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    Mass Effect. Fin.

      I just finished ME2 recently.
      Finishing a game in this series, to me, always feels like a monumental moment, the ending of a grand epic journey.

      Suppose that's testament to BioWare's skills.

      H-how did you post this a minute after the thread was written?

      Good stuff m,ate - i'm hoping to get some more time with my 2nd play-through tonight.

      What did you think?

        oh no no, I havent finished it. I just thought I should write it as the first thing in TAY seeing as though it has been the first thing for the last 3 weeks.

          Although you're lucky someone didn't wade right in with a massive spoiler about the ending.

    So... who's up for another night of Halo Reach? Maybe Friday?

      I'd be up for any sort of community playdate. For the experience, mostly.

      Missed out on the last two.

    I'm back kiddies!

    Also, I bought an iPod touch at LAX waiting to come home(from a VENDING MACHINE!), so any suggestions for games? I bought Infinity Blade last night and I'm loving it so far.

      Welcome back Strange we all missed ya! Hope you had a nice safe trip home :)

      There is a crapload of games :O :O

      Look at Gameloft for mainstream/console game rips like Shadow Guardian (Uncharted), Eternal Legacy(Final Fantasy) etc. They have free demos now.
      Or Chaos Rings from Squeenix. I loved that game.

      Or if you like the cute short ones, the usual
      - Angry Birds
      - Cut the Rope
      - Game Dev Story
      - The Incident

      and...too many to suggest, not knowing what you're typically interested in :)

        Yeah, Chaos Rings was next on my list. I've heard good things about the others on your list, too although I don't think I've even heard of The Incident. What type of game is that?

      Hey Strange welcome back :) I'll check out with my daughter what game it was, but she has this finger dance music game which works really quite well and you would be ace it with your RB skills.

      Ok, so:

      Angry birds seems to be something everyone loves. You can also get Angry Birds lite to try it out, and Angry Birds Seasons.

      Cut the rope: is addictive and fun. There's a lite version and there's a holiday version for free, in addition to the main game.

      Helsing's fire: One of the more underrated gems, it was made by a former Naughty Dog and it's the crazy awesome puzzle game with an excellent soundtrack. If there's only one game you buy from this list, it's this.

      Hookworlds: I'm just addicted to this. You swing on a rope form a monster. It may stupid/boring and reptitive, but I've wasted many hours on this.

      DoodleJump: In the same vein as Hookworlds, except you just jump up and dodge bad guys

      All things HalfBrick: HalfBrick have release Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies and Monster Dash. I love all 3 of these games (except for Monster Dash, which seems to not work properly on my iPod since the last update). Nevertheless, you should buy/try all 3 of their games.

      Firemint: Firemint have released flight Control which is quite fun, as well as Firemint real racing. There's a demo version of real racing which you should try out before buying the full version, it's kinda expensive ($12).

      Also, the eurogamer app is a pretty good app for reading game news.

      And I think that's about it.
      Rant over.

      GTA Chinatown Wars is great, it's also half price at the moment because of chinese new year.

      Pizza boy is a pretty good platformer that borrows heavily from Mario and the snes era Donkey Kongs, which is fine.

      Welcome back :D
      I trust all went swimmingly?
      Didn't run off with any metal-gods after all?

        Hahaha, that was my thing when I was in my early twenties. I'm older and wiser now. Plus I don't think my boobs are big enough (or exposed enough)to get their attention. :P

    another day another week another monday morning.. ahhh how fun it is to be back at work :| anyways lucky me its a 4 day working week.. happy days how was everyones weekend?

      Good! I achieved several goals. I finished Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. I beat some more of Mark's times in Trials HD. Oh, and my wife had a baby.

      I think that is a successful weekend!


        [Wow mate - congratulations that's freakin' awesome!]

          So much rage from Mark he cant even form proper sentences.

            I'm not even going to change it. Let it be a record of my rage!

              Also, I decided im going to do it. Imma buy trails HD. Mainly because it seems that if you want to be loved by kotaku YOU MUST PLAY THIS GAME!

              Also, cause in the trail game I beat mark, but hey, we'll just leave it at that.

                Agreed, now I need to stop playing Valkyria Chronicles 3 (JP Ver) to pick up Trials HD

        Congrats on the kiddie mate. Is the (wife/gf/partner, sorry i don't recall and don't want to assume) holding up ok, hope it went well with few complications.

        I don't want to play down thew significance of fatherhood but it is very much like trials.

        There will be moments of amazing joy where nothing on the earth matters, but the price for this is frustration, anger and sleepless nights.

        Not sure if this is your first but either way it will be a big change. All the best and congrats again.

        first on the list when i sort out internets is Trials HD so i can also be feeling some of this kotaku love haha..

        i swear its a secret society that we are currently missing out on because we dont play trails.


        On beating Marks time!! Nice job on AC too! Pretty epic weekend all round I'd say. :D
        Oh, next time your on steam send me a message, I am funded at last! :D

        Oh, and nice work on the busy too :D

        Did you watch the birth? I'll just say watching someone play Portal is much more fun....

        Congrats Batguy. Oh, and sympathy also considering I know you probably won't be sleeping much anytime soon. :P

        Congratulations Batguy! Boy or girl if you don't mind my asking?


        Have you bought it a really small xbox controller so it can grow up learning the marvels of speed-runs and mastery of infinite finger-skill (I swear, at birth you must have put all your spare points into dexterity)?



        awesome stuff mate!
        GJ on the sperm accuracy!
        Congrats! :D

          GJ on the sperm accuracy. I don't think I've ever heard conception described in that way before. That was... beautiful man.

            When I got my wife up the duff, my pal Unki Paul congratulated me for having "good swimmers"...

        Congrats on the Batbaby!

        Thanks all, feeling the love. As all you other parents would know, it's been an amazing couple of days. Baby boy, both he and my wife are in amazingly good health when you consider what they've been through.

        @FatShady: Loving the continued Trials obsession and associated strained metaphors. Now you just need to work out how platinum medals, DLC and competing for number 1 in Australia fit in.
        @Qumulys: I did kinda watch, but it was a 5 minute surgery job rather than a 20 hour marathon. I was happy to ignore the cutting and just watch the very end.
        @Strange, jamesmacusedmyhandle: Batman's sidekick is Robin. Surely we can work that in there somewhere?
        @NotoriousR: Boy
        @Blaghman: I already have one of these for him: . I might put his level up points into strength and HP so he can be a tank to round out my party.
        @Chuloopa: :S
        @affy, Andy Te, Tristan Hennessy: Don't do it. Get out while you can.

          Only works if you called him Richard or Timothy :D
          I did go to scholl with a guy called Robin.....

      My weekend - Back to my FIFA 11 season, slowly getting through games but momentum ain't much.

      Raging and raging and raging at Trials HD, 8 minutes left to clear the last jump in Attica Dominatus and I didn't do it. I've since watched FatShady's replay and if I'm feeling narcissistic this week I'll give it another shot.

    I bought FFXIII for $18 at GAME, and I've been playing it all weekend.

    I don't know why this game is flamed on so badly. I'm really quite enjoying it. I'm about 8 hours in, just swapped discs for the first time, and the combat is starting to get really strategic and exciting.

      I really liked it too. It was a great game, just not a great Final Fantasy game. But I wasn't disappointed because I haven't expected a great FF game since Sakaguchi left and took the soul of the franchise with him.
      I really enjoyed the combat system, there was always something to do, unlike in FFXII where it pretty much played by itself.


        12 played by itself? So did 13!!!

        Also you can turn the gambits off in twelve and do it yourself, Which I guess was kinda possible in 13 too...

        Still, I prefered the story world and characters in 12 but thats just my perspective and amounts to zilch.

        Snow is a dope!

      Because it's different , and the fact the first 40 hours may as well be a movie since it's one long corridor of fights and cutscenes

      At least that's my opinion

      Its still sitting in my games to be played pile. Your talking like that makes me want to put it in and see what happens.

      I too picked it up for 18 on Friday.

      I bought it on launch day, but got rid of it when it didn't get fun. So I rebought it, thinking I'd give it another shot... and it just still isn't clicking with me.

      I playing through the bit where there all still seperated, Lightning has just split from Hope, Vanielle and Szaz have just rejoined with him... it's still not fun.

      I don't think I quite understand the battle system... because I'm consistantly getting my arse handed to me.

      I also liked it. I tend to agree with Strange's summary. I also found it helps if you think of it more as an interactive story then a game, same way I think of most of the metal gear solid series.

      James Mac - been a while since I played it but if I remember right the most important part was setting up a few good paradigm thingmajiggys when you first start using each group with a good choice of offensive/defensive/mixed. Then it's just down to timing when to use each one.

      I think my biggest problem is the fact I waited so long for it and it wasn't at all what I wanted.

      With 12 I expected big changes coming from that particular team. They did all the Tactics games and I loved them and the world they created, Ivalice.

      With 13, the team was from X-2, a game I loved.
      They didn't deliver an iota of the fun I had with X-2.

      I would have taken it back (buying the $130.00 collecter's edition was a mistake) but I read a review that claimed after the 40 hr mark the world would open up and it would begin to play like an RPG. Din't happen. I stopped playing, sits on the shelf waiting for me to calm down and return.

      Things missing I want :
      World Map
      The ability to level a character the way I want too.
      Dungeons that are a challenge to explore.

      I can deal with the fact I don't like the characters or story much coz I'm sure theres people out there who totally love it.

      I think that loudmouth at Bioware was correct when he said it isn't an RPG.
      And the comment above about it being an interactive movie or sumsuch is right on the money.

      You are lucky you were pre-warned so when you played it you weren't expecting much!

    Reading another story about Josh Olin railing against the community he is responsible for. Anyone else thinks he is close to quitting?

    was far too hot to do much of anything this weekend. hardly played any games at all. I was hoping to brush up on my GH & RB skills for the showdown with Strange, but it wasn't to be. I think I would have passed out had I tried :0 I'm so sick of this heat. You lucky southern buggers have it good today by the looks of things! 24c! mmm I can dream! Have to go printer shopping this morning for a customer! Yay for work!

      If you're out in Canberra today, you might need a jumper. It's bizarre.

      Also, a few days back the hottest centre recorded was Sydney. Sydney! That's not supposed to happen (Bloody arms of Yasi, reaching out, freezing Canberra).

      Well considering we had 40c heat a few days ago, it seems fair.

      Also, on the topic of weather, did anyone get affected by the crazy rain on Friday? I was walking home at 1am on Saturday and it just opened up. Like. I was soaked to the bone within minutes. But it was glorious. It was honestly the best walk I've ever had. But then I got home and stood outside for a bit, forming a puddle as the water streamed off of me.

        I was lucky on Friday afternoon, after spatters of really heavy rainfall, it just started bucketing down, and I'm sitting at work thinking "getting home is gonna suck." Luckily, my sister had to pick her car up from a mechanics, which just so happened to be about 50m from where I work.

      I seriously doubt you'll need to do much brushing up: I haven't played a guitar game for ages.
      As far as the heat goes, I was so wrecked getting home from the mild Florida winter into the full-on Australian heat. Complete shock to the system. But at least we most likely missed the worst extremes of it.
      And definitely yay for work. :)

    Backbreaker iphone/ipod touch app is free atm. If you haven't picked it up, the price it right and it is a good fun little game. Check it out.

    Anyone watched the Top 5... with Lisa Foiles videos on... a competing popular gaming website magazine typified by its Escape-based antics? I remember reading some of her columns, I think they get posted here once in a while, and thinking to myself that hey, the All That girl has grown up and writes some ok game journalism. But these videos...

    They are really off-putting, IMO. She's cute and everything, but seems to be really, really playing it up. I mean, check where that skirt sits in the video about bad box art. I think of how my wife* would respond to that video, when she can barely stomach Hex on ABC cause she feels like Hex screams 'pandering to adolescent males.' I mean, I don't know Lisa/her work all that well, maybe its really a character the way Yahtzee is, but yeah, I really think she could back off on the cutesy act. I'd rather take her seriously than feel like I'm meant to ogle her.

    *My wife is 24 and a cute blonde herself, who also has a couple 80+ Warcraft toons, played Doom, Wolfenstein and GTA: San Andreas more than I have, etc etc. She's got gamer cred, just to be clear!

      Uggh, I agree completely.

      There are occasional good points, but christ, I swear I'm the target market, but it just annoys me. I've been meaning to write an essay on the differences between men and women appearances on the internet, and that particular website was a perfect example...

    Just moved into our new office this morning. It's pretty rad.
    I couldn't find the address in my phone, but was able to find it using the force.

      The image I have in my mind, is of you running to every office in the general area of wherever it is you now work, opening the door, and yelling in "IS THIS MY OFFICE?" until you eventually succeed.

      'but was able to find it using the force.'

      Creepy old man whispering in your ear where you should go?

      I joke, Alec Guiness was an excellent Obi-Wan!

    **Trials HD Competition Not Really**

    Well, I tried to start a Trials HD competition but not sure if that was the result as Mark has suggested that we would be having something soon anyway.. but, I threw down a challange to you all to se what times you could get on Groundhog Begins. Here are the results. I know you are all still getting used to the game, but how are you finding it, and parts you are stuck on or awesome at? Fav track?

    Batguy - 20.874
    Jo - 23.012
    AmbroseIV - 23.637
    Mark - 25.715
    Blaghman - 25.854
    Sarujin - 26.478

    Even though im not competing...
    FatShady - 18.960

    I'm just glad to see so many people playing this game. As i suggeted last week, don't think about competing with eachother as much as improving your skills. You will find others that are at a similar level and try to compete with them.

    For example,

    Blaghman could try to beat Mark, Ambrose can try to beat Jo and Batguy can just stop playing these games!

    I will not suggest another track this week, but will ask mark to let me know if there is going to be something organised this weekend. If so, then i'll wait for that. If not, can someone suggest a track that we can play this week?

      Whats the track and where's my name? :)

        Not sure i know your gamertag sorry? Either tell me here or send a PM to FatShady Live. I have a friends list that is usually close to full and many people are Trials HD players i have never spoken to. Sorry if i missed you.

        If you are on my FL, I can post your time today if you tell me.

        Also, as for the track, last week was Groundhog begins and this week we don't have a track yet as I am waiting for Mark to decide what he wants to do.

          gamertag - sledcommando
          You were very helpful to have on the friends list for replays, even if I couldn't get your technique down.

          But I think my time would be middle of the pack anyway so no need to shame me by posting it. Hopefully soon we'll have something semi-officially-unofficial *hint hint Mark*

            22.621. Not bad. Sorry I didn't connect the gamertag. I need to keep a list.

              Better than I thought. Still can't get the start smooth enough to make the leap over the box and nail Platinum.

      I did not realise there was a competition running... *Sigh* I guess I'm now just "Blaghman, the below average." I was so happy being average at everything I ever did.

    My weekend was a little hairy due to flooding. I live next to a lake, which we had been assured had advanced drainage and would never flood... Well, it flooded, footpaths disapered under a murky goo of weeds and algae which had promptly blocked up the draining systems... So we um and ahhed for a few hours whether to move everything upstairs, but I was so engrossed in minecraft that real life almost stopped. Until the roof started leaking. Right above my bed. :/ Oh, and I officially hate huntsmans which I've had TWO in the car in the last week, and at least one in the house every few days for the last month or so. Some are living outside the upstairs windows, and I freak out each time I walk past. Why am I being so over run by them? Do they not care for my fear??? So I've decided a spider exterminator is to be called for.

    Also, I did the dumbest thing in minecraft, which I would rather not talk about.

      I haven't played Minecraft so you can tell me. No-one else will look, promise. :P

      Dug up into water
      dug up into lava
      jumped into lava full of awesome gems
      dug into gravel/sand which fell on you
      burnt your house down
      flooded your home with a roof top garden

      Oh sorry, they are just the bumb things I have done! What did you do, you can share.

        Now I'm worried about setting my house on fire, and flooding it, thanks to my skylightlava.

        Thanks, now I'll never sleep. :P

      Ooh do tell, it's too late now not too.
      I had a pet huntsman once. His name was huntsy and I gave him to my Arachnophobic friend as a birthday present.

      Yeah, there's been a lot of spiders around my house recently, but maybe one of our lizards died or something. I just find huntsman adorable, mostly because my sister freaks at them.

      And honestly, there is nothing you can do in minecraft that hasn't been done before, but also while on fire (unless you were on fire, in which case, good work).

      Minecraft... urgh. ok. So, I start a new world, but put a mine right at spawn point, so if I died, it would be easy to get where I was. So, I dig down to bedrock, come up a few levels, then plough away, collecting a huge booty of diamonds. I timed, my straight tunnel took 4 minutes continually walking down a straight path to get back to my mine shaft. Then, I hit a cave system and go for a look see. Anyway, this cave just got bigger and bigger, and I was completely lost. With 40 diamonds, 120 gold, who knows how much iron... Anyway, I get attacked and get down to my last 2 hearts. I decide the only way to get out alive is if I dig back up to the surface. I hit water, but miraculously survive. Then sunlight! Oh the relief. Now I only had to work out which way home was. So, I build a tall stack to look over the land. But I am baffled as to which way home is.
      So, I make a compass. I figure to myself, I'll set out walking south to 10 minutes or so, if its no good, I'll head back to my tall stack and try again in another direction.
      I spent 5 hours, wandering about, not wanting to lose my booty, nor leave it in a chest behind knowing I would never find it again.
      So, I look on the minecraft wiki if there is any way to get back to the spawn point (beside dying).

      Easy, it says. Make a compass. It always points back to spawn. FFfffffffuuuuuuuuuu!!!

      I tried every direction except what I thought was north... I was back home after a 12 minute walk. It was a top adventure, but my god, how dumb was I to assume it was a normal compass.... grrr

        Funny. Im surprised you didnt look which way the sun rose and then assumed that it was east so keeping the rising sun to your left you'd find north...

        I dug up into water last night, but plugged it up with cobblestone before i drowned. I did this about 10 times before i dcided i'd just go for it. I had dug into the bottom of an ocean just next to my house. I swan from the bottom up and only just had enough air to make it. I was deep...

        Good times.

        PS. I used the phrase 'but plugged' and 'i was deep' above hehehehe.

        That's not so bad, it's just one of those stories you tell later and laugh at how silly it was.
        It's kind of like digging a giant pit downwards. You dig, dig, dig, go back up, find another patch to dig down, go back up, accidentally fall off and die and curse. Trek back, dig, go back up, dig, fall, rinse, repeat. You forget how many times you've died now. Twenty, at least. You continue grumbling until a friend wanders by and wonders what you're doing.
        "Digging downwards into a 64 block deep pit, what does it look like" you say, the tedium of the task having slowly consumed the great enthusiasm you once had. But suddenly realising you haven't hit the 'Chat' button, all those presses of "W" and "D" have inched you further and further towards the ledge before finally plunging to your doom once more.
        You trek back, weary and beaten, now properly informing your friend about your pit through the chat.
        Your friend is there, halfway through the earth, having decided to help you during your absence. You take a break and watch him dig, as he very much precariously teeters over the edge. "Don't fall", you shout out. He stops digging and looks at you with a puzzled look on his face.
        "You know you can just hold Shift while you dig and it'll prevent you from falling off, provided you don't jump off, right?"
        No, I did not know that.

        See? Hilarious!

          Now that is one heck of a useful tip! I don't feel quite the minecraft noob anymore :D

          @FS, you dirty minded fellow you.

    **Not sure if this is being spoilerish in any way, so if you haven't played ME2 yet, best not to read so I don't ruin peoples minds xD**

    Finished my renegade run of ME1 and now I just began my journey of ME2. Gotta say I'm still on the fence on this. There are things better but there are things gotten worse since ME1. I'm playing it on PC so I think this one was more for console controllers but I don't enjoy a "one button for everything" structure. On ME1 you had Shift for sprinting, Control for crouching (That's even removed, you can only crouch when covering, not helpful with a sniper rifle in long range battles given ME1 experience), Spacebar for pause HUD and E for using/talking. On ME2, it's Spacebar for all the above, including cover which was automatic in ME1. That's all I've found bad on it so far, not liking how the story started either but I've only just started so not gonna make that concrete just yet.

    What I really love is the new galaxy map system. It really feels like you're controlling the ship a lot more, and how you scout the planets is much cooler than simply driving and finding. Though I will miss the MAKO and being able to climb mountains with it lol. The inventory structure is a lot better, talking about weapons here, armour customisation is brilliant, loved even being able to colour it! Using your gathered resources for upgrades was another brilliant idea, really offers me incentive to comb planets looking for resources. Oh yeah and last but not least, new Garrus is cooler than ever!!

    I'm playing as my first character that I finished ME1 with, my Paragon Vanguard. LOVING the charge ability! I feel like a fracking human missile with that attack! Muahahaha! xD

      This is probably going to sound stupid, but I (somewhat) prefer less buttons just for the fact that I cant remember what buttons are what. :/
      Not to the extent that it's one button that's context sensitive to everything, but once I hit 3 or more interaction buttons, I just struggle to keep up.
      I played the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2, and I could never do any of the interrupt sequences because all that'd show up was a picture of, say, a hand, and while I'm sure it maps easily to a 360 or PS3 controller (indicated by location), I'd just look down at my keyboard and have no flipping idea what to press.
      I like Splinter Cell Conviction for this. The text that showed up telling you of the controls always seemed like a "Remember, this button does this!" helpful hint, rather than something condescending.
      I can also never remember which face button is where on my PSP/PS3. I have a Japanese PSP though, so O is confirm, X is cancel, but reversed functions on my PS3, but not in position, so it's all very confusing when I transition from one to the other. Give me my DS though, and I know it's XABY, going clockwise starting at 12.
      You'd think after all these years of gaming, I'd have some sort of vague form muscle (er, thumb/finger?) memory in regards to controllers, but alas.

        Just wait till you realize there is no inventory and only like 2 of each gun type

        Yeah in terms of AC2 I would agree with you there. But the controls I mention, for PC lots of it works with PC FPS players like myself, shift to sprint, ctrl to crouch, E for use, spacebar wasn't jump, there was no jump but that was easily forgivable. I felt completely at home with ME1, easy to learn, quick to master since I've done this long before I touched the game, but with ME2, it feels so awkward, I'm stumbling on a lot of simple things because I've got all those hand muscle memories of how to run, how to crouch so I can take better cover and more accurate aim. Seriously I'm playing on Casual difficulty just to see the story and I almost died in several gunfights, because I forgot how to crouch and how to sprint to get to cover so I took a lot of hits! That's how bad it got. :P

          Yeah, shooter staples, I gotcha. Recently played Call of Pripyat, didn't even consult the controls to know that, say, E was use, F for flashlight, N for nightvision.
          I do find that lack of Space-for-jump amusing though. Especially in the first game. SHEPARD, SAVIOUR OF THE GALAXY, oh, he can't even jump over 1-meter high railings. Okay then.

            Robin Hood: Men in Tights taught a valuable lesson which is proven in ME, white men can't jump! xD

      About the sniper rifle crouching thing, I found that it wasn't really that relevant because there are almost no long range encounters at all compared to the first game. They removed exploration and most of the outdoor levels, so everything becomes a pattern of leaping into cover and sniping from a middle distance. There's no opportunities to, say, land on a hill and take out enemies from a hugely long range.

      That's probably the biggest downside I found with number 2. Almost everything was reduced to an indoors-y type battle and there was no sense of exploration/scale.

        Awwww what?! None? That sucks, I was really enjoying camping high on a hill getting out of the MAKO, and popping geth heads in their towers, same with mercenaries from half a click away. :(

        Well I guess if I'm a sniper, makes using the squad movement commands more appealing I guess, put them in front and you pop them from the back while they draw fire.

    Anyone know what the best thing is for recording TV programes? I'm thinking of getting a TiVo or something. At the moment I'm still using a VHS and blank tapes to record shows and the quality is terrible. Not to mention that the VHS is hooked up to a non digital TV so I can't record any of the new channels and I can't simply hook it up to another TV because without the VHS the older TV doesn't work.

    I've been thinking about getting something to record for a while but so far I've been able to cope. Last night I relized I could not cope any longer. Smallville on 11, Bones and Castle on 7 and Hawaii Five-0 on 10 all at the same time. Ended up taping Bones and Castle, watching Smallville and missing out on Hawaii Five-0 which I'd taped last weeks episode and enjoyed. Not to mention earlier this week I missed Stargate: Universe because I was super tired and went to bed early. At least I can rent the whole season on DVD though but then I wont have anything to watch on Thursday nights.

    So I ask again. What's the best thing for recording TV shows?

      I love my TiVo.
      We also have PlayTV but the TiVo is much more useful. You can set it to record every episode of something so you don't have to keep track of when the channels are showing stuff and manually record each episode.

        Having said that though, it still wouldn't solve your predicament of four things on at the same time. It has two tuners so you'd need two TiVo's. :P Basically I still use the internet for all the shows like Stargate Universe that are more important to me so I can keep up with the US and not get spoilered by random internet people.

      My current solution of a TV Tuner + Windows Media Center works awesome.

      Another solution is PlayTV and big hard drive if you have a PS3.

      But I hear TiVo's are good as well, so really, you got plenty of options!

      I'm also in favour of using a TV card. But my PC is very much the center of my entertainment system. Everything is pugged into that.

      If your set up is more consol/tv based TiVo or Play TV are probably a better options.


        Damn. I spotted that just as I clicked submit. is having a wii sale, they have some good games, and if anyone wanted the Tony Hawk Skateboard thingo, they have $110 off!

    (I still don't want one though)

      I've seen it for $50 because it wasn't selling and I still won't touch it at that price.

    So all 100% moved and set up now - it all went rather smoothly overall, thanks mainly to the organised way bee packed everything, it was just a case of unload and put it where we want it.
    Plus i got to drive a truck for the first time.

    On the downside - it's going to take them 10 days to get the net set up... *sigh*

    But, for the moment - hi !

    Going to my first L's lesson today (yeah, shut up, I'm lazy and 5 years late to the party...). Should I be nervous or excited?

      I remember the lessons I had , had two different instructors, and both were dicks...

      Maybe I just have a problem, and that's why, but I despised the driving lessons, and only because of the instructors. So, if you have a good person, they should be pretty fun, sitting in a car, talking about music (that's what my friends did...).

        Similar situation for me. Learning to drive for me was a complete and utter nightmare. Took me 4 years and I failed the UK test five times. When I finally passed it felt like the greatest achievement of my life - I was almost in tears!

          I just don't know how I've managed to fail it in Canberra, given our test is something along the lines of:

          "Do you have a pulse"
          "Have a licence"

          Which, incidentally, is how you get a teaching degree in Australia.

          My respect for you just shot through the roof (no sarcasm).

          I didn't do mine previously because I seriously didn;t see th need. There is a bus that stops literally right across the street from where I live that goes to the city and chatswood. That's all I really need... xD

            Hey yeah! I did this!
            Bus stop is a whole minute (if that) away from my house, goes to the train station, catch a train wherever.
            I think both me and my eldest sister started at about 19-20, and according to my driving instructor, that's probably the best age to start driving as a male, because you're over that "VROOM VROOM I WANNA DRIIIIIVE" mentality most teenage boys have. My other sister, she started learning last year, at the age of 24. I guess we're just a family of public transport enthusiasts (read: slackers). :P


            You haven't had to get a teaching degree for a while then... I'm three years in and it is w-a-y more difficult than my computing science degree was. Seriously. They make becoming a teacher damn near impossible now, and I'm about to embark on the mandatory "20 weeks of wrok, without pay" requirement of it.

          How would you rate that achievement on a scale of 1 to InfernoII?

        Oh damn, that doesn't sound like fun... xD

        I pray mine isn't that bad...

        I think the driving schools are being way too lenient now. I passed my driving test, while I was sick I might add in September last year, and I can't do 90 degree parking worth a damn! The first time I actually tried, I scuffed my car on another car's side. I've yet to even attempt it again, since it made a huge dent in my confidence in my driving, I mainly just look for a space that is either completely open or it's right in front of me, with not much turning needed.

        Long story short, those "instructors" don't properly prepare you for day-to-day things.

          I could only do 90 degree parks when there were cars next to me, I suck at using things as a guideline, so I always fail at Reverse Parallel Parking. My main problem was that I suck at low speed control in the manual, which meant that T-junctions and parking were an absolute nightmare, apart from that, I was quite a good driver (better than most canberrans, anyway).

            I'm only preferring to park when there isn't any cars now, at least if I make a mistake, it won't cost me paint from not one but two cars, being entirely my fault. I'm basically trying to practise it, trying to see when to turn, getting out again, etc.


      How many hours do you have to get before you can go for the Ps?

        I went for my license less than a month before I turned 22. I'm pretty much the oldest red P plater you'll ever know in Victoria. If my instructor got a date after my b'day instead of before, I would've passed the "over 21 goes straight to green Ps" rule lol. Annoying thing is it was worded "over 21", not "21 and over" :(

          That's exactly what I'm planning on doing. I turn 20 this year, and then I'll probably get enough experience and then get my P's next year. Straight to to green and no 120 hours required!

            I didn't need 120 hours either, basically it was just "when I'm ready" which I never truly did feel that way, instructor said that so she made date herself.

      Yeah, good luck. I've had a grand total of one driving lesson and it completely traumatised me. I'm 34 and still don't have a driver's license.

        That's commitment, lol!

        How do you survive without a license (I'm curious). Do you live in an area with lots of public transport like me?

          I survive by being a hermit. :P
          There is a bus stop in my street though that goes to the closest major Westfield shopping centre and Brisbane city so I'm not completely isolated.

          Not being able to drive does suck though when I have to walk half an hour to take my daughter to and from school.
          Especially when I have to push my son in his pram loaded up with her super-heavy bass clarinet in the underneath basket up the hill.
          I survive this now through the kindness of strangers. A couple of the other Mums have taken pity on me and most days they'll give her a lift to the school and back.

          I'll butt in here, I line in an area with good public service, but my plan is to get a girlfriend (for the alternate, rather random but amusing statement, you can simply cut off here) with a licence, thus negating the need for me to get one.

          What, that's not how it works?


            It's totally how it works. That's what my husband's for when he's not at work. Instant chauffer. :D

              I think the main problem I have is acquiring a girlfriend. Essentially, the only chance I've got is hoping they really liked Beauty and the Beast, which, to be fair is an awesome movie. Then I just need to bring out my rapier wit (closer to a sheet of paper), and my insanely good conversation skills ("Hi Blag" "Uh, what? Someone's speaking to me? Oh shit I just said that out loud!").

              Self deprecation for the win, maybe I can get someone through pity... (I kid)

      Your best bet for learning, especially when you're just starting, is to begin with a friend or relative.

      It creates a more relaxed environment when you're practicing the basics like reversing, indicating, checking your mirrors.

      Once you have the basics down, then go to the instructor for formal lessons and for stuff like hill starts, parallel parking and other advanced manouvers.

      I'd also reccomend, if you can, learning in a manual. Like riding a bike you never forget and it gives you more options later on.

        See, I'd disagree.

        Learn in an auto.

        When you're learning, you've got problems enough... other cars, lights, hill starts, parking, pedestrians... etc.

        An auto is one less thing to be concerned about... and when you're comfortable, and you've got the fundamentals off, hire a manual for a weekend and learn how to drive one of those too.

          Only problem is that 10+ years later i still have never hired the manual!!!!!

            But you drive like a Diva though... right?

            I cheated and used a company ute to learn manual... fantastic fun.

          I agree, learn in an auto. It's much easier to focus on the basics.
          Then buy a manual as your first car, that way you are forced to learn.

          Sorry, should have been clearer. Yes, learn the basics of handling in an automatic, but once you feel comfortable shift up to a manual. (Please excuse the pun)
          While it does add another element of management, it's better to know it and not use it than need it and not know it.

      LittleJJ has her second lesson tomorrow! 2 hours! She can already drive, but she learned in China and as such is licenced over there. She's doing the right thing and learning over here again. Which is good, cos I think she needs a good brush up since it's been over 6 years since she drove :0 I think more chinese people should take lessons here before getting their licence rather than just taking the easy road of getting their licence translated and then being handed an open licence no questions asked.

      Best of luck buddy!
      All good advice above. Manual is definitely a bit trickier to start out with, but it's handy to know.

      I guess the only thing that hasn't been covered is accidents when you get out on your own.
      Besides the whole exchanging details, I recommend you ALWAYS take pictures of EVERYTHING, and find a witness if possible.

      A taxi driver hired a private investigator to track me down 5 years after an accident, claiming it was my fault - when he was clearly at fault and had admitted so at the scene.


    Hey guys

    just wondering, whats happening with the indie game projects?

    also i didn't want to double post. I was bored one day and decided to draw a even more cute version of Sponge Bob. Hope you guys like it!

    Hope you guys like it!

      I'm trying very hard to find the time to get it organised. I severely overestimated the amount of free time I'd have this year... :(

      @Spongebob: Love it >:D you need help writing up the document? i can help out a bit, but my English and grammar skills are quite bad.

        also i can use this as a inspiration on writing up the document.

        hehe, thanks, glad you liked it. :D, any idea of what i should draw next. im still on holiday for like a week and im on a creative block. :(


      Good to hear I'm not the only one slacking off!!

      After the Xmas and the Flood I haven't had a cjance to comb my hair. Things seem to be calming down a little though...

    Oh, anyone watch UFC on the weekend? Just in case you missed the Silva vs Belfort fight...

      I don't know why, but I can't stand Silva.
      He's a good fighter, but it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth every time I hear that he wins. :\

        You're not alone. I admire his skill, the guy is a beast, but the guy's got an attitude problem. I believe Vitor Belfort when he says that Anderson Silva is not a genuine person, that he "wears a mask" in public. Every time I see him try to show some humility and compassion after a win, it just seems fake.

          He's just an incredible ego maniac. After winning the fight, his mental interview, where he just kept talking and talking without giving his translator time to translate. That just bugged me. It was like, despite not understanding a word he said, I could just tell he was an utter twat.

            OMG, I thought I was watching SBS for a while there... I agree, he's simply a knob.

            Can I ask, is it the next UFC thats going to be in Sydney??? Anyone going to be there?

              Yeah, I'm going to be there.

              Last year me and my mates were lucky enough to get the absolute closest seats possible (other than the media/VIPs of course). Our tickets were Section 1, Row AA, Seats 1-6. :P

              This time we'll be a few rows behind that, but still plenty close to see all the action.

              I can't wait to see George Sotiropoulos fight again. You should have heard the entire stadium roaring last time he fought in Sydney. You just don't get the same feeling watching a PPV.

      Yeah, I watched the PPV with my mates. I was speechless after Silva's KO of Vitor Belfort.

      Jon Jones' title shot announcement took my by surprise. Shogun vs Jon Jones is going to be great!

      Also, love the GIFs. :D

        I really want to see Shogun smash Jones. But his reach is incredible. That said - Shogun really is a killer when it comes to strikes.

          I really want to see Shogun dominate the UFC's LHW division like he did back in the good old Pride days. I'm a Pride fan at heart.

          That said, I like Jones too, and I'm excited to see just what he's capable of.

          No matter what happens, I think it's going to be a great fight.

    Anyone play the Killzone 3 Beta? Feel free to add me (NotoriousR) if you want. The game is visually stunning and some of the multiplayer modes are really quite fun. But the weight of the controller seems to have been lost, and the entire game seems more...CoD. That just makes me sad. The movement is too quick, you can sprint basically everywhere and that just ruins what I liked about KZ2. However, having said that, it still plays really well, and I'll probably end up buying it a month or two after it releases.

      Played it, enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll get it.
      The modes are good fun, (Warfare is quite an enjoyable experience), and I felt it was better than Black Ops, but I don't think it's really for me.

      I've only played KZ2, and I couldn't even finish that on the easiest difficulty, shows how bad my console aiming is xD.

      its sad but in all honesty COD has set out the buisness model for success so it pretty obvious choice for many companies to jump on the cash cow bandwagon :(

    Does this community have anyone running or with a significant stake in a Minecraft server? I've been wanting to play around in an online one for a while, but I don't really belong to many communities that would support one.

      Ive been on that for 2 weeks. I have a server (the hard part) that a mate of mine has a stake in who was happy to lend some bandwidth.

      I have made him assurances that it would not degrade his server (impact other games) as we are essentially squatting.

      I am however having issues setting it up. I have done everything required on the server side, I can see my machine connect to it but then the connection times out. It should not be a port forwarding issue or a firewall one because i was able to play on other servers OK.

      Anyone want to lend a hand with getting it set up please contact me.

      BUT... I am going to get a server set up. I will want to keep it private however but will gladly include who i can from this site.

        It always could be a port forwarding issue, since the way it's set up by port by port basis, and each game uses a different port entirely for communications, hence how you could have more than one game server running in the first place on the same box as well as being able to connect to them but not this server specifically. Default minecraft server port is 25565 according to Wiki. Just make sure that's open on your firewalls from both your server and network devices between the server and outside world.

        You can test to see if the port is open from here:

        Please disregard this if you've already checked and tested it (Or tell me to shut up, up to you lol), just making sure since it's the most common thing people miss when making game servers, I've helped dozens of others do it and it's pretty straight forward once you get how the system works :)

          Thats really helpful actually, thanks. The guys setting it up for me are reasonably experienced so not sure who there are issues. I will try to run this tonight and see what i get back.

          The minecraft server side properties file is so basic im surprised that there is any issues. As you say, all forum posts relate to port forwarding so i assume this is the issue. Until now i couldn't check it.. now i can!!! thanks mate. VERY much appreciated.

            *salutes* Glad to help my good human friend. I used to host a variety of games, from RPG servers to FPS servers. Neither of them worked at first, but they both used different port numbers. I did one of them on my router and computer's firewall, bingo! Everybody could see it on server lists and able to get in no problemo, but the other one still didn't work, since it had a different port number. So did that one next, again bingo. Almost every time I helped others THAT was the cause of it not working, people wouldn't even be able to see it in server listing (e.g Gamespy for Neverwinter Nights). But yeah there's a mass variety of port forwarding guides based on your router model. The link to it should be on every site that mentions port forwarding, really helps me out a lot. Don't even need remote assistance to find out for them, I can just point them screen by screen :)

            Unfortunately I have no Xbox360 to take you guys on in Trials HD, hence why I'm not raising my hand. Sorry to miss out :(. I'd probably get stressed too with a game like that. xD

              Well, you're more than welcome to play some minecraft with me when its up and running. Do you play it or would you.

                Yep I play it, as Sora from Kingdom Hearts xD. I love building cobblestone towers with torches on top to help guide myself home, using the stone I mine from digging to the centre of the Earth, in the same spot.

                I haven't played it lately though cuz I'm focusing on ME2 on PC right now. Steam ID is jamiedeecee if you wanna add me (Brother made it and I couldn't change it after he gave it to me xD)

        When it's ready I'd love to join, I don't like to grief or anything :)

        and also I would recommend using a server mod for the server, as it gives much more control than the normal server

      as far as i know, fatshady was trying to get one up and running. In the mean time, I've been playing on one run by Polycount in the US. It's a bit laggy some days, but for the most part it's not too shabby. would love to try it on a more local one though.

        My one is in Bris Vegas so should not be a problem for any of us. It is a dedicated server that seems to be more than sufficient for our needs.

          got any details on it yet? IP addy etc? or is this still to be confirmed?

            Sounds awesome! Looking forward to hearing more about it. I guess we could pass the details through Facebook or something, to keep it off the general interwebz.

    Well I This weekend I decided after finishing assassins creed II that I would play my most modern game in my pile of shame Vanquish. Another big thanks to Kotaku for providing me with said game.

    After two late night sessions on Friday and Saturday night and a little Sunday morning shift I had finished the story mode.


    I thought it was ok for the first half. It is a bit crazy with the multi tasking of boosting, evading, activating bullet time and shooting And always always over heating, which means running around doing cartwheels and looking for cover. Thou for all that there are some really cool moments when you slide in, slow down, shoot three guys, dodge a missile and punch a robot in half. It is just hard to get the timing right all the time.

    But the thing that really baffled me was the story. It starts out as a straight forward get the bad guy scenario. Gruff space marines being gruff to each other and swearing when ever it seems appropriate. (At least once per sentence)

    **mild spoilers if you don't want to know anything about the story at all**

    Then they start throwing in the twists. One on top of the other and it is just goes from conspiracy to bat scat crazy way to fast. Along with the hero seeming to switch from never leave a man behind to kill anybody who tries to mess with me then back to save the guy you messed with me the most.

    Overall it had some good game play moments but was let down by a needlessly complicated story with really bad dialogue. It was trying to be a scifi devil may cry but it just made me cry instead.


      I love a needlessly complicated story

      Hate bad dialogue, unless its RE bad which means it's good!

      Won't be playing cos shooteners hurt my timid brain!

      Sounds decent though!

        Much worse than resident evil. The two main guys just traded insults trying to be more macho than each other.

    Okay guys, so I've waited for the new TAY to post this but I have come up with something I believe is great, now like whoever came up with "kotakudos" I have come up with


    It really shows how we are all a great big family, and sounds wicked

    So use it as you please, as I will be using it to try and make it cool
    So go forth and spread the word my brotakus!

    How has everyone been finding Magicka? Less buggy since the latest few patches?

      I'm still getting Lag riddled games, but haven't played it in the last couple of days.

      What about you?

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