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    Yay! New TAY. Good morning everyone.

      Good morning. Lol love fresh Tay. Phone does not lag as much.

      Morning

        Morning Scree how was your weekend?

          It was alright. Nothing much to talk about D=
          Oh except the convention I've been going to for years has stopped trading.

    Morning all! I had a hell of a nightmare last night. I dreamed that I'd lashed out and bought a Wii-U. And I liked it. D:

    Also, there's only a day or so left before The Lesser Evil goes up in price again. In the meantime, you can obtain it for your various screen-based devices for just 99 cents. http://www.amazon.com/Lesser-Evil-Omnibus-Graphic-Novel-ebook/dp/B00EG3X5C2/

    (You'll need to have your Kindle location set to USA to take advantage of this price)

    Last edited 02/12/13 8:36 am

      I haven't really played mine but I imagine that will change as it gets hotter

      I dreamed I was sailing with my dad in a boat-car, then the boat-car sank and a squid with a dragons head broke into the boat-car and attacked us. I had to escape through one of the boat-cars doors and ended up washing up on a small chain of islands where a bunch of caravans were parked and tents set up. The people living on the island were all rather weird. There were lions living on the island, and a girl who lived with them, and she killed and ate one of the other residence of the island and then chased me up a tree.

      So, not as crazy as your dream, but pretty close.

      I think if I could afford a Wii U, I would buy one. I've enjoyed what I've played on demo units. Also, I haven't owned a Nintendo console since my SNES.

      I dreamed my backyard (which appeared to be the backyard of our house in Tasmania connected to our Newcastle house) had a wall of barbeques along the back fence and we had hired a BBQ operator (who also happened to be the postman, as well as looking like our Swedish friend Gnoff) but we didn't have any meat and after chopping up veges and putting them on there, for some reason we decided to put big sheets of fresh pasta on the BBQ. And then a gigantic storm rolled in. We managed to rescue the veges, but the pasta stayed. When it finished storming the Gnoff/postman/BBQoperator was out there throwing the pasta on the grass, complaining about whoever put it on there.

      I like your "nightmare" better. :P

      P.S. I already have the Kindle version.

        Veges on the BBQ ... :(

        P.S. You could always buy it as a gift for someone else! :P

      WiiU is pretty fun. Also handy for the Wii-via-HDMI thing.

      Gf and I picked up a remote and Pro Controller for $10 ea on the weekend. so we were happy.

        Wow, where'd you manage to snag those from?

          DSE had them in a 'clearance: name your price' bin. They still had em 50% off on shelves last week, so that's like $32ea. I gf held one up to a random store guy was like "$5!?" the guy replied "..Yep! ... Wait... I'll go check" and offered us $10ea. :D Amazing deal.

      99c is way too cheap a price for that book, it was a good read.

        Very kind of you to say, man.

        Hope things are okay with you!

    Morning everyone. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

    I finished The Witcher 2 on the weekend. There were a couple things I didn't really like about it, but all round it was pretty good.

    I also finally got round to beating the Pokemon League in Pokemon X. Facing the Champion was a bit disappointing. I was all "oh, Gardevoir has a mega form, cool" and then, after it had mega evolved, "oh, well that's a bit terrible looking." I mean, they could have just given it wings or something, but instead they give it a giant poofy dress. I haven't really used mega evolution in the game, mainly because a lot of the Pokemon I've been using haven't had mega forms, but also because I lot of the mega forms don't look that good imo. Not sure what I'm going to do in the game now. I don't know if the meta/competitive game is really for me. I might try and fill up the Pokedex, since it's super easy to trade with people now.

    I started Dishonored as well after getting it during the Stream sale. It's pretty decent. Very Bioshocky.

    On this Monday morning it is becoming very apparent I struggle to handle 4am finishes on Saturday nights...

    WTB [Sleep]

    #OldManCake

    Also, being woken up by screaming children running around outside the apartment while playing is possibly the worst way to be woken up at 10am on a Sunday.

    Last edited 02/12/13 8:47 am

      Actually, screaming children inside the apartment, bashing you in the face with toys, would have been worse. And 6am would also have been worse. #voiceofexperience #helping

        You chose your fate Shane :P

        Oh and I forgot to tell you, but Peaceful Tomorrows rocked up.

        How many Schrute Bucks do I owe you?

          *shrug* Don't worry about it.

          Edit: didn'tseethatcoming.jpg

          Last edited 02/12/13 9:12 am

            You are just the worst...

            ...but then you forget that I have your bank details. Commence the transfer of the random amount of dollars!

            *Fade to black* Directed by M. Night Shamamlamalan

      I have the same issue with my next door neighbours kids, but they ride around on those stupid bicycles with the loud dodgy motors attached. GTA made me ready for this..

    JAPAN GROUP TOUR - MAR/APR 2015

    Yep thats right people, I have received a fantastic quote from one of my suppliers, and I present it to you now. We've got hotels, we've got trains, we've got sightseeing, we've got free time, we've got food. Something for everyone :)

    Spoilered for wall of text, but EVERYONE should be reading this :)

    Itinerary:

    Day 1 - 21st March 2015 - Arrive Osaka
    Upon arrival into Osaka airport you will be met and transferred by private coach to your accommodation for check in

    Day 2 - 22nd March 2015 - Osaka
    This morning visit Osaka Castle & enjoy a cruise on Osaka River. This afternoon we will be attending the (hopefully, depending on schedule) Final Day and Closing Ceremony of Osaka's Annual Sumo Tournament. The afternoon of the final day is when the best competitors and the most important bouts take place.

    Day 3 - 23rd March 2015 - Osaka
    Full Day at leisure
    Start of 7 Day Japan Rail Pass

    Day 4 - 24th March 2015 - Osaka-Hiroshima
    Today make your way to Osaka train station to catch the bullet train to Himeji. Tour of Himeji Castle with English speaking guide. After the tour, and some time for lunch, we will catch the bullet train to Hiroshima. On arrival into Hiroshima make your way to your accommodation for check in

    Day 5 - 25th March 2015 - Hiroshima
    This morning you will take a short tram trip to the edge of the Seto Sea. Here, board a ferry for the ten-minute passage to Miyajima Island. This tranquil island is home to Itsukushima Shrine, partly comprised of an offshore red ‘torii’ gate – one of Japan’s most famous and photographed sites. In ancient times access to holy Miyajima Island was through this ‘floating’ gate; you will arrive more conventionally, gliding into the ferry terminal. Take some free time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this pretty island, mingle with the wild deer, and sample some Japanese snack food. Take this opportunity to try a traditional okonomiyaki pancake lunch before departing this unique setting and re-board the a direct ferry for the trip back to the mainland to the Peace Memorial Museum, dedicated to the events of 1945 and the aim of a war-free world. A visit to this exceptional museum is a sobering, yet educational experience. You will also see the famous Peace Memorial Park and a poignant cenotaph inscribed with all the known victims of the Hiroshima bomb, and the eerie A-Bomb Dome, a tragic city-symbol, left standing in a ruinous state after more than 60 years. In the evening, explore Hiroshima, a truly ‘reinvented’ city.

    Day 6 - 26th March 2015 - Hiroshima-Kyoto
    Today make your way to Hiroshima train station to catch the bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival into Kyoto make your way to your accommodation for check in

    Day 7 - 27th March 2015 - Kyoto
    Spend a delightful morning walking through the streets of Kyoto where you will discover some of the lovely temples and shrines in this ancient city. Begin at JR Kyoto station at 1.45pm and take a bus to Higashiyama, for an exploration of the beautiful Kiyomizu temple, with a panoramic view of Kyoto. Walking down Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka streets uncovers quaint shops in traditional Japanese buildings, and this walk has been described as one of the prettiest in Kyoto. Stop at tranquil Kodaiji temple, surrounded by formal gardens, and then continue on to Yasaka shrine, a Shinto shrine in the Gion district. Roam the Gion district, with traditional restaurants and tea houses (ochaya), and maybe spot a geisha scurrying along one of the many alleyways to her next performance.

    Day 8 - 28th March 2015 - Kyoto
    Today is a full day at leisure. Spend a day exploring the many sights and sound of Kyoto, or possibly take a day trip to Nara, famous for its parkland, wild deer and temples. Visit stunning Todaiji Temple, made without the use of a single nail, and the shelter of a massive bronze Buddha. Also see the smaller yet equally beautiful 8th century Kasuga Shrine. The entrance is lined by stone lanterns, creating an atmospheric approach. Spend some time mingling with Nara’s free-roaming deer, before your return to Kyoto.

    Day 9 - 29th March 2015 - Kyoto-Takayama
    Today make your way to Kyoto train station to catch the bullet train to Takayama. On arrival into Takayama make your way to your accommodation for check in.
    End of 7 Day Japan Rail Pass

    Day 10 - 30th March 2015 - Takayama
    This morning set out on a walking tour of some of Takayama’s main attractions. As an introduction, visit the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, home to colourful floats which come out annually during one of Japan’s most famous festivals. You will also visit Takayama Jinya, formerly a government building and home to some wonderful insights into Japan’s past. Your walking tour will include a stroll past some beautifully preserved wooden houses on Kami Sannomachi Street and a venture past some enticing sake rice wine breweries. This evening, continue your encounters with Takayama’s friendly inhabitants and explore the local eating options.

    Day 11 - 31st March 2015 - Takayama-Hakone
    Late morning you will leave your hotel and travel by coach to Hakone. This picturesque town is famous for its proximity to imposing Mount Fuji, a symbol of Japan and the highest mountain in the country. Before checking-in to your Japanese-style hotel you will enjoy a short boat trip on peaceful Lake Ashino, and an exciting cable car ascent (weather permitting) to the top of Mount Komagatake for majestic views of Japan’s most loved and famous geographic landmark. After a sumptuous Japanese dinner, you will sleep tonight in an atmospheric tatami-floored room, on a futon mattress.

    Day 12 - 1st April 2015 - Hakone-Tokyo
    This morning you will travel the short distance by private coach to Tokyo. This afternoon is at leisure

    Day 13 - 2nd April 2015 - Tokyo
    Following breakfast meet in the reception area of your hotel for a tour briefing before embarking on your exploration of the city. Today you will explore some of the city’s highlights on a carefully created tour. You will begin with a short walk to nearby Hama Rikyu Garden, dating to 1654 and once the private respite of the Tokugawa Shogun. After a stroll through this tranquil garden, after which you board a boat (shared service) for a cruise on Tokyo’s Sumida River. This short trip will take you past the headquarters of some of Japan’s most famous companies and will end near bustling Asakajusa Temple, the oldest and most beloved temple in Tokyo. Here, be introduced to the influences of Buddhism and Shintoism on Japanese culture. Around mid-day, travel to serene Meiji Jingu shrine and Harajuku. Here, mingle with youngsters dressed to the hilt in colourful cult fashions. Later, take in mesmerising sky scraper views of Japan’s major city from Tokyo Tower. Towards the end of the afternoon, return to your hotel by train and foot.

    Day 14 - 3rd April 2015 - Depart Tokyo
    At proper time you will catch the airport transfer vehicle to Narita airport for your onward flight

    Hotels and Inclusions
    Osaka - Mitsui Garden Hotel Yodoyabashi
    Hiroshima - Mitsui Garden Hiroshima
    Kyoto - Mitsui Garden Kyoto Sanjo
    Takayama - Green Hotel Takayama (ryokan)
    Hakone - Hakone Yumoto Hotel (ryokan)
    Tokyo - Park Hotel Tokyo

    Holiday Price Includes:
    All Accommodation
    Breakfast Every day, Dinner in Hakone
    Transportation and touring as per the itinerary with entrance fees
    7 day JR pass
    1 Local English speaking guide on touring days

    Exclusions:
    Airfares
    Visa if necessary (If travelling on an Australian Passport, a Visa is not required)
    Meals not listed above
    Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips...)
    Travel insurance (Possession of adequate travel insurance is a compulsory condition of travelling with Travel Indochina)

    And all this comes to the price of....
    $3,897.00 per person twin share or
    $4,461.00 per person single room

    There you have it folks. If you really did read through everything, you have my thanks. Feel free to send praise, hurl fruit or anything in between as your reaction dictates. If I can start to get a list of people who are genuinely interested in coming, feel free to respond below or email me at peter(dot)orange(at)harveyworld(dot)com(dot)au
    I will be talking with my manager when he returns from a trip next week (I think), in regards to how much the deposit is (It will probably be on the order of about $500 per person). If I can go to him and say I already have X number of people ready to deposit, that would be fantastic.

    Thanks again everyone

    Tags of people who have shown interest before: @transientmind @ontargett @dkzeitgeist @rocketman

    Confirmed - @jocon @negativezero @freezespreston
    Almost Confirmed - @cakesmith
    Keen - @rize @coldcamv @beardymcmuttonchops @mrtaco

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      I am keen I just need the year to raise all that money

        Thats cool. Once my manager gets back next week, I will confirm a deposit amount for you to lock your place in. Then you won't need to fully pay the rest of the trip until about January 2015. Plenty of time :)

      I too am keen and am in a similar boat to @coldcamv. Even raising the deposit may be difficult, but I will try.

      ...I knew that was something I was meant to do on the weekend

      Note to self: draw up a new budget

        There's never much work to do on a Monday. Hop to it :P

        Cakesmith's New Budget:
        Stop buying games on Steam.

        Done. :P

      By the way, do you think it'll be more efficient for us to book airfares through you as well, or arrange our own? Obviously won't be able to get a group deal but if eg. there are multiple people leaving a given city it might be nice to travel together the whole way and not be all over the place, especially when going somewhere that no one speaks English.

        Honestly I would prefer to look after everyone's flights. I've been looking into some flights already and trying to find an airline where the flights all converge at a stopover point, or at least arrive in Japan at approximately the same time. We won't be able to look at confirmed flight times until about May/June next year anyway.

          I'd be very happy to let you arrange the flights for me as I am extremely lazy :P

          That would be so handy if you could, since you know way more about all this stuff than us.
          Thanks for doing this man, I know it's a work thing anyway but it's still awesome.

      Consider me in the 'almost confirmed' camp.
      Reckon it'd be alright to bring another 1-2 people?

        Hell yes, you can bring as many people as you want. The more the merrier :-)

    Morning TAY,

    How's every little thing? It's 36 today and I'm outside building a fence, yep, I will surely not last the day!

    Hope other people are airconditioned and/or on holidays.

    In other news who's been keeping up with Survivor2299 it has me intrigued and I wish I could spend more time in the meta and reading everything but I don't get paid to do that I get paid to work and I need money.

      I'd like to say my office is airconned, but it doesn't seem like that. Come the afternoon and the sun hits my side of the office and turns into a sauna. Joys.

      I've been following survivor2299. Not to the point of decoding anything as by the time I look at an update someone else has already cracked it. Obviously hoping it's real, I think there's way too much effort gone into this for a hoax, even if the trademark was a fake. Even if it is a fake I think Bethesda would be fools not to announce anything after seeing lots of people going nuts over it

      Good luck with the fence

    Apparently, The Lesser Evil is selling quite well at the moment. Exciting, humbling, terrifying, confusing.

    I actually have no idea how many copies are actually selling, but I pretend that there are thousands of copies, and I will be rich starting next week. There's no way I can be disappointed if I set my sights that low.

    Anyway, if there are that many copies out there, someone you know is bound to have it. Don't miss out on the inevitable watercooler discussions!

    99c for one more day only!

    #I'llShowMyselfOutNow

    Edit: Apparently its current sales rating means it's selling about 1 copy a day! That's royalties enough to buy one packet of instant noodles... EVERY DAY! \o/

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    File under "potential deals people may be interested in, holy shit it's almost Christmas!"

    JB have the Star Wars Blu-Ray box set for $67.20.

    EDIT: Actually, there's a bunch of them.

    Indiana Jones - $43.20
    Bond - $143.20
    Breaking Bad - $119.20 (BR)/$92 (DVD)
    Harry Potter - $67.20

    http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvds-all-boxed-up.htm <--- New link

    Last edited 02/12/13 9:16 am

      Star Wars Blu-ray box set? Good, I've been looking for a present to give...erm...

      Yeah, it's for me.

      For a second I thought the Indy set was the one with the grail diary replica. It isn't.

      Isn't the Star Wars blu-ray set the one that has the stupid Vader "Nooooooo!" dubbed over the scene where the Emperror is electrocuting Luke, and that Hayden Christensen ghost? I would rather never see Star Wars again than legitimise that fucking shitfest.

        I thought the "Nooooooo!" came from the end of ep 3 when Palpy tells Vadar his misses kicked the bucket.

          Yeah. Then they dubbed one over the scene where the Emperor is frying Luke, as Vader goes over to pick up the Emperor and throw him down the bottomless shaft.

          Because for some reason Lucas thought the slow zoom on Vader's mask and the swell of John Williams' score simply didn't convey Vader's strong emotions at that moment, despite enduring for 30 years as one of the best moments in the trilogy.

            Oh wow....lame, very very lame.

              Hence why I have some strong feelings about the current blu-ray set available for sale.

        I believe it has both changed and unchanged versions of all scenes.

          By 'unchanged' you mean it's still the godawful 1997 'special edition' with all the extra bad CG shit though right? IIRC the original untouched THX remaster version was 'destroyed' when they did the Special Edition and fucked everything up the first time.

            I don't mind the '97 version. I can live with the stupid music sequence in Jabba's palace even though it completely shatters the tone, and ignoring Greedo shooting first is... difficult... but I can mostly ignore it. The other changes I am ok with.

              The CG stuff in the Battle of Yavin don't have the same feel as the old models did. That stupid extra sequence with the bad CG Jabba where Han steps on his tail still annoys me. Also the ending of RotJ where they changed the celebration music. I don't mind the change but the original was better.

                I don't mind the revamped music at the end, though the shots panning across all the various places with people celebrating strikes me as a bit dumb. I think Lucas only did that because he wanted to tease Coruscant for the prequels.

    Hope all is well.

    Stole my room mates 360 for the weekend and bought myself The Witcher 2, its pretty cool. Looks and sounds great. The combat is taking a little to get used to but that's only because I've never played anything similar before. I'm going to spend some time on the wiki, seems like there is a fair bit of lore and I have no idea who's who or why this Kings attacking this guy.

    Also, watched Hard Target for the first time last night. So cheesy, so good :)

      You should spend time reading the diary. It's pretty useful, funny and informative.

        Ha, I didn't know there was a diary >.< Sounds good though, I'll definitely check it out :)

    Watched the first episode of Attack on Titan last night. Damn this looks incredible.

      It amps up then slows down here and there but overall its pretty entertaining. I've only seen the first 12 eps however.

    Morning TAY...
    DAMN these steam sales are making it hard to be good...
    At least i've been strong and only bought one thing, AND IT WASN'T EVEN FOR ME \o/...
    But Far Cry 3 for $8.73... F**k you steam and your generous sales...

    SOOO how was everyone's weekend?
    I got a bunch of house work done \o/
    I think i might be doing weekend wrong!

      Far Cry 3 is $9? :O I've been wanting that for ages! TO THE STEAM THING!

        I know right?
        I've been keen on this ever since i played Blood Dragon :P
        DAMMIT STEAM I CAN'T SPEND MONEY

        Get it!

        $9 is such a good price for a great game :)

          Fingers crossed it will actually run on my PC :P

            Lol, Macs.

            Wait, can I still say that?

              Dual booting has actually been pretty good to me so far! It can run most things fine. It doesn't set the world on fire with super high graphics settings, but hey, I'm a console peasant anyway. I don't know the difference :P

                Yeah, I need to boot camp mine.

                If only so I can play SWTOR when I go back to my parents place for Christmas haha.

          sigh. I've ignored this sale largely by not being near my pc. I hate you all for spending more of my money for me

      The only things I've wanted from the Steam Sale are Prison Architect (I missed my opportunity to get it half off, so I'll keep waiting - I don't want to pay $20+ for something still in beta - I'm cheap, I know) and Brave New World for CiV, which is still half off but I'm not sure I have $25 to spare.

      Next sale. It's not like I'm playing CiV rright now anyway. Too much other stuff on.

        http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELJROFA Civ V Gold + Brave New World = $19.99US

          Well that feels like a waste considering I already have CiV and bought the gold upgrade and all the DLC already, but apparently I could get Brave New World by itself for only $14.99, so, that's still a great tip.

      I picked up Trine 2 for $2 and FFVII for $4 :D

    Upon waking, I realized that in the first time in a year I have encountered my deadliest enemy- snow.

    And so therefore to show my pure hatred for it I promptly went out, made a snowman, and then PUNCHED IT TO DEATH WITH MY BARE HANDS. Then I made that "I've got my eyes on you" motion to the sky, to signal my fragile peace with that harlot Mother Nature.

      You know, there is totally a thing I want to try.
      Water balloon with red dye in it, build a snow man, put the water balloon in the middle of head and complete as normal.
      Wait for someone to pass by (preferably young, impressionable children) and start stabbing away at the head with a stick or whatever, laughing maniacally.

        that's some calvin and hobbes inspired level of hijinks. Do it, seriously.

        Although I imagine with the amount of snow you get over there you'll have enough to build a igloo.

        ... Actually, I'm serious. You'll get enough to build a igloo. Or a italian-inspired villa, I ain't a architect.

          http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/images/Monster.gif

        stop stealing things from Tumblr :P

          I got it from Imgur, which was a screenshot of a Tumblr post, thank you very much!
          And regardless of its originality, it is still totally a thing I would like to do.

    Morning all. Picked up two years worth of US PS plus membership from amazon for $60 as part of the black Friday sales so very happy with that... Looking forward to now dusting off the vita which hasn't seen much action since finishing p4g

    And caught up on some potaku eps over the weekend

      That's a pretty good deal. I love my Vita, and I've only played under an hour of P4G so far (saving it for the plane to the US in January). I was a PS+ member for ages before getting a PSV and had saved up so many games for it from PS+ I haven't even played half of them.

      P.S. Your name is extremely untasty. Eww. :P

        Yeah the PS plus vita games collection isn't the best at the moment but I'm still looking forward to trying uncharted and hotline miami and hopefully over the next 12 months they will add some better games hoping for more JRPGs

        P.s. I'm good cooked or raw what's not to like about that ;)

          A JRPG fan? Hmmm, maybe fish is not so bad after all. :D

          As far as JRPGs go, they'll actually have to localize some of them before they can put them on Plus. At the moment it's basically just Persona 4 and arguably Disgaea and Ys. :(

    You know, I've honestly forgotten about a offer I made some time ago, so now's the perfect time to bring it up again.

    Steam Sales. NA prices are cheaper than Aus prices. Need a game? Want to pay EVEN LESS, you cheap asshats? Just shoot me a message here or on steam if you have me and I'll see if I like you enough can work out a deal with you.

    EDIT: Taybies only, though, needless to say. Better if, y'know, I recognize you. :P

    EDIT HARDER: Alternatively if you are a cool hip cool person you could, I dunno, change your IP address so you can buy steam games from another region. Can you do that? I've never bothered.

    Last edited 02/12/13 9:50 am

      THIS SEEMS LIKE A DEAL THAT IS RELEVANT AND BENEFICIAL TO ME!

      I've been to distracted by AC4 to look at the Steam sale much, but if I find something I may take you up on this offer.

      They've put a lot of restrictions in place on the IP-switcheroo to crack down on avoiding the Australia Tax - a lot of popular VPNs are blocked, and both paypal and credit cards are being locked to their home regions. So your offer is generous and valuable.

    5km walk to work, quick shower at work and find out that my work shirt smells like it does when you leave it in the washing machine for a day too long. Stale water smell, tasty. I swear I didn't leave it in for more than 20 minutes after the washing machine had finished. Ho hum

    Time to go check my various fantasy football teams

    I bought Mario 3D World on the weekend.

    I also finished Mario 3D World on the weekend :P

    Pretty good. Not the Game-Of-The-Forever (for me) that some people are claiming, but very solid. The mechanics of Mario really are the best of the genre. I also played a bit of Rayman Legends on the weekend and playing them both so close together made me realise just how floaty Rayman's physics are :/

    Great playing as Peach again though. Played as her for 99% of the game. I switched to the unlockable character after they were unlocked though and realised just how much I'd been relying on Peach's hover as a recovery haha Kept falling from everything. Going to go back and grab all my missed green stars/stamps/etc over the next few days.

    Unfortunate that there's no challenge mode or anything like that. That was one of the best bits about NSMBU. Ah well.

      Some guy I know was saying that Peach's hover ability makes her not only the best character in the game, but completely trivialises 99% of the jumping puzzles.

        At least it's an authentic replication of the last time Peach decided to help out?

        That was the case in Mario Bros 2 as well. I wouldn't go so far as say "trivialises", but it's a very different playstyle. Mostly easier because you can line up landings much better but sometimes harder (bouncy platforms become a lot harder because the hover kicks in when you don't want it to).

      So if my daughter has never played a Mario game before, is this the one to get her for Christmas or should I start her with a different one?

      Last edited 02/12/13 10:22 am

        Hm... now that's a difficult question haha I don't have much experience recommending games to kids :P

        I don't think you can go wrong either way. A 2D Mario might be easier for someone new to get into but this one isn't exactly amazingly difficult either. Depends which play style you think she'd enjoy more I suppose!

          Well she's almost 13 and 3D platformers are her favourite type of game and she's obsessed with Zelda. I think she's a complete Nintendo fangirl but she doesn't know it yet. :P
          She has my Gamecube in her room though, so I was considering tracking down that GCN Mario game. Was it Sunshine? But anyway, the kids are getting a WiiU for Christmas so it's probably best to go with the latest for now I guess. Thanks for your input. :)

            My gf's sister is 13 and a major Nintendo fan girl as well. We'll be getting 3D world and she'll be over our house every day until we finish it, I have no doubt.

            Decent 3D platformer experience, she'll be fine.
            We're struggling a little with this one when there's a lack of experience.

      Bought it, played through world 1 and half of world 2, all co-op.
      Kept running out of lives, they burn fast in co-op.

      The challenge mode in NSMBU is what made me a far better player.

    Played the first half hour of Fez over the weekend. It really surprised me! I loved the moment the world glitches out and makes it seem as if your PC reboots itself - pure genius.

    Last edited 02/12/13 10:17 am

      That seems like kind of a spoilery thing to say.
      Wouldn't it be better for people to experience that fresh for themselves?

      Incredible game that you could really leap down the rabbit hole and become all engrossed in. My gf started playing this and later started pointing out similar shapes we would see irl.

    I'm a bit of a civilisation noob - What's the difference between the Gold Edition and the DLC bundle?

      DLC bundle is map pack only. Gold Edition has all actual DLC except Brave New World, I believe.

        Yep, this guy is right.

        Also cheaper to get from Amazon. Here's the link from @f4ction earlier

        http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELJROFA

        If I remember correctly you will need a US address. I wonder how many people live at the White House?

          I've been sleeping in the Mural Room since Saints Row IV came out.

            I was in the Queen's sitting room until the secret service kicked me out.

            Thanks Obama.

    Also, tried out my PS4 controller on my PS3, was expecting a few games not to work as people have said the share and options buttons don't port over, but they do in all the games I tried out :) Fallout 3, I'm assuming New Vegas as a result, Borderlands and Sonic & SEGA All Star Racing. I'll test out more games this week but it looks like the Dual Shock 4 is a PS3 compatible controller which is good for me as my second Dual Shock 3 broke a while ago

      What. Sony said it's not compatible. How is it working??

        I just plugged it in by USB. I don't think you can take the USB out, but worked absolutely fine for me. I think there was a Reddit thread somewhere that has incompatible games, but for the few I tried it worked fine. Next thing is to try it on my PC

          Ah okay, so it's just a standard joypad under USB (as expected) but bluetooth definitely doesn't work?

    So it looks like i might be moving after Christmas...
    Been chatting with my Brother in Laws and they want to save some money too, so we're thinking about a 4-bedroom split between us...
    ...
    This should be interesting

      Get bunk beds.

      More room for activities.

        *The top bunk mattress starts bouncing*
        "Todd! You're having a dream! Wake up! "
        "Dude, I am awake. "

          Actually I think it was more like, 'THIS IS THE FUNNEST NIGHT EVER!'

          NO POWER TOOLS!

      Good luck!

      Both in finding a house and in going back to shared housing :P

        Yeah that's going to be the weird part...
        But we spend most weekends with them anyway...
        Plus they're both the majority of our Board Game crew XD

      man think about it really hard.... we tried that this year, we all used to be so close and after this, well, my bro moved out after about a month and a half, and my mrs barely speak to him anymore, and we are *this* close to kicking out my bro in law...

        We're just toying with the idea at the moment... we've lived together before, but not for longer then a month at a time when we first moved here.
        So yeah, it'll be interesting, but out of pure necessity we have to do it

    Hola Tay

    I had a quiet weekend- gave blood on Saturday (apparently I have an outstanding platelet count) then went on an epic quest to buy my work secret santa present. Went to a specialist Mexican store (miles away) and bought hot sauce. Went back via bunnings and bought some plants and a planter box for my front balcony, so i can grow my own chilies.

    Played a bunch of The Last of Us, about 80% through. Really, really good, living up to the hype.

    A Monday Morning Question: What video game plant would you have in your garden? Given how useful it is, i think I'd have to go with Nirnroot.

      Chomper Plant from Mario. Or whatever it's called. I'd be protected from robbers!

      Flaaghra. Ain't nobody gonna mess with my place then.

      I'd go for a krynoid, that'd teach those worthless sacks of meat

    Morning all!!!

    so PS4.... ITS FREAKING AWESOME...

    Short mini review of games i grabbed:

    COD- Ghosts - havent played it yet

    Ass Creed IV - ITS ASS CREED! and it looks really cool, especially after it updated, as the update ups the resolution from 900p to 1080p!

    Killzone Shadowfall, - only played about 30min of it but story seems cool, and game looks amazing. like running a game on my pc on high settings-type amazing....

    Resogun - man that game is MESMERISING it is just plain beautiful... so much fun. i keep on playing first level or two over and over.... damn you @freezepreston i want my high score back!

    Contrast: Havent played it yet...

    DC Universe Online: seems like a lot of fun, playin with a group of friends we all just rolled some new characters.

    Warframe: Warframe is heaps of fun once you get into it... the melee mechanics need a LOT of work though...

    Warthunder: Seems fun but is very slow paced... controls are also very awkward... near impossible to target anyone... im probably just crap...

    hopefully Blacklight Retribution is released this week.... \o/

    who else grabbed a PS4? I took Friday off to get acquainted with the new member of my family of hardware!

      IIRC War Thunder can be played with USB keyboard & mouse, that might be a better experience?

        That's right I remember hearing about that might try it out tonight...

          More correct to say the mouse makes aiming far too easy. Same issue when playing on PC.

      Warframe : PC version bored me to tears. & the whole "you can buy upgrades & gear with in-game currency, but not the good & useful stuff, which you have to pay real money for" thing really pissed me off.

        Yeah I know, but I've always been quite good at ignoring all the micro transactions stuff!!!

      I'm surprised/impressed by the resolution bump to AC4. Enjoy the PS4! :D

    I've never been into the series but I think other people here were: the developer of Rune Factory (and Lufia, back in the day) has declared bankruptcy and shut down. Rune Factory 5 cancelled. :(

      Aww man. Didn't played Rune Factory a lot (from what I've seen it was Final Fantasy Harvest Moon which has to be a good thing). There was a great many an hour lost to Lufia 2 on SNES at my uncles place over Christmas Holidays when I was young. Imagine an 8 year olds disgust after he named Maxim after himself and halfway through the game finds himself married...and a father. My cousins never let me live that down.

        Ahhh Lufia. My first ever JRPG. Closely followed by Breath of Fire II.

      That's sad. Might not be the end of an era though, depending on how the sale of assets goes.

    Hey!

    Words! Or something. I don't know, I'm not a writer. I had to move my desk at work despite the fact I've only got 9 days left until I'm kicked out. So that's something!

    Oh, Mario CATS is a pretty amazing game. Forces myself to stop playing at the last world because I didn't want to finish it on the weekend. Uhh, I think I've been playing too much SWTOR, I dreamed I was playing it last night >.> (cc:@rize @cakesmith)

    And uhh, things ...?

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      Oh crap! Bravely Default this week. So hyped for that game. BRING IT ON!

    Hi all, weekend was decent. Went to my work xmas party, gf's will be in a week or so. Anyone else having their work parties yet?

    Our morning tea and secret santa will be soon. I'm looking forward to cake. :D

      I had mine a few weeks ago. Managed to empty the bar of their entire bourbon supply. Then met my new CEO and major shareholder and proceeded to tell them all about my adventures in Amsterdam. I can't remember if they were impressed or disgusted.

      We're having lunch on the last day of work before Christmas (we shut down over the holidays). It's my first Christmas in this job so I don't know what the protocol is going to be. Do I get my bosses a present? Can I order the most expensive thing on the menu? Should I go wild with free drinks? I don't know! :P

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