Talk Amongst Yourselves

Talk Amongst Yourselves

This 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.

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    • I need my fix, man, I need my fix!


      Morning all! How did the weekend go? I finally got a heap of Skyrim happening, as well as a bucket of shots on Friday night, and hookers on Sunday!




      • MORNING!
        Weekend went well, I partied hard (went to a mate’s Buck’s night) and got a bit of Dark Souls time in as well. Managed to ring the second bell, SUCCESS, and now I’m trying to defeat the Great Wolf Sif, NOT SUCCESS YET.

        • I rang the bell and went straight to Sen’s Fortress. Then I died.*

          *Repeat 12 times.

          So I think I’ll go spend some time in the gardens and see about this so-called “Great” wolf. (Actually, he’s awesome. I genuinely don’t want to kill him, but then I’ve read that you can get an amazing shield with his soul.)

          • Yeah I don’t think defeating him as anything to do with the plot, it’s more like I wanna defeat him because he’s there. I guess there are a few areas like that like the Ash Lake and the Demon Ruins.

          • Demon Ruins aren’t like that. you have to defeat the Boss to get to one of the final game areas. I think I’m going to leave Sif alone. He’s so pretty, he can live.

          • Really?
            Poo I was hoping I wouldn’t have to go there hahaha.

            Yeah Sif is pretty badass, but I’m all up in his grill now so it’s either me or him.

          • I finally spent some committed time PvPing in Dark Souls, gravelording it up in and around Smough’s arena, as well as just plain old invading.

            Damn good fun, and I don’t apologise for any killing I committed, or how much grief I caused.

          • If I was going to let any creature live for being pretty, it would be the Moonlight Butterfly.

            But I murdered it horribly, so now I may as well kill everything else.

      • My bike lost traction and I crashed last night. That was a fun way to cap off a week off work. Luckily it was at low speed (about 20-30k’s) and not while I was going 100 or something. My ribs feel bruised, I have a small headache and it hurts to breathe or bend my back. I also shredded some of my tattoo (sadface and by far the worst part) but the bike seems okay, barely a scratch on it. Getting back on and riding home was easier than I thought… I expected that I’d refuse to ride for a while.

        The first and hopefully LAST time I come off it.

  • and WHERE have you been TAY??? i’m pretty sure the work day started at 8!!! i am disappointed with you, you could at least have called and told me you’d be late…

    i had coffee for you… but… but now it’s cold

    • *phampf*

      +good morning Di11, sorry for my bad grammar but it is hard to type with your face, how are you this fine morning?

      • how ya doing pixel?

        i too feel as if i could slide my face along my keyboard. but im too tired to AKLjfahoweuhrzshdfhushfoijaehsdnvu2

        whoah hey who what was that *looks around to see if anyone noticed*

        • i’m goood…. gooooood…
          *sluuuuuurp (sibs coffee through a straw)*

          what? i’m too lazy to lift the cup… it’s VERY hard work before the completion of my first and what will hopefully become many coffees for the day

  • Morning Taybies! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with gaming….to make up for my lack of gaming.

    Had the wife’s work xmas do on the weekend. Lets just say, Doctors know how to put on a good shindig. Stayed in the city, then had a bunch of other htings to do, so really only go an hour or 2 on call of duty, and no time (or energy) for anything else.

    This week should contain some more cod, some more space marine, and debating going back and playing some more NFS hot pursuit just because.

  • I went to a lot of effort to clear my inbox last week and was rewarded when the only stuff waiting for me on Monday morning were garbage office memo type emails that didn’t require my attention. Between that and my boss being off sick. I might actually be able to wind down after things being so hectic the last couple of weeks. Hooray, I might have some time to TAY this week!

    I’m having friends over on the 17th and in my eagerness in looking forward to that and the break I’ll enjoy over Christmas I completely lost sight of the fact that I’m in fact turning 29 THIS WEEK. I would like to thank my wife for reminding me I am getting older much faster than I thought.

    But what really concernes me is the future. Next year, I turn 30. And I cannot think of anything cool or interesting to do to celebrate this. Are there any other old people who’ve enjoyed a 30th and done something interesting to comemorate it? I need suggestions.

      • They still have meatworld arcades? I haven’t been to one since they closed Playtime on George Street (which was thankfully immortalised in the Looking for Alibrandi movie, so I can show it to my children).

        “This is where daddy used to DDR after going to anime conventions.”
        “Oh God, please shut up.”
        “Oh, and that’s the alley where my friend was chased by a poop-flinging hobo!”
        “It’s going to be the alley where our dad was murdered, if you don’t shut up.”

        Anyway. I know that Galaxy World is still there, but for some reason I never liked the place. Maybe the machines didn’t get updated as much. Maybe I didn’t like the people who hung out there.

        Interesting idea though.

      • I could buy Halo Anniversary and have a 4-player co-op campaign marathon.

        On Legen…

        dary difficulty.

        Then again that’s something I could do this year.

        • But everyone lugging a TV and console over to your place? In this age of Xbox Live, it will surely take something pretty special to make that happen.

          I miss Halo LAN parties…

          • If a thing be done, it must be done right. I’ll also need 16 ‘Duke’ controllers, and some 51cm TVs with refresh rates that make my eyesockets ache.

          • First time I played Halo 2 (I didn’t know at the time that its online functionality would forever destroy the LAN party), was at a LAN party on a projector. It was about a week before it came out. Someone had “obtained” a French copy. It was very exciting.

    • Well i’ll be 30 at the end of the month, i’ll let you know how that plays out. I may decide to go back to being 25 again.

      • I’m hopnig to be visited by aliens and/or genies that will allow me to revert back to age 21, and also have lots of money. In fact, that’s my birthday wish, so it has to happen.

        • Sorry, wishes only come true if you don’t tell anybody about them. It’s in the fine print of the contract

  • I’ve made the switch to PC for Skyrim. Can’t really explain it, but I’m enjoying it so much more. I’m a platform agnostic, so this unsettles me.

    I’m sticking with my xbox Battlefield though as I really hate it when my opponents have got mices. I don’t seem able to take advantage of the “extra accuracy” I am informed comes with a mouse, but my opponents certainly do.

    • I too am PC-ing Skyrim… but it’s for the mods my good man, the mods.

      But, now, it’s started crashing to desktop instead of loading the game… anyone else encountered this?

      • I figured the good mods would take a year or so to work themselves out. I’m really not interested in too much fiddle faddle and only really want one or two great ones.

        In New Vegas, I’ve got Project Nevada installed. It is a thing of beauty.

        I thought I could hold out for a PC GOTY in a year or two and in the meantime rock the ‘box. But it just wasn’t grabbing me. I couldn’t get past the framerate and it just felt sluggish and awkward to point my crosshairs at things I wanted to pick up. And sword fighting just really didn’t work for me. This is the first time I’ve felt the PC genuinely gave the superior experience.

  • So this week’s TABTOL showcases 20 pages of Blaghman-broken, Plainview-farewelling, Trjn-ranting madness (seriously dude, 12 thousand words??). Harli showed all the pretenders who’s boss. I’m sure there were some other important themes in there but I know I was just too damn busy to keep up last week. Let us all know in the replies if we missed anything else of significance (with permalinks if possible!)

    TAY December 2, 2011: 3685 comments
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    Post #1: Batguy at 08:31 28/11



    LAST WEEK!!!

    email me at troy(dot)cleary(at)hotmail(dotcom)

    Everyone else – abso-bloody-lutely stellar job, guys and girls. you’re all amazing

    For those who haven’t done phase three – please remember that this Saturday is the cut-off date. If you don’t have the time to do it, let me know and i’ll try and make time to do it for you.

    Thanks guys

    • G’mornin’ to yee TAYbies, your weekends all sound positively swell, except maybe for F4ction and his tattoo-shredding crash 🙁

      My weekend was awesome, had a work dinner for a bunch of people who’s last day was on friday, got up saturday and went into the city and wandered around Circular Quay for a bit, harassed the staff of the Apple Store on George St (:P) and bought a few christmas presents.

      Sunday was tops the lot I must say, I took a new ladyfriend with me to the Happy Feet 2 Premiere, and shall we say, things went extremely well, and I’m almost certain the kiss at the front door as I dropped her home means I’m onto a good thing 😀

        • nah, they both came into the cinema and made their little speeches etc, but I missed actually meeting Mr Williams… George I’ve seen around the building over the last few months, he’s a really cool guy, and I’ve always been jealouse of the bomber jacket and scarf he wears most of the time 😀

  • Should be a good week on the gaming front. Batman: Arkham City patch hopefully will be certified. Spike VGA’s will unveil some new games, hopefully on par with last years. New xbox 360 dashboard. Man, I got to get me a life. 😉

    • The worst part about Jack and Jill, apart from the fact that it looks like one of those movies that would not be remotely interesting except for the playing multiple characters gimmick stacked with the crossdressing gimmick, is that I can tell just from the POSTERS, what the movie will be like:

      ‘Jack’ will play the ‘straight man’, probably something of a cynical/sarcastic family man who people associate with because he feels so put upon.

      ‘Jill’ is a crazy wacky fun loving free spirit who who get all up in Jack’s business and screw everything up and make Jack angry. At which point Jack will realise he’s a huge tool who needs to loosen up, and Jill will realise that she’s Adam Sandler in a wig and kill herself.

      No, not really. She’ll promise to be more serious and controlled but she’ll still be cheeky and mischeivous, and there will be some stealth prank waiting for Jack after he has waved Jill off in her car or at the airport or whereever they use as the setting for their heartfelt goodbye.

      If I’m wrong, I will be amazed.

      You know what I want to see? Jack and Jill, but where Jill is just a figment of Jack’s imagination and sometimes he cross dresses to play the role of Jill while imagining Jack getting mad at her, but she does evil things on purpose to get revenge on Jack for being mad at her. The rest of the family, who are all substance abusers, think this is harmless self expression and indulges the fantasy, which is why no one reacts to this extremely odd behaviour.
      At the climax of the movie JackJill throws herself down some stairs and handcuffs him/herself to a boiler, where he/she beats herself with a cane and begs for forgiveness. It’s revealed that Jack created the Jill persona because he had a sister who was raped and murdered and he has spent his life carrying the burden of witnessing the crime because deep down he wants revenge, but he has also mentally blocked the incident from his memory.

      • You got a little Fight Clubby at the end there, but aside from that methinks the premise works pretty well.

        Get yourself a contract with Hollywood and make that shit happen.

        • Now that you’ve pointed out the similarity to Fight Club, I can’t even figure out how I wrote that without it even occurring to me. Wow, I’m visualising a mashup of Fight Club, Psycho and I Spit in Your Grave.

  • Good morning all. I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a great time, despite not getting to spend any time in Skyrim. Saturday we had my sister’s engagement party at our house. It was a fantastic day, we got really lucky with the weather, almost everyone invited was able to make it. And sooo much food, don’t think I will eat again until at least lunchtime. Sunday was spent cleaning up and watching the Kiwi’s get knocked over in the cricket.

    How was everyone else’s weekend?

      • I don’t know anything about D&D. except that I’m 99.9% sure that no one in my area plays it. Or they keep it very underground, which is also likely I guess.

        What’s it like? How do you play?

        • It’s pretty good, actually! I’ts a lot like if you were playing an MMO in person with other people. You have dedicated roles (I was tank/DPS) and stuff, but there’s a lot o customization and freedom involved. Basically, you play a zero-graphics RPG with other players, and you can do whatever you want. Quests and dungeons are the main things you do though.

          Perhaps a better description would be if Skyrim was infinitely more liberating, and you can play with other people, and your characters have backstories.

  • So i watched Captain America last night, i am honestly not sure what to think. i cant quite put my finger on it but something felt a bit off. thoughts anyone? also is green lantern as terrible as people have told me? or do you think its awesome?

    • I think what they’re doing is making movies for all the avengers, to explain why they’re all in the same time period and whatnot, then they’re going to make an avengers movie.

    • Hahaha, I’ll give you my thoughts – it was crap! Heh, there you go.

      No but for reals, characters that went nowhere and that I didnt care about, random acts of not really very interesting action, and then uhhh shes all like no dont die and pretending to cry and I was like ahhhh please hurry up and die please.

  • Wow late start to the week of TAY. Morning every human/meatbag, Welbot and Bish

    I’m only going to be posting this week once so I want to get a few things cleared up. Strange, I want to thank you for last week’s noms and your words. I did read it and I don’t want you blaming yourself for what happened. The last thing I want to do is to make a nice lady such as yourself sad. If anything, I blame myself for letting it all get to me.

    I don’t know how many people would remember this, but LoL talk actually started with me. I came on one morning and talked about the game and how much I enjoyed it. Soon others got interested in trying it out and before we knew it, over a dozen people are playing this together as teams via TS. When people started complaining about the amount of ‘LoLchat” in TAY, I felt responsible for this and got defensive cuz I thought I was making a contribution to making our community stronger by playing a 100% team-based game together. I wrote up an apology to you and everybody else about my overreaction and I didn’t get a reply in any way shape or form, but still certain individuals taking a snap at LoL, and I took that as a kick to the teeth and didn’t feel welcome here anymore as I tried to remedy the situation that ultimately I caused and to me I got ignored.

    So I decided to leave TAY so that I don’t risk making things worse and also risk the worst thing and end up dividing us, like with Rocketman’s attempt. At the very least I wanted to come back with a clear head, but then I realised I haven’t been able to do that from my high school history either. I don’t know whether or not I will come back, because right now I still feel like if I do, I’ll infect this place with my negativity and overreactions. Hopefully I can find my own way without damaging what this great community has become, so I’m going to say farewell for now. I will still be on TeamSpeak and always up for a chat on Steam if you wish. I’m not going to be avoiding the friends I’ve made here.

    Take care of each other humans.

    • you’re a knight, being protective is your thing.

      also i love you because your a robot with a sexy voice ( totally not meant in a creepy way) and even though none of it is directed to me you are teaching me alot about a game i thoroughly enjoy on TS and in TAY so thank you very much.
      side note: i could never go back to my school and not hate the majority of people there, so even though it feels like a repitition of events i honestly think they are completley unrelated and not similar at all. School was hell for you and no one had your back, this is more like an argument with friends about which type of pizzas you want for pizza night a group of people want something new and different you want to stick with the regular (hope that analogy works and is not read the wrong way)
      anyhooo hope you feel better soon 🙂
      and i hope to hear your voice in TS and TAY again soon

    • Techy, if you don’t get on here more often, I’ll continue to harass TS with my terrible, terrible (so very terrible) humour, more OR less often (depending on which option is perceived as a threat) 😛

      Seriously though, we all love you and you’ll be back. No one goes cold TAYkey!

    • I’ll respect your decision, but I gotta say that you shouldn’t feel like you’re damaging TAY by being yourself.
      Thats what TAY is all about, sometimes we joke, sometimes we come on here and just vent our spleens about what crappy days we have, and sometimes we have public spats at eachother because we’re all cranky on a monday arvo.

      The fact is that we all do things like that, its only human (wink), and after all that we all have a laugh, kiss and make up, say we’re sorry for being in the middle of a coffee crash, and we carry on, because we know that we’re all friends here, warts and all.

      So if ya need time off, indefinitely or not, that’s your decision and thats okay, you do what you gotta do. But if you decide to come back later down the track just know that you’ll have a community here that’ll welcome ya back with open arms.

      Peace, Techy

      • Also at least keep lurking here or get on Twitter so we can give a heads up when the next Melbourne Meat runs around 😉

  • ok, this morning I have discovered 2 things…

    1) cold coffee is bad.
    2) I should not put chewing gum in my mouth before drinking coffee, spearmint does not go with coffee…

    • Spearmint really doesn’t go with anything. Which is why I rarely have gums. I like food too much to ruin the taste

    • 1) i don’t understand this statement… coffee, bad? should never be in the same sentence 😛

      2) coffee with anything in your mouth is considered multitasking and all the cool kids do it

    • Thank god the Diablo looked the least damaged. I’m much more likely to forgive the ferrari’s getting damaged, but you write off a Lambo(man?) and there’s no coming back from that

      • iseewhatyoudidthar
        I think I should start the RSPCL (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Lambos) 😛

        • Would this group liberate lambo’s from their oppressive(dickweed) owners, and give them to caring houses? Because I would totally be up for that.

      • I was just glad there were no Astons or Porsches in there, you destroy my dream cars (FYI an Aston Martin DB9 or a Porsche GT3 RS) and I’m gonna have to choke a bitch.

  • Good news everyone!

    I finally finished Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood over the weekend. To be honest, I was disappointed by it. The last stage in particular felt incredibly rushed. I can’t help but feel disappointed in the same way Red Leader felt disappointed when he missed the target exhaust port on his first Death Star assault.

    • I would have been greatly disappointed by the one-memory long sequence 9 there if it weren’t for the 20 minute Desmond sequence after it. As it stands I’m just somewhat disappointed. The big problem with the end of that game though, is the fact that halfway through sequence eight it just says ‘yeah no all those weapons you’ve got and that whole brotherhood of assassins you’ve trained? We’re not giving you access to them anymore! You have this macguffin thing, use that in roughly three or four identical memories that you can’t decline at all anymore’.

      • Yeah, that bit was unnecessary. Ezio would know better than to use the thing, and he could take enemies down better with his normal skills anyway. So stupid.

        • You say that Ezio would know better, but just remember.

          Ezio, is a twat. There, I said it. If I knew anyone like him in real life, I would either a, punch them, or 2, disown them like I did every other friend of mine.

  • Good morning, TAY. (suddenly whenever I say that I feel like I’m one of Charlie’s Angels, ‘good morning, Charlie!’ TAY’s Angels? Whatever)

    Hope this week is better than the last. Its day ten of my irritating cold, and when a cold lingers for this long I just get annoyed.

    So on Friday I went to a farewell party for some friends who are moving to America. One of their friends brought along an entire set for Guitar Hero 5, and I spent the early part of the night fiddling with the drum kit, because I have never used one before. We only have #3 at home, which I must say has a far better music selection on it. Anyway, I’m no good with the drums. Maybe it was the drinking I was doing, I was good at any regular patterns but the instant more than three of the colours showed up on the screen I started flailing. When we finished playing Sultans of Swing, I retired from the drums forever.

    Also since Skyrim is still SKYRIM and whatnot I spent Sunday fiddling around with that. Mostly College of Winterhold/Dark Brotherhood questlines, which were pretty fun as smaller narratives. But one thing I’ve discovered and hope isn’t only affecting me, dragons show up at the worst possible times. Leaving my house in Whiterun? Blood dragon! Stalking a Dark Brotherhood target? Dragon! Fighting two giants and a bear? Two dragons!

    • I have hardly had any dragon attacks. With the exception of the story attack outside Whiterun right at the start, I’ve only had one random dragon attack – outside Riften. Luckily there was plenty of town guards to help, even if they wanted to attck me more than the dragon.

      I had one more encounter, just as was leaving a dungeon. Two dragons showed up, but they were struck with the reverse flying glitch and after firing a lot of arrows at them (that mostly missed) they back-flew halfway to Solitude and I never saw them again.

      …And then I found 50 gold coins.

      • Yeah, I went a long time without any showing up, but suddenly they’re a lot more common. How far into the main quest line are you?

        • I’ve been to High Hrothgar and met the Greybeards. They sent me off to find the Horn of SIr Unpronouncable, but I haven’t gone after it yet. So not very far.

          Decided to do some dungeon-diving and join the Thieves guild/ Dark Brotherhood to get some money/decent equipment behind me first.

    • I’ve got it on DVD in the cupboard and have been meaning to watch it forever. Haven’t got around to it yet though 🙁

      • I only watched part of it and recorded the rest since I was sweepy.
        Pretty damn good though. Makes me want to watch Red Cliff (Have the BD and have been meaning to watch it forever. Haven’t got around to it yet though 🙁 )

        • I was interested in red cliff but then i found out that the theatrical release in Australia (maybe all western releases) was only half the film. They literally cut half the film out.
          So figured I would try to get the full film and watch it one day

          I watched Mongol when it came out at cinemas, it was an interesting film, if maybe a little unfulfilling. I think it was more interesting from the cinematic standpoint, really seeing the different culture rather than the story itself.

  • Morning all. It’s a bit of a late start for me but hopefully I can catch up with my work. Over the weekend I go Bioshock 2 and I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The atmosphere is still as good and IMO it’s a better shooter than Bioshock 1 the shooting and plasmid use seems much better.

    • I reckon the story in Bioshock 1(and the twist at the end) was better than 2. But graphics, gameplay and mechanics a lot more solid in 2 😉
      Now Ken Levine must bring us Bioshock Infinite! NOW!

      • Bioshock 2 is sitting on my shelf still in it’s wrapping.
        Saving that baby for the next gaming lull or shameless gaming month 🙂

        • My copy has pride of place on my pile of shame, right next to Mass Effect 2.

          I think I shot myself in the foot by starting it on hard. I finished Bioshock 1 twice, the second time on hard, so I thought I could take it. Evidently not. Will need to power it up again, this time on normal.

          As for ME2, I have no excuse.

          • Dante wrote that there are seven circles of hell:
            First Circle (Limbo)
            Second Circle (Lust)
            Third Circle (Gluttony)
            Fourth Circle (Avarice)
            Fifth Circle (Anger)
            Sixth Circle (People who haven’t finished ME2)
            Seventh Circle (Violence)
            Eighth Circle (Fraud)
            Ninth Circle (Treachery)

          • Yeah Bioshock 2 is tough. I’m playing it on normal and the fights with the Big daddys and big sisters are still tough, they are rewarding though. Another fun thing to do is to use the hypnotise plasmid on a big sister and watch her fight a group of splicers or watch her go against a BIg daddy which is epic to say the least.

      • I’ve finished Bioshock 2, never finished the first. I made the mistake of playing the second game first, and I could never get over just how awkward the controls in the first felt. It also didn’t help that I was attempting to play it through on the hard difficulty, without using the resurrection chamber things.

    • Yeah, I loved that cool rivalry that develops between Ryan and Tenenbaum too. I can’t wait to see Irrational’s sequel, but it was good to see Rapture one more time too.

  • So I watched my husband play a fair bit of Dark Souls over the weekend. I saw him get invaded by Black Phantoms a few times.
    One was so cheap and tried to take him out with arrows from afar but when they saw it wasn’t working tried to lure him into other enemies to have them do the work. My husband fixed him with an epic backstab.
    An other invader made me feel bad. My husband was in the Painted World. He’d been Toxiced and had no Blooming Purple Blossoms or whatever heals that so he was on his way back to the bonfire to heal. Someone invaded but noticed his character wasn’t well so they dropped two healy things for him and sent him a message to take them. He took them, but didn’t even gesture a thank-you or anything to his honorable opponent, just proceeded to kill him. It made me mad and I even considered divorce. Seems I married a bastard. 😛

    • The invader sounds like an honourable player.

      Personally, I run around hollowed partly because I don’t want to get invaded (but mostly because being human doesn’t last me long anyway).

      • Hang on though, what are these “healy things”? I really wouldn’t know what to drop to heal someone. Maybe some blooming moss and some humanity?

        • Sorry, I couldn’t remember exactly what it was but yes, Blooming purple moss clump. The guy even dropped two of them, so there was a spare.

          And yeah, a lot of invaders are not honourable. Like the ones that invade players who are trying to kill the Bosses in Anor Londo and have reversed the hollowing so they can summon help. Then BAM! invaders. So sucky.

    • Woah wait I just cauht the details of this. Mr Strange! Wow. Thats on a, like, teens screaming over the mic on Counter Strike level of douchebagery.

    • Pshh, it was probably all a trap anyway, you know what they say “It’s a tarp!”

      A funny word that, tarp. For some reason I always think of a carp crossed with, well, a tarp. I’m not sure why, it doesn’t make any sense, given the named element is actually there, but hey, who am I to try and understand my brain? What am I, a Rocket Surgeon?

    • What a wonderful game. If you’ve got the equipment, and the rest of the household is out, turn up the surround sound really loud in a thunderstorm. It’s amazing. 😀

        • The thunderstorms didn’t really surprise me all that much, as I’d already experienced the crap out of them in GTA4, and they were largely unchanged(though improved quite a lot) in Red Dead. Still, it’s a beautiful game, roaming the countryside, killing all the things. Skinning all the things. Mounting all the things on your mantelpiece. Forcing your wife to wear the flayed skins of things as you create snuff films, followed by reliving the skinning moment.

          Truly, truly, beautiful.

  • As I’ve neglected TAY for the last month due to work commitments, I feel I should try to make amends.

    So with that said, here is some BREAKING NEWS.

    In a crime the likes of which has not been seen in almost 14 days, the beloved Princess of the kingdom has been kidnapped from her castle. Local law enforcement officials dubbed the ‘Koopa Troopers’ by local residents have visited the scene, and provided the following statement:

    “While we hate to be the bearers of grim news, we currently have no leads, or for that matter any trace of a crime,” said Sgt. Cooper Halfshell, from beside a fresh hole in the castle wall “and for the safety of all concerned we would appreciate your co-operation in not engaging in any private investigation services or conducting any personal searches. Please leave this to the professionals.”

    Asked my reporters if they would investigate the giant lizard prints in the fresh mud leading from the hole and the trail of pink scraps tied around tree branches at regular intervals, Sgt. Halfshell shrugged and said “yeah, sure, why not.”

    In unrelated news, a series of mysterious fires across the city have resulted in an astonishing number of homeless plumbers, left to sift through the wreckage of their homes. One unlucky victim was quoted as saying “Mamma mia. I’ve lost-a everything. Where will I go now?”

    • Since this piece is lacking replies, I feel I should say that I laughed. I didn’t actually laugh, it’s very rare for a piece of text to elicit that response from me, and the majority of the time that I say that I did I’m lying, but I did find it amusing, and isn’t that the point?

  • Contemplating sending my boss an email:

    Dear (yer face),

    Due to the increase in workload I have experienced recently I am currently unable to keep up with my TAY commenting responsibilities. As you would know, this is an unreasonable degree of lost anti-productivity due to corporate expectations. I would appreciate being given some extra time, to better match my required TAY output, and therefore, dick around heaps, aye.


  • Haha these tv shopping things are so hilarious. ‘Heres some cream for old people. To prove it, Ive brought in an old person to rub on themselves. Go ahead old person, rub it on! Dont you see the difference? Oh… you dont? Rub in more old person!!’.

  • Anyone got any pro-tips on getting white deoderant stains out of black shirts?
    (I know I can just Google it, but thought I’d ask anyway)

  • @Effluvium Boy

    i noticed you are planning on watching Red Cliff do you have the version that is split in two (original asian release) or the american version (simplified and squashed into one film)

    if you have the american version i suggest you watch the asian release as it is absolutley insane in the membrane. it is almost twice as long though and there are lots of characters to keep up with. if you watch the chinese versions you have to watch them in a marathon. I really enjoyed the american one dont get me wrong but the chinese version is obviously way more indepth. only watch it if you have the time and interested in the full story though

    • Ive heard the American one is very much a bastardized version and to avoid at all costs, but that the original is amazing. Still planning on getting it at some point…

      • I saw the international release at the cinema, and enjoyed it. Bought the two-part asian release on DVD – so much better. The plot made more sense (but I’ve played me some Dynasty Warriors, so it already made sense :P), and there was far more story to love – roughly 2.5 hours per part, as opposed to the ~2 hour international.

          • Here we go, this is what the all mighty Dave and Margie had to say:

            DAVID: Having seen the complete version I can say that this abridged version, despite its qualities, is a pale shadow of the original. Margaret?

            MARGARET: I’m glad you say that because I felt, at two and a half hours, this film was interminable and it felt like it was missing out on something, like, character development. It was like the bare bones of something and, with the substance missing, it became really interminable for me.

            DAVID: Well, I mean, characters have been removed, subplots have been removed and the battles have been edited up and so on.

            MARGARET: And it looks, as you say, fantastic. I mean, it really is a good looking film.

            DAVID: It is. I mean if we were sitting here reviewing the complete version, I would be giving it a very high score because I think, of its type, it’s one of the great epics…really a great epic.

  • Wish I had some motivation today. Can you guys like pass some through to me, through the interwebs? Thatd be appreciated.

    • I remember forcing myself to love the games I bought.

      Like Cool Spot for the Master System.

      That game sucked. So hard.

      • I had a crappy karate/ninja game on the MS.
        Thought it would be awesome, ’cause, y’know… ninja.
        Tried to like it…

        • Like when I bought the South Park FPS for PS1.

          I paid $80 of my hard earned Christmas money on that pile of garbage.

          Still stings to this day…

      • Hahaha! I rented that lame-o garbage on the SNES. I made myself pretend to like even the rented games, since it was pretty much my whole weekend.

        • Oh man, Soul Reaver. Still one of my most favouritest games ever. There’s nothing else like it out there.
          I keep meaning to buy that Raziel playARTS figure but I always think of it when I have no money. Like now. 😛

          • i find it sad that the Legacy of Kain games don’t get much loving anymore, so i do what i can to spread the love… those games are epic, both in intricate story lines and awesome characters…
            when i was younger, i played through the Soul Reaver 2 demo probably about 100 times, to the level of me being able to (still am) recite the entire introduction between Raziel and Mobious…

            DAMNIT… now imma have to go play them… again 😛

          • I LOVE Soul Reaver on PSX. I never got round to playing the second game though 🙁 Hopefully they’ll rerelease it on the PS3 and I’ll grab it.

            The game did disappoint me a little. I had an issue of the American magazine PSM that did a massive feature on the game before it came out and quite a few things mentioned were dropped from the final game. I think it had a walkthrough too, so you could play through the game and be heartbroken when you got to a bit containing awesome, only to find a wall or empty room.

          • I know.

            “I never got round to playing the second game though 🙁 Hopefully they’ll rerelease it on the PS3 and I’ll grab it.”

            Soul Reaver 2 was a PS2 game. I’m waiting for it to become a PS2 Classic.

          • i’d actually go as far as saying that SR2 is leaps and bounds better then SR1… but that might just be me… i just remember being blown away by the characters

          • What’s even more sad funnier is that the only experience I’ve had with RPGs is about 2 hours of Oblivion…

          • Its even funnier caus you’ll be like ‘this elder scrolls 16 is nowhere near as good as the elder scrolls we had back in the day. Now Skyrim, THERES an rpg!’ and they will be like ‘What the hell is skyrim?’

          • James is right. KotOR… KOTOR!

            (Although I personally think we haven’t even reached the golden age for gaming yet. Best is yet to come and it’s gonna be good.)

        • Oh Skyrim is awesome, but man: Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy 1 – 6 (when they still had fresh ideas), Chrono Trigger, Secret of Evermore, Illusion of Gaia, Breath of Fire, Front Mission, Bahamut Lagoon, Star Ocean…

          There are tonnes more, I just can’t think of them off the top of my head

          • Illusion of Gaia is AMAZING! Man, the game just throws so many curve balls. I’m on a shipwreck fishing? AMAZING!

          • Tales of Phantasia, terranigma, Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, Lufia, Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre (gawd those were hard, not young kid friendly).

          • I’m really glad that I bought Chrono Trigger on the DS. Its one of the few older game that I’ve bought on re-release since I’d heard such amazing stories about it. Hype was justified

    • I just play SNES games on an emulator on my laptop, I get strange looks on the train, but it’s totally worth it 😀

      • If there were ever a reason to have a PSP (obligatory ‘has no gaems’), it would be SNES and PSX emulation.
        All the best RPGs you’ll ever want to play right there in your hands.

    • My mum came over on the weekend to set up a Christmas tree. (She knows that if it was left to me it would be in the garage still.) She saw me playing Heavy Rain and had a Vietnam-like flashback to Christmas Day ’94. SNES? Check. Donkey Kong Country? Check. Best Christmas ever. 😀

          • Stop walking so fast you jerk, you know I have a bad leg.
            You’re doing this on purpose, aren’t you!

          • Time waits for no man, Bishson. Every moment we dally, the criminal has a better chance of getting away.

            Unless of course, he has a bad leg like you…

          • Hmmm…
            There appear to be one set of footsteps heading towards the cake furnace, but none heading away…

          • This weekend of tennis and basketball has killed my legs =(

            I’ll just sneak away, that way you won’t see me on your radar!

          • The Cake knows all… Except the true date of when Trine 2 comes out on XBLA. Those points better come in handy tomorrow!

      • I’m eating cake right now. Not The Cake though, that would be wrong.

        And no, The Cake, I am not excited about Trine 2 because it’s not my kind of game. It does look really pretty though, so I hope my husband gets it and then I can watch him play.

        • I miss having cake actually. Probably been a week =(

          Oh well I have ice cream! Hersheys chocolate syrup goes so well with it. Oh Costco, you’re the bomb!

          • You live near a costco?! They keep saying they’re building one up here but it never happens. 🙁

          • Yeeep! I’m about 2-3 minutes away from the Auburn one in Sydney. Trust me you wouldn’t want it that close to you though. Traffic was at a snail’s pace the first few weeks it opened. Made me want to boycott it, but then I saw 1.5kg of hersheys blocks at $15 or so… =3

          • No, I guess I could do without it being that close. Yikes. But one anywhere in Brisbane would be nice.

          • Next time you’re in Sydney, I’ll steal my sister’s Costco card, and we can gawk at the incredibly cheap awesome stuffs together. And then go “:I” at all the incredibly cheap junk they have there too.

          • I’ll tag along to that, I love Costco, I’m about 25 minutes away from the one at Auburn.

    • I would be, except that games that are bought online and I have a bad history. Mostly due to me being destitute.

  • Ah, ER. What a great show. I’m currently watching season eight for the first time. I sure hope nothing bad happens to that nice Mark Greene doctor. There’s an episode coming up called “On the Beach” — that’s bound to be a pleasant adventure for all involved! :S

      • Nothing bad happens, right? RIGHT? 😉

        (Watching on 111 Hits on Foxtel, so won’t actually see until next week sometime.)

      • Oh hey, that reminds me, Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 3 is on ABC 3 every Sunday morning from 10 to 11 AM.
        Not that it’s relevant to the current discussion…

        • it’s totally relevant. My sister makes me… uh… acquire that show for her every week. Never saw the appeal in it, though…

          • Smooth Lambo, like a piece of sandpaper wrapped around the crags of Tel’Nasha(renowned for their exceedingly rough surface), all of which is attached to a giant face-scraping thing of stuff… and lack of smoothness.

            What was I saying again?

  • Soooo I realised that even my brother’s car speakers are better than my PC ones, which makes me extremely sad. Whats a good quality set of 2.1’s that are sub $200?

  • That moment where you realise you need to teach an HM to one of your pokemans, but none of them want to learn it.

    • But man people call you in this game with the most messed up problems. This one guy was like ‘Yeah I think I spend more time with Pikachu then with my kids’ and then hung up. Why you callin some random kid and telling him this man! Far out…

  • So. Weekend, huh, where did you go?

    I’ve found it difficult to motivate myself to play Skyward Sword. I think I’m right near the end, but it’s becoming a bit of a grind. The revisit-areas-1234124132-times mechnic is something we can say has been tried, check it off the list, and never use it again.

    Dark Souls: 0 minutes played.

    Skyrim: Up to level 28 or so, made no progress through main quest – just been doing side stuff. Such a wonderful world. I’ve been having issues with Skyrim… it would occassionally cause my PC to reset during play (!). No BSOD, no crash, just *BAM* power reset. Temperature seems fine (got temp monitor on second monitor) and power is overspec’d for my machine (afaict?)… so, randomly tried disabling multi-gpu/sli in nvidia’s control panel (card is a dual-gpu 295) and suddenly I get better performance in-game and could play for hours without crashing.

    Thanks, Nvidia. Thanks.

  • Hello All! Happy monday!
    Hope you all had an excellent weekend, I will read up when I get home tonight
    *Surprise Hugs*

    How was everyones weekends? did anyone do a zelda marathon with no sleep like my brother?

    Was anyone else at Homebake?

  • Getting tired of kotaku’s page pimping where the adverts follow my mouse pointer and intercept clicks meant for regular links.

  • So, Board Games everyone!

    Has anyone played Dust:Tactics? It had a really interesting write up on RockPaperShotgun and I’m keen to try it now. Saw the core set for $96 on Bourke St here in Melbourne, but would like to hear from anyone who’s played it.

    • I really want a set of The Great Grape Escape.

      I was talking about it last night and it got me all little-kid-jealous that I never got it.

      Oh man, that board game looked so great.

    • dust has been getting really really good reviews. I’m sort of interested.

      models are excellent quality, and warseer seems to think its good?

      let us know how it goes..

      • I’m reticent because I like my board games to have as few rules as possible because I’m into them way more than anyone else I know, and I need to be able to rope people in. Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne have all been successes. Risk less so, but mostly because women don’t like it (in my experience). Most complicated game I’ve successfuly played with my gang is Pirate’s Cove, but I mostly blame it’s complication on the badly written manual. I’ve never before this game wanted to write a “fan manual” but I’m tempted for this one.

  • Greetings all! It is Noobheadshot (or Nobshot as I have been named in teamspeak) from the world of work!

    I have been really insanely busy at work thus haven’t been able to get onto TAY for a fortnight 🙁

    Did we all have a good weekend? I had my works christmas party on last Friday. I got pretty smashed, i remember drinking and dancing … thats about it.

    How have we all been going? What did I miss? Did you all miss me :D? (or atleast notice my absence :P)

    • You missed everything and nothing, the most important things, and the most trivial details, and then nobody replied to you, leaving you feeling alone and afraid in a cruel, harsh world. Abandoned by those you considered your friends you took solace in your only true friend, alcohol. Drop by drop, day by day, you continued functioning, another cog in the clockwork machinations of the world, rusting away, but working still, until, eventually, you could take it no more. All it took was a swig of alcohol, a handful of pills, and briefly, ever so briefly, the world stopped, for you at least, forever. Then you were replaced, a newer part, fresher, faster, chrome plated. And so, you were forgotten.

      Wait, what are we talking about again?

  • After all that talk of SNES RPG games, I’m trying really hard to not play them again (for now) due to the sheer number of new games I own 😛

  • Hungry for hot pot! Hurry up hometime!! Gonna go and stuff myself stupid!! Will just have to make a half batch or something of the soup though. Hopefully it wont be too fiddly! Hooryar for going home early though! I love flexi time! w00t!

  • Quite busy at work today, but I just wanted to a ‘hello’ to everyone. HELLO! Last Friday night saw me sneak in 45 minutes of Skyrim…and….that…was…it…for the weekend. Boo.:-( Still, I had a delightful time away mountain biking with my ladyfan and enjoying some time in the jacuzzi and sauna. Hot rocks and spa jets FTW.

    • My name is Patrick Bateman. I’m 27 years old. I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman. Some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me. Only an entity. Something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours, and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I simply *am not there*.

  • Listening to music from ’06, it’s like time travelling… I’ve got to warn the world of Rebecca Black… and Hitler…

  • Cooked up an english muffin, some bacon, tomato and scrambled a couple of eggs for breakfast. Eggs smelled funny post-cooking though, threw them away. Didn’t want to risk it. No other food in the house as I had not planned a bad egg contingency. 🙁

    On the way out the door an Australia Post delivery guy arrived. Actually attempted to deliver a package for once, normally they pretend to and just card the thing and force me to visit a post office staffed by the most hateful old women in Melbourne. And you can’t pick it up until the day after either. Package of extremely nerdy stuff. I need more shelf space.

    Got in to work and there’s a box. New seconday monitor. Fantastic. I’ve got no spare power sockets though, had to disconnect the power for my super-secret development hardware. Going to have to requisition a facilities-approved power board but god knows who I have to interrogate to find the correct intranet site to order that. Might just go buy one and expense it. Might get a network switch at the same time, piggybacking off my cube-mate’s at the moment while he’s on holiday.

    Another package just now, delivered to work. More nerdery. Unfortunately I discovered that there are methods for working around Amazon Japan’s ‘won’t ship outside Japan’ problem (hint: they won’t ship some stuff to you, but are perfectly happy to ship it to someone else that will). Wallet will not appreciate this.

    Ended up screwing around all weekend. Played some Skyrim. It’s wierd. I don’t really care about the game, it doesn’t occupy my mind when I’m not playing it, but when I do I completely lose track of time. Same as when I play MMOs. I think that Bethesda managed to steal some ancient tome from the Blizzard offices where they detail the correct blood rituals to make your games insanely addictive. There is probably a quest like this in Skyrim, actually.

    Also played some Skyward Sword. Has anyone noticed how many of our games have titles that begin with A or S? Anyway, made the mistake of allowing it to upgrade my firmware. Last time I had a ‘you need new firmware’ problem on my Wii, updating was ok because it only installed the new IOS stuff. Nintendo seems to have wised up to this, because I suddenly found myself upgraded from System 3.1E to 4.3E and my Homebrew Channel and BootMii wiped 🙁 Re-hacked the system. Still just as trivially easy. Somewhere along the line the update also fixed whatever was wrong with my Wii’s wireless for all these years, because it magically connected to the internet again. I had assumed the hardware was broken.

    Skyward Sword is not so great. I typed up a wordy thing in the appropriate thread about this, but in short: the Zelda team at Nintendo needs to hire someone who is not sixty and has played non-Nintendo games at some point. Also I am uncoordinated and don’t like motion controls and those damn kids are on my lawn again. (Actually as an aside about lawns, FUCK YOU to the neighbour who decided to mow his lawn at 8:30am on a Sunday). Several times while playing Skyward Sword, I actually started contemplating how many other games had done elements of its design better. And without motion controls. And while letting me jump when I want to, not when the game wants me to. Also, they say that your first Zelda is always your favourite, but Wind Waker was my second one (deprived Sega-and-Sony dominated childhood).

    Assassin’s Creed has been staring at me the whole time as well. I need to play it, and also Skyward Sword and try and get both done before my copy of SW:TOR arrives. Time constraints. 🙁

    And now, back to writing unit tests.

  • Was hanging out with a friend all morning. Grabbed some coffee, went to DFO and I bought a new wallet, jeans and kitcheny stuffs. Then we headed back to my place and wandered about the local stores. Turns out that the local comic book stores are quite awesome.

    One is well stocked in Magic cards, Warhammer and D&D stuffs as well as the usual new releases. The other was more of a thrift store feel with a bunch of random things like old Phantom comics and some 60s Iron Man. Not as awesome, but I picked up a new copy of Kingdom Come for $15 so I’m rather happy.

    Then we had some pub food for lunch, watch random fashion show stuffs and headed back home.

    Now NASL grand finals are on, so she went home and I’m watching Hero vs Puma. Awwww yeah.

    • I need to find a decent (read: good, and not too expensive) D&D store in Canberra. I’ve found a couple of stores, but no nothing about them. Does anyone have any knowledge of stores in/around Canberra?

      • I’m not knowledgeable about that stuff in any regard.

        Then again, there was mention of getting a TAYbie D&D group going up here in Brisbane. So maybe there’s someone who at least has an idea what to look for, even if they don’t know where you should be looking for it.

        • Oh, I have the “what” part sorted out. I can get most of what I need online, but was hoping I could get a decent local-ish place for small stuff (like new 7-sets).

          Thinking of getting into GMing for 4th edition, and I have the books as pdf’s, but man…using actual books is so much better for so many reasons.

          • On the other hand, searchable PDFs seem like a godsend if you’re dealing with rule lawyers.

            Unless you happen to be a competent GM who uses that old “fuck it, that’s stupid you can’t do that” rule.

          • Uuuuggghhh…played with a rule lawyer in a campaign once. So freakin’ annoying, and slowed everything up. Needless to say, only played with him once 😛
            PDF searching is the main advantage to having files of the books, but I guess I just really love the feel of the books.

            Have you played 4th ed.? Using the ability cards really cuts down on reference time. Helps when you play with someone who is ALWAYS a spell caster, and never remembers his abilities 😛

          • Well, to put it simply, the new version of rules took away a lot emphasis on player dice, and more on skill points and GM work. This is the main reason many people still play the old version (3.5).

            I think Baldur’s Gate was 2nd edition…

          • 2.5

            And yeah, I heard that 4th edition is a lot more newb friendly and somewhat modeled on the WoW style levelling.

            Not sure I like that. For me, the entire idea of D&D is that the players are battling against the DM and the dice gods. It just seems like how things should be.

            Then again, I have heard just how retardedly overpowered Druid and Clerics are in 3/3.5, and that just sounds like something I would enjoy exploiting (I like support type roles that can also have fun in battles).

          • Baldur’s Gate was AD&D. Baldur’s Gate 2 came out around the point that 3rd Edition was just being released I think, so Throne of Bhaal had some 3rd Edition additions (eg feat-inspired special attacks like Whirlwind Attack). AD&D was fun, except for calculating THAC0, that often got mind-bending.

          • Yeah, I remember those epic feats or whatever they were. The thief ones were ridiculous.

            Use any item, including the Paladin only ridiculously overpowered infinity +1 sword? Oh exploitable.

            And yeah, THAC0 was just plain weird. The instruction booklet for Baldur’s Gate games was always rather impressive, there was so much to explain and they even included it as a PDF in the DVD re-releases. So many little things that were just plain weird and the armour system was easily the most difficult to get your head around.

          • The problem with THAC0 is that no one could actually explain what the hell it actually was. Even TSR.

          • As a rule lawyer I have to respectfully disagree. I played with a Rogue in 4th Edition and you need to know the rules back-to-front, everything you can exploit, you must exploit. Attacks of Opportunity are the lifeblood of the class, because so many of your attacks will do three or more times the damage from that position. Being able to slide into flanking spots and maximise your damage is vital. It should actually speed up the game, not slow it down. You kill the monsters faster and spend less time waiting for people to figure out their next move when everyone knows the rules fully.

          • Sorry, I’m probably not applying the correct context to my opinion of being a “rule lawyer”. What I mean is, in instances where D&D says “X = Y + (GM input)”, this guy would read as “X = Y”. He basically took everything by the letter, which resulted in a lot of hold ups while we had to have a 10 minute conversation PER ATTACK for all variables.

          • “One example is the rules lawyer, who knows the rules better than you do, constantly quibbles with you about them, and tries to leverage this knowledge to his character’s advantage”
            – from the Wizards website, talking about crappy players

            Basically, it’s someone who isn’t there to play the game. They’re there to win, be better than everyone, etc.

  • I have decided when my copy of Skyward Sword (limited edition with controller) turns up from ozgameshop, I’m not even going to bother buying another Wii… I’m just going to run the game on my Asus G53 connected to the TV via the Dolphin emulator… Then I’ll at least get to experience Skyward Sword in the magnificent HD it deserves. All I’ll need to buy is a Nunchuck and wireless sensor bar which I can pick up for under $50.

    It’s a real shame the Wii U won’t upscale games (unless this changes by the time of release).

    • I’ll be doing the same thing pretty soon, I love the way Mario Galaxy looks on the Wii, let alone how it will look at 1080p with AA enabled 😀

    • Is it actually playable on Dolphin? I know other games are, but Skyward Sword is basically using the entire motion toolkit…

      • I’m not sure, I haven’t looked into it… I hope so, then I can buy the game and rip it to an iso to play it.

  • Gah, and after all that talk of wanting a more TAY friendly week, it has started bad, with our network having some catastrophic issues this morning. Finally back up and running properly for the first time at 3:00pm.

    So, TF2, who wants to play 😀

  • Apparently they’re remaking Starship Troopers. Already. This makes me angry. Why does Hollywood always try to make me angry? What did I ever do to them?

  • I finished Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves on the weekend.
    I know his shtick is poor charactor development and lightning narrative… but the first few chapters of this book must have been taking the piss, surely?

    Also, Call of Duty multiplayer… it really is good for that ‘one more round’ style gunplay.

  • @Strange: woah, those speakers look pretty futuristic! All see through and whatnot. I’ll keep them in mind, but I think the man to hunt down on this subject is Pez…

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    DanMazkin, *sniff* it’s PuppyLicks.
    You’re on my friends list so I think you should know… I’ve whored a lot of achievement games. Some shovelware from the rental store uptown uh.. some downloadables maybe 5 or 10..
    um that Yaris game I found on LIVE Arcade. I left it on my hard drive along with some doritos T-Rex game.

    I played King Kong, my old game, with 1000 achievement points, and some game…. some old casual game with cars last week! I beat another game with a cheat book…


    I had to, I almost didn’t get the points, *sniff* and something else there I can’t remember maybe a movie game… but that’s beat too.

    And uh Avatar. I played Avatar for five minutes straight, the disc is collecting dust on a shelf in a preowned store! I don’t want to leave anything out here… I guess I’ve played maybe 20 shovelware games, maybe 40. I have youtube videos of a lot of it, *sniff* uh some of the guys on my friends list have seen the videos. *sniff* I even, um….


    I bought a hacked controller… and I tried to cheat a little.


    Tonight I, uh, *laughter* I just had to get a LOT of achievements! And um… I’m not sure I’m gonna get away with it, this time. So I mean…. ah, I guess I’m a pretty uh… I mean I guess I’m a pretty cool guy….

    So, if you get back tomorrow… I may show up on TAY, so… you know…
    keep your eyes open.

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    *Deep sigh*

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    • So how many have you got?

      I’ve got one terribad game that is on my list which I could easily get the remaining points and round it out to 1000/1000 with, but it’d be the only 1000-point game on my list and it’d be very obvious and embarrassing so I haven’t done it yet.

      • I only have two 1000/1000 games.

        Modern Warfare 2 and Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth.

        The second one is because I tried to do a Let’s Play of it without getting any gamerscore. You can see how well that went.

        I’m also amazingly close to getting 1000/1000 for Modern Warfare and Mass Effect 2. Just missing Mile High Club in Modern Warfare and I had the achievement for beating New Game+ and beating the game on Insanity, plus a few minor skill usage achievements (and I guess the DLC needs to be done as well now).

        So I’ll go back and get the ME2 ones back after I finish ME3 and play through the entire series again as a paragon.

        • My only 1000/1000 is King Kong, which my brother completed on my xbox. Bioshock 1 is almost there, as is Oblivion. I am slightly tempted to put them in to get the completion, but only because it’s weird to have King Kong as the only “complete” game when i didn’t even play it! Would this make me an achievement whore? I think it would. Also, I would totally need a game guide to get the Bioshock one because I have no idea where all those radio recordings are!

          • IIRC, my only 1000/1000 is Halo: ODST.
            I have only one achievement left for Oblivion (1200/1250), part of the Shivering Isles stuff. But I haven’t played Oblivion in ages, and would probably have to redo the entirety of the Shivering Isles to get the cheevo – not worth it, now that Skyrim’s out 😛

      • I actually meant, how many points, not how many 1000/1000 games.

        My point tally is fairly modest, just over 21000.

        • Oh, well that’s less interesting.

          I’m sitting at 23096 and I have actually had to go out of my way once or twice to make sure that my gamerscore didn’t end in 0 or 5. I like that it appears somewhat broken.

          • Rather impressive.

            I just went through my games to see how I fared and there are more than a few games that I feel like I’ve done all that I’m going to do and only got a hundred or so gamerscore for.

            The disparity between the gamerscore given for beating some games is annoying. Like Alice Madness Returns, I only have something like 375 gamerscore even though I beat it and got a decent chunk of the collectables. What more am I meant to do dammit?

            Or Homefont only gave me a bit more than a hundred for beating it in a single night!

          • Yeah, I’d like to think two playthroughs should get you pretty much all of them. I played through RE5 I reckon 7 or 8 times in a two-week period and have something like 600gs for it.

          • This really irritates me when half the points are allocated to the tacked-on multiplayer they put into the game to justify their $10 online pass. I don’t like multiplayer very much, I’m not good enough or dedicated enough to get good enough to enjoy it, which is why I buy single-player games. I especially don’t like playing multiplayer on Xbox Live, due to the amount of random dipshits you have to deal with.

            Example: I have completed more of AC: Brotherhood than AC2. However I have 905/1000 points in AC2, but 620/1000 in Brotherhood, despite having spent more time in the latter. I could spend more time, but I still don’t think I could get more than about 700/1000, wheras similar effort in AC2 would get me to 1000/1000. I wish Multiplayer and Single Player were considered separate games and had their own achievements or something.

    • I’m not actually an achievement whore, I just wrote this to be clever a while ago and thought I’d share it with you here 🙂

      I’ve only gotten 100% on two games: Halo Reach and Virtual On 😀

  • okay who killed mr. Shady’s MC server?
    must be dead good, cause i have not been able to get on all weekend…
    not that i’m an addict or anything…..

    *rocks back and forth*

  • So the new X360 dashboard is out “on the 6th”. Does anyone know whether that means we get it in Australia tomorrow? Or is it the 6th in the US, i.e. our 7th?

  • 34: scree 30 posts (0.8%, 755 words) This is insane. Two weeks ago TAY didn’t even know I existed!
    I didn’t even spam that much either o_O

    • Also yes, I do believe it came out on XBLA first. Though I wouldn’t say is so much of a port (well, at least with the negative aspects associated with the word) as much as just that being how the game is. Not much to do about it when you have an isometric view like that, really.

  • AlexPants casually spills curry powder all over the kitchen counter, vows never to cook again.

    Five minutes later, spills corn flour all over the curry powder all over the kitchen counter.


  • I planned to do my SC2 placement matches over the weekend so that I could officially be a Bronze leaguer.

    I have not done that yet and don’t really feel like doing it tonight. Oh well, maybe a bit more time playing against bots trying to not be completely terrible would be a good idea.

    • I hope by “Katamari cushion” you don’t mean a cushion with some sort of Katamari-related pattern on it, but just a spherical ball of foam/padding/filling you plan to roll everywhere. Sit on it, throw it at people, whatever.

      • I’m agraid it’s the first one. I know a Katamari in my house would be full of dog hair XD I have been told to make one by using velco but god, I hate sewing that stuff

        • What sort of dog(s)?
          My short-haired German Shepard cross’ fur gets everywhere (EVERYWHERE), except our old long-haired German Shepard was never any problem.
          It’s strange, I had always thought that short haired dogs would shed less fur. Maybe this dog just has simultaneous balding and excess fur problems.

  • so…tired…

    all my stuff is in boxes including my computer 🙁 posting from a netbook! How can I get in my mandatory game playing time?? HOW WILL I LIVE?!