately smug.

    • Scan and colour copy the cover, wrap it around a similar sized tome… use that as a coaster at work.

      See how long before he cracks.

    • Being a rabid comic collector myself I must say…
      I never go in for those sorts of things. Why buy a book about a comic when you can buy a comic. I reached the same point with collectables, I used to buy all sorts, toys, posters, movie tie-ins etc. And then I realised …why buy the thing about the thing when I can get more of the thing?

      That being said, If you don’t collect/read many comics maybe this is perfect for you, I myself will continue to rely on Wikipedia next time I read a Grant Morrison crossover meg epic.

      Also, I still buy the clothes…shirst hoodies…These things I use aaaand sometimes they spark up a convo with Tom, Dick or Henrietta in the street!

      You were talking about DC comics…right???

      • But i left comments…..:( You just don’t pay any attention anymore. To busy creating humorous names, proving your are under the thumb ( i think you’ll get permission…..) banging on about FF (Again!!!) and somehow relating it to your own emo/teenage years, stating you preference for hometime, trying to get Absolute Editions (will be happy to oblige!!) and starting new pages!!!!! Who reads who’s comments now huh?

        😀

        • I saw yours, made little sense to me as half of em were links to pages I couldn’t check at wurk!

          Thanks for making me feel special.

          You should also save some room for all the comics that I suggested and you’re buying…

    • I’d sympathise with you, but I notice you’re the first comment on the page so you don’t have far to go to get to the top of the page.

      • If you think about it…being the first comment meant that the second page didnt exist at the time sooooo…

        Also, of course I know to click the logo..AT THE TOP, I was of course…DOWN THE BOTTOM.

  • 1)Go to Google Translate and

    2)Type in “Is justin bieber gay” then

    3)English to Vietnamese

    4)Copy paste the Vietnamese words

    5)Vietnamese to English

    6)Laugh

      • I would love that job.

        Not for the floral arranging, but because it would be the ultimate cushy government job. Most people know nothing of flowers, or arranging them (I am included in this group), so you could phone in the majority of what you do.

        Easy money.

        • No handle

          Im bored so Id just like to point out here that you quoted Elly and then changed the quote. That is professional journalism at it’s finest right there!

          • LOL You are bored….
            Were meant to be implied more as “air” ( UCEE what i did there… )quotes so as to bring focus to the obvious smutty double entendre of “self service”. Truly seemed to be asking for trouble round these parts….. 😀
            Now i’m just worried Elly thinks i’m Norman Bates…

          • I think evryone is super-polite to Elly because they worry she could turn down their wedding proposal…whe they get the courage!

  • I just received a mysterious, unmarked (no return address, just my name and address on a post=it), package in the mail. The dude in the other office said it’s probably a bomb so I have to open it in my office. I nervously rip off the paper with gay abandon and the first thing I read is: “TNT”. “It’s a BOOOOOOOOOooommm… oh wait”. It’s a Red Dead Redemption TNT candle and Valkyria Chronicles 2 for PSP! Thanks heaps Mark! I’m assuming this was the Community Kudos prize? So although there was no return address the package was “Marked” after all. heh. 🙂

      • And an excuse to then buy:

        Crisis Core
        FF Tactics War of the Lions
        MGS Portable OPs and Plus
        MGS Peace Walker
        Valkyrie Profile Lenneth
        Prinnie something something

        And some others I cannae think of…

        • No need for Portable Ops Plus. Just some normal old Portable Ops is awesome.

          Also, Daxter, Liberty and Vice City Stories, the God of War games, LBP, echochrome etc.

          • Echocrome hurts my head so much. I usually kill puzzle games but this one… I can’t get past I think the third level. Gah!

          • PLUS is the last game I bought before my PSP shit itself…

            Never played it properly.

            The PSP kinda works still..kinda.

            Any one know a cheap way to fix a screen, after buying a new one and then paying someone to install it I may as well buy a new PSP!

    • God of War – Chains of Olympus
      God of War – Ghost of Sparta

      I’ve only played the first, but it is a brilliant game. The great thing with the PSP is the older library of games is cheap. $20 bucks or less will net you some great titles.

    • Haha, I actually thought about that the other day. I haven’t booted up the xbox since I posted my gamertag :D. Hopefully it will be like a mini surprise party with hundreds of people asking me to be their friend. Or it will just be you. Which, you know, would also be cool.

  • Suffering from a severe case of bacterial conjunctivitis, so I should be resting, but I want to continue playing Gundam Musou 3 (Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3)

    • I had that when I wurked as a cleaner…nasty stuff. I cried..seriously, I woke up and my eyes were oozing brown puss..I wigged out. Got a roomate to drive me to a local Dr. He is still my Dr.

      • It sucks big time, I’m considering grabbing an eyepatch to cover the eye while it’s undergoing the eyedrop treatment. On the plus side, the guys at OPSM straightened my glasses frame while I was there

        • @ Andy Te

          You only got it in one eye!
          How’d you manage that, mine spread to the other before I got to the doctor!

          • To be honest, I really don’t know, then again my right eye seems to have a track record, last year it was episcleritis and this year it’s bacterial conjunctivitis

      • this story made me cry dawg – like i was rocking con-junkie-itis-ness too. im turning that story into a romantic comedy. im getting sandra bullock to play you >

        The Doctor? – well?? im hot for Clooney so Clooney it is. him or Pitt. Whoever can grow the best moustache i guess. I think Clooney has a better moustache??? are you even helping with this movie? why do i have to do all the work?

        The room-mate? um? matt damon? river phoenix? i dont know? please help.

        Im too drunk to say for sure – but i think this movie is our ticket to Hollywood. when we get to Hollywood im going to get high > im talking Lindsay Lohan high & then im going to drive along Mulholland Drive as fast as i can.

        do you like fish-sticks?

          • >
            definitely. once Jimu Hsien is onboard [as creative director – no way im letting him play himself > ive already signed Sandra Bullock] – i know river phoenix will follow.

          • Do I look like Sandra Bullock to you?

            I want Ed Norton playing me and I want the Dr/love interest to be Monica Belluci.

            Or Vice versa, whatever floats your boat.

          • dude? everyone looks like sandra bullock – thats kind of her thing. okay. Let me call her. i just have to work out a nice way of telling her the bad news. but i didnt even think of Monica Bellucci – she has bigger boobs which makes for a better movie. Ed Norton? I can put him on the extras list. its just hes not really a moustache-guy??

          • Moustache??? Are we making porno now?

            If so , swap out Belluci for Giovanni!

          • it was a heart-warming Sandra Bullock romantic comedy. but the creative director keeps on increasing the prerequisite bust size for the female lead. i think were holding steady at 34DD.

  • I am sitting here after dinner watching back to the future blu ray. I actually dud couch dancing to the power if love. Awesomness

    • haha when we get accounts, I think in the terms and conditions is should specifically state that watching twilight will get you suspended until you have completed some sort of penance..

    • You are correct becaus ethey are all the worst in the series…not that I can talk. Thankfully my Mrs watches half decent fliks and the odd Sandra Bullock romp.

    • I actually really like twilight – they somehow managed to wrap up everything that i hate about the world into one neat package. so incredible.
      Oh – before i forget – OMG > i am so team jacobz.
      However – & more importantly: still waiting on an explanation from last weeks controversially confounding Fresh Prince of Bel Air parody theme song?

      • No sane female should want to watch or read Twilight, and yet millions do.

        They are crap novels, the writing is bad, the story is average at its best moments, and the ending is a huge letdown. About the only reason I can see for Twilight’s success is if every girl believed she’s the “weaker” form, and that having a guy who stalks you, becomes possessive of you, and is a total dick was the only way to get happiness.

          • Honestly, Edward as a pedophile doesn’t bug me, it’s the wolves and their imprinting which is bad.

            “No, no, it’s not creepy that this twenty year old kid is in love with this three year old. He’ll be like the best big brother ever!”

            Yeah, I’ve read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and thus I know all about what brothers can be like.

        • All the soccer mums fawning over the 14 year old scares the shit outta me. Turn that shit around and we got Pedobearz.

          Doble Standards, eh?

  • Day 1 of the Chimes Competition is over and so far we only have 2 contenders on the leaderboards:

    1. Sarujin – 1,519,500
    2. Qumulys – 1,244,100

    If you think you belong on the leaderboards and aren’t, then it’s probably because you haven’t sent me a friend invite. (http://steamcommunity.com/id/MrExplody)

    Remember there’s 6 days to go, and the prize for the winner is their pick from the bundle.
    http://www.explodingstudios.com/general/bundle.jpg

    Get into it!

    • 99% coverage still, need to get 100%. But yeah I’m just happy I bought the game for the competition. I almost picked it up in the steam sale, but most of the other rhythm games in the indie pack didn’t interest me. It is well worth the $5.

      • You….. bastard…. *mad tear at hair

        I was playing until 4 freakin 30 am this morning.
        Stupid board won’t cover
        I’m seeing boxes everywhere
        I have taken to freezing my entire wardrode so as to stack it better. I cant bear to not complete it! Ken Bruce has gone COMPLETELY MADDDDDdddd!!dD

        • It certainly is addictive. My wrist was sore after playing a few games. But tonight is another night, I’ll get that 100% coverage.

    • Yay I joined! I’ve only played twice, granted, but I can only get like 300,000 :'(

      What an amazing game though! Thanks for putting me onto it 😀

  • Hey Mark, did you get my email (CheapSkate)? I got an email that bounced back saying you hadn’t got it, and yet it appeared in my “Sent” list…

      • Don’t be silly, I’ve been into Xmen since I was 7 years old, there is no way.

        Xmen has to be the most convoluted ongoing in comics history.
        Uncanny Xmen is the only Marvel title that hasn’t been reset to issue one at some point.

    • Don’t worry, my Hounds of War shall defend you!

      *Turns around, starts stroking a Labrador*
      “Who’s a widdle Puppy? You’re a good widdle puppy. Yes you are, YES YOU ARE!

    • To add to Blaghman’s puppy force, I still have a bunch of Peasants that need to be killed off because they’re weak and taking up sp- I MEAN they are a force always powerful in numbers despite taking heavy losses, and they will be at your disposal if need be!

      • I’m holding on to my Familiars (ranged upgrade to the base unit (imp), because of how my main hero is specced, they are ridiculously powerful in large numbers.

    • Don’t worry, mines down too now and as they say: the best defense is a good offense.
      Want to attack the Paladins of Power with me?

    • You remind me of myself when I was playing facebook farming games and worried about withering crops and hungry animals…

      • This is much more important than a bunch of withered crops though! The reputation of Kotaku AU as a mighty hero bashing force is at stake!

    • I think these need a little work mate.

      Especially if you are trying to make some money off of them.
      Have a look at developing an art style. etc maybe

      • Thanks, I probably do need to work on my art. I’m not much good at art actually, that’s why I went with stick figures, but I probably can develop it a bit, make it look a little less static and stiff, and cheap. I probably need to work on my comedy more as well, but I have a few more funnier ideas that will be turned into comics soon. Or I could just get a job…

      • I cant see arsebook at wurk.

        Tristobleroneo is that a serious comment?

        What am missing out on? ARGH!

      • HEY HEY!
        I’m sticking to my guns. I wasn’t an ass about it, I just thought a little bit of CONSTRUCTIVE critism never hurt anybody.

        Actually i take that back I’m sure its hurt someone but… but… its constructive.

        If Chuloopa came out the other week and said “Hey you guys! looks at my super awesomest tshirts!”
        And they were okay, weren’t super awesomest yet, and we were all like “THEY ARE SUPER AWESOMEST TSHIRTS!”
        well, that would be pretty shitty of us wouldn’t it.

        *sigh* sorry Braycen, just trying to help.

        • Don’t worry Tristan, I don’t think you were overly harsh, and I saw the constructive aspects.

          Of course, endorsement from me in this matter is not exactly a high mark, given how often I slam people for poor English (particular aspects, not poor use of the language as a whole, which I am exceedingly guilty of).

  • I tried to post this last night but the gremlins got it ;___;

    OzGameShop have Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the 360 on preorder for $57.49 (http://www.ozgameshop.com/xbox-360-games/deus-ex-human-revolution-game-xbox-360) and a PS3 version with no price yet.

    Really looking forward to this, if only for the ELBOW SWORDS. If it’s anything as good as the first one it should be awesome.

    Might be useful to MadTod (and VGPrices.com… who is still awesome).

    • Dear Ozgameshop

      I love you. I cant wait for the arrival of Pokemanz White and Dragon Age 2…in the same MONTH!! ARGH!!

  • Explanation from last weeks controversially confounding Fresh Prince of Bel Air parody theme song:
    (as requested by Johnny Carradine)
    You see, there is thing that lives in the deep reaches of the internetz called a troll.
    It is not a troll such as this
    Troll
    But more like this
    Trawl
    You see the definition of a troll is a common misconception. People see it spelt as “troll” so they automatically think of ugly, slow and dim witted person trying to take people for a ride. But no. They are infact trying to catch many fish in a net and eat them for their delicious source of protein and vitamins.

    In my case with the Fresh Prince of Belair song…

    I failed in catching a delicious supper for me and my family.

  • Does anyone else enjoy game commentaries on YouTube? I’ve been watching Husky for Starcraft 2, a bit of Tobuscus (plays like a noob but is funny), TotalBiscuit for some WOW, penguinz0/Cr1TiKaL for anything he commentates (NSFW-kind of funny).

    • I only watch Starcraft ones, and mostly just Husky, although I do watch the Psy ones on occasion, though they’re mostly guide things.

      I shall have a look at those you have posted when I get home, so thank you for that.

  • Is there anybody out there?

    This time last week we were well and truely onto page 3.

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH

    I think everyone is catching their breath.

  • Mr. Serrels , I sen u a
    “Let Off SOme Steam”,
    Hopes I don’t get junked like the Tadmeister!

  • Home and back online!
    My city isn’t rubble!!!
    Killed my phone trying to keep up today, fellow M&Mers thanx for encouraging words, got me through the day.
    @ Jimu missed you to buddy! Will work something out RE Ultimate editions. I have a folder pinned to my taskbar called Jimu with all the comics, manga etc you have recommended. LOL
    @ Dawdle, gee i didn’t think my day could get any worse but … 😀 (also posting at reasonable times, you back….)

    Oh and Ricky Gervais is THE F*****G MAN!!!!

  • okay, so soem of you may have noticed i posted a user review on monday night combat not too long ago.

    well i’d like to say that in the review i complained about the lack of good servers, well maybe someone listened, because there are now two australian servers, and i have now been able to play a lag free multi-player match, and it’s really great! the multi-player turns it into a mix of tf2 and dota, which i love both!!

    so now i will say, everyone should give this game a shot, it’s really fantastic! i know i’ll be bugging my friends to get it and play with me!

  • Why?

    Why would it do this to me now?

    My computer has decided to act like an impertinent child, and now that I’ve started thinking of getting a new one, it’s dying.

    I think it’s actually my fault. I figured, my graphics card won’t overheat, it’ll be fine. So I kept playing Starcraft, without limiting the framerate, slowly, over months, my framerate has been getting worse and worse. At first, I simply attributed it to the fact that I am a Malware magnet, and so thought nothing of it, but now?
    Now it’s just shit.

    I can no longer play Starcraft 2, even though I’ve put the graphics way, way, way below their recommended, almost as low as they can go (quality levels don’t seem to make a difference with this problem). I am forced to sit and spectate. Wondering about what could be.

    *sigh*

    Thank Chris (sic) I’m getting a new computer… Eventually… Probably some time in March…

  • So, PS3 owners of Portal 2 will get a Steam version for free? And can do cross platform play? Freaking hell that’s so awesome. Time to buy the PS3 version 🙂

  • I, for one, found out this afternoon what happens when you are on hold to Optus for 42 minutes and 13 seconds when their Customer Service line closes – you get a nice recorded message and disconnected.

    Worse, we’d almost resolved the issue I was having.

    Downloading Chimes so I can have a shot at this competition thingie, anyway.

  • Anyone on kotaku play EVE? Myself and 2 friends have been playing for ages and are looking to stop being carebears and joining a low sec corp.

    I figure any one on Kotaku.com.au have to be good people, or at the very least evil and a wholesome and entertaining manner, which will do just as well.

    All 3 of us can fly battleships, 2 of us have limited PVP experience and I happen to name all my ships after Pokémon (Probably increases my chances of being podded but “let’s face it, you’ve gotta be a man to wear tights. Will, how are my seams?”)

    • I really want to get into it!

      I played it at a mates house and loved it!

      It’s just a pity it has a monthly fee…

      • I’m in the same boat as you (the same spaceship? No, that would be silly), however, if you get good enough at it, you can pay using in game currency.

      • Yeh, the monthly fee on all MMO’s is a pain. I’ve got a good bank though so i just try to keep enough money in my account that my intrest pays for my subscription.

        As Blaghman mentioned it is possible to use in game money to buy game time (CCP basicaly legalised selling isk, though istead of getting money you’re saving it on subscription fees) but you’d probably have to play for a while before you can consider doing that. Unless your much better at the game then me.

        You can also give the trial a go. I think it stands at 14 days or 21 days if you go via Steam.

    • EVE is one of the most interesting games that I cant stand playing.
      It is just so much grind, either constant mining or constant repetitive grind quests and waiting days for your skills to finish. And all that so you can either grind in a shinier ship or engage in some PvP, loose and have all that grind money strewn across the cosmos.

      • Yeah, EVE defiantly isn’t for everyone. The universe behind the game is what got me hooked as much as the game itself.

        I also have an advantage in that my boss is a gamer and therefor doesn’t mind if i mine asteroids when it’s not busy.

        However the time based skills takes most of the grind out for people who prefer to play by blowing up the people who do grind.

  • Anyone watch Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes?

    …Can anyone say “awkward”…?

    That was a bit too much vitriol for my tastes…

    • Refer to statement on previous page……
      I think that they wanted a controversial host and they got one. He was pretty close to the edge last time he hosted and was criticised for being soft. It’s kinda like when Russel Brand hosted his first VMA’s. Brits see it as taking the piss, Americans see it as a personal attack. Maybe if he stuck to thinly veiled racsim and blatantly unfunny observational comedy he would have been ok.

    • Yeah it was probably a bit poorly said in places, buuut I still like seeing this kind of thing. I just like his frankness I suppose, which he hasn’t refrained from doing to himself before. Meh, I dunno, I still love him!

      In other news, yay for Natalie Portman’s win! Very, very much deserved. Amazing film Black Swan, looking forward to going back and catching it at the cinema again before it ends. Tough to be against Michelle Williams though who was equally amazing in Blue Valentine.

    • I really, really don’t like Gervais. I didn’t watch the awards, but I’ve never liked him because he’s always come across as arrogant, obnoxious, pretentious and a mediocre talent.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love British comedy, but Gervais is just an ass.

      • I agree with that description of him, apart from the mediocre accusation. Everything I’ve seen indicates that he’s very smart and quick witted, and he definitely knows how to craft some excellent entertainment.

        I think his standup is probably his weakest skill as he relies too much on shock value. Says some very funny things, but other less funny material seems better because you can’t believe he’s actually saying it. The awards presentation was essentially a standup gig, so he was true to form there!

  • YES! YES!

    So I’ve been looking around for a wired xbox controller or just something I can use for my pc, mainly for games like Super Meat Boy, or or or iono, Brink that is coming out… I think Brink would be played better with a controller imo. Actually I dont know…

    I SUMMON MARK!

    Mark, have you gotten your hands on Brink yet?
    I’ve been thinking that keyboard and mouse might not be the best thing to play with it as its very much a movement game.

    • You sir, appear to be hitting the red cordial too hard. 😛

      Also, what happened to Tristosterone? Did Jimu #2 eat him as well?!!

      • Strange, I use google browser, and the weird thing it does is that if im logged onto facebook on another tab it wont let me log out and use my alias.
        I have no idea why. So to remedy that problem, I have to use Internet explorer to use kotaku… Which makes me cry at how horrible it is.

        • That’s odd, I am always logged into FB at home and I never comment as meself…

          I use Opera if that changes anything~

  • Day 2 of the Chime Competition.

    HERE COMES SOME NEW CHALLENGERS!

    Sughly who commented earlier that he was no good at Chimes, has managed to pick up his game in a big way and jump ahead to the lead by 1,698,600 points!

    Current Standings
    ——————
    Sughly – 3,215,100
    Sarujin – 1,519,500
    Qumulys – 1,303,800
    maelkann – 723,000

    Remember you still have 5 more days to show Sughly who’s boss, and the prize for the winner is their pick from the bundle.
    http://www.explodingstudios.com/general/bundle.jpg

    If you think you should be in the standings but haven’t appeared there, it’s probably because you haven’t sent me a friend invite.
    (http://steamcommunity.com/id/MrExplody)
    If you’re not in my friends list, I can’t see you on the leaderboards.

    For all rules and competition details, see my post at:
    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/01/talk-amongst-yourselves-104/comment-page-1/#comment-209369

  • Procrastinating at work, reading through the news, refusing to refer to myself and describe that it’s what I’m doing, as opposed to a generalised statement…

    Anyway, I saw this.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/19/3116145.htm?section=justin

    Firstly, I really want more information about this story, I mean, really? Surely there was a reason the drunk guy drove to the police station, right?

    Secondly, does anyone else find it a little bizarre that they’ve used the words “Bloody idiot” in a news report, without it being a quote?

    I have no problems with swearing, or insulting people in the media (I don’t want Aussie News to become like its American counterpart), I just find it a little weird.

    • In Victoria at least, it’s part of a well known TAC anti-drink-driving campaign ad (“If you drink and drive, you’re a bloody idiot”). Dunno if that’s a national thing. I don’t think the ABC insults random people very often 😛

    • Oh wait, it gives a reason, I just didn’t read it before (my standard excuse of “it’s morning” applies here).

      Okay, so, replace the first question with “How are people this dumb?”

      • Wow, you can tell how successful that campaign is, given I completely forgot about it.

        Still, typically they would at least use quotation marks if referencing something. Or maybe I just care too much about correctly expressing yourself through words…

          • No, no, not at all, I’m mostly just annoyed at myself for missing something that I should have known. I just tend to over-justify to myself when I make mistakes, because I hate to lose, and so on and so forth, blah blah blah.

  • Anyone else notice that there is an ‘O’ missing in the Gizmodo/Rukus banner ad? (It currently advertises ‘Gizmod’…)

  • : (
    Sorry Elly Hart –
    last week i went all Ashton Kutcher by marrying someone much older than me and the next day i Punkd Mark by acting all like i wanted his autograph & then asking for yours. it was a fun – but ultimately shallow & unfulfilling – use of my me-time. i think i must have had too much cough syrup?

    But youre obviously – i will use understatement here for ironic effect – just a little bit popular in the digital subterranean tay wilderness.

    i write for a newspaper and dont even like having my photo and phone number above my stories – sending out signed autographed photos would be just. um? i know: pure stalker & real horror-show.

    if Elly is happy to do the autographs then everything is Kool Moe Dee > but otherwise i feel bad for making a dumb joke that caused a minor sit-u-ation.

    i figure if i cancel my initial request for an autograph then the deal is dead? right?

    Can i kill my seedling idea that grew into a monster? Ed?

    i dont think its a good idea. mainly because some (not many) of the comments regarding the idea of a autographed photo are very Norman Bates. Elly isnt sold on the idea? thats not so difficult to understand.

    im sure there is plenty of promo junk piled up in the office that would make for a great end of week prize. cleaning out the office and a weekly prize winner – thats double rainbow.

  • I’m getting so psyched about LBP2 tomorrow and I had an idea… Is there any way we can set up a LBP community and share the levels we make? Maybe begin some sort of large scale project? Is there anyone else out there who wants to take part?

  • Tried the Euro 1 stage in Doreeee toes last night. The humidity was thick and I got well pissed off after 3 tries, went for a shower and was still sweating.

    Offf, Batguy will win it anyways…

    • 🙁

      I don’t want to discourage other people from playing it. It’s no fun if we’re not competing!!

      Anybody can do what I’m doing, it’s nothing special. Just a bit of exploring and lateral thinking to work out the best way through the level, then the persistence to keep going till everything clicks in a single run. Then to keep retrying until I pass everybody above me on the list 🙂

      I’ll admit there’s less motivation without prizes but c’mon – glory is its own reward!

      • I played the shit outta that first level and I wasn’t getting any closer.
        You must have a bit more natural talent than the rest of us.

        I think it’s more the humidity though, can’t calm down and concentrate . Ended up playing some Lost Odyssey instead.

      • I’ve not even been on the xbox this week. I rebuilt my PC last weekend so been sorting that out (installing things).

        Then i just load minecraft for a minute and then it’s 1am again.

        I will rty to have a crack again tonight. I really want to win but i seriously don’t know how you do it. Trials HD has replays so it makes it easier to learn the super dooper techniques.

        Oh, heres an idea, lets all play that game instead???

        • Mr Shady, I cannae afford it. I spended all my gamin moneez on da Pokemanz Whyte and the Duragon Agu 2

  • So, look what I got in the mail! A letter from the Department of Justice. I was like oh crap, I didn’t do it! But then I opened it, and here it is:

    http://i.imgur.com/LjzRH.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/5iK7q.jpg

    A letter from them about the R18+ classification issue, when I sent an email to the VIC Attorney General:

    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/11/ready-speak-directly-to-your-representatives/

    Sorry for the poor picture quality, I used my iPod’s camera. If enough people care, I’ll go and scan it. But the gist of it is this:

    Waffle waffle waffle, MA15+ is the max rating, we asked for your opinion and then pretty much ignored it, we discussed it with some peoples and between ourselves, and we are ‘[considering] draft guidelines for the classification of computer games (that will include a possible R18+ classification)’.

    It infuriates me that these guys procrastinate about the issue more than I’m avoiding doing my assignment.

    • Man, at least you got a reply. I wrote to Greg Smith, most likely next AG for NSW in… what, 2 months or so, no reply. I wrote what I thought to be a completely neutral stance so as to not sway him, mentioned I’m one of his constituents, and tried to probe for his opinion, but nothing.
      What a slacker.
      I bet his father was a slacker too.

      • Gorram it Bish, I was drinking as I reading this, but you made me laugh, so now there is water all over my shirt + face + some of my desk.

  • Kotaku Wars is complete!
    Episode IV
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-6D5hsdcXE
    Episode V
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvLU5Bdole8
    Episode VI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcrEJraMoxo

    Cast:
    Jimu-Hsien: R2-D2*
    Tris-Tosterone: C-3PO*
    The Fat Shady: The Millenium Falcon*
    Chul Loopwalka: Luke Skywalker
    Darth Seamus: Darth Vader
    Qum Ulyus: Han Solo
    Princess TadMod: Princess Leia
    O-Bish Wan Braaaains-only: Obi Wan Kenobi*
    Spam Tod 1000: Jabba the Hutt
    Mark Serrels: The Death Star
    AmbroseIV: Tatooine

    *not all of these characters are mentioned in the videos…

    Am I missing any important cast members?

  • TAY is quite quiet today. Alright kiddies gather round, and Uncle Hinden will tell you a story. a story about….. THE CRACKS.

    It all started with mario party 8. The new guy, his name was irrelevant, chose the unlockable squid character. It’s name was blooper but we called that character the kraken.

    Kraken turned out to be terrible at Mario Party. Taking coconuts to the face instead of dodging them. Wasting coins on useless items. Hitting himself on the dartboard micro game. Once he even took a route away from the star which he would have collected easily.

    We would shake our heads. “What a Kraks!” we would say. The new guy was happy. Finally he had his own identity. He became The Cracks.

    “What a Cracks” is said not just in every video game we play, but in real life too. He is always cracksing. (Yes, cracks can be a verb: “To Cracks something” is to fail something simple)

    The pinnacle of Crackshood occured one evening at an international food court. The Cracks had his kebab before I got mine. 30 seconds. 30 seconds he was away from my supervision. I got to our table and his kebab had fallen apart. Filling was everywhere.

    Me: “What did you do?”

    Cracks: “Nothing it just fell apart!”

    Me: “Kebabs don’t just fall apart. You didn’t unwrap it…. did you?”

    Cracks: “Well yeh of course”

    Me: “What a Cracks. You dont unwrap a whole kebab!”.

    A videogaming related Cracks: (in the new underwater zone in wow: cataclysm)

    We were questing together and i started a quest which puts you in a submarine which (uselessly) circles the zone for 10 mins.

    Cracks: “brb get close to me so i can set to follow you”

    Me: “I’ve already left”

    Cracks: “It’s ok I can see you on the map. Wait up so I can follow”

    Me: “I don’t think we are in the same submarine”

    Cracks: “I’m right next to you, where are you?”

    5 mins later

    Cracks: “Why are you travelling in circles”

    Me: “I don’t know” (I don’t know why the submarine is going in circles.)

    Cracks: “Are you on your seahorse?”

    Me: “No I’m on the submarine still”

    Cracks: “What submarine?”

    Me: “Are you not in a submarine”

    Cracks: “No, I’m trying to catch up to you!”

    Me: ” You’ve been swimming!? You’ve wasted 10 minutes swimming in circles trying to find me!?

    Cracks: ” Yes”

    Me: “……………… what a Cracks”

    So next time you fail something simple, you know what you are doing. You are Cracksing it. Please spare a thought to the godfather of cracksing, The Cracks himself.

    Alright kiddies you’ve had your story. Uncle Hinden needs a beer now (and some protection from The Cracks).

  • Brudda Sughly
    Can I call you Sughar?

    Anyways
    Have you played Lost Odyssey yet?
    If you haven’t you’re missing ooooooout.

    • Sorry, I was off playing Donkey Kong 😀

      I ah… suppose Sughar is… cool?

      Nope, haven’t played Lost Odyssey. So I guess that means I’m missing out…? Man, I just started FF8 AND Valkyrie Profile Lenneth. I can only take so much RPG 🙁

      I’ll keep this in mind however… it’s one of those games I pick up at JB, and then put it back down after not really actually looking at it. But now you have me intrigued!

    • Lost Odyssey was such an awesome game, one of the few RPG’s I’ve played with decent story and characters. The memories were more often than not very well written and conveyed the emotion of the situations perfectly. It was a tad depressing at times, then stunned me because an RPG actually managed to drag out some form of emotion. 😛

      Some of the mechanics annoyed me, like the slowness of combat at times (long ass battle introductions and magic casting scenes). Once upon a time I hated the music too because I curb stomped the bosses before I could enjoy it. Then I grew a brain realised I could just get the OST for instrumental goodness. XD

      I agree, he IS missing out. I’d imagine getting a copy now would be fairly cheap due to how old it is. 🙂 *poke poke*

      • I grabbed the LO and Blue Dragon soundtracks at the same time. I thought BD was better cos it’s more catchy, but after a while I realised that LO was more mature(like the game) and just took a while to click. That song for the world map,starts off acoustic and ends all rock/metal is sweet! Something you’d miss in the game cos you never have to spend that much time on the world map…you can if you do all the sidequesting but its missable.

        Those memories stand out because Sakaguchi didn’t write them himself, he got a Japanese novelist to do it for him. The writing is VERY depressing but I find it’s often a lesson to remind you of how precious life is and that we shouldn’t waste the time we have…beautiful!
        I imagine a lot of people just skip those parts because they want to game and not read but they are one of the best parts of the game!

        I loved the old school turnbased fighting, at least you can control the whole party and you have to use your brain to win a fight unlike some other high profile JRPG!

        I think the game was a good mix of old school JRPG with enough new ideas thrown in to make it amazing!

        Main point is an RPG western or wherever its from, it should have an engaging story. Whether they’re doing saturday morning cartoon style (Blue Dragon) or a mature Anime style (Lost Odyssey) it should be interestin, I should care about the characters and the game should be fun to play.

        • I love my classic intrumentals in LO just as much as the catchier tunes in BD. LO is definitely more mature, but gave me the same sorta vibe as BD. The music added so much to both games, like in BD where the boss theme on the world map meant you were about to be horribly killed. 🙂

          That’d explain a lot. The memories felt different from the rest of the game in that none of them really had anything resembling a happy ending. It was more like a painful and permanent life lesson. The were all tragic, but the one I remember most vivdly is where the old man is imprisoned with Kaim. As they gain freedom he charges out into the sunlight and blinds himself after being in the dark for so long. Each of them give you an appreciation for a diffferent aspect of life. Same, but it’s their loss. If they want to miss out on the story it’s up to them. XP

          It’s not the turn based stuff, I just want the animations shortened. XD I’m doing the extra dungeon at the moment. *shudder* You can’t just stroll in there unless you want to be torn a new one esepcially if the monsters have better tactics than you.

          Agreed.

          Also agreed.

          On another note, I recently started playing FFX International again and almost had a heart attack. I had no idea there was so much to do the first time around. A match made in heaven for obsessive completionists. ^^ On a worse point I’ve put over 100 hours in and I’m still no closer to taking down the end super boss. 🙁

          • Ive never palyed an international FF, I really wanted to Play X-2 international they added so many cool extras!

          • Got to the end of that dungeon and couldn’t beat the boss at the bottom. I gave up cos neither of us would die(it was going to be me eventually).

            I looked it up and it seems there is only one move that will actually do enough damge to counter his constant curing.

            Havent tried again…that was a year or so ago…

          • Im talking about the downloadable dungeon, not any of the other optionals…

          • Any of the extra/optional dungeons can be evil if you’re not a high enough level. I need to get more of the DLC too…

            The International version of X is the PAL version released here and in Europe. You could probably find it for $20 or so second hand (rip-off) at EB or one of those places.

            I wanted to get a copy of X-2 International, but saw somewhere it was only released with Japanese text in Japan. If you got your hands on a physical copy you could always play on an emulator (PCSX2 is pretty good) but you’d still have to fumble around the menus. You’d probably learn the language by the time you were done learning where everything was. 😛

  • Just bought my shiny new Samsung Galaxy S 😀

    Anyone have recommendations for good Android apps? The market is gigantic and I’m sure there are gems in there somewhere.

  • Looking for minecraft advice. I spent 3 hours solid last night mining up a storm. I had heaps of iron/steel gold over 100 redstones some blue stuff along with heaps of wood and weapons. I built a base and a small farming set up the went out to get stuff. My mining took me far from home so while I was smelting and crafting down in the mines I had all resources on me. I had a few chests on surface but had not been back for ages.

    I dug into lava died and lost it all. Got back there but it was gone.

    So what do you do. Should I have chests down below or set up carts to surface regularly? What advice would you give me

    • Your items generally stay at your body from what I remember. Not sure if there’s a time limit on them though.

      They’ve likely floated down stream from where you died.

      If you can find the source of the lava, the one lava block at the beginning of the stream, then you can remove the lava with a bucket.

    • No if you die in lava its all gone.

      I have chests down in my mine and regularly fill that up and do a big load back to my base when the are looking full.

      • Yeah i think that is the way to go. I have already set up chests and furnaces down there so no idea why i didnt do that…. CRAP! LAVA burns!

        Oh well.

        Problem is that the space i was digging in is almost all cleaned out (the visible stuff anyway) so to find more is going to suck. My first compass was in there also!.. I have spent the last 3 nights getting back into it so all that work is gond… Oh well, at least i still have my wheat!

    • WOW we are addicts.

      Yes this happens every morning between 8 and 8.30am. I am working on the assumption that this is because there is a scheduled task to bump this topic from the prior day, so it is taken off line, altered and then put back up right on 8.30am.

      We REALLY need lives huh?

      • i always kind of think M. Serrels might be a bit too Tony Soprano to handle the tay dirty laundry. i think hes still at the Bada Bing until about 9.30am. Getting tay back on the front page for a new day is probably a job for a more responsible team member. oopsies & woopsies!!! – i think i just lost my New Jersey privileges.

      • i always kind of think M. Serrels might be a bit too Tony Soprano to handle the tay dirty laundry. i think hes still at the Bada Bing until about 9.30am. Getting tay back on the front page for a new day is probably a job for a more responsible team member. oopsies and woopsies -!!! i think i just lost my New Jersey privileges.

  • Day 3 of the Chimes Competition has been completed!

    Qumulys decided he’d have a crack for the title and brought his score up above Sughlys devastating score. But then Sughly was all like “Oh No you di’int” and extended his lead, registering a score of 4,168,000 with an incredible 187% coverage of the board! maelkann also made significant improvements to his score, enough to put a bit of pressure on board leaders.
    (incidentally maelkann, can you please let me know what your Kotaku handle is)

    Current Standings
    ——————
    Sughly – 4,168,000
    Qumulys – 3,605,100
    maelkann – 2,173,600
    Sarujin – 1,519,500

    You still have 4 more days to get some points on the board, and the prize for the winner is their pick from the bundle.
    http://www.explodingstudios.com/general/bundle.jpg

    If you think you should be in the standings but haven’t appeared there, it’s probably because you haven’t sent me a friend invite.
    (http://steamcommunity.com/id/MrExplody)
    If you’re not in my friends list, I can’t see you on the leaderboards.

    For all rules and competition details, see my post at:
    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/01/talk-amongst-yourselves-104/comment-page-1/#comment-209369

    • Ah, Qumulys! You sir are stepping things up and putting on the pressure! Man I’m loving this game waaay too much. But seriously, if I have to hear that song one more time…

      And yeah looks like I was wrong about the 100% thing, it gets you lots and lots of points! Since the board refreshes and you have the chance to add heaps of extra time from new board coverage.

      • For silence, for you
        For silence, for you
        Pull (the river) you out, the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever
        Pull (the river) you out, the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever
        For silence, for you
        For silence, for you
        Pull (the river) you out the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever
        Pull (the river) you out the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever
        For silence, for you
        For silence, for you
        Pull (the river) you out the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever
        Pull (the river) you out the river
        Pour (forever) my heart, forever

        and repeat…

      • You sir, are nuts! Blahhhhh. My eye’s are bleeding red. Feels like I’ve been welding goggless for a month! Haven’t even got time to comment in Kotaku!

        BUT! I shall save your sanity. Go into options, and turn the music volume down. Unfortunately, you can still just barely hear it, but I have just been having my own pc tunes running which drowns it out good. 😀

        Not only that, I don’t want the damn prizes! Thats right! But I have a nephew who would love all this stuff to bits, so I’m doing it for him.

        • Haha, I don’t really want any of the prizes myself either, I was considering the people I like and what they might like…

          That music thing sounds good though! I’ll have to try that.

          • If anyone who doesn’t want a prize does win, I can present multiple options, for instance:

            1. Let the next in line get a prize
            2. Nominate a person within the Kotaku community you’d like a prize sent to
            3. Donate the prize to the Red Cross

    • I think last week was the perfect storm of a bunch of people who were just getting back to work combined with them not wanting to be there. I find that this week I have been really busy at work and as a result, i am not around as much. I assume others may be the same.

      Maybe everyone is sleeping in after the Nintendo thingy. I tried to read Marks twitter feed this morning to see what the news was, all he talked about was George Clooney?

  • OK….

    Without looking this up anywhere (or out your window if your in Sydney)…

    Do you think that the upper arch of the Sydney harbour bridge is connected to the stone pillars at each end.

    It is obviously connected somehow, but is the upper arch actually touching those pillars?

    • It shouldn’t be. It should be supported, and attached, down the bottom.

      Well. That’s what year 10 engineering taught me at least… xD

      • I think your Year 10 work is therefore worth more than an MBA. I have lived in Sydney for my whole life and only today noticed this….

        So those Pillars are there just for show.

    • I went on an Opera House tour with school a few years ago and for some reason we were talking about the bridge – they were just added to make it look better, because people were scared it would fall down otherwise (well, that’s what we were told)

      At least one of the pillars is a museum now, so I assume the other 3 also serve some other secondary purpose…

  • Sorry everyone, not had time to check all the post, flog me if you like!!

    Its been a bit of a mad house lately, I’m doing night shifts on bloody chime, and during the day I’ve been having visitors, one of whom dropped off his stuffed pc for me to fix…. yayyyyy

    Only problem is I need help. ASAP if thats possible. I don’t suppose anyone in the outer south-east melbourne area would have an old spare/cheap AGP graphics card kicking around would they???

    I can buy one at the shops, but for outdated tech, $80-200 is ridiculous. Best option is to plonk down some dough on ebay I know, but he needs his pc back by tonight. So if anyone out in K land has one let me know in the next hour and you will forever become a god, possible showered in golden warmth. (I can supply the golden warmth)

    Thanks!

      • I am in Sydney otherwise id help. I have a pretty good card but my PC now only likes PCIe so would have suggested a trade. Good luck mate, if anyone can help we can…

    • I don’t know if you’d be able to find an AGP graphics card in retail stores anymore. Are there any PCI or PCI-E slots available? And I guess the motherboard video out is fried then?

      • Nah, no other slots I can use. Not even on board graphics out… I have found a shop nearby which had some for $50, but he will cop a speed drop, but he will have to live with that I guess.

        Thanks anyways everyone, but can’t leave it any longer so I’m going to grab the shop one. 🙂

  • Hey guys – just spotted this over at ecogamer.

    Tadmod, take not for next weeks article 🙂

    Also, looks like you don’t need a gold subscription to take part in these bargains.

    These items are on sale on the Xbox Live marketplace until January 24th.

    Add-ons

    * Dragon Age: Origins:
    * Awakenings Normally: 2400 Sale: 1200 Discount: 50%
    * Warden’s Keep Normally: 560 Sale: 280 Discount: 50%
    * Return to Ostagar Normally: 400 Sale: 200 Discount: 50%
    * The Darkspawn Chronicles Normally: 400 Sale: 200 Discount: 50%
    * The Golems of Amgarrak Normally: 400 Sale: 200 Discount: 50%
    * Witch Hunt Normally: 560 Sale: 280 Discount: 50%
    * Leliana’s Song Normally: 560 Sale: 280 Discount: 50%
    * Medal of Honor Hot Zone Pack Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * FIFA 11 Live Season All Leagues Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * Madden 11 Max Pack Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * Tiger 11 Favorites Course Pack Normally: 1600 Sale: 800 Discount: 50%
    * NCAA Football 11 Powerpack Normally: 2400 Sale: 1200 Discount: 50%
    * NHL 11 20th Anniv. Bauer Boost Pack Normally: 560 Sale: 280 Discount: 50%
    * Fight Night Round 4 Champions Pack II Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%

    Games

    * Madden NFL Arcade Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * NHL 3 on 3 Arcade Normally: 400 Sale: 200 Discount: 50%
    * RISK: Factions Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * MicroBot Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * Battleship (Hasbro FGN) Price: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * Scrabble (Hasbro FGN) Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * Boggle (Hasbro FGN) Normally: 800 Sale: 400 Discount: 50%
    * DeathSpank Normally: 1200 Sale: 600 Discount: 50%
    * DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Normally: 1200 Sale: 600 Discount: 50%
    * Battlefield 1943 Normally: 1200 Sale: 600 Discount: 50%

    • Bugger, just realized it expires on Monday. So that means it would be too late for cheapskate.

      Hopefully you guys will see this, unless mark want’s to post it on the main body of site anytime between now and the weekend?

    • Thanks mate. Just picked up battlefield 1943. I don’t do multiplayer FPS so this is a cheap way to game with some mates of mine.

      Cheers,

      Anyone else want a game, just send me a FR.

      BTW.. Pink name

    • Tad, it’s actually probably worth including these sorts of deals in general in your article. Being the XBLA deals of the week from Major Nelson, and wherever the PSN ones come from. No extra effort either cos it only needs to be a cut-and-paste job!

      I usually check the XBLA ones, but occasionally I will forget, and it’s really annoying when I miss out on something good!

  • Doritos

    I can’t handle it this week. Back at work after essentially 3 weeks off. Just don’t have the brain power. Unless I find the time on the weeked.
    Should be fine next week as I have a couple of days off for Aussie Day and parenting reasons…

  • Am starting work in about an hour.
    Shall miss TAY because no internet/phone allowed at work. I got a few days off over the weekend though, so will see you guys then 🙂