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  • International Tabletop Day is this weekend. Do people want to do things? I think people should do things.

    I was thinking of spending most of the day at The Games Capital but there’s also a nerd bar holding an event and another one in a library. Canberrans should join me.

    Non-Canberrans should go to the website that I linked and see if there are any events they want to go to. Or just have some sort of meat thing where board games are played. I don’t know. I’m not your mother.

  • Hey Easter TAY, how’s it going? I’ve really been getting into Bloodborne, but after a while it has become a bit samey. After quite a few hours I’m finally in an area that isn’t just graveyards and gray in general.

  • Morning errbody hows every little thing? My weekend was gilgamesh, yeah that looks nice lets go with that. Spoiler tags due to length.

    Ive had a 5 day weekend and ill explain it all! Or just the good bits whatevs

    Thursday I had a job interview in the fancy section of the peninsula, Red Hill East, for a position as Apprentice Chef. I think the interview went well as I have a trial on Tuesday. After that Cathryn was at work so I played 4 hours of Dying light and I’m working my way to the end.


    Friday Cathryn, Moni and I were invited to my parent for Good Friday dinner, so I baked some choc & cherry cookies instead of buying eggs. When we got to my parent Shadow and Moni went crazy playing with each other outside while we had a lovely roast. We didn’t end up leaving till 11:30 that night and we stopped in at a maccas for nuggets because nuggets.


    Saturday Cathryn had work so I spent the entire time she was gone playing Dying Light and preparing dinner which was Angus burgers with homemade chilli onion jam. We ended up watching the Season Finale of The Walking Dead which Cathryn half slept through, we then watched Eat and Little Nicky before going to bed.


    Sunday We woke up to Cathryn’s dad being here to fix a few things around the house, Cathryn was suprised because I had gotten up early and wrote “happy easter” in eggs on the table. We had left over burgers so we had those for lunch, and for dinner we had butter chicken. I also got 2 hours of dying light playtime in and we binge watched about 10 eps of Pretty Little Liars.

    A Monday question after playing Dying Light and getting good at its freerunning what other game or series do you think would improve if it added freerunning, I’m thinking if Drake hit the pavement more he could be great!

    • Every game. All games. All the time. I remember after sliding into cover and free-running around Brink, going back to any other shooter made the movement feel shitty.

      It’s a terrible thing to have such range of movement that becomes just… the default, and to have it taken away from you by moving to less-awesome games.

  • I’m just blasting through my second playthrough of Bloodborne. I’ve already reached the red moon, I’ve even taken out the Darkbeast Paarl at a lower lever and approached Djura without him attacking me.

    But I do have to say that the PvP is weak for this game. There’s really no benefit to invading really (aside from using it to learn the layout if you’re desperate) and everybody just runs back to the lantern and spams their blood vials.

  • Wife and I mainlined all of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix in 2 days.

    Whole family is crook so Netflix has been given a serious work out the last 4 days.

      • Will have to check it out… So much stuff I’ve never heard of on Netflix so recommendations are welcome while Netflix figures out what we like to watch

        • The Killing is a pretty excellent TV series. There’s four seasons, but Netflix has two. (Luckily these two represent a whole case!) Freaks and Geeks is one of the greatest shows ever made. It’s a who’s who of famous Hollywood actors now, too. Goes without saying that Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are pretty great. Pretty real great. Mad Men! First six seasons on Netflix! Complete series of Lost! *flails arms*

  • My pantry has not been emptied of sweets since last halloween. Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Easter- I always partake in the seasonal sales, before and afterward, to indulge my appetite. I mean, I’ve never thought that I’ve been *too* greedy with my purchases and such, but then..

    But then I found chocolate under my pillow this morning, guys. I’ve been sleeping with chocolate under my bed.

    I’m a monster. A horribly satisfied monster.

  • @powalen and I are G rank hunting later on! Anyone interested?

    @piat @gutsoup @beavwa

    If we can’t get a party of 4 I’m happy to just do normal hunting too. It’s fun murdering Low/High Rank stuff 😛 so anyone can play!

  • My birthday is coming up in a month (lucky 21), and family plans are already being made, but no plans to spend time with friends (that’s you guys). So, I might come down that weekend (May 8th through 10th) and we can do an Adelaide Meat or something, how’s that sound?

    @ash @banderdash @benny @jacksonwryan @jocon @redartifice @wilbur

  • Monday Night Q:

    What is for dinner?

    I’m cooking a very simple risotto with bacon and peas. At the same time, I have a pot of quinces simmering away and slowly turning pink. They smell so good.

    • Sounds awesome. Except for the part where you said the ‘P’ word. 😛

      I’m having leftover Chargha Chicken from last night. There’s just me and the little guy here tonight so it came in handy to have leftovers available. Plus it’s so damn tasty! We’ll definitely be ordering from that Pakistani BBQ place again soon.

    • You would be proud, CookingMama. Last night I had chips and lollies for dinner. I even opened the packets myself.

      …Okay fine, I’m just kidding.
      Someone else opened the packets for me.

    • Whatever Jetstar deign to feed us.
      Expecting the toilet waste thrown in a bucket before being thrown in our face.

    • Almost the same thing! But mushrooms instead of peas. We do have a risotto with peas, I think with ricotta too. And possibly mint. It’s great.

    • I just looked at my wife who is currently “DONT TOUCH ME I’VE NEARLY MASTERED COOKING IN FANTASY LIFE GO AWAY” so it’s probably pesto pasta with a touch of baby spinach leaves.

      Which I’m cooking. Obviously.

    • Marinaded Chicken (Lemon and… Oregano?) with a kale and chickpea (and onions, and some other stuff presumably) thingy.

    • Zinger Stacker combo from KFC. It was going to be leftover pizza but things moved up a notch when mum visited and asked where out of anywhere in Hobart I’d like to go for tea 😛

    • Homemade pizza…

      A sick household isn’t exactly ideal for trying out new wholesome food.

      We got a Bellini as a joint birthday gift so might give it a shot this week to make some risotto… Anyone have recipe ideas for a Bellini?

        • That’s the one!

          I was kinda on the fence about all-in-one prep and cooking machines but then got one as a gift so probably need to spend some time with it to see what it’s capabilities are.

          I’m still not 100% convinced it’ll be easier/faster/more convenient then normal cooking… but that’s probably because I haven’t used it yet.

          • I actually went to a thermomix demo and I wasn’t convinced – certainly not for the $2k price! But the bellini and the aldi “thermochef” are both a bit more affordable, so I’m interested to see how you go!

            I’m sure it came with a cookbook, so have a crack at the recipes in that first to get a feel for how it works, and then you can probably adapt most thermomix recipes to your machine (and the cult of thermomix has plenty of blogs dedicated to “thermie” recipes).

            But considering you’ve all been a bit sick, how about some vegie packed soup?

          • The thermomix is very, very good. But very, very expensive.
            Has been a wonder for us, just expanding the range of things we can make based on teh food intolerance we have. It would get used for dinner at least every 2nd night, even if it is just doing the rice in the steamer.

            Depending on what you need the thermochef might be ok. The main differences is the motor which has a couple of impacts. The thermomix has a reluctance motor which should last longer so be less prone to breakdown. The fact the Bellini only has a 12 month warranty would be a bit of a concern. The thermomix also can do things in reverse which is good if you are doing chunky things or risotto as otherwise the rice and stuff gets chopped up as it stirs.
            It also means that the thermomix is quieter, but still extremely loud at high speed.

            Those are the main differences, so depending on what you want it for and how important those things are, the cheaper one might suit you better.

      • I’ve been hankering for a good pizza recently. Had pizza at trivia but as @beavwa will be able to confirm, they are a long way from good pizza.

        • Make it yourself an option? Always tastes better and doesn’t have to cost heaps.

          I’ve used some dough recipes that don’t need any proving time – you do need to prep your toppings first and work quick once it’s rolled out. I was a bit lazy once and had a ‘pizza’ come out looking like a foccacia because the yeast had enough time on the bench to really get going.

          Also it’s fun for the kid to help do all the toppings… or just play with the spare dough to keep them busy while you get it ready… added bonus, doesn’t really matter if they eat a bit!

          • Just finding the time to do it. The little one is still to small to be able to have pizza properly and Mrs Tigs has trouble with lots of the stuff (gluten from the base, fat from the ham, fructose from the tomato paste) so makes it hard. Might organise it for the next time I’m cooking on my own

    • I’m nt sure what Mrs Tigs has organised. We have done lamb two nights in a row (roast on Sunday, grilled backstrap last night) so it won’t be red meat.
      So most likely a chicken stirfry of some descript

    • Are you secretly following me in Instagram? I literally just last week out a post up about a massive Quince I bought, not knowing they existed lol.

  • Hi everyone, how are you all doing?
    Had a good easter weekend, played a bit of Bloodborne, those snatchers are terrifying, I need to master bashing them so I can be less afraid when I find one, The gaol area is littered with them D:
    Also been playing more monster hunter, there’s always another carrot dangling just out of reach that I MUST HAVE!
    I was also rather surprised to receive my digital copy of Undad on Easter Sunday, it was a good read and very worthwhile supporting it, thanks @shane.
    Now to bash more monster face.

    • The grabby dudes with the sacks?
      I’ve found the R2 attack with the Threaded Cane’s whip mode to be a solid way of dealing with them. Retreat from attacks, then use the range on the whip to get in an attack or two before bailing again. Also helps that the whip can attack around certain scenery elements…

      • I’m using the cleaver, I try to dodge and get an R2 in from behind and a visceral, doesn’t always go the way I planned, they counter so fast. They just seem to deal insane amounts of damage, like more than any of the bosses I’ve fought so far.

      • Haha, one charged Kirk hammer to the face flattens them, then I jump around and do another to their back followed up with a visceral, down they go, works really well, just took out about 15 of them with 100% success.

    • Ludwig’s Sword in Big Dick Mode sorts them out no problem.

      I still haven’t figured out the timing for staggering them.

      • Kirkhammer absolutely destroys them, I figured them out and went on a massacre because they drop twin blood shard thingies 🙂

  • Just got back from a work colleague’s birthday dinner where the conversation inevitably turned to super hero movies. Was going to re-watch all the MCU films one after the other about 10 days (as there’s 10 films) before the Avengers 2 release, but all that talk got me so excited for it, so I’ma start now.

    First up, Iron Man.

      • I’m just stoked it’s gonna be R rated! Means it has potential to be as awesome as it should be! Would be so terrible if they had to dumb it down for kids!

          • Yeah, although some R-USA end up as M15+ here. That said, MA15+ seems appropriate for a Deadpool movie. 🙂

          • ahh i wasn’t sure if it was aus or not. I suspected as much, but still, them getting an R still means it has potential! More so than if it was just rated M or PG!

          • M is 15 isn’t it? Not much better than PG, but thankfully that’s not the starting point, so fingers crossed it’ll be as awesome as it SHOULD be! 😉

          • Yeah, sorry what I was meaning is that our M15+ is roughly equivalent to the USA PG13. If Deadpool was being made to fit a PG13 audience (e.g. Die Hard 4, which doesn’t exist) we’d end up with crap. Much better to shoot for a USA-R which could either become AU-M15 or (more likely) AU-MA15.

  • I have my job trial today

    I regret eating Chilli Con Carne for dinner last night my stomachs already on edge

  • Hi all!

    Bloodborne adventures. Am finding it easier to progress through the game (so far) than any early-stage Souls game. I don’t know whether that’s because there’s a friendlier difficulty curve, or because I’ve finally gotten the hang of one of these games.

    I’ve taken out four bosses now: Cleric Beast, Father Gascoigne, Vicar Amelia, and Blood Thirsty Beast. The boss battles are excellent fun, though three of them (all bar the good Fr.) have been rather similar to each other.

    I’ve also stumbled into a few events completely by accident. I died against Vicar Amelia, and respawned in the graveyard where I fought Father Gascoigne. Believing the area to be empty, I took the chance to start going through my inventory. Then: GUNSHOT. I exited out of the menu just in time to take a slash-slash-slash from a hostile hunter, who was engaged in pitched battle with Eileen The Crow. I was instantly collateral damage. Respawned in the same place and dodged immediately out of the way. They both died this time around: Eileen first, and then I avenged her.

    Taking some decent steps towards the all-weapons achievement. I just took down the gatling gun sniper in Old Yarnham last night (He killed me effortlessly the first time, so I resorted to a cheesy tactic: I climbed up the ladder, and this time, he hadn’t noticed me. Gunshot, gunshot, gunshot, and he fell off the roof.)

    Am finding that the most interesting fights take place against other hunters. Have accidentally stumbled across a few of them so far, and they are much tougher fights than most boss battles.

    Have also unlocked my first Chalice Dungeon and have beaten the first floor of it. Onward and downward.

    Great game. Will continue playing.

    • I’m a little behind you.

      I was complaining about Father Gatorade over the weekend, having spent a few days on him with the kirkhammer. @alexpants was over on Sunday and gave it a whirl. He immediately switched back to the hunter axe and proceeded to defeat Father Gaston on his second attempt (the first I’m pretty sure was just him getting used to my character build). Kirkhammer is now in storage and hunter axe has been levelled up.

      I accidentally sped run through Old Yharnam to the Blood-Thirsty Beast and died. I then spent a good chunk of yesterday trying to repeat the speed run route (and failing) before trying to go the normal way (and also failing). Good little area to farm though.

      • Shortcut info.
        Down in the streets of Old Yarnham, there’s a werewolf who bursts through a door and attacks you. If you head up into that building, there’s a staircase that takes you right back to an unlockable shortcut at the start of Old Yarnham… meaning that if/when you die, there’s only three or four enemies between you and the boss.

    • I think the hunters are this game’s version of the Black Knights. Some I’ve struggled with, others I’ve dispatched fairly easily.
      I also lost Eileen when I went back there to see why the lantern didn’t work. I assume that means there’s story stuff I won’t see in this playthrough now for that NPC. Gear isn’t half bad though.

      • I’m playing through with minimal input from internet help. It’s the first Souls-type game I’ll have explored on my own without seeking assistance from guides. I looked up Eileen after she died, though, and there are apparently [cntd on next spoiler tag just in case you don’t want to know]

        a bunch of events featuring her. Each successful one nets you a bunch of fresh gear, and at the end of her storyline you get her badge, which gets you access to her equipment. If you kill her or if she dies early, you get the badge early.

        I’m okay with how that happened in my playthrough.

        • Yeah, I think the subsequent playthroughs will be when I do storylines ‘properly’ – just going through my first one blind and whatever happens, happens.

      • Yeah, I’ve been missing a few of the side storylines. Might have to do another playthrough when I’ve finished this one.

    • I’m gonna try save the crow woman, not sure if there are any benefits (I found her somewhere and she warned me of the impending battle in Gascone’s area and to saty away). I’m now attempting to make friends with Djura (gattling gun sniper). I know it only gets me a gesture but in such a hostile land I’ll take all the friends I can get, gotta take down Paarl to do it though

  • OK, think I got this shiny hunting thing sorted.

    Lead: Golduck:
    Yawn, Soak, Simple Beam, Confide – Removes ability, changes type to water, debuff s.attack

    Second: Absol:
    False Swipe, Knock Off, Thunder Wave, Snarl – Removes item and HP, applies paralysis, debuff attack

    Long runners: (2x) Linoone (Pickup ability, holding Leppa berry):
    Sand Attack, Bestow, Trick, Switcheroo – debuff accuracy, gives leppa berry, gets one back each time it’s used, give another one.
    Spam Premier balls once Linoone is in place.

    So my previous strat gave me about 30 attempts at a sleeping target, which at around 7% per attempt worked out to just under 90% chance of capture. It failed.
    This approach – should give about 500 attempts at a paralysed target without any PP restore, can be stretched to 999 if I restore more PP on the linoone moves as the battle wears on. This is a 4.992% chance per attempt.
    500 attempts is about a 99.999999999992% chance of capture. Should work out better this time.

    This approach should work for every legendary as well once I’m set up for it.

    • The cool thing about that Linoone is that it’ll heal it’s own PP if the battle drags on as well. Not that you really need it with three item-switch moves 😛

      For just general catching I usually use a high-level Damp Parasect with Spore/False Swipe/Thief/Sweet Scent. Works pretty well!

      • Oooh, no, don’t want it to heal its own PP since that’d use up the berry, then it can no longer use those 3 moves to put the berry back on the target (pickup doesn’t restore a berry you use on yourself). I’d be using items in my inventory to restore PP before any move gets to 0.

        Everything up until now I’ve been using my L100 Aegislash to do the false swiping duties, and then bringing in a single tank that can put the target to sleep for the main capture approach. Worked fine with a spiritomb against all the psychic types before this.

  • The first time I played Telltale’s The Walking Dead I said to myself “oh my god, a Game of Thrones game in this format would be so amazing”. I later played Cyanide Studio’s 2012 RPG and while I had some initial difficulties, I really enjoyed the game and how it tied in with the universe. I still longed for a Telltale Game of Thrones however, and was elated when it was announced that yes, a Telltale Game of Thrones was indeed coming.

    So, this weekend after picking up Telltale’s Game of Thrones at a modest discount on Steam, I sat down and played the three currently available episodes over two days.

    It is everything I hoped for. It is so wonderfully and faithfully everything a fan of the show would expect. There are a few flaws but none that are important enough to gripe about. I am very much looking forward to the second half.

    Now to check out this Borderlands game everyone seems to think is Telltale’s best to date.

  • Checking in after a long Easter break, how is everyone? My Easter was mostly comprised of food, food, and more food. Also some Cards Against Humanity which was good and some 40K which, despite getting my arse handed to me, was also good.

    While the Easter Bunny didn’t bring me any chocolate, it did bring me a gift in the form of @shane’s Undad. It was really good and I loved the different art styles for each chapter. Shane you picked some really good artists to share the story with. Also loved the fact that I recognised the few people that got their likeness in the book. I won’t spoil it for anyone but they’re pretty great. 😀

    • Thanks, man! I’m really happy that you guys seem to be enjoying Undad! Thanks for the comments about the art, too – I wasn’t sure that a new style in each issue would be a good choice. Most series steadfastly resist that approach. But I’m really pleased to have done it this way, and the artists I worked with were very talented.

      Just wait, though. The artwork for the second miniseries is off the charts amazing. I haven’t finalised the team yet, but I’ve got at least five artists that I really want to work with (I have to whittle that down to three, though)

    • BTW I think the likenesses almost all worked well. @freezespreston is the only one I think got shortchanged by the whole thing (happy birthday, Freeze /o\)… but I’ll be making it up to him by making him a major character in Issue 5.

  • How was everyones weekends?
    I went to see my parents, grandparents and brothers.
    I also bought $600 of wine.
    time to start drinking while I play games.

    • I think I mostly slept on Friday. Saturday I played Game of Thrones and GTAV. I keep trying to jump into GTA Online but while I hate playing with other people (because of griefers), playing without them feels pretty sterile and pointless. Sunday I went to my wife’s aunt’s place for “lunch” and we wound up staying til about 10:30pm, meaning we sat in one room talking and picking at antipasto for 11 hours. I was designated driver (again), and there is nothing more boring than sitting around while other people get drunk. My wife also decided to marathon the Saw movies (across Stan and Netflix since Stan is missing VI and Netflix is missing the first one) since she thought she’d only seen up to IV, but it turns out we’d already seen all six. I guess they’re fun to watch but none of them really stand up to the brilliance of the original.
      Yesterday I finished Game of Thrones and jumped back into Destiny for the first time in two weeks. Whether I play this week will heavily depend on what the Nightfall is when the weekly reset happens tonight.

      • I completely understand the Designated driver thing, I did that on saturday while my Boyfriend and my Brother both Tasted. But I still bought some wine so I cant complain

  • Hola Tayberinos

    Long weekend!

    Friday I played Betrayal at House on the Hill with some of you lot. Worth it just to hear @rize spit the dummy at the end over the Haunt. Betrayal is a weird game.

    Saturday hosted board games at mine, played a couple new ones including christening my copy of Dead of Winter. It’s really fucking good. Played one of the basic scenarios (survive 5 rounds) and played with the betrayer variant where you deal in less cards, so there’s much more chance of there being a betrayer working against the group. Someone did rumble who our traitor was and attempted to exile and expose them, but he failed to convince the rest of us. Didn’t matter, we won anyway, and all without any survivors dying!

    Sunday I went to the rentals with my grandfather, played with the puppy, have large egg on my forehead from being headbutted by said puppy. She’s really intelligent, which is a two edged sword. Apparently she’s discovered that she can escape to the golf course, so mum and dad are confining her until dad can work out a gate solution for the property so she can roam free again. I did teach her to catch golf balls while I was there.

    Also introduced dad to Netflix. He’s sponging off my account atm, but I think he’ll be hooked soon enough.

    Monday drove back home, netflixed myself and played some Pillars. It’s really great guys, really great.

    A Tuesday Morning Question: Tay has been isolated in a winter town following the Zombie Apocalypse. Who do we keep in the colony, who do we send scavenging for supplies, and who do we vote to exile?

    • Exiling people is stupid, you keep the undesirables penned up and feed them slop made from the expired vegetables so we have a reasonably steady supply of meat.

    • @transientmind stays behind in the town to begin work on repopulating the human race. #MostInterestingManInTheApocalypse

    • I really need to play with you guys online some time.
      There look to be some awesome games on there,

      I vote myself for exile, because of the whole ginger thing

    • I think we’d break off into two tribes almost immediately after the first argument.

      Those who like Pineapple on their pizza and those who are wrong.

          • The one where I repopulate society, yes, to ensure the spread of my – *cough-hack-sneeze* ahem – superior genetics.

            But ALSO the pineapple-on-pizza haters.
            (Edit: Come to think of it, the pineapple-on-pizza-hating and superior genetics may be related. Better study this in more depth.)

    • I would most likely be exiled for being too cruel on the remaining humans in the colony, then I would be some emotionally cold solo bandit in armour hunting down other bandits that prey on the weak.

    • Why do we have to exile people?
      If we had to exile people, I’d probably volunteer.
      I think I could cope on my own fairly well.

    • Don’t exile me! I can stay in the colony and be useful! I’ll be… uh… the teacher of the next generation of children. I can just sit around in the teacher’s lounge until then.

    • I wish Dead of Winter didn’t have a zombie theme. It feels so unnecessary. Replace them with wolves or something and it’d still work mechanically but feel thematic as well.

      • You could tweak it a bit to fit, absolutely

        I’m not big into zombies, but I figured if I am gonna buy one Zombie themed game this is the one. Pretty happy with the purchase

  • Hey-o!

    Been playing Freedom Wars, pretty fun.

    Stopped playing Cyanide’s Game of Thrones last night because I died twice & it isn’t good enormous to try harder. I’ll get back to it…

    Threw Resident Evil 6 back in, had lots of fun doing flying kicks. Fought a sexy tyrant, it was ew.
    The zombies are so easy to dodge, I just wander right past them.

    • Where are you up to in Game of Thrones? There’s only one part I found particularly challenging (while playing as Mors) and I was able to get around it by going back to Castle Black and buying a ton of potions and wildfyre to put on my sword for extra damage.

      One thing I really found annoying about the game is there’s tons of good weapons and armour available to buy that costs hundreds of dragons, whereas even if you loot like a pro and sell everything you pick up, you might get half of what you need to buy one decent set of armor. There is a part where you can gamble and work up your money (while playing as Aleister) but it seemed like more bother than it was worth.

      • Yeah, I left the castle as Mors with the woman & a guy with a cudgel. This one random dude just nailed us. I wasn’t expecting to die on one guy after taking on groups of 4 or more.

        I’m not sure I understand the combat.

        • Ah, doesn’t ring a bell. I had trouble in a fight with two archers and two swordsman, I think after a stealth section after escaping Mole Town. But yeah, put wildfire on your swords whenever you have a tough fight, try and abuse stunning attacks wherever you can.

          • Yea, I tinkering I ie in the same fight. Reloaded & won for no God reason.

            I’ll go shopping before I head out by time, thanks.

          • Gonna just leave that autocorrect magic there for posterity & hope yous an get the gist of it.

  • I finished Foundation’s Edge, @Shane

    Pretty fun book, again, I don’t agree much with his idea of our evolution but it’s a Damn interesting read regardless.

    • I wasn’t crazy about those books, to be honest. I thought they were okay, and had some interesting ideas in them, but they seem to exist primarily to retrofit all his different books together into one universe.

      • I get the impression that the retrofit was there to keep him interested in a story he wanted to be done with.

        I dig the stuff like the explanation of how the pilots awareness works while jacked into the ship’s computer.

        I get a lot out of concept apparently.

  • With the help of multiplayer, I’ve finally finished Borderlands 2 \o/… and there’s now a Vault Hunter mode which makes enemies harder /o\. I’ve been playing Commando, and bloody hell my turret cleans up with the mini rocket launcher, absolutely love using it. Large fight about to come up? Okay *throws turret* get ’em!

  • Looks like the Unrest in Idrinor rules are getting sent out soon. The facebook post confused me, wasn’t sure if they were posting everything or emailing or what. Turns out that they’re going to post everything to people and I’ve asked for a copy to be emailed just in case. Looks like there are 30 pages of rules for the game and then another six pages of personal briefing (at least in my case). I guess some light reading is necessary.

  • Hi everyone! Had a pretty relaxed long weekend – flew back home to spend it with the folks. Helped them move in their new dining suite, and cart off their old one. Sorted through a bunch of books I’d taken back there over the past few years and decided which were worth keeping. Mostly just relaxed and caught up on reading, something I’d not had the time to do in months.

    I also introduced them to Netflix… still debating whether it was a good idea or not. I can see not a lot getting done in that household for the next few weeks. 😛 That said, I’m amazed how stable it is on their crappy connection. It may take an age to load anything, but once it starts it’s pretty stable. And this is on a connection that failed to load the online checkin page for my flight home.

  • Woo scored high in the game (test) on beyondblue.com
    That’s good right? New high score and stuff \o/
    *books doctors appointment*

    • I think last time I tried a test like that I got “Severe”, that was years ago I think if I tried that again now I’d get “Extreme” or something

    • I battled depression for approx half my life and had no idea what life could be without it. Now that I’m out of that, even the simplest things give me pleasure, like just a simple walk, enjoying the beach and the wind on my face. Life is too short to be feeling like crap all the time. I’m so glad I dealt with it and mate, if you have even the slightest feeling you might be feeling depressed or battling anything mentally like constant negative thoughts and doubts, you should see someone. I did and life is now awesome!

      • Of course, i’m still battling with real life issues which is taking me in the direction of court to fight for access to my son but without recovering from depression, I would most likely be curled up in a ball somewhere and have given up by now.

      • Thanks man, this definitely gives me hope! Yeah I got a bad feeling something is not right… Felt very angry and frustrated lately for no reason I can think of… Everything seems like an effort and I feel very flat… Not fair for the people around me because I’ve been very secluded and snappy… Anyway, yeah I’m going to talk to a professional about my options… Thanks again

  • Lovely long weekend. Blues lost, Rebels won, Victory won. Didn’t go riding. Felt guilty. Got over it by eating a custard tart. Missus was mainlining A Place To Call Home on DVD.

    So… I played this Elite: Dangerous game… I didn’t make it to Mu Cephei in the end as the last few jumps were too big even for my very long range Asp but I did get 8000ly from Sol. Came all the way home, and cashed in 10 meeeeelion credits of exploration data. And now I’m Novice, Merchant, Ranger. 🙂

    • 2.4k of from Sol at the moment, taking my time… How do you settle on a star to aim for? Just use the galaxy map or real charts from NASA? Made it past the Cassiopeia system (forgot the number… V11 something something) very spectacular

      • VY 1-1 Cassiopeia? Planetary nebula? I saw you there. 🙂 I’ll probably wander through there too.

        I scroll a few hundred LY in the general direction I’m going, and then look around for any obvious “different” systems – a small nebula, systems named HIP-something or HR-something or just named. That’s usually a lot easier to remember and type than most of the system names! Write it on my pad so I can type it in if I log out. I did have a list of landmarks of interest, which I then searched and crossed out things that weren’t yet in the ingame universe. Stuff like the 20 largest known stars. Then I have a list of waypoints and away I go…

        One thing that would help greatly is to have maybe 20 “favourite” systems and a go-back for the last 5 routes created. It’s a bit annoying when I have a route, detour off it to refuel because I’ve had 6 T Tauris in a row and then have to recreate the route…

        • Yeah that’s the one! Very pretty system… Thanks for the pointers, makes a lot of sense… Do you also scan every system you get to that appears to have any planets that are metal rich or better? I’m currently doing that but that makes progress veeeeeeery slow 😛

          • I’ll always scan stars within 20,000ls, and usually scan gas giants within 2000ls. I don’t tend to bother with rocks, gas giant moons or ice planets unless they’re within scanning range while I’m refueling, but I’ll almost always go look at worlds – the terraforming bonus is 30,000cr so a system with 4 or 5 worlds, a water world and a terraformable can easily net 100,000cr. But yes, it slows you down a lot.

            Then again, it’s probably only 1:8 or 1:10 of systems that are worth looking at, so scan the star and move on. 🙂

            Also, my trip to Nearly Mu Cephei netted 10 MILLION credits. That’s not hyperbole, it was 10.3 million. A trip to the core scanning a reasonable number of worlds should easily get you 30-40. One of the grand tours I saw posted, out down Sagittarius Arm, in to the Core and Great Annihilator and then back to human space the guy netted 137 million and went from Pathfinder straight to Elite. 🙂

  • I watched some Netflix over the weekend on top of some time playing games and found myself face to face with Zoolander, a movie I missed in high school when it was popular and people quoted it incessantly. Those same people now seem to make up most of the population of reddit since I’d say roughly a quarter of the memes seem to originate there such as “_____ is so hot right now” and “what is this, a _____ for ANTS?”.

    In the 90s I developed an dislike of Ben Stiller after one too many cringeworthy performances as an awkward male lead in a romcom. There’s Something About Mary was decent for the time, but Meet the Parents was painful to watch and the fact it spawned multiple sequels killed any interest I had in seeing Stiller perform. I think I began to tolerate him after his performance as the villain in Dodgeball, possibly because I found our hero (Vince Vaughan) slightly more repulsive.

    On top of that, I really dislike Will Ferrel. I never appreciated his performances or found him amusing. He was a big, stupid-faced lunk that interloped into otherwise enjoyable movies and TV shows and ruined them (my wife has a similar problem with Burt Reynolds, which really upset her in saint’s Row III).

    On top of me disliking both of the leads in the movie, Zoolander is approximately 45 years old at this point and unlikely to be culturally relevant. I tried to watch it once before, about 5 years ago, and gave up during the gasoline fight. I assumed it would never surface again… until yesterday.

    Anyway, I kind of thought it was pretty ok.

    Maybe for my next trick I might enjoy The Big Lebowski.

    • Shit movie, at least I can’t stand it. One of the very few movies that I turned off without finishing.
      The disc was having skipping issues but there was nothing in the film that made it worth putting up with.

      • I’d definitely had my fill by the fifteen minute mark, I don’t know if it got better or I just became numbed to it. Either way the over the top stupidity became kind of charming.

        • Unlikely but I might be willing to try
          Stupidity for the sake of stupidity, or laughing because somebody is stupid is a style of humour that annoys me greatly. If you want to get into true absurdity then that’s fine. But just look at this person being stupid, can’t stand it

      • Zoolander… more like Poolander! It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but having Will Ferrel automatically dumps it in the “shit I’ll likely never watch again” pile.

    • I enjoyed Zoolander as dumb fun.
      I didn’t finish watching Big Lebowski. Can’t understand why so many people rave about it – it’s boring and unfunny.

    • How relevant, I rewatched Zoolander on the weekend after I found out the ‘but why male models?’ line was unscripted and Stiller simply forgot his lines. It wasn’t quite as good as I remembered it, but I still thought it was fairly good. I felt Stiller portrayed his role quite well. I appreciated the ridiculousness of the concept. It’s a pretty short movie, (only 80 minutes) so it felt a bit rushed at times.

      • the ‘but why male models?’ line was unscripted and Stiller simply forgot his lines
        Oh my god, that’s amazing.

        I think what made it work for me was some of the cameos I didn’t get up to before, like David Bowie and David Duchovny. I love how Duchovny was a “deep throat” kind of character, which is a tongue-in-cheek joke people might miss today. Bowie on the other hand appeared out of nowhere, taking the most ridiculous scene in the movie completely around the bend to the point it made sense again.

  • Monster Huntererers
    I just made a new set of armor EX Auroros, comes with Destroyer, Edge Lore & protection (I love divine blessing so much, saved me an uncountable number of times). I’m still using a glaive so edge lore is super helpful, I’m wondering what else to put on it, I’ve got 14 to 15 slots (depending on a talisman swap). Probably going with Blight Proof, fire res & dragon res, that way I’ll keep all my resistances positive with no standout weakness to any elements. I’m wondering what skills you guys find useful or might recommend for a Blademaster, I can drop the elemental boosts and free up about 10 slots (again dependent on which talisman I go for). @greenius @beavwa @piat @powalen any thoughts? My last set the Grand Yaksha one had Guts and Divine Blessing, I’m gonna miss guts.

    • Handicraft if you need it, I wouldn’t gem for resistance, just eat for it as you need it, maybe go attack up or crit up or a defensive

      • hmm, not sure, I think with Edge Lore I shouldn’t need handicraft, it would be nice to have purple sharpness again though. Not sure if I should go defensive or offensive with my gems, leaning towards defense because some of these Apex dudes are crazy.

    • It’s hard to say because it depends on what you like and your play style. I’m also not too sure on how IG works.

      Based on my play style, Sharpness + 1 (which is a MUST HAVE for all Blademasters), HG Earplugs (which is kind of useless for IG since you get Earplugs for free), Critical Eye, Attack Up, Evade and Evade Distance are all good for me.

      Edge Lore doesn’t give you Sharpness +1, it just “Prevents your attacks from being deflected and halves the rate at which Sharpness decreases” so you’re probably thinking of Edgemaster (“Greatly increases Attack, and raises your weapon’s Sharpness.”)

      At the moment I’m using the Seregios set which gives Edge Lore, Bleed Immunity and Constitution + 2 which works wonders for me with the Seregios Axe. The SA play style involves lots of evades and there’s a stamina based infinite combo, so it all works in my favour. I’ve got enough slots to gem in either Critical Eye + 3, Attack Up XL, Evade + 3 or HG Earplugs but I mostly find myself using Evade + 3 or Attack Up XL.

      • Nah I just meant with Edge Lore my blade stays sharp for ages so going from white to purple with sharpness +1 might not be that advantageous. Wondering if I should get a few different abilities or just put loads of gems into one to get Attack up L or something. I’m very indecisive :).

          • hmm, good to know, maybe I’ll go with Blight Proof, and sharpness and probably have enough slots left to improve my terrible dragon resistance. The glaives seem really different, some lose sharpness really fast and have small sections for each color while others will have one really big color and the rest are small, I think blunt glaives like the slime ones have larger sections of lower sharpness (like green) where sharp ones seem to have smaller but more sections.

    • I am now a Monster Hunterer too! I’ve completed three quests and have only eaten one meal so far #shreddingseason

  • Read that article on the Youtube guy discontinuing Nintendo coverage- Am I the only one who thinks that the “nintendo partners” program is kinda bullshit? Nintendo shouldn’t own IP on lets plays etc

    • From what little I understand, Let’s Plays toe the line of fair use by claiming them to be ‘criticism’ – is that right?

      I’ve never really understood how putting the entirety of a game on youtube could be okay. I’m actually surprised that developers/publishers don’t own the IP on them…

      • If it was a static medium I’d agree with you, but for a medium that prides itself on interactivity I think assuming that your game is “spoiled” because people can watch it is a bit rubbish.

        • There’s more than interactivity at stake. Puzzle games can certainly be spoiled, or even puzzles in games from other genres. Stories can be spoiled, which could be serious for games for which the story is the main drawcard (thinking here about Quantic Dream titles, Telltale Games, probably some RPGs too).

          But what I think is going on with Nintendo is that they want a totally family-friendly image for all their kid-centred games (like Mario Party), and want to be able to control the Youtube sector to prevent older people from swearing and getting otherwise too competitive ‘on air’

          That said, it doesn’t really matter what the argument is (although I think all of the above would be sufficient). Legal rights are legal rights.

          • The thing is, from my layman’s reading of copyright law (without actually BEING a lawyer), I don’t think they’re actually exercising their legal rights. I think they’re overstepping what their rights are.

            ‘Fair use’ and the legal discussion around it on university sites can actually be a fascinating read. It doesn’t end at just parody or education, but allows for transformative works. And it’s very, very easy to see that an interactive game used as the basis for static viewing of a personality’s commentary could be ruled entirely transformative. The rights-holders would argue that their product is the part that’s central to the work, but that is disproved by the difference in youtube personalities and their popularity being relatively consistent and distinguishable from one another, regardless of content used. If people were only watching ‘Let’s Plays’ for the content being shown and not the personality of the youtuber, then there wouldn’t be such obvious and measurable differences between the personalities like PewDiePie and AngryJoe. People who watch an AngryJoe video aren’t watching it for the game, they’re watching it for him reacting to the game, in much the same way as people listen to radio personalities chopping it up over the morning news, or creating a gameshow around it, like Good News Week.

            It’s also even more clear-cut than traditional sampling and covers, in that it’s not just a painting incorporating work of another painting, or a song sampling or covering another song, it’s an entirely different medium. Games and videos are entirely different, played/viewed for different purposes with different effects.

            And the shitty thing about this program Ninty and YouTube have set up is that rather than test the limits of what rights Nintendo actually has over let’s plays (and by extension, what ANY rights-holder has over them), YouTube is simply saying that it’s their house, their rules, and siding with the rights-holders in setting up a program that prevents the laws from ever actually being tested in court, so that we can KNOW what the rights are and how far they extend.
            Possibly because that’s something that could potentially backfire hugely for rights-holders or YouTube – everyone’s scared of how much work could be involved either way.

    • I suppose the issue that arises is the same one where people were getting into trouble on Twitch because they were listening to music that the copyright bots detected and shut down. Copyright law is entirely nebulous and it seems to be massively in support of the original owners, regardless of whether it is a reproduction, reimagining, or used as a very, very minor component as part of a different product.

      Further to what Shane said, there’s a reason why you can’t post up an entire movie on YouTube and monetise it. Let’s Plays, in my mind, are in a similar shade because the commentary from the player doesn’t even have to be related to the game itself. The game is merely a vehicle through which viewers engage with the YouTuber, however that is a case where I believe copyright law rules in favour of the original owner. As none of these DMCAs have gone to court, no one is entirely sure of the legality of what YouTubers do.

    • It’s extremely bullshit, and potentially dangerous. Nintendo shouldn’t be able to control the message and the flow of information so tightly.

  • Monitor at work has gone caput… Bunch of lovely coloured vertical stripes across the entire screen even with display cable unplugged.

    Attempting to describe it to the service desk: it looks like a 5 year old vomited up a rainbow paddle pop.

  • Long weekend felt exceedingly long.

    Got to add another note to the “going through life completely out of order” list, having realised I’d finally got around to hitting the point of “angsty teen”. That was fun.

    For some reason I decided to finally start listening to Zeitgeist. Things on the soundcloud didn’t seem to entirely be in order, so I worked my way through season 1 then all the specials then almost all of season 4 (got two eps left now). Listening to the start of ep 5 and thinking “wait, that sounds like he’s talking about me…”, then “I vaguely feel like I remember this”, to “WOO I MADE IT ONTO ZEITGEIST” 😛 It’s pretty great though, wish I got onto it sooner.

    Also it’s been great having it there to listen to while playing games. Went through a whole load of Monster Hunter, I managed to break through to 9-star missions so I could take on the Brute Tigrex and get my Arachnoscale upgraded, so now have a kickarse charge blade that spends most of its time on white sharpness. Discovered that there was an even easier way to charge up the phials (holding A seems to kind of charge up static), so that’s changed my fighting pattern a bit.

    Elite, I finally hit Allied with the Empire. So I parked my Sidewinder and built up a new one for exploration, and headed out into the deep dark yonder. It’s… alright I guess. The main goal was to just get my name on a few systems before the flood of Steam users lay claim to even more stuff, I was lucky enough to find a few unclaimed systems not too far from home. I think I only made it a thousand lightyears or so away, but I think that’s enough for me. I’ve turned around and started to head back (though not directly, gonna detour my way home) so hopefully I can deliver the data back to the Alliance before the community goal finishes this week. Get a nice kickstart to my rep with them, so I can get closer to triple-Allied.

    Got interrupted late on Saturday night by a phonecall from Pillowmaker. Well, not from her but a friend of hers who had taken her phone. That was a nice, lengthy, awkward phonecall. Mainly because they had all been drinking on that end and I could barely tell which voices were background and which ones wre actually talking to me. I’m racist like that. “They all sound the same to me”.

    The woodfire oven got a workout again on Sunday, the cousins came over for Easter dinner since their parents have gone off somewhere. That was nice. We did a dessert pizza with nutella, strawberries, blueberries, almonds and marshmallows. Using these gigantic marshmallows that I think came from Costco or something, they’re almost the size of my fist. Totally unwieldy to be roasted in a fire, unless you have like a triple-pronged skewer or something to do it with.

  • I seem to be on a romance kick at the moment. Mr. Strange is away which means I have trouble sleeping so I stay up forever watching stuff. Watched Crazy Stupid Love and No Strings Attached on Netflix last night which were surprisingly okay in my sleep-deprived state, and finished off Dragon Age:Inquisition again, with the Cullen romance which was immensely satisfying and almost perfect. So much romance! What is wrong with me?!

  • Hey everyone.
    Every karaoke place in Melbourne doesn’t accommodate over 30 people. I have tried. As we have been getting a bit bigger, I will be looking into function spaces rather than karaoke places.
    I found this one:
    http://www.thebacklotstudios.com/melbourne/#home
    But at this point in time, it’s just on the list of possibilities.
    Are people happy with this? just upvote if you are

  • Whoop, fourth boss down in Bloodborne, it was the Dark Beast Paarl, I know I should have taken him on at a higher level but I really wanted Djura’s weapons and didn’t want to kill him. One of my mates gave me little tip that made the fight a cakewalk (he’d killed me 4 times with little effort prior to that)
    Question, Does anyone use the Stake Driver, Rifle Spear or Tonitrus? I just got them all in quick succession and am wondering if any stand out over the others.
    Tip in spoiler in case you don’t wanna know.
    he told me to keep going with Eileen the Crow’s quest and get Henryk’s armor, it has great bolt resistance. Paarl’s damage was halved wearing it so it was much easier

      • just edited, he was the fourth sorry. I know I jumped ahead as soon as I could cause I wanted to make friends with Djura. Will be heading over to give the Vicar a crack soon.

    • I hit him at higher level, but I use the Axe, and the latter half of the fight was a cakewalk. He’d try to charge up, and I’d whack him until he fell over, losing his charge. He’d hop up, swing a coupla times, then hop away and try to charge up, where I’d run up to him, and hit him until he fell over, losing his charge. It was slightly disappointing.

      • I had a really hard time knocking him down, I think my weapons weren’t strong enough yet, I just hung out under him, didn’t really need to dodge the electric attacks cause my resistance nerfed his damage so much. I was satisfied anyway because he’d beaten me a couple of times already

    • I use Tonitrus, Ludwig’s Sword and Rifle.

      Tonitrus at +6 takes most things down with one or two hits but it’s trick form depletes it’s condition pretty quickly. I’ve had to repair it more than any other weapon in the game so far.

      I’m up to ol’ Wet Spider, she’s giving me all kinds of grief…

      • aaah, I was wondering if there was a drawback to trick mode, I checked it out in the hunter’s dream and thought why would you bother using it not in trick mode. Thanks for the tip :).

    • I’m still using my starting weapon: Hunter’s Axe. It’s +4 atm, and deals more damage than any other weapon I’ve picked up so far.

      • Yeah I mainly use my starter the saw cleaver, got it up to +6, I’ve been alternating between that and the Kirkhammer, the kirkhammer has great stopping power and makes a lot of things flinch but it’s pretty slow, it does a little more damage than my cleaver so I bring it out for tougher slower dudes like most of the cathedral enemies and snatchers..

    • I must have missed something… Haven’t heard of that boss but I’ve taken down … 12? bosses so far… I lost count a while ago.

      • Has a snatcher (the dudes with the sack) killed you? I intentionally went to a later area specifically for that boss.

        • Maybe only in dream / catacomb. Not sure if I’ve been killed by one in a normal level. I’m pretty cautious between bosses.

          • Yeah I got killed by one on purpose. trying to dodge around spoiling too much for you but they do something.

          • Cool, thanks for the tip. Find one, let it kill me. From memory, the earliest one to encounter is down to the right from the church?

            Interesting that I’ve missed content due to *not dying*

          • I heard that too, but it seems to be more random than that.

            I went down to the right from the church, and found no one there except ordinary enemies all the way to a locked door.

          • Also, I still remember the *first* one I encountered was actually in the woods, but you can’t go there until after the vicar. The comments above about skipping ahead made me think of this one as a possible pre-vicar encounter

          • @beawva, I’ve done both. I’ve combed that area pretty thoroughly.

            Re: 2nd comment

            Oh… well, if Vicar Amelia needs to still be alive, I won’t be seeing them. I killed her before the BSB.>

          • @gutsoup Ohhhh… Appearing after the BSB makes sense. My first encounter was just a new area so I didn’t make the connection.

          • Clarification.
            Once you kill the Blood starved beast they start showing up, I haven’t killed the vicar, so not sure if that changes anything. The area is accessible at a later point anyway you haven’t missed anything. The only difference (that I’m aware of) is that if you go to the new area and kill it’s boss (have also read just encountering him triggers the same thing) you can then talk to Djura, the guy on the tower with the gattling gun in old Yharnam and be friends instead of fighting him. The only benefit this gives you is a gesture and some dialogue with Djura, you get his weapons either way. I find a snatcher every time from the Cathedral ward lamp straight out the front door, kill old mate behind the wagon, turn right and he is where there used to be a couple of crows in the corner, I know they appear all over but that’s the only one I’ve seen. Sorry for any confusion 😛
            cc @shane

          • I’ll have a look there. Thanks, man.

            Edit: oh yep, there he is. I was looking in the wrong place.

        • That sucks dude. My area is not on the NBN map yet, doesn’t even say they’re planning to put it in either and all the surrounding areas are either done or planned so we are on slower speeds but not that bad. Is it an issue with where you live or can something be done?

          • I guess I must live far from the exchange or something. Don’t think anything can be done.

  • Yo @phlanispo,

    You gotta join Twitter or send me an email if there’s a prob with Zeitgeist downloads. I can’t reply to you otherwise!

    Love the ever present over sharing man child,

    Dan.

  • I like figures in a textbook… images, graphs, diagrams that are often helpful, informative and help supplement the text component assisting you to get a grasp on the content.

    Sometimes, it’s plain ridiculous… “… crowdsourcing, which refers to the wisdom of the crowd (see Figure 2.5).”

    Figure 2.5 is an image – of a collection of basic, miniature, mulitcoloured clay representations of people waving their arms.

    Yes, it looks like a crowd… of people… but I’m failing to see how it somehow helps me better understand the definition of crowdsourcing.

    In related study news, I’ve just figured out that the lecturer has essentially lifted the learning objectives for each week of the course straight out of the text book… often unedited and if not a direct quote barely paraphrased.

    • Did the lecturer also write the textbook? That was one of the things which always bugged me, studying business. Required course materials were usually the latest edition of whatever textbook the lecturer had published this year, with sections rearranged so that none of the page numbers would align to what was being discussed if you were a ‘cheap little bitch’ who had the nerve to buy a 2nd-hand previous-edition textbook instead of playing into the lecturer’s plan for supplementing their meager teaching income by buying the latest, cripplingly-expensive text. Sometimes it was so awful that the ‘textbook’ was just the fucking lecture slides.

      • Not this time around… But the lecture slides are full to the brim with verbatim quotes.

        Cause it’s all online I read text book sections first, take notes, then listen to lecture to embed learning and add annotations to my notes. Only now it feels like I’m having the text read back to me.

      • Yeah after my first year at uni I stopped buying textbooks (except for my law units) and just taught myself off the presentation slides and assignments. Believe it or not I did pass with a distinction average using that method =P Lecturers are over-rated!

  • Anyone playing Xenoblade 3DS?

    Anyone playing Xeno for the first time? 😀 @benny @evilmonkey? how you finding it?

  • Venue shortlist

    Backlot
    Price: $745 (venue hire only, I think, finding out more)
    Capacity: 78 (cinema only)
    Proximity to Pax: Several streets away.

    Belgian beer cafe
    Price: $2500 (including food and drink)
    Capacity: 70
    Proximity to Pax: Across the road and past crown.

    Golden Monkey
    Price: $2000 (including food and drink)
    Capacity: 65
    Proximity to pax: In hardware lane, close to Collins street.

    All serve food and drink and have seats.

    • I’m not a Melbournian, but I am hoping to come to PAX this year. All those places look really good, I’d probably lean towards the Belgian Beer Cafe, but that last place does have a pretty cool name if I do say so 😛

    • My vote would go to getting a space somewhere where we can all just get some food/drink, relax and yak it up.

      Bowling was fun last year but the main reason to go is to hang out with the TAYbies so I don’t think we really need to “do” something, you know? That’s just my thoughts though!

      I don’t mind having to walk a bit to get to the venue either.

      • A lot of people did that last year on Friday and Sunday. They just went to a pub. They told me that they enjoyed the difference of doing something with others.
        I’m doing my best to accommodate for everyone, but it’s very stressful and tiring.

    • Belgian Beer Cafe is pretty good but if it’s the bar itself that you’re renting out you’d want to get onto it pretty quick as it’s very popular. Also I’ve found that when there’s a fair number of people there it gets very echoey. However the function room they have might be different – when I’ve gone there it’s been with people from work (it’s a stone’s throw from my office) and we’re not big enough to book anything, we’ve just sat at tables in the main bar.

      They have very good food & drinks though.

    • Been a few years since I’ve been to Golden Monkey but from memory I liked that place. BBC is also pretty great.
      Good shortlist there, I’ll see if I can add something more constructive once I’ve been awake for a bit longer.

    • With the prices, were they giving you an amount per person and what’s included in food and drink or is it a minimum booking fee?

        • What does that mean? Like, is the $2500 a booking fee only or does it include food and drink?
          What kind of pricing is food and drink? Is the capacity an absolute number?

    • …wow, time to start planning…

      Although I’m getting married the weekend before. 🙂 We were planning honeymoon recently and fortunately I remembered PAX so we’re going to Vietnam 2 days after PAX. 😀

      Anyway, all those venues are cool. I’m a fan of the back room at the Mitre Tavern as there are big tables and it’s quiet, friendly and doesn’t need booking – can easily reserve a few tables.

    • All of those look good.
      Count me in for whatever the consensus is.
      Looking forward to it – didn’t have enough time to talk to all the TAYbies last year.

  • Trying to cut down on my junk food intake as of today and start losing some weight, but I really want a beer.

    • Are you on Insta? You should follow my gyms page for motivation and inspiration! 😛 @acuinstagym

      Agree with @cufcfan616, removing things from your diet like soft drinks is a great place to start because they really are empty calories and contribute more than what you consume. They are actually shown to reduce your satiety levels even after eating large meals, eating something with a glass of water is usually a sure fire way to make you feel full and reduce caloric intake (icy cold water has been shown to increase your metabolism, so freeze yo’ water!).

      If you want a beer though, have one. Unless it’s an enabler and you eat lots of junk food after a beer, then no beer!

  • Negativezero’sTransientmind’s new season anime reviews! I watch them so you Neg doesn’t have to! (Yeah, I know, unlikely.) Srsly though, I still want to see this, Neg.

    OK, so far!

    Arslan Senki (‘The Heroic Legend of Arslan’)
    Shaping up as your typical ‘young naive royal gets exiled and has to fight to reclaim their throne’ type thing. First ep doesn’t actually get that far, but you know that’s where it’s going. A plucky young prince protected by a company of loyal badasses after things go wrong for the kingdom. The animation’s very solid and the aesthetic is pretty neat… Medieval verging on Middle East. Not a hint of any moe or harems anywhere! Looks like it may flirt with being a bit dark, but not go too far the whole way. I’m pretty comfortable with picking this series up.

    DanMachi (‘Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?’)
    Video game dungeoneering is a way of life in this world, and the gods descended from the heavens to lend their blessings to adventurers, awarding them measurable stat-increases when they return home with all their freshly-acquired exp. This story seems to follow the rise of a young adventurer who is the sole follower of a reject goddess, and his hopeless quest to win the favour of the elite and aloof adventurer lady who rescued his hapless ass. To the point of ignoring all the fine-ass tail falling over themselves for his attention. Yeah, there’ll be harem tropes… but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get too samey cutesy as the other culprits in this genre. The animation is really exceptional, I’m very impressed. This one’s going to be one I’ll be following pretty keenly.

    Denpa Kyoushi (‘Ultimate Otaku Teacher’)
    Stylized cartoonish animation depicts a Gary Stu otaku who gets berated by his sister into accepting a teaching position instead of pursuing his dream job of updating his anime blog. While there, he uses his background as a nobel-prize-winning boy genius (and any other skill the plot demands) to solve the problem of the week as pertains to each new high school student harem cast member. Or so I’m guessing, if it continues as per the first episode. Goofy otaku-worshipping wish-fulfilment that looks like it could get pretty tacky with the deus ex machina problem solutions. Relatively harmless so far, though, so I’ll give it a shot.

    Gunslinger Stratos
    One that looks like taking itself seriously. Pretty good animation, sci-fi high school’ish violence. Curiously martially-capable main character high school student in a factionalized mega-corp future Japan that grades its citizens by genetics (ie: wealth), has visions relating to his traumatic past that accidentally draw him (and an unwitting classmate romantic interest) into what looks like an alternate-reality 2014-2015 Japan with a secret underworld of future-gun-battling superhumans, in direct conflict with his alternate-reality self. Looks like it might get grim and violent while trying to have its high school life cake and eat it too. Interesting. We’ll see how it goes. Technically, the animation’s pretty great, and I’m liking their worldbuilding.

    Plastic Memories
    Oh man, this looks fucking depressing. Follow the story of a young man who has family connections swing him a job in a company that makes personal androids which are virtually indistinguishable from humans, but who have a 9yr shelf-life before their memories and personalities dissolve. His new job is to recall these droids by getting owners to sign the retrieval paperwork before the droids implode. Sign the paperwork… and delete their memories and personalities on the spot. If that wasn’t bad enough, the teams that do this are pairs of human/android partners. The one he’s paired with seems to be the love interest who he met in passing and fell for at first sight, who is a ‘veteran’ in the profession, though experiencing some personal conflict. Who wants to bet that they discover love together right before she has to be ‘retired’? Ugggggghhh. This looks to be a pretty well done series of high quality, but I’m also guessing it’s going to join the list of Air, Angel Beats, Clannad, and others designed to make me feel things. So I probably won’t be following it.

    Seraph of the End
    Earth is invaded by Space Vampire Elves! They have the good sense to introduce a species-destroying virus that kills all humans over the age of 13, then round up the survivors into underground cities where they serve as blood donors/food supply. Or in the case of one ‘noble’, as personal playthings to enjoy the look of human suffering and despair. This one’s too hard to judge from the first episode, because it seems like it’s spent the entire episode actually showing the heroe’s tragic backstory. The actual show will likely be pretty different (like Muv Luv, which started out with Blue Gender levels of fucked-upedness then turned into a mecha harem anime), but from the few seconds post-episode preview, it looks like high-stakes high-school anime with sci-fi/supernatural battling. Going to give the next couple eps a go, but there’s something about the art style that bothers me. The aesthetic they were going for is obvious, but unfulfilled. They pay absolutely no attention whatsoever to the quality of any animation other than characters, and it’s jarring. Even if the so-far-interesting story turns out well-developed, it’ll be frustrating if the continue with the same slap-dash art.

    Shokugeki no Soma (‘Food Wars’)
    Watch this. No, fucking seriously, watch this. It’s a ludicrous, absolutely absurd anime about a high-school for cooking, following the exploits of a young cooking prodigy (‘Soma’) who refines his art under this certified badass chef dad in the family restaurant, until being forced to move on. We’re talking about some really top-notch (if over-the-top) animation with bombastic style and loving detail, slavishly applied to food-porn. And, uh… regular porn. As in, the dramatization of taster reactions involves their clothes being blown off (men AND women) and them having orgasms. But that aside, it’s so hyper-ridiculous in its over-dramatic cooking battles that it’s hilarious. I’m very impressed by the amount of care taken in every throw-away shot. This is a really good-looking anime, even if it is utterly absurd.

    Show By Rock!!
    Uhhh. Hm. Well, it starts out as an anime about a girl who wants nothing more than to join the high school rock band/club but is too shy to submit the application… Which is why I thought it was kind of strange that the art style bears a LOT of similarities to the art in Kill la Kill. But then the girl gets sucked into another world of animal-people and lightshows and the madness begins and the art style choice starts making sense. Apparently shygirl has ended up as a guitar hero in a world where music battles against dark forces occur – rhythm game style – in a battle-arena 3D animation world, where all the anthropomorphic characters look more animal and chibi to engage in music combat. But as a polite newbie, instead of shopping around for options, she gets signed to the first poverty-stricken talent agency to ask her to sign, where she will undoubtedly form strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie with fellow rag-tag musicians, who will band together in 3D animated forms to fight evil and serve as excellent models for real-world figurines. The art style is… bombastic, to say the least, so I’m interested in how this pans out.

      • Hm. I haven’t watched it, but approximately thirty seconds browsing on the Internet will make me an expert, right? Let’s go!

        3rd season of wish-fulfilment high school anime about supernatural demonic battling with tonnes of fan service, a harem member in every flavour of archetype you can think of (who the protagonist character STILL doesn’t manage to ever score with, even though it’s been YEARS), and the most actually interesting characters are the older, non-central foils.

        …How’d I do?

      • Easy. It’s a show about boobies, boobies, Yoko Hikasa talking slutty and more boobies.

        Also the main character’s right arm is a dragon.

    • DanMachi was one of the manga I grabbed that I couldn’t read 🙁

      I tried to watch the premiere but it was the first day we were in Tokyo and on at 2am and I was completely shattered after that night in Hakone and the amount of walking we did around Tokyo when we got in, so I fell asleep about 5 mins in.

      On Seraph of the End, I’ve read about 1/3 of the manga published so far.
      Yes, it’s quite different. The first episode is basically Yuu’s backstory – the survivor guilt he has about having the other members of his ‘family’ slaughtered is the main driver behind what he does. The actual show will skip forward 4 years from the point the first episode left off, and the initial bit is basically setting him up with a squad of vampire hunters.

      The bulk of the manga takes place in the ruins of Tokyo, so there’s lots of post-apocalyptic urban decay for @dc. It was actually pretty cool reading it when staying in Tokyo – the main headquarters for the resistance group is in Shibuya, and at one point they were in Omotesando station, which was pretty rad since I read that bit right after we’d been in that area on the tour.

      Also, since you brought Muv-Luv up in comparison, you should know that Total Eclipse was a weird spinoff of the actual Muv-Luv Alternative visual novel, which is excellent and maintains that dark and violent tone the whole time, rather than the haremy shit. Seraph hasn’t gone anywhere near that sort of stuff. It’s a bit darker but it’s got some very anime bits to it. Like, the leader of the vampires, Krul Tepes? If you guessed she’s a petite girl with twintails, you’d be right. They haven’t gotten to the point that it’s turned into a shounen battle manga yet, but I can see it coming.

      Spoilers for a very predictable twist: Mikaela, the main character’s friend that sacrificed himself etc? Not dead. So not dead you might say he’s undead if you follow.

      • Yeah, couldn’t have guessed that was coming… >.< And I figured the queen you were talking about was the one who goes for a bit of a walk in the first minute of the opening. The backgrounds are so bothering me, though. They just clash so hard with the character animation.

        What I’ve seen of this season, my absolute must-haves every week will be DanMachi and Food Wars, with some Arslan Senki, Seraph of the End or Show by Rock when bored. I’ll probably wait til Stratos is done so I can binge it in one go. Might do the same for Seraph, and if I’m feeling especially like punishing myself, Plastic Memories. That one can only end in tears for sure.

    • Do you have any phobias?
      Edit: Or strongly dislike anything unreasonably?
      (to elaborate on the edit)Like I’m petrified of needles when it’s on my arms or something but have had a lot of dental work and have no fear of needles in my mouth. I know that it should be the other way around or i should just be scared of all needles.

    • 1. What food do you have a craving for right now?
      2. Which character would you cosplay as if you could do it perfectly?
      3. Which character would you be best-suited to cosplay as, without changing much?\
      4. Crunchy or smooth? (This is actually a pass/fail question.)
      5. What IS the CrazyGuy up to these days, anyway? How’s the 5yr plan going? Is there one?

      • Enchildas
        Yuuto Kiba from Highschool DxD.
        Link from Legend of Zelda.
        Nutella. Peanut Butter sucks.
        Not much.

      • If I could do any cosplay perfectly I’d go with Sephiroth or Guts from Berserk, unfortunately I’m too skinny for either, almost got long enough hair for Sephiroth though.

    • Crazy guy- Crazy or just misunderstood?
      Which Taybie would you beat in a fight? You can’t say Red because everyone here could do that
      If you could eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
      What’s your dream team-up in anything?

    • – Why “Crazyguy”?
      – What are your dreams for the future?
      – Do you believe in aliens?
      – Shoot, shag, marry:
      3 TAYbies of your choice
      – If you could switch places with anyone for a day, who would it be, and why?
      – What was your favourite childhood TV show?
      – Most painful memory?
      – If you had to nickname your manhood, what would it be called, and why?

      • – Because I can knee myself in the head.
        – Not yet known.
        – No.
        – Shoot myself, shag you, marry @scree
        – Couldn’t think of anyone.
        – Robot Wars.
        – Getting hit in the nuts by a dried cow pat.
        – Floppy, because that’s what it does.

    • Victory or Heart
      Who do you ship?
      If you had to sit down a play one game for 24 hours straight what would it be

    • 1. What role model, if any, did you have growing up?
      2. When did you start supporting Geelong?
      3. What game genres that you initially dismissed did you end up liking?
      4. Favourite game? (If unable to choose, provide shortlist)
      5. Best waifu?

      • – A tie between Gary Ablett and George Carlin.
        – Since birth.
        – City builders.
        – Used to be Burnout 3: Takedown, now it’s GTR2.
        – Rias Gremory/Xenovia Quarta from High School DxD.

    • It’s definitely a big change. Much faster paced action and timing your attacks almost perfect. However, Unlike Dark Souls 2, it never really feels cheap.

      EDIT: Also, we need to have a Brisbane Meat so you and me can just spend all night discussing Bloodborne and how it changed our lives for the better.

    • Where are you finding it hectic?

      One of the tips I read was that you can lure away one at a time. A pebble is the most effective if you hit someone with it to draw them out. A gunshot works, but it often draws the attention of others nearby. Early one before becoming too overpowered, I was definitely farming and using the hell out of pebbles and sneaking around for backstabs. (Which bizarrely, work differently – no straight backstab, you’ve gotta have enough time to land a charge attack, THEN get into position for a backstab within the brief window it allows and hope it doesn’t glitch out thanks to the gradient on the terrain.)

      It’s not too bad with the little were-people who cluster around because they’re generally pretty weak, and their aggression can be held in check by having the torch equipped.

      • I literally just started.
        Just came up to a bunch of villager types around a burning effigy and too used to Souls games and didn’t expect that many at once. Scraped through, killed the big thing banging on the door and continued around to two big werewolf/dog things which quickly broke me in half. Thinking I may have dived in too deep to early with Waste of Skin and the weaker weapons.

        • Yeah that place was annoying. Worst guys were the ranged enemies. What starter weapon did you grab? I also went waste of skin and took the cane weapon. Got up to the first boss but got way too frustrated with how little damage it did. Made a new character, went a class with decent STR and VIT and took the axe weapon. Made the start much, much easier

          • yeah, waste of Skin and cane here too. Operating under the assumption it would be very similar to Souls games but the game quickly disabused me of that notion.

          • The saw is pretty great until you can farm enough souls to buy the kirkhammer. Not actually that many, either, at 3k. Next time that’ll be my first purchase instead of wasting all those souls on a starter set of gear which gets replaced way too quickly.

        • Waste of skin here because it’s now a tradition for me to pick the most useless starting class. I also chose switch blade and blunderbuss because that’s what is on the front cover. They’re still my main weapons because I’m used to them now.

    • I’m quite a bit further on, and have completed a Chalice dungeon as well. There hasn’t been another mob anything even close to the one in the opening area yet.

  • NegativeZero’s anime impressions Part 1: Watching the new season so that @transientmind has someone to talk to 😛

    Gunslinger Stratos
    I thought this was awful, personally. Granted, I saw it right after watching the first episode of Unlimited Blade Works’ second season, but the animation seemed really shoddy to me. Didn’t like the main character and wasn’t really interested in the plot either. It’s an adaption of a crappy mobile game so wasn’t expecting much of it anyway. Probably will drop.

    Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
    I am a long-term Nanoha fan. Long-suffering too. It was such an amazing franchise, starting out as a dumb magical girl spinoff of a really average dating sim, but by halfway in it had morphed into an amazing action show, and the second season was one of the best single cours ever. Then it got away from them. And now we’ve come full circle, as they make a magical girl spinoff of the franchise, starring Vivio, who might actually be the only magical girl to come from a progressive household with two mothers. I liked the first episode, but have to keep in mind that it’s a spinoff that happens after the StrikerS season, and not a proper sequel. Always liked Kaori Mizuhashi too, so that’s a bonus. Probably will be a regular watch for me.

    Unlimited BudgetBlade Works
    More of the same. And the same happens to be fucking amazing. This will be the best show this season, I think. Picks up directly where the first half left off. Expect the bodies to start hitting the floor pretty soon, the back half of the Unlimited Blade Works arc has a lot of people dying.

    Plastic Memories
    I was pretty ambivalent about this. I don’t really see there being much of a plot here. Seems like it’ll probably be pretty episodic. Didn’t really enjoy the episode much, but it wasn’t bad. Main chick’s pretty cute too. So I dunno, might give it another ep or two to try and hook me. I’m not really sure how to describe it either. So people have android companions that are indistinguishable from real people, but they were designed with forced obsolescence and have to be collected after nine years or they’ll break down or worse? And the main chick is one? It’s only going to end in tears.

    Seraph of the End
    This was one of the manga I picked up in Japan which I’m actually able to read (has complete Furigana). I’m actually four volumes into the manga now, I really enjoyed it. The setup is that a vampire empire lead by queen… Krul I think her name is? Infected the world with a virus that killed everyone over the age of thirteen, then rounded up all the remaining humans and basically farm them for blood like they’re cattle. The first episode is basically backstory – the main character, an orphan before the virus outbreak, tries to escape from the underground vampire capital but it turns out it was a trap laid by one of the main villains, who proceeds to slaughter the main character’s family (the other kids from his orphanage), but he manages to escape when his best friend ends up sacrificing himself so the main character can run. The manga’s really solid and this was a really good adaption too. Studio Wit are animating – their previous major credits are The Rolling Girls and Attack on Titan and animation looked on par with those. Music is Hiroyuki Sawano who is excellent too.

    Kyoukai no Rinne
    I also grabbed the manga for this and read a bit. Was looking forward it since this is as mainstream as it gets anime-wise: it ran in a Saturday 5:30pm timeslot! Most anime is on at like 2am. More importantly, it’s an adaption of a manga by Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Inuyasha etc.) so I had high hopes going in. Problem is, it’s kind of missing a good hook. The main characters aren’t particularly memorable or interesting. The main character, Sakura, can see ghosts, and her companion slash love interest slash foil is a dude that works as something like a part-time Shinigami, sending ghosts on to the next world. But the items he uses to do so require monetary donations to get, so he’s dirt poor. I’m going to give this a bit to develop, because most of Takahashi’s stuff takes a while to get established and build a solid core cast. But I think I went in hoping for another Inuyasha and this didn’t have anything remotely as compelling as the setup for that.

    • I’m watching Unlimited Blade Works. I didn’t even know it was only partway through, so I was surprised when a new episode appeared (haven’t watched it yet). But now I’m having trouble resisting the temptation to use the internet find out what’s going to happen and if my theory about something is correct.

      • Feel free to speculate (in spoiler tags).

        If it’s the thing that I think you might be thinking then the first episode of the second half might give you some more ammunition.

        • I’ve just watched it. I just have one question.
          If the Grail can pull heroes from the past, can it not also pull people from the future?

          Also, about to check out the first episode of Food Wars, on @transientmind’s recommendation. I hope my son doesn’t get bored of his movie and come over to check out what I’m watching, though! 😛

          • My recommendation may backfire, but this is one of those things I’m going to have to be proud and embarrassed in liking a lot. It’s… it’s very over-dramatic and… er. Do not let the children see the octopus tentacle scene.

          • Oh don’t worry, I enjoyed it too! I very much liked the voice of Soma, as well. I’ll definitely keep watching when I remember. I’m not used to watching anime one episode at a time.
            And I’ve watched enough anime to know never to watch it where/when the kids are in danger of seeing it. 😛

  • Exploration trip over! Made it safely to Tsu, signed up for the community mission, apparently had like 132 systems scanned. And got my discovered systems before someone snaked them out from under me 😛 Jumped exploration rank to Trailblazer, not that I know how far that is from whatever I was before.

    Took a whole load of screenshots while selling the data, gotta go through them and check out what got me lots of money and what got my name on it.

  • Goddamn I love Hulk, he’d easily be my favourite Marvel character, he’s such a fucking rage-machine.

    Would be very interested to see them do a new solo movie with Mark Ruffalo, but I think it’s a pretty low priority for them at the moment.

  • A bunch of us tried (unsuccessfully) to play some games on Tabletop Sim last night. While we were sorting out 7 Wonders, I played some Spelunky. I accidentally completed a Hell run in 12:17.

    Now, that’s a really bad speed run time. To be honest, I stopped doing speed run strats once I hit the City of Gold because I haven’t practiced them at all. Still, it’s pretty damned fast. If I really went for it I could have managed to kill Yama in under 8 minutes. Then I’d have been rather happy.

  • I’m sure the nights are getting shorter and shorter. If only I were a student and could go back to sleep for another 4-6 hours

  • Huh, that’s weird. Gizmodo is blocked by our corporate nanny-monitor today as a “Bot Network” – Kotaku and Lifehacker both fine. Very odd.

  • Hey guys and girls,

    Does anyone have Battlefield Hardline. Multiplayer looks great, looking for a FPS multiplayer hit on the Xbox One. I have Advanced Warfare but don’t rate it at all. From the videos I have seen it looks good, but still unsure on wether to purchase. Any help would be great.

    In other news, terrible sports weekend, carlton lost and liverpool got destroyed. Glad I went away camping so I didn’t have to witness the latter.

    • The multiplayer in Hardline is probably the most fun I’ve had with Battlefield multiplayer. The Hotwire mode alone is worth it.

      • Wow, just debunk how you chose to end HR why don’t you guys… I’m excited the game’s happening a ton but that is disappointing

        • Yeah, that’s an odd choice, but there were a couple of threads they left for Jensen in the previous game

          • The last time I saw this kind of thing was done was Dawn of War 2’s series, really kicks the immersion right out of the door for me.

            Regardless I’m just happy it’s not a mobile game this time around

          • As much as I loved Human Revolution, it’s not like Jensen was up there with the most iconic characters as well. I wouldn’t mind a new person this time around, but I don’t mind this guy either. 🙂 (Ending issues aside.)

          • I’ve often considered going as Jensen to a con

            Might be time to think intently about that again.

          • As a character I agree, but he just had this amazing look to him that you’ll always remember in a sort of futuristic mech-protagonist sort of character. I just loved how visually designed he was

          • I definitely want to see a ‘mountain man’-bearded DC doing Joel cosplay.
            It’s one of the ones I’d like to do too, but you’d do it so much better. (For starters, you have hair.) I should stick with Max Payne 3’s shaved-head Max. (After bulking up significantly, of course.)

          • On my way with the beard, buddy. Haven’t shaved since I hung out with you guys last. XD

            You’d make an excellent Max Payne!

          • Also, re: the quality of the character, I actually found myself much more sympathetic to him on subsequent playthroughs, knowing exactly who he was, and just how far off he was in his motivations. For someone playing it gruff and aloof, he’s just so damn naive.

      • You know, there is only one thing that bugs me about that article and it’s that the tone it takes is that HR wasn’t as good as the original.
        Eidos-Montreal knew its game wasn’t perfect, and has worked to improve the series’ combat systems and boss encounters for the latest entry in the series – Mankind Divided.

        NO, THEY ALREADY DID THAT AND NOW THE GAME IS PERFECT – AS GOOD AS IF NOT BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL.
        There is no ‘redemption’ required here, and I really hope this is editorial comment seeping in and not some impression left with the developers over at Montreal thanks to harsh Internet commenters nitpicking at literally the only thing wrong with the game.

        Ahem. Fanboy in me needs to be reined in a bit. I am… so hype for this. I’m buying this. Day one.

        • I’m hoping it’s just a realization that the boss fights needed to be more versatile, which the director’s cut already went a long way to improving. They nailed the aesthetics of the game, though. The whole Renaissance angle.

          The Director’s Cut stuff was outsourced to an external studio, so I think it’s the core team realizing what they have to do as well.

      • Yeah, I remember the first time I played Human Revolution I was just captivated. Captivated by the hub world. Captivated by the atmosphere. Captivated by the aesthetics. (The architecture! The colours!) So. Damn. Excited.

          • No, but I played Conviction!
            I haven’t played Mark of the Ninja instead. I’m basically comparing it with Metal Gear Solid, and forced stealth sections in other games 😛

          • Chaos Theory is near perfect as a stealth game.

            Blacklist was pretty good too, but Chaos Theory oh man.

            Also, Dishonored is quite good if you liked HR

          • @dc If you haven’t played it, you should.

            I’ve been playing the latest SSX a bit on my PS3, picked it up when it was $7 the other week. It’s pretty good, shame it didn’t sell super well.

          • It’s the little things too. Like taking too long at Sarif industries at the start and seeing consequences. Really made the world feel alive and made priorities matter.

          • That one feature had me second-guessing everything I did for the rest of the game.

            I don’t even know if there WERE any other ‘actions matter’ bits like that apart from saving Malik but the fact that the game had done it to me once made me feel like it could do it again at any given moment.

          • It’s not quite the same, but I loved when the augmentations were recalled and you had to decide if you were to get it fixed or live with the glitch. Such a cool moment when that came into play during a boss fight.

          • Yeah, though I don’t know how anyone could’ve consciously gone with getting them fixed if they’d been hacking anything they could see and reading all the emails.

          • The AI was a little more static and hard coded than the Arkham series, but I was still quite satisfied in playing DE:HR essentially as Batman.

          • I loved how the skill set could be tweaked to different playing styles. (Until an inevitable boss encounter that ignored you were trying to be a stealth dude. Luckily the DC fixed that, good and proper!)

          • @dc, I didn’t mind that bit actually. It was kind of cool to be totally depowered temporarily.

          • @dc yeah that damn ship DLC got everything wrong
            Everyone knows that Faridah Malik and David Sarif are the otp

          • Really?
            I hated the whole “first-person, third-person” aspect of taking cover.
            Like, I had to stop playing the game because I hated it so much.

            Either all third person, or all first person.

          • You’re bananas.

            Third person cover in an FPS is great. Makes it so much easier to plan. Sure it breaks “immersion” -barf- but it just plays better.

            The only FPS that I reckon nailed a cover system was the new Wolfenstein. That leaning mechanic was perfect.

          • I found it too jarring, constantly switching perspective.
            I would have loved either full third, or full first, but the mix was so disorienting for me, personally.
            Shame too, cause I really wanted to like it.

          • Destiny doesn’t give you the same probs?

            I suppose you’re mostly playing multi so you wouldn’t be jumping on your Sparrow all that often, hey?

          • @dkzeitgeist
            Destiny is fine. Only really does it for sparrows (I prefer driving in third person anyway), and when using supers.
            And yeah, I mostly PvP anyway.

            In Deus Ex, I go in and out of cover frequently.
            I could deal with it if cover was a sometimes thing, but I use every piece of cover I see.
            Made it incredibly jarring constantly zooming in and out.

            I would have preferred complete third person (with maybe first person only used for tight spots, like vents).

            Just couldn’t make it work for me.

    • I consider it a tragedy that I couldn’t get into the original Deus Ex. I really appreciated everything about it, from the level design to the music to the world-building, but it’s simply not my type of game. But the fact that I got to Hong Kong, and played until 21 hours in is impressive. I don’t know if that’s terribly efficient.

  • Whinge time.

    Since I’ve started at this organisation, I’ve been working on a project from the government that they were very insistent needed to be delivered RIGHT AWAY. Their timeline is tight, so we needed to turn the project around and get the proposal into them within something like 17 business days because they needed to start delivering RIGHT AWAY

    It’s now April. They haven’t contracted it. They have futzed around with our delivery model. Annoying, but we’ve been persevering. They insisted we come in for a meeting TODAY so we can get things moving so they can meet their timeline. We’ve been nothing but accommodating the entire time. We’ve met, several times, myself and the CEO. We’ve cut costs to the point where we’re accepting a LOT of risk on thsi project

    They delayed today’s URGENT meeting until Friday with 90 minutes warning.

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

    • I’d take a smaller episode order with all cast members in every ep over another season four dealy. (Which wasn’t bad or any thing.)

      • Hmm, even in classic Arrested Development the entire cast wasn’t in every episode (or at least featured).

        I’m still working my way through S4

        • Oh yeah, I should say I don’t want cast availability to dictate story decisions like in season four. If an episode is lighter on some of the characters, I’d prefer that was a creative decision like the earlier seasons over contractual stuff. (Season four was still excellent, but it got very obvious it was very compartmentalized.)

          • That’s the same for any TV series though, it’s just that Arrested Development is complex.

            Worst example I’ve seen recently was actually the end of the first season of Agents of SHIELD. It was SO obvious that Bill Paxton and Samuel L Jackson were never on the set at the same time, even though they were ostensibly fighting.

    • When I saw this I thought it was just them announcing the release date of the chronological cut of S4.

      This is much more exciting.

  • THE STRANGE: THE SERIES

    Following Bazza hugging a sark into submission, John Teleporting around and Captain Brilliant choosing Death, the party head deeper into the tunnels beneath Shalmarn

    TONIGHT 8PM SA TIME

    cc @trjn @beeawwb @gingerchris86 @blaghman @quiz_b @FREEZESPRESTON

    • Bazza is going to have to sleep this one off – wife got me up this morning with a surprise.

      (tsk tsk you naughty people, especially looking at you @liondrive)

      We’re off to a resort on the peninsula for two days with my mother-in-law and her awesome boyfriend. Who will babysit. Yay for walks along the beach, eating in a restaurant like adults and sneakily playing 3ds.

      Boo for her not telling me until this morning and missing out on the final chapter of this awesome thing. 🙁

  • For all those who watched the SMT x Fire Emblem trailer and thought “So… where’s the Fire Emblem?” (like me), you should watch this analysis video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge4XXLVKS0Y (warning, it’s half an hour long :P)

    There might be a lot of Fire Emblem stuff in this game that I completely missed. Looks like there could be some sort of alternate-worlds thing going on. SMT characters having Fire Emblem counterparts and can summon their abilities to fight. It’s cool seeing Fire Emblem stuff reimagined for a modern setting too (Pegasus wings turning into a massive rocket-boosters? Cool!)

    High chance of having established characters cross over into each world as well thanks to the appearance of Tiki. Hopefully we see some more familiar faces.

    Anyway, it looks cool and I’m really looking forward to it now.

    • I was wondering where the SMT was, but maybe we’ll have to wait for the next trailer.
      I like what I saw in the trailer regardless though 🙂

  • You’re going to be seeing a fair bit more of me for the next few weeks as I’ve been told not to bother to coming in for the next few weeks as I look for a new job 🙁

    • booooooooooooooourns
      Good luck with the hunting. Seattle isn’t bad and with you being footloose and fancy free it bears some consideration.

      • I know for sure that I can get a job in Redmond. My old team that I worked for want me back, and the team picking up responsibility for the stuff I currently handle has open headcount and would take me if I was interested in moving. The other benefit is that once I’ve moved, there’s tons of internal teams that I might be able to jump to. I’d love to work on HoloLens for example.

        The question is just whether it’s in my interest to move with MS or to take a redundancy payout and go to a competitor in the US, assuming nothing comes up in Australia. The big issue is that having worked for Microsoft, there’s not much that I could do that is a good career move in Australia short of making an abrupt left turn into another field entirely. I’ve been ten years in AV now and the downside is that I have no idea about the usual bog-standard programming stuff like web (I did some web stuff back in the PHP3 days and a bit of Ruby tinkering once…) or UIs (I know the basic bits and pieces but I couldn’t make GUI-driven product without a fair bit of learning).

        Also I think while I could probably find work in Melbourne, a lot of the usual programming jobs would be pretty dull. I’d probably go insane writing banking software etc. I’m not discounting anything in Australia though. Just shot off a mail to a former colleague who for the Australian Signals Directorate. That’d be pretty interesting for for sure.

  • Wow, what a night of nightfalls last night. I think that’s the most exotics I’ve seen drop in one night. Not to mention the most Destiny’s ever screwed with my head.

    Don’t recall the exact order, but it went something like this. First nightfall, it drops the exotic gauntlets I was wearing at the time, and a mate got 4th Horseman. Second nightfall gave me Hard Light, something that had been sitting in my vault for months, and a mate got the Last Word. Third nightfall landed me my third Suros Regime – a gun I’ve never particularly liked. With thoroughly mixed emotions about the drops, we all went to grab the Gorgon chest from a friend – wasn’t really expecting much, seeing as in the last month it had given me a lot of class items, energy and broken dreams. First character – sparkly warlock class item and energy, as expected. Second character – see-through titan half-skirt and energy (and one person got a Hawkmoon). Third character, accepting my fate of another cape for my hunter, but not really annoyed (how could I be annoyed at three exotic drops, even if I already had them?) – Thunderlord! *snoopy dance*

    Just when I think “I could happily take a break from Destiny until the next expansion” it grabs me by the coat-tails and drags me back in. Now I’m down to three droppable exotics I want from nightfalls or Xur – the rest require either PvP or killing Crota on hard mode, both of which require more luck than nightfall RNG, in my case.

    • Dammit, almost wish I’d jumped in now.

      As it happened, I was playing GTA Online with unbalanced7 (the other Destiny traitor… 😉 ) and we were having a laugh just doing races and chasing each other round the map.

      “Stop taking me out” “I’m holding my line” “You’re doing that on purpose” “I’m driving in a STRAIGHT LINE!” 😀 😀 😀

      • Hahaha 🙂 Sounds like you guys had a blast. 😀
        Tbh, the drops just about made up for the strike itself – we didn’t really have any problems finishing it, but no-burn Valus Ta’aurc can be a little tedious. Upside is they’ll drop his health by a third next patch…

        • Yarp. Nice to just muck about! And I hadn’t played GTA Online for over a year, and hadn’t played GTAV at all on PS4. Loaded it, had to play the single player prologue. Jumped into Online, and it transferred my character, saving me doing the Online tutorials again.

          It’s gorgeous. 🙂

          Although it’s going to take me quite some time to unlearn L3 to sprint. I keep crouching. 🙁

          I’ll be back in Destiny for HoW for sure.

          • I have that same issue in Bloodborne – I keep pressing L3 trying to run. Thankfully, as far as I can tell, it doesn’t do anything. And it hasn’t gotten me killed… yet. 😛

          • If you’re in a nightfalling mood I might be on later in the week. Really need to keep trying for gjallarhorn (and the gorgon drop more often).

          • Sure – if I’m on Destiny (and it’s not after midnight), I’ll happily jump into a nightfall, or share the Gorgon CP if you want it.

    • Great stuff. I’ve noticed a few more exotic drops in the last few weeks for me. The best one though was a couple of weeks ago, I had 3 Gjallarhorns already but my gf had none since playing from day 1, she broke her ankle and then got one the next day so she’s thinking the Destiny gods (the Nine?) required a sacrifice before she got one. Anyway, fast forward to last week, we’re doing bounties before jumping on the nightfall on multiple characters, I get a heavy weapon engram during a random mission, Gjallarhorn (my 4th :D) our mate then proceeded to get one in a nightfall drop as well 😀 hahaha 2 Gjallarhorns in the space of about an hour

      The worst (most unfair anyway) drop I’ve seen though was in a crucible match, someone joined a match we were heavily losing in in the last 20 seconds or so. He got a Hawkmoon for his efforts…

  • So, it’s taken me a while to really get into Bloodborne. Going through Central Yarnham, Old Yarnham, and figuring out the locked-door maze of the Cathedral Ward was very… ‘by the numbers’. You really only have one path to go along, so you follow it. There’s rarely ever any danger, because if you need to pause or take a break, you just walk backwards a little to a spot you’ve already cleared, and you’re golden. But after making my way up to the healing ward/workshop/and unlocking what looks like two side-hubs, all without finding a single damn lantern and carrying a LOT of souls echoes around to make entering every new area a nerve-wracking ‘does this open up a boss fight?’ experience (which incidentally is what happened with the Cleric Beast – thank god I one-shot him), I’m starting to feel the magic.

    • I was actually impressed by all the branching paths in Central Yarnham. There’s a huge amount of stuff in there that took a couple of extra hours to clear out entirely. It seems linear at first, but there are actually quite a few options to turn off the ‘default’ path and go exploring.

      In terms of the lack of lanterns, I’m finding that it’s much more common to unlock shortcuts than new lanterns. I’m more than totally okay with this! 🙂

      I’m not feeling Chalice Dungeons yet, though. Admittedly, I’ve only done one so far (the one you unlock by progressing in Old Yarnham), but it seemed really quite basic in terms of structure and difficulty.

      • Yeah, Chalice Dungeons are a bit of a mystery to me… I’ve completely cleared out my first one now, and I did it as early as I could manage thanks to people saying ‘don’t leave it too late because you’ll overpower everything’. I left it too late. Procedurally-generated doesn’t have the same flair and sense of place as the rest, it’s true, and I don’t know how many of the enemies will actually make an appearance in the world proper, but I’ve had some good times discovering them. My first encounter with one of those long-fingered, sack-wielding one-shotters was in the chalice dungeon, and those weird building-height, luminescent, fireball-spewing centipedes.

        Central Yarnham’s a decent zone, and I totally got lost there trying to figure out where I hadn’t explored yet, but once you figure it out, it’s really just one route with some shortcuts in it. I guess that’s all you can really say about any map, really… but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it until I stumbled into the woods, encountered the witch, then turned back and chose the other path and encountered… uh. OK, I chickened out at some giant blue basin, which could either be a safe point, or something really horrible. At that point I was carrying some 60,000 souls echoes and decided not to chance it.

      • The main benefits to chalice dungeons:
        1) Different boss fights (some of which I have not found elsewhere in the game)
        2) Chance of rare weapon/armour drops in the bonus areas.

        • They’re a nice little side pool to splash around in when you want a break from the main path. I’ve hit a bit of a wall with my 2-3 boss for the first chalice variety, maybe it’ll click when I go back to it now that I’ve smashed a bunch of main path since last attempt.

  • SYDTAYERS

    It’s still a month away, but I’m around (along with @trjn and @freya) for the megagame on the 9th of May, at this stage flying in on the 8th. We should do a thing, probably on the Friday night? Suggestions?

  • Man, Bloodborne is a pretty cool guy but some stuff is really annoying me. Like 40s – a minute load times, every time you die. And the camera sticking to your butt when you lock on, especially with big enemies, so you can’t see the environment or judge range properly.
    And for a game that revolves around dodging, the dodge sure needs to be a little more responsive.

    • I’ve found dodging to be pretty decent, but sometimes it doesn’t react when I press the button (perhaps input delay, perhaps still performing other animations?). Dodging towards and slightly to the side of enemies while locked on seems to work best for me.

      • I think there is slight input delay on all actions, or maybe it just takes a split second for the animations to kick into gear.
        Mildly aggravating on a fast paced game.

        • That’s weird because the other Souls games never had that problem. Are you sure it doesn’t have anything to do with the lack of animation cancelling?

          • Yeah, maybe that/what Beavwa said.
            Also I think it is because dodge activates on button release not press since run is on the same button. Which was probably the same in Souls so dunno why it is throwing me off here.

      • It appears to have input queueing, so while an animation is playing your button press determines what happens next once that animation finishes. Took a while to reprogram my brain to get used to it since monster hunter just has input windows that open once an animation finishes.

    • I’d heard everyone talking about the load times while we were in Japan, and when I first fired the thing up there was a several-gig patch, so I was really hoping that was the load-time patch they promised. Now I’m really hoping it wasn’t. Because if that’s the ‘fixed’ load times, I hate to think what it originally would’ve been.

      (Edit: That said, I’m pretty that wasn’t it, and I’m sure Mark’s on top of it and we’ll get a dedicated article on Kotaku about the load-time patch.)

      • No, they haven’t changed in patches. But I’ve said several times that they don’t seem that bad to me. I could be wrong, but they seem of a similar length to previous Souls games… only there’s no random lore or tips to keep you entertained.

  • I’m a Monster Hunter now! 😀

    I’ve killed a few Jaggi and am up to the Level 2 quests now.

    How do I git gud?

  • I completed my Hazard Perception Test! I have P Plates now! (About two years after I should have got them, because I’m a shit like that.)

    It doesn’t mean I in any way have the confidence to drive solo, but it’s a nice thing to have, like a bit of mayonnaise to have on your burger or a communications degree.

    • Only reason I got my P plates was because I wasn’t allowed to have an 18th birthday party if I didn’t. I wanted my Xbox LAN, dammit. I’ve not had similar motivation since, so I still have my red P’s, nine years later. 😛

    • Good on you mate, I’ll need to do my own come July, so I can move on to P2s and not have to deal with those stupid plastic squares.

      • Do P2s not have to have the plates in your state? I went to P2 last July and just moved not green Ps from red ones, and I’m now restricted to 100km/h instead of 90. I won’t be able to go not an unrestricted license and lose the plates completely for another 15 months. 🙁

        • Plates for Ls and P1s only in SA, Ls limited to 80 km/h, P1s to 100 km/h, unsure for speed limit on P2s (probably 100, or as signed)

          • Ah. In NSW it’s:

            Learners: Driver knowledge test – L plates and require fully licensed supervisor, restricted to 90km/h (recently increased from 80km/h).
            P1: Driving test – Red P-plates, no supervision required, restricted to 90km/h.
            P2: Hazard perception test – Green P plates, restricted to 100km/h.
            Unrestricted (silver): combination knowledge and hazard percetion test, no speed restriction (other than posted limited).
            Unrestricted (gold): hold a silver for at least 5 years – no fundamental difference to silver but you can renew for 5 year periods instead of 1 or 3, works out slightly cheaper in the long term.

          • I don’t think there’s a speed limit for Ls in WA. I think the state wants L-platers to have freeway experience. Green Ps also require plates.

          • L platers used to be restricted to 80 in NSW but they increased it to 90 as they want young drivers to be supervised when going that fast for the first time. I really think that needs to be upped to 100 but eh, what do I know.

          • Speed limit is 100km for L platers (and you’re not allowed to drive in Kingspark, for some weird reason…). Also you’re not allowed to drive between midnight and 6am, I believe…

            No restrictions for P platers in WA though, other than having about half the demerits a full licence has.

    • If you could choose without penalty or fear of retaliation, who would you kill in all of the RPGs that you’re currently playing/GMing (this includes the GM or NPCs)?

    • – Do you believe in Aliens?
      – How will you react when cats rise up to be the dominant species?
      – Most painful memory?
      – Happiest childhood memory?
      – Shoot, shag, marry: 3 TAYbies of your choice.
      – What is your dream job?
      – on a scale of Sphynx cat to Wooly Mammoth, how hairy are you?
      – If you had to nickname your manhood, what would it be called, and why?

      • – I think on the odds that Aliens exist, but I don’t think theyve visited and my belief in them doesn’t matter either way
        – Die from hayfever
        – Probably my Grandmother’s death
        – Hard to tell, childhood was generally very happy
        – Shoot: I dunno Shag: transientmind #mostinterestingmanontay Marry: I dunno, cookingmama if I got access to the food?
        – Dream Job: I’m happiest when I’m challenged. Probably something a bit more social than now, but no role I aspire to.
        – I dunno what that’s like as a scale, but not super hairy but not hairless. Moderately?
        – Something with a bit of pomp and ceremony. If I wasn’t a staunch supporter of a Republic, the Royal Scepter?

    • A few questions that I need to know:

      How you could ever hurt me so?
      I need to know what I’ve done wrong and how long it’s been going on.
      Was it that I never paid enough attention?
      Or did I not give enough affection?
      Not only will your answers keep me sane but I’ll know never to make the same mistake again.
      You can tell me to my face or even on the phone. You can write it in a letter, either way, I have to know.
      Did I never treat you right?
      Did I always start the fight?
      Either way, I’m going out of my mind, all the answers to my questions I have to find.

      • 1. You know what you did
        2. You still now, and it’s been far too long
        3. Nope, you’re frankly a little obsessed
        4. see 3
        5. This is a statement, not a question
        6. See 5
        7. You treated me OK, I guess?
        8. Yes
        9. see 5

      • Well, it has been Redartifice, but I changed it after PAX because Raz, which is also my favourite cosplay that I’ve done (short list.)
        Probably Tabletop (due to the ease with which I can cajole people into actually playing them), then RPGaems, then Console, then PC

    • 1. Opinions on burritos?
      2. Red Rock Deli or Kettle?

      3. If you could be any animal, I would be:
      A) a carpenter ant
      B) a nurse shark
      C) a lawyer bird.

      4. Do you prefer the smell of:
      A) gasoline
      B) french fries
      C) bank customers

      5. Any movies that scared you as a child?
      6. Why have you tricked us in to thinking you were a PC gamer all this time?

      • 1. yes. Well in favour
        2. Red Rock
        3. Bird
        4. I don’t think bank customers have a uniform smell, so probably gasoline
        5. Mr Boogedy scared the shit out of both me and my brother
        6. I reject the premise of your question

  • So who has money on me royally screwing up installing this new motherboard and breaking everything?

    Taking bets now.

  • Posted this elsewhere, so feel free to ignore if you’ve read already!
    So I walk back in from lunch today, to a bunch of my colleagues staring at me…. Ok.. only mildly concerned.. I am a bit of a freak.. people often stare.. nothing new.
    Colleague addresses me directly “Apparently your name has been flying around through the customers chain of command, and made its way to the top”…..
    Ok… now I’m scared…
    “The user was so happy with your services, they’ve told everyone!”
    *DIES OF EMBARRASSMENT* also secretly *FIGJAM* :0
    All I did was get her to press 1 button!!! Sure pressing that button brought their entire phone and computer systems back online (which had been down for over a day).. but it was just 1 button!

  • Between Firefox crashing/locking up every few seconds (not even an exaggeration, it did it in the middle of typing this post), Skype continuing to be a piece of shit that won’t deliver messages to people I’m otherwise able to talk to just fine, and the cold making my hands too numbto be able to function correctly, I’m just about ready to hulk rage out and destroy something.

    Monster Hunter was probably a terrible idea also.

    • How do you manage to have so many problems with Firefox? It’s always been super stable for me with the only problem it keeps trying to be Chrome which if I wanted Chrome I’d use Chrome.

  • Blerdberne

    Super brief boss discussion because that’s all I’m really thinking about right now! (Early to mid-game boss names here)
    I just took down one of the optional bosses after leaving him alone for about two weeks, the dreaded Darkbeast Paarl. Blaghs is pretty much right in that you can stunlock him at half health, but it really did take some practice actually getting to that point. He and the Blood-Starved Beast are the only two I’ve really struggled with though. Cleric, Amelia, Three Amigos, Witches all went down on the first try, Rom and One Reborn were two tries. We don’t talk about Father Ganon. Feelin’ smug! But I’ve enjoyed all the boss fights so far.

    I did actually die right as I killed Rom though, and the PS4 now auto takes a screenshot every time you get a trophy, so that trophy pops up and the screenshot is just a YOU DIED message fading in while my body disappears. Got to keep the blood echoes though!

    Regarding progress (spoilers for lateish? game?)
    I’m a bit stuck on where to go next in that I have a lot of options and none are particularly inviting. I’ve got the two nightmares in the Lecture Building that don’t sound fun but also seem like the required path forward and there’s still some optional places. So instead I accepted the summons to Cainhurst Castle, got really excited because it was snowing, then died 20 times to eldritch spider things. So instead instead I went to the Upper Cathedral where one of those jerkbags that eat your Insight was waiting.

    So now I’m just crying or something. Seems like the average enemies are harder than the bosses here.

    • Fun fact
      I finished the school nightmare path before I finished the forbidden forest. I also discovered recently about this whole darkbeast thing since I never died appropriately to open that.
      I also died as I beat Rom, but I never got the echoes for it

    • From memory:
      After Rom, you go through Yahar’gul, Unseen Village. You’ve done the Darkbeast Paarl – have you progressed far enough through the Unseen Village to take on the One Reborn yet? I took out One Reborn before heading into the Nightmare Lecture Building, then did the Nightmare Frontier, then did the Nightmare of Mensis.

      Nightmare of Mensis culminates in a boss battle that allows you access to the final boss battle. Perhaps do Nightmare Frontier and Cainhurst Castle first.

      Speaking of which – how do you get to Cainhurst? I have absolutely no idea haha. Before I fight the final boss etc.

      • For Cainhurst, you need a Summons item which you get from the clinic you started the game in, but you have to go a real roundabout way to get there (I’m not sure if you want that explained so I’ll leave that out for now). The item description tells you what to do next.

        I have killed One Reborn, definitely looking to do as much optional stuff/bosses as I can before finishing because I rarely bother continuing with these games after doing the final boss!

        • Found Cainhurst. At the boss of that place now. Apparently two other optional areas to check out: Upper Cathedral Ward, and Temple of Despair.

  • I watched this movie called “Boys” the other day.
    Kicked me right in the emotions it did.
    Basically it’s about a young guy coming to terms with who he is, as he starts falling in love with another guy.

    I know it’s probably not up most of your alleys, but it was nice finding a movie that I could connect to for a change…
    (it’s always, “boy meets girl, boy falls in love, yadda yadda”, which is fine, I understand that that’s the norm, and they’re still enjoyable to watch)

    Pretty solid film overall, made me feel like trash, but good film.

    Now Netflix keeps recommending other homosexual movies to me, which is fine, but I’m finding it ineresting that they’re all foreign films.

  • Dammit, Foxtel. I have work to get done but you chose right now to air your very first episode of Big Giant Swords?! 😛

  • Yes! Frenzied Brach felled twice, got my Demolition CBlade!

    Wish I could balance out my stats better. One less Stun for one more Psychic and I’d be set.

      • A couple, when I was trying to unlock something or other to get a creature I didn’t have to get a part I needed to upgrade so I could get past something or other I was stuck on. But then I realised that would take way too long and gave up, and went back to slamming my head against the wall until it broke.

        Thankfully it was the wall that gave way first.

    • I read that as ‘Yes! Frenchied that Brax fella twice.”

      Yep, that’s all I contributed to this discussion.

  • Hi everyone it’s me. That person who posted on TAY and sometime does when I’m not spending time potato.

    I am doing a quick shameless promotion because I am going to be at Supanova this weekend at Melbourne doing an Artist Alley table. I will be located at “Lost Pocket” with some really talented artists who do things with art I don’t do. I’ll be selling some cute magical girl themed tights and some laser cut accessories.

    I’m also selling a Discworld themed item that I’m donating all the profits towards an orangutan charity. (which you can check out here https://www.facebook.com/tightsbycordelia/photos/a.1508245116080694.1073741828.1508241479414391/1581945685377303/?type=1 )

    I hope people will come visit me and look at my accessories potato.

  • Pretty slim pickin’s for the PS+ games this month, only one PS4 game (Tower Of Guns).

    Also Dishonored for the PS3 and Killzone: Mercenary and Monsterbag for the Vita.

      • This is what I do every time. If I ever take a sharp blow to the head and find myself buying a Vita for some reason, I should have a pretty good library.

        • Hey wait a minute.
          I have a vita they are a lot of fun.
          I don’t even need to buy games for it due to PS+

          • Heh. It’s not so much a dig at vita-owners as the fact that it’d be a poor investment for someone like me because I’d never use it. I’ve run into this issue before with the PSP and DS (original).

          • Ahh I see.
            I use mine more on long trips same goes with the 3DS.
            Any time we take the train into the city I take both.
            Same when I got to Sydney.
            Also the off screen play with the PS4 is alright.

  • Just showed my wife that test footage of the Deadpool movie, she was thoroughly unimpressed.

    *prepares divorce papers*

    • No no, this is salvageable… it’ll be hard work, expensive, and require a lot of patience. But if you can push through buying and setting up easy-reading format for the entire collection of Deadpool comics series and cross-series cameos, and have the patience to wait while she reads them, eventually she should understand.

      I know it’s a little one-sided with you having to do all the heavy lifting while she just gets the joy of reading awesomesauce, but sometimes relationships are a little unfair.
      You can do this. I have faith in you.

    • I might do this also before Age of Ultron.
      Just not going to rewatch S1 of Agents of Shield. Because that would take way too much time.

      • That’s an excellent plan! I should do the same. AND watch Agents of Shield. I sort of lost interest by like… the second or third episode.

  • THE STRANGE (@strange?) THE SERIES

    EPISODE 1: PART 5

    The party defeated Tom Mallard, also known as Tokmal, the Master!

    – @beeawwb used his power of sculpture to reassemble a statue… then curbstomped a nasty beastie
    – @trjn explored the merits of rabbit-based projectiles
    – @gingerchris86 unleashed the POWER OF HIS MIND on a bunch of dudes

    cc @blaghman @freezespreston @quiz_b

    With Tokmal defeated (but escaped) and the Gospel of Lotan secured, the party has completed their mission from the estate. This therefore wraps up the first episode of The Strange: The Series, and next time will be a new adventure, in 4 weeks. What I’ll do then is open up 6 slots for participants (I know @negativezero is keen to play, and @sernobulus was originally going to play this series but had work) and we’ll reassemble a team for the next mission. I’ll let you all know closer to the time, and if there’s anyone else who is interested in participating let me know, they’ll be loosely serialised. Thanks to all of you for playing in episode 1, hope you enjoyed it!

  • So, I finished my second playthrough of Bloodborne and got the ending I wanted.

    Now I don’t know what to do with my life…