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  • Off to Ballarat for a meeting, crook as a dog. 2hrs on a plane the 90mon drive for a 3 hr meeting…
    I’m gonna need some blood vials to get through today.

  • Shadowrun Hong Kong is a pretty cool guy because whenever you bring Gobbett to a place with food all she does is talk about food.
    GOTY

    • In my second playthrough I’m running as a decker so I can afford to leave Is0bel behind and make my team more variable, I’ve found the Gobbet & Gaichu have a few good interactions on missions

  • So, I thought I was done with Fire Emblem: Awakening. Had all conversations done and moved on to the final story missions. Then I unlock two more characters, so I spent some time doing those conversations. Then I unlocked about 6 final side missions. So now I have to do all of them and the conversations of the characters I unlock from them.

  • My entire body aches and there’s still so much unpacking to do. Looks like today is going to be a day of cleaning and watching Summerslam.

  • Good morning!
    I had a good playing weekend. Some more Rocket League, and I played through Journey for the first time – oh wow!

    Anyway, I’m reposting this from weekend TAY.

    Sydney TAYBIES! On the same weekend that the Brisbane TAYBIES go to Oktoberfest (probably a sunday afternoon either 11th or 18th Oct),let’s all head to the Concordia Club in Tempe for a long lunch with too much German food, beer, coffee, cake and boardgames. There’s lots of grass for tiny TAYBIES to run around too.

    So far I have interest from @alexpants, @powalen, @novacascade, @ruffleberg, @morkai, @blaghman and maybe @greenius.

    @35 @anonymous_pessimist @batgirl @cakesmith @cj @dkzeitgeist @doc_what @effluvium-boy @fatshadylive @gingerchris86 @gorzilla @harli @hugo_the_hungarian_barbarian @mawt @markserrels @mrtaco @pupp3tmast3r @shiggyninty

    And also tagging the Canberra TAYBIES in case they want to come too: @bdkiaf @rize @shanen

    Tag anyone else I might have missed! Adding @alexwalker to the list!

  • So, confession time. I’ve never watched Archer before. Good news, over the last 2 weeks I’ve crammed as much Archer as I can in to me. (Phrasing.) And now I’m up to date. Love it.

    Also started and finished Tales From The Borderlands ep 4 yesterday. Love it. Maybe not as much as I loved episode 3, but it was still really good. Plenty of literal-laugh-out-loud moments. Can’t wait for the final chapter!

    • Archer is great. I’ve been re-watching it slowly on Netflix, but have seen plenty of it on ABC2 late at night. So many funnies.

      • Same, I just finished it last night. Now I have a sads because I have no more Archer to watch. Maybe i’ll just start it again..

        Actually I am deeply saddened that George Coe who voiced Woodhouse passed away last month 🙁 He was one of my favourites along with Krieger & Cheryl/Carol/Cherlene.

    • “You think this is a game?”
      “No, I think Jenga’s a game.”

      No matter how many times we’ve quoted it, every time we play board games this one comes out.

    • ARCHER!!!! I’ve been watching/rewatching it non-stop over the past few days when I’ve been sick at home with fever =O 10/10 would shoot brett again.

    • TftB was amazing. One of the funniest games I’ve ever played, and the laughs were really strong this time around. \o/

        • The bit I remember laughing most at was right at the start, when Rhys wants to run, but advocates zigzagging. In my game, Fiona went along with his plan, and just ran straight. In the background, you can see Rhys charging from left to right across the screen, fallen waaaaay behind, and flailing his arms like a loon. A triumph of animation.

          • Yes, that bit got a laugh as well for sure (I picked the same choice you did) I just laughed that little bit harder because I’m cheering for a RhysXSasha storyline (which of course means it won’t happen and I’ll cry)

          • Hahaha, oh, me too!

            But I’m sure I made some really really terribad decisions in this latest chapter that’ll make that impossible. (I told them about Handsome Jack, and they got REALLY pissed at Rhys. Then I decided to scare Sasha with the face pizza, and she got mad again. Whooooooops.

          • 1. Pull pigtails, check.
            2. Push into the mud, check.
            3. Accuse of cooties, check.
            4. ???
            5. Lurrrrrving

    • you’ve just made my choice on what to watch tonight 🙂 Also I noticed on the weekend most of the seasons are now on local Netflix!

  • Good morning everyone. Hope your weekends were fantastic. Mine had its highs and lows, although that was mostly due to being hungover on Saturday. At least Friday was good though.

    Sunday was 40K RPG funtimes where I shot a player character in the face with a melta pistol. He died. I also broke the legs of two other player characters. But then they killed the rest of the Dark Mechanicus and stole their ship filled with goodies, including a Predator tank. They also found out that one of the cargo holds has a Penitent Engine that will murder them so they have agreed to never bother opening that hold.

      • The Chaos space marine was the one who got shot in the face. Maybe that will teach them that the Dark Mechanicus have all the toys to ruin their day. Although it is more likely that they’ll now try and ambush them and steal from them again.

        • Cuz now they know the Mechanicus always have great equipment. They’re not called the Mechanical Bastion of the Imperium for nothing, especially if they’re the Dark Mechanicus as they’re not held back by the Archaic teachings of the Cult Mechanicus (Only preserving the technology that came before, innovation is heresy, etc).

          • If the players get too big for their britches, I can always drop some Skitarii on them. Or some murder servitors. Or maybe even a Titan. 😛

          • It’s either a Titan, Khorne himself or The Emperor of Mankind when it comes to a final boss 😛

          • Nah, there just happens to be a group of Tyranids that are likely to start ruining their day very soon. Carnifexes are going to om nom them all.

          • On the subject of Tyranids, now that Rogue Trader is on the “cancelled list”, will you ever reveal whether or not that arriving ship was in fact unfriendly and what was on it? I still think it was a Tyranid infested ship since Jarallius confirmed no comms were coming from that ship while it was heading straight for the moon of Taruta 😛
            Edit: Look, the suspense is killing me alright? 😛

          • @tech_knight It actually wasn’t infested with Tyranids. It had been attacked by a race of creatures known as the Rak’Gol which are a race of creepy semi-reptilian xenos who function primarily as raiders and pirates. The plot was to play out in this general direction:

            – You guys either buddy up with the Dark Eldar or kill them all, whereupon the Harlequin provided the directions to a Webway gate to get back home for Karnath, Amarach, and Vaethril.
            – Depending on what happened, the Webway was likely to be destroyed by either Orks or the Dark Eldar in vicious fighting.
            – The Mechanicus ship would arrive in orbit and the Rak’Gol that had stowed aboard would phone home to their buddies.
            – Rak’Gol would show up and destroy a lot of stuff, including dropping atomic bombs on the moon’s surface.
            – This would trigger something bad. The moon of Taruta was actually a Necron tomb world so that would be fun and exciting as all the Necrons get roused from their slumber.
            – The campaign would end in the general direction of either “screw it, we’re out” or “descend down and destroy the tomb structures and possibly the entire world”.

            But yeah, this was all dependent on a few things with a huge caveat for PC Happens (TM). I was likely to change a few things too, especially if you all saved the Webway gate from being destroyed as that would short-circuit the general plot that I had in the background. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get through a lot of it but I’ve come to realise big and epic stories are a bit tricky to pull off through online play with only a few hours a fortnight.

            Edit: Spoilers for a wall of text.

          • @popdart5
            Whoa… just whoa… damn that would’ve been awesome to play out, and that’s way more than I was expecting, well played with the plot-making DMing there 🙂

          • @tech_knight One of the things that I like about being a GM is being able to craft a world or a story for players to run around in. I try and avoid railroading as much as possible as it’s something that I don’t enjoy as either a GM or a player and player-driven stories are much more fun to experience. I was entirely willing to throw out parts or even the entire draft plot if people did stuff that I wasn’t expecting and went in different directions.

          • @popdart5
            Like some certain Tau getting chased down and arrested by the authorities? 😛

  • Got my wife’s car back from a service, had a bunch of work done, felt at ease that everything was good.

    Wife calls on friday, car’s dropped its bundle.

    Turns out the one specific thing I repeatedly told them to investigate went completely unchecked, and now an inner cv has done a tripod bearing.

    The car is off the road while I get the part in myself, Audi Indooroopilly were spectacularly unhelpful, despite asking me to give them customer feedback several ways, within the range of “satisfied” to “extremely satisfied”.

    Nope. Never again.

    • Audi. Ha. Have not heard good things about Solitaire here in Adelaide, either. $500 for a custom battery in an A4 that an RAA mobile roadside service cannot replace says it all, really.

      • I have no problem with the vehicles or the parts, but this service centre is trying to have a hotelier-like front end, and it’s that step which has clealy fallen short of their portrayal. You don’t piss off your young, potential life long clients over something so small.

        Also, having customer satisfaction ratings start at satisfied is like how the smallest drink at the cinemas is called “large” in a poor attempt to cover their insane markup.

        So this car will be seeing an independent mechanic from now on, and our next car will probably be a jag.

  • Started Shadowrun: Hong Kong on the weekend. Only a couple of hours in and it’s fast becoming apparent that, at a minimum, it’s as excellent as the previous Harebrained games.

    • What character type you going for? I’m going for a Mage that mostly uses electric/lightning spells. They may be weaker then fire spells but being able to drain AP from enemies is fantastic.

      • I was going to be a troll decker and just punch everything that isn’t real, but ended up with an elf sniper. With a bit of luck this means I’ll be forced to bring the most interesting characters along for party balance anyway 😛

        • Yeah, unfortunately because I’m a Mage I don’t get to take the best character along with me. =(

          • My first character was a charisma heavy mage with almost no physical combat skills and Gobbet was almost never out of my party. 2 mages is the best way to shadowrun I think, double the healing spells, double the lightning spells (as long as you don’t mind buying one for her) and as a bonus you get spirit summons. You do suffer a bit in a straight punchup but the extra magic makes up for it almost everywhere else. Oooh especially the final boss, Gobbet’s poison cloud is hilariously broken against it and just shreds the boss so damned fast…

      • I’m playing a mage this time too!
        I have no idea what I’m doing.
        What the heck are the Dragon lines for?

        • They basically supercharge your magic, spells do more damage and in the case of the big points on the dragon lines, give them extra attributes. For example a mana bolt from the biggest dragon line can ricochet and hit multiple targets, the downside of it being that it doesn’t seem to have IFF so if you have an ally close to the enemy you hit first, they might be the next target it bounces to

        • The last time I used a dragon line it caused one of my spells to bounce to an ally and hurt them. Gooooood times.

    • One thing I’d suggest for between mission activities, be sure to regularly chat to Crafty Xu the Talismonger and the 2 old guys playing Go with the young bloke. The former has a late game story impact if you want to play clever and the latter are just good to listen to

      • Even if you told me not to talk to them, I still would 😀

        I love the previous games and wrung every drop I could out of the stories.

        • Jolly good, that’s the way to play them. I realised I missed a fair bit with ten armed ambrose in my first run so he’s always the first guy I go & talk to now

  • Played far too much Destiny this weekend. Multiple Hard Mode Crota’s End raids, still couldn’t get Word of Crota to drop for my wife (though she does have Fang of Ir Yut, so that’s something I guess). Tried Hard Mode Vault of Glass in a bid to score her an epilogue and unfortunately half our group had to go to bed right as we got to the Gatekeeper. We tried to LFG for a few more people to fill in our fireteam but we got a couple of squeakers who professed to be great but didn’t even seem to understand the basic mechanics of the time gates/sync plates and seemed surprised there were no fireteam revives meaning they’d probably never done hard mode before so we couldn’t even retrieve the second relic. Eventually everyone just gave up.

    I seriously did nothing else this weekend. Well except put on some makeup and make a bad joke on Twitter that might have inadvertently caused some alarm.

  • Hola Tay

    Quiet weekend. On friday went to a friend’s birthday, everyone got to revel in my awkwardness as I held their new baby (I have very limited experience with infants). Saturday morning went and gave platelets, didn’t almost pass out this time so yaaaaay. Sunday I did nothing, though me and @tigerion played our first Rocketay league match- We’re on the leaderboard after some very fun games with Fat Shady and @benny! I did put up a replay of the first game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yv-hxhj6hw&feature=youtu.be so if anyone (@beeawwb) wants to do colour commentary, go for it.

    Also watched some of the livestream for the Hugo awards. An aussie podcast picked up an award, which is pretty cool. I’d actually read the best novel winner this year (The Three Body Problem) but wasn’t huge on it, but it had some cool bits. Pretty awesome to see a novel in translation win- was a Chinese author. Ms Marvel volume one and Guardians of the Galaxy both won awards which is cool too, as did Lightspeed magazine which is quite a good short story mag- I’d forgotten I had a subscription on kindle until last week, when I fired the app up and found 5 months backlog there including their “Queers destroy science fiction” issue which is like 400 pages, so I’ve got a lot of material to read through

    Also, I did have to chuckle at the fact that the vote-brigading from a group called the “rabid puppies” trying to stack the awards with right-wing authors failed utterly.

    A monday morning question: If you were to create an award or an award ceremony, what would it be for?

    • I’ll watch it when I get home, but I hate the sound of my own voice so no guarantees that I end up recording any voiceover. Will think about it though. Maybe cobble together a highlight reel of the entire first round (or those who post replays of same) or something…

      • want a tag team partner on these highlight reels? 🙂 Then you won’t hear your own voice 100% of the time, win-win!

        • I cringe any time there’s an echo on Pathfinder or Fiasco or The Strange and I hear myself for less than a second.

          • I think your voice is fine, very clear when you do your loud announcy-style voice, but even then we could just do sound checks beforehand to ensure you don’t get hit with the echo. I know my headset is known to play over what’s going on in my speakers through the mic, still haven’t figured out why.

          • Nah, it’s cool. Just lots of insecurities from childhood buried deep in my subconscious. I know [most] people have no issue with my voice (I’ve read entire books to people with good feedback) it’s solely a case of me dealing with me. 🙂

    • The Gassies.

      International Fart Awards, representing a broad spectrum of accomplished windbreakers young and old.

      Best Male Fartist
      Best Female Fartist
      Best Supporting Fartist
      Best New Fartist
      Best Duet
      Best Visual Effects

      …and so on.

      We will also incorporate a nod to the less successful in the community for their attempts as a truly magnificent blast that ended with more of a whimper than a bang: The Sharties.

      Once we have been established for a decade, we will induct two previous award winners into the Hall of Farts of year.

      • It just occurred to me that the Hall of Farts should be referred to instead as the Dutch Oven. In the absence of other members of the Gassies managing committee, motion carried.

        I also move that Motion Carried will replace the phrase “awarded”.

    • An awards ceremony at my work celebrating the achievements of the biggest potato in the whole vegetable garden. My coworkers being potatoes, my workplace being the veggie garden.

    • SMASHED EM

      I would love to see a big science based awards show, with awards based around making it accessible to the public. Simplistic explanation of complex issue, most accurate use of science in movie production, best implementation of new research.

    • Best phallic impersonation.
      Awarded to whomever has been the most phallus-like over the year, whether by insensitivity, intentional inflammation, or just generally being a total prick.

        • Latham should get into mining as he certainly knows how to jump into a hole and dig deeper. He was always pretty out there but he appears to have gotten much worse over time.

          • He’s been bitter and held a grudge against everyone in this country since he wasn’t elected PM. Did you ever read his book? Never seen such a gargantuan blaze of sour grapes in printed form.

          • I’ve read one of those political quote collection books where Latham took up a fair chunk of it. He was such a nasty person even when he was in politics so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s still a ratbag.

    • Actually, the vote stacking worked. The left wing organizers who only award their own friends chose to give NO AWARD in many categories, rather than give the award to the winner with the most votes.

      • Well, the counts are open, so you can go ahead and read them. The “left wing organisers” is a crazy statement, given the hugos have open nominations and voting, and its entirely a vote system, so you are either deeper into the conspiracy theory here or the majority of the fandom rejected agenda based slate nomination.

        • Unfortunately my reply has twice not been published by moderators. I believe the numbers illustrate a narrative contradicting your statements.

  • Morning TAY. I played some squad battles in Splatoon on the weekend and hit A rank! And my friends who I was squadding up with hit A+ rank. So good times had by all.

    I also tried out StarCraft 2 LotV beta’s automated tournaments feature, which is kinda interesting but still pretty barebones and not without faults. I ended up winning the tournament I entered, but two of my opponents forfeited for some reason, meaning I just had to wait for other people to play matches for about 40 minutes. But hey a win’s a win! (This was in gold league btw). Also something else interesting about the tournaments: It is essentially a 16-player matchmaking system, and the matches you play in the tournaments count towards your ladder win-loss and will reward you points as such.

  • Played a lot of Rocket League over the weekend. Got called a dick and got told to kill myself by a couple of players I played a bunch of times in ranked. Ranked Rocket League is serious business.

  • Morning, folks.
    Dropped out of RocketTAY League due to anxiety issues, so my spot on the team is up for grabs.

    • Don’t want to put more pressure on you, but it isn’t too serious and you can just have fun.
      If it makes you feel better you can check the link above and see the number of times I totally miss the ball or jump over it.

      At the end of the day it is about having a bit of fun and nothing else so don’t let it stress you. Of course the other side of the coin is if it is stressing you and your not going to have fun then maybe that is best. I would encourage you to stay, but I’m not your real Dad, I can’t tell you what to do.

    • Out of curiosity, what about it causes you so much distress? Is it having to line up a game with other people or just the competition? (You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to)

      I hope you reconsider and join in again, it’s really just about having fun (I’m sure plenty of the teams will be battling it out for the wooden spoon!)

  • Sorry Brisbane folks. While I will be in your fine(?) state this October, I won’t be in the Brisbane area, but rather further north on a family holiday. Original plan was for the Gold Coast so was going to try and organise a catchup, but yeah, will be a bit further north now on the Sunshine Coast.

      • *double checks map*

        EDIT: Doesn’t look it? I’ll take the word of a local though…hmmm…

        • Takes me 1hr 20mins to get to Brisbane, just on 2hrs to get to Sunshine Coast.

          Edit: Map is a bit misleading, Gold Coast is technically up to Jacob’s Well/Pimpama which is a half hour drive from anywhere that’s really on the Gold Coast. It’s like saying Wollongong is Sydney.

          • Train service?

            EDIT: Staying in Yaroomba if that gives any indication.

            EDIT 2: I should probably just be less lazy… *Googles*

          • Google Maps public transport thing is saying 2hrs 8mins which isn’t too bad I guess.

            It all depends on what my family is doing though. If I can get a day where I can do my own thing I’ll try my best to make it down to Brisbane.

  • So, finally got around to playing The Last of Us. Late to the party, I know – but holy shit. Played the PS4 version and was blown away. Such an amazing game. And that soundtrack, hngh. Bought both volumes immediately on finishing. Left Behind was pretty special too.

    *incoherent ramblings*

    Sorry, still processing it – only finished the main game on Saturday, and Left Behind last night.

    • PS4 version was my first exposure to the game too! Loved it. Left Behind was freaking amazing from start to finish.

      • In some ways Left Behind is even better than the core game. (Which is saying a lot, I know, but great focus on character moments and mechanics that facilitate them.) Both are freakin’ excellent, though. So good.

        • Grr, now I want to fire up the PS3 again. Never got Left Behind and I always meant to get around to it. Pity we don’t need backwards compatibility on the PS4 or it might help solve this dilemma…

          • For what it’s worth if you feel like getting the Remastered version, Left Behind is on the disc! (You can trade in your old version. :P)

          • Yeah I’ve toyed with the idea more than a few times, largely thanks to being a lazy bastard and not wanting to faff about swapping HDMI cables around just to have both the PS3 and PS4 plugged in. It might be something I grab on special one day or when I have money and am life threateningly bored (you know the mindset, the one where you think “I wonder if I could actually stop a drillbit in motion by grabbing it really fast”)

      • I think one of the most powerful moments in the game for me was (spoilers)

        After you bring Ellie to Marlene and you find out they’re going to cut her up to make a cure. I don’t even have children and the urge that surfaced to just plow through every single human being in my way to save her was incredible. I remember saying out loud ‘You are all fucking dead. Every single one of you.’ when I realised what they were planning. I killed the world to save Ellie. Amazing. I regret nothing.

        • The final epilogue of that game is one of my favourite, favourite endings ever. That look on Ellie’s face when she realises she can’t rely on Joel is just heartbreaking

          • I spent the entire game certain Joel was going to die saving Ellie. That not happening was one of my favorite things – not because I liked Joel and despite him being an arse, I still sympathised with him on many levels. Just that they chose not to end the game on such a predictable or shitty note.

          • That ambiguity was just the best thing. I too thought Joel was gonna sacrifice himself somehow.

          • That whole last act was incredibly tense. I was pretty convinced for a while that Ellie was going to drown and the hopes of the world would just be lost in an accident.

        • It kind of confused me why they had to cut her up. Immunity comes from blood and wouldn’t it be more feasible to keep her alive to keep a constant supply available? Kill her and you won’t have enough time or amount to get a viable sample to work with and never have access to any more.

          • Wasn’t it something in her brain that was making the immunity so they couldn’t take it out without killing her?

          • Well yes it’s a bit silly but… there’s fungus zombies, I’d have thought that that one would warrant the lions share of the criticism from the scientifically minded…

          • I think there were specific brain tissues they needed to extract and experiment on. It wasn’t even about creating an immunity, it was about examining her specific mutation and finding out if they could adapt it somehow, which meant her death could wind up being pointless anyway.

            Seems to me the only way a mutation thrives is through breeding. Ellie’s kids would be immune, and presumably she’s not the only mutant in the world. The motives of the Fireflies were ultimately selfish – kill the girl to save us, now. At least that’s how I rationalised it. The decision to save Ellie was one I am glad the game didn’t even give me a choice on.

    • Every time people talk about TLoU I think maybe I should give it a go. Then I remember that it’s a stealth action game by the people who made Uncharted 3 and nearly made me snap my controller in half.

      • I know you have an aversion to stealth games, so it may impact your experience – but oh my god. Amazing game. Haven’t been so impressed by a game as a whole like that since Spec Ops : The Line. And that’s saying something.

        • Yeah I think I need to bite the bullet and just play it. I just really, really hate the trial-and-error gameplay that enforced stealth games end up with. I always like to be making forward progress when I put time into something.

          • This isn’t really like that. It has a hearing mechanic where you can stop and tune your hearing to ping enemies like sonar. There’s not so much trial and error involved. I loved it.

          • Knowing where enemies are usually isn’t my problem. It’s figuring out where the designers actually intended me to go. I don’t really find stealth gameplay fun in any circumstances. Don’t mind in cases like, say, Uncharted 2, where it’s just a way to pick some dudes off before the firefight starts. But as I understand it, TLoU has a bunch of sequences where being spotted means instant death and restart.

            I guess I should get it and give it a go though. Must be cheap by now.

          • You’re honestly doing yourself a disservice by not playing it. The only time insta-death occurs in TLoU is with a particular type of enemy who kills you instantly if they grab you. But they can be taken out stealthily, or with guns blazing if need be.

          • There is maybe one bit early on that I got frustrated with, but from there it was smooth sailing on Casual difficulty. It’s well worth the price of entry.

  • Morning TAY! Got the day off today after accruing 60 hours of overtime (working for the higher education sector has its perks). Was concussed playing soccer yesterday and locked myself out of house, my two highlights for the weekend.

  • Marathoned through season 5 of The Clone Wars on the weekend. It’s amazing how great the show ended up getting in later seasons. Hopefully Rebels will reach a similar quality eventually.

    Also finished reading Mockingjay. Really enjoyed that too. I started reading Divergent right after. I’m not too far in yet, but my review of Divergent so far is: not as good as The Hunger Games, but still okay.

    • The Clone Wars was easily one of my favourite shows of the last decade, it went to some impressively dark places for what was at least hypothetically a kids show. Sort of like the 90s animated Batman in that regard, more a young adult show than a kids show.

    • I never got around to watching too much of The Clone Wars but I liked what I saw. The first season of Rebels was also pretty good and I like that they’re doing something pretty different with the Star Wars license.

  • Back to work tomorrow. Do not in the slightest feel ready for it, being thrown straight back into the busiest store on my own for most of the week. Fun times. Not going to stress too much about things however. It won’t kill someone to wait half an hour but it did nearly kill me to get it all done too quickly so they can deal with it or go somewhere else.

    • “Why can’t this be done quicker kiosk monkey! I demand it now”
      “Because I had a stroke two weeks ago”
      “Ah….um…. take your time”

      • Be nice if that was a reaction but I had people demanding I hurry up whilst I was in the middle of stroking out, unable to stand or even see properly. No “Hey, do you need help?” from anyone.

        One woman cracked the shits at the doctors nurse as she was taking me away in the wheelchair.

        • Some people are complete assholes. And based on your accounts, it seems like your shopping center has more than its fair share of them.

          • One of the reasons I always swore black and blue if I couldn’t get any work at all, I’d rather clean toilets than work in retail. Because people can be shitful enough, without the added bonus of people treating retail staff like they’re subhuman.

  • Anyone spitting chips about missing out on the RockeTAYLeague competition? Because a spot seems to have opened up in my team.

    I’m totally prepared to engage in a humiliating and hilarious series of 2v1 encounters for the rest of the season if I have to, but thought I would throw open the doors first.

    Don’t let the fact that it only took me one round to drive away my first teammate dissuade you!

  • Turns out Diablo 3 on PS4 is kinda great… Something as simple as having separate buttons for movement and attack makes it a lot less frustrating. Bought it last week, and now I have a pyromanical wizard at paragon 62 farming Torment II and progressing through greater rifts (currently have 10 of the legendary gems, but sadly no jewellery with sockets). Fire Tornadoes + Mammoth Hydra + Supermassive Black Hole + Slow Time was amazing. Add in the two pieces of Tal Rasha’s set I found yesterday (which add elemental meteors to the mix) and the Tasker and Theo gauntlets I found on Saturday (which push the fast forward button on my Hydra’s attack speed)… Sanctuary will burn.

    Should probably swap something out for some arcane or frost damage, to add more meteors to the mix… hmm…

    • Wizards are the best! (The VA for the female wizard is the same VA for Azula from Avatar: Last Airbender). I think I was up to Torment 6 last time I played my wizard. I think my build was something like:

      Offensive Spells:
      Arcane Barrage
      Black Hole
      Blizzard

      Buff Spells:
      Familiar

      Utility Spells:
      Teleport

      Defensive Spells
      Lightning Shield

      Also one of the gears set bonus causes an automatic cast of meteor when an enemy is hit buy Lightning, Cold, Fire and/or Arcane. It has a short cooldown but they all have independent cooldowns right now I can summon down an Arcane, Lightning and Cold meteor for free.

  • Can’d Meat reminder.

    Tags, from last time.

    Sydney Peeps: @35 @alexpants @anonymous_pessimist @batgirl @batguy @cakesmith @cj @cookingmama @dkzeitgeist @doc_what @effluvium-boy @fatshadylive @gingerchris86 @gorzilla @harli @hugo_the_hungarian_barbarian @morkai @markserrels @mrtaco @novacascade @powalen @pupp3tmast3r @ruffleberg @shiggyninty

    Canberra Meeps: @bdkiaf @blaghman @shane @trjn (and Freyrjrjrjr, but I’m too lazy to remember how to tag her correctly)

    Freezing Beeps: @freezespreston (Gonna keep tagging you in the hope that you can come)

    Other people: @sernobulus, @rocketman, @rize

    People I want to annoy: @dc

    September 12th. You may want to bring something to sleep on/in.

    Be prepared for games and food and alcohol. Feel free to shoot an email to blaghman(at)gmail.com if you have any questions. If you want to turn up early or stay late you’re welcome to.

    Whhheeeeeeeeeee. *rolls away*

  • Really getting into Dragonball Xenoverse lately. No I’m not calling it Dragon Ball Xenoverse because it’s spelt as one word on the title screen.

    But HOLY CHRIST that Frieza fight took like 4 years. Didn’t help that I didn’t need any items for any of the fights beforehand so I ended up doing it about 7 or 8 times because I kept running out of health by the time I got to the Spirit Bomb phase -_-

    • There’s a few of us here on PC and on console that are terrible at organising some co op in it, so if you ever want to talk about co opping and then never actually do it (or even maybe actually play it co op!) feel free to shout out on TAY.

        • I seem to be going OK so far. I made a female Majin (sp?) and I’m just focusing on basic attacks, health and a little bit into stamina and more or less ignoring the others and using my Ki as a buffer to extend one of my strike specials.

          Also I throw a lot. Not the game, the opponent. Like maybe 12 or 15 times if it’s a boss fight. Big on the grappling.

          • Grappling can really throw the AI opponent (HA!) because they never seem to see it coming. Very helpful! Though I wish you could customise your character’s throw, because the Namekian one is kinda boring.

    • I’m not sure if they’ve changed it but there’s a jump in difficulty around that point. I played as a melee character up until I think it was the Cell Saga, but eventually I used a wish to reset my attributes and switch to beams which made a huge difference. Melee worked great one on one but in the later missions where I’d have to face two or three enemies by myself they’d just peck away at me interrupting everything I’d do until I died. After I put it all into beam attacks and ki the tables turned. My Destructo-Disc + Kamehameha combo was a touch too strong but it still felt closer to balanced than melee.

  • Hi everyone 🙂

    I had a good weekend, making some slow-cooked lamb shanks with garlic and herbs, and also chicken chasseur. It’s my birthday today so going out to a rowdy Italian pizzeria tonight with wife and kids 🙂

    I played a lot of The Witcher 3 on the weekend, as well as Persona Q, Driveclub and Singstar(!)

  • Holy crap, I’m finally getting my new PSU!

    …pending any events with the courier/AusPost, which surely, SURELY is unlikely.

  • Oh wow, it took a LOT of jumping through hoops to install the AdBlock Plus extension at work (I’ve got Chrome 30.0.1599.66 m installed but updates are disable by the administrator, so I can’t use the Web Store) but TAY is so much better with Taboola completely blocked. It’s almost like OldTAY™!

  • I have started a youtube channel where i review PC Games. I am certainly not the best but i try my best anyway here is the link lemme know what you think or subscribe. youtube.com/Gammah88Gaming and the phantom pain looks sick :).

    • How spoilerific are your reviews? Is it a let’s play first 5 kinda deal or an edited review focusing on different points. So i guess what I’m asking is what is your style

  • TAY RPG Pathfinder tonight at 7:30pm ACST and 8pm AEST. Starring:

    @redartifice @tech_knight @freezespreston @negativezero @beeawwb

    Back on the road and your final destination is but a short journey away. The northern port city of Vinks beckons.

    • Maybe my last session, but I may also be around for a few more as I am most likely going to need to get a repeat of the eye surgery I had on my left eye this time. They told me it was a good idea to get it while the vision in it is still pretty good, but I was going to hold off because it’s painful and I wanted to get to the US. However I did some thinking and some poking around and the procedure’s not FDA approved in the US yet (they deferred a decision pending more long-term studies) and because I’m basically unable to see properly for 3-4 days afterward and banned from driving for a week I need to be looked after by someone, and that’d be pretty hard to do when I’m completely on my own in a foreign country. Also I was like, maybe it’s not urgent to get it done yet, but at what point do I say that I ‘need’ it? Do I wait for my vision to get worse?

      So yeah. Re-assessed next week to make sure I need it, and if I do I’m booked for the week after which means I’ll be around until mid October and get 2-3 sessions more, most likely. Still missing PAX by a couple weeks though 🙁

      • Take care. I know what eye problems can be like. One thing I can say is, don’t wait for things to get worse if the thing they are talking about doing doesn’t have significant risks attached and if it could possibly halt or reverse the vision deterioration. I’ve spent a fair amount on visiting the eye doctor without major ‘results’, but knowing that you are in good hands and on top of the situation (whatever you decide to do about it) is worth a lot.

        • Yeah, that’s the thing. I had terribad vision that was rapidly deteriorating in my right eye so did that ASAP. Progression will be halted now, and I feel that I’ve gotten an improvement in it. My left sees okay, but has the same problem and it’s been also getting worse over time, but at a much slower rate. Still, Keratoconus is supposed to continue to progress until you’re in your 40s or so, and I think I’d kick myself if I waited until my vision was bad before getting it fixed. Also if I don’t get the procedure done then I’d be looking at a cornea transplant later on and fuck that.

          EDIT: The only risk involved are that it can leave a permanent haze behind, and infection if it happens could make it bad (involves stripping the epithelium so stuff can actually enter the eye) but it’s relatively low-risk.

    • Keep me in mind for your next adventure module if you are looking for another player 🙂

      • I’ll keep you in mind for future stuff but we’re pretty much at capacity for the current game sorry. If I run something else in the future, I’ll throw an invite your way.

        • Will that still be the case once I’m out? It’ll just be down to 4 at that point, back to 5 when @gingerchris86 joins.

          • Keep in mind we did start with what, 8 in the beginning of the campaign? So it shouldn’t be a problem to add Chris and heck even Zambayoshi at some point, but only if Popdart thinks he can fit them both in.

          • 8 was pretty unwieldy though, and as you level up in PF it gets more and more complex. Hell even with five we spend half an hour arguing literally how to walk out of a dragon lair.

          • Understood! I’m involved in another Pathfinder campaign that we do once every month or two, and we find that 4-5 is the best number. Just putting my hand up if you need another player for the next module 🙂

          • Actually, the thing to keep an eye out for is the occasional stuff we do like Fiasco

          • Eight was way too many. We’re doing okay with five but a lot of our recent success has involved luck, a lot of quick thinking and @popdart5 pulling his punches a bit because of our lack of a healer and not having a traditional tank.

          • Also a good combination of roleplaying, social skills, and general smarts means that you guys avoided a lot of the pain and suffering coming your way. I am pulling my punches but not quite to the extent that I’m crippling the game to accommodate you. You guys are good at not getting into dangerous situations, which is the best way to adventure.

    • I’ll be there tonight but the session scheduled for 7th September I’ll miss due to timezones and international travel. Will be back in time for the 21st session though.

    • I’ll be on, just my standard work recall warning that I may have to bug out suddenly if I get called to work on customer faults this week.

  • Hi TAYbes <3 I’m back, I missed this place!

    I watched a bunch of Netflix and actually played some (new) vidja games! I played Life Is Strange (oh man, so good!) and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (oh man, so pretty, but Moses, was that ever slow and disappointing :/).

    • What have you been watching?
      We are currently watching daredevil and the latest Dragons season. We generally get about 2 episodes a week

      • Mm, I’m on Netflix, so mass binging! Haha, watching lots of BoJack Horseman (super surprised by how touching and deep it is!), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, finished Black Mirror. Lots of stand up (Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry).

        Just started watching The Honorable Woman last night, and oops now I want to cut all my hair off again!

        The end of the second episode of Daredevil has to be the best fight scene I’ve ever seen.

        • That was a cool fight, so much impact in it.
          I’m not that far into it, maybe half way through season 1

          Also you have a wedding coming up, don’t cut your hair that short. Also <3 Miss Fisher’s

          • Also you have a wedding coming up, don’t cut your hair that short.

            Oooh that MAKES me want to cut my hair off too! (That’s not a dig at you, specifically 😉 btw) I used to have a shaved head and I miss that, haha.

          • If you decide to cut your hair for your wedding go for it, certainly not saying you can’t do that. But if you cut it now you don’t have the option of long hair and whatever styling options that gives you. Then again I don’t actually know what the plans are, not sure if you guys have even set a date

  • @pixel_the_ferret_viking let’s talk Elite!

    Nice photo. Imperial scum. 😉 How are you enjoying it? Little bigger than the Adder… What’s in the background? Is that Achenar?

    I’m now 15kly from Sag A*, hopping from neutron star to neutron star at the moment. There’s a pair of rings of them from around 13-ish to 17-ish kly from the core about 1000ly above and below the galactic plane. Scanned about 20 of the things now, and no other commanders seem to have been through this bit of space! Cha-ching. I think I’ll easily do another 20 before I leave this neutron field.

    Gonna keep working my way inwards, to Sag A*, then loop round to Great Annihilator and then dunno. Come home I guess, it’s been a long long time since I’ve been in the bubble and things have changed a bit! New ships, new factions, turmoil in both the Empire and the Federation…

    • Really really loving the Clipper! Insanely fast and nimble for the size. And have completely cargo fitted her so managing 240T is a bit of an upgrade from the T6 😛

      Back to trading but I’m already itching for my next exploration trip… Fully kitted and tested A Diamondback, at 32LY it’s a bit of an upgrade 😛
      Enjoy your time near the core! Those neutron fields are real money makers… Also if you haven’t already, find yourself a carbon star! Those things are MASSIVE!

      • I need to check through my astronomy books now to find my next destination! Should be good fun…
        How are you enjoying the literal sea of stars in there?

      • I’ve set my view to star class, and deselected everything apart from protostars, wolf-rayet, carbon, white dwarfs and non-sequence. Not found a carbon yet… Been at a couple of absurd hypergiants though.

        Been out to the Crab Nebula? That was my first ever expedition although I didn’t make it all the way.

        What’s your ranks now?

        • 98% ranger! So damned close to pioneer :-P… That’s what I get for rushing the final 2000LY. 😛

          I was considering nebula hopping, particularly Barnard’s Loop and such.

        • I thought I was going mad for a while there, but the voices told me I’m fine… 😉

          It’s really spectacular out here.

    • It’s not released as far as I’m concerned until it gets a localisation announcement.

      God Eater 2….

      PSO2….

      *gazes wistfully into the distance*

      • The difference is that XSeed have been really good about localizing Falcom’s games recently. We’re getting two Trails games this year and got Ys VI as well. It’s not like PSO or GE2 where the company just doesn’t give a shit. I haven’t given up on God Eater yet either. PSO2 is a lost cause though.

        The worst thing about Falcom is that they do their Japanese dubs in such a way that apparently XSeed can’t re-license the audio. Not sure if there’s clauses in the actors contracts that prevent it, or if it’s a cost thing, but what I’ve heard is that they wanted to do dual audio but it was licensed in such a way that it’d be almost cheaper to re-record the dialogue. Which really sucks because the JP cast in this (and also Trails of Cold Steel) is excellent.

      • I noticed you’ve been getting trophies – started GZ again last night after dabbling when it came out. How hard was it S-ranking all missions? Wondering how much I can smash out before TPP.

        • It was pretty easy to my surprise.

          The secret is turning off reflex mode in options which nets you an extra 7500 points per mission.

          I used a guide for some too and it probably took me about 2-3 hours to S rank all the normal missions.

          • I haven’t been this excited for a video game since MGS4.

            When Hayter pops up as the “real” Big Boss I’m gonna die.

            Because no way will I believe he’s not in it.

            It’s impossible.

          • Yeah it’s still surreal, and Kojima being such a renowned troll – I’m hoping against hope. If it did happen, imagine the collective meltdown. The effects would be seen from space.

          • Oh, you and @shane, Hayter truthers.

            JET FUEL ISN’T HOT ENOUGH TO MELT OUTER HAVEN

            KONAMI HAS LINKS WITH THE BIN LADEN FAMILY

  • Based on the mercenary approach they take with DLC for their games, I thought that Bandai Namco were the worst in the business. Turns out Koei Tecmo want that title for themselves.

    So there’s a new Dead or Alive Xtreme coming. That’s the brilliant volleyball game trapped inside the pervy swimsuit trading bullshit that makes you ashamed to enjoy playing the franchise, for those playing at home.

    It’s only confirmed for Japan and Asia at the moment apparently. Probably worried that it’d be dragged through the muck for being a sexist piece of filth if they put it out in the west. Which wouldn’t be entirely innacurate.

    DoAX2 had nine characters included, basically the entire female cast of the Dead or Alive games up until that point, which was around DoA4. For some reason, for the new game, Team Ninja have decided that nine characters is some kind of sweet spot. DoAX3 will also have nine characters.

    The issue is that in the period since DoA4, the franchise has swelled from nine to fifteen eligible characters, with the addition of three permanent new characters (Mila, Marie Rose, Honoka), two guest characters from Ninja Gaiden (Momiji, Rachel) and one novelty character (Nyotengu).

    So they need to eliminate six characters from this roster. Naturally, they’re doing it via a fan poll. Apparently they’re not even stacking the votes so if any of the ‘regulars’ get voted out, they’re out. And there won’t be character DLC, apparently.

    There’s a very good chance that several of the newer girls get voted in. Honoka and Marie Rose are both extremely popular (the latter mainly because she’s the only one that doesn’t have tits bigger than her head, I think) and I kind of hope that Nyotengu makes the cut just because she’s got giant fucking wings on her back that will make the game an absolute shitshow for the developers with clipping problems and stuff. Shadenfreude, basically.

    But none of that explains why the whole thing is scummy. The voting process is the scummy bit.

    To cast your vote for your favourite character, you go to the PS Store and download the appropriate character’s theme. Basically a couple of still shots of the character in a swimsuit, so something they’d have thrown together with about two minutes effort.

    And each theme costs $3 US. Presumably $3+ AUD (haven’t looked). Want to vote for multiple characters? That’ll be effectively $3 per vote. Holy shit.

    • The worst part all of this is, that people will partake. It could be the worst crime in digital history, and people will still pay for the privilege. Doesn’t matter how wrong, or how much of a rip off it is. It’ll make them money.

      • Yep.

        I came within a circle button of buying one of them. If they’d been less than $3 US each and were more like $1.50-$2.00 I’d probably ‘cast my vote’ for 5-6 of them Hitomi, Marie Rose, Honoka, Lei Fang, Nyotengu, Kokoro, in that order but at >$3 each I can’t justify it and haven’t bought any of them yet.

        My expectation is that the lineup will be Kasumi, Hitomi, Ayane, Lei Fang, Marie Rose, Honoka, Mila, Kokoro and Momiji, with possibly Lisa or Tina sneaking in ahead of one of them.

  • Hello TAY.

    I used the trackwork on my train line as an excuse to not do anything over the weekend. Which was a complete success. I’m never really in the mood to play games after work during the week so most of my Splatooning is saved for the weekend. Played some team ranked with Sughly which was interesting (ie. I died a lot)

    Got some good breeding done too. (Also I played Pokemon hur hur hur). One team member down, five to go. Still gotta decide on nicknames for them all (no I will not name one Spaghetti, DC). Two months to go until PAX!

    • I went and caught another (female, premier ball) HA vivillon for you since noooooo, you don’t want the shiny. :p

      I’ve been taking my dinky little doubles team of four online over the last week, slowly getting better at this whole battling thing. Getting good at stomping the all-legendary teams (can’t handle primals at all though). Something else funny though, on no less than three separate occasions I got paired with a Japanese player, and the moment they saw me lead with two shinies they immediately forfeited the match. Huh.

      • Oh really? Thanks a bunch! I was going to try and see if I had one in my Friend Safaris before I asked you to grab me one 😛 Let me know whenever you’re free and I’ll jump online to trade. Anything you want? Got some good 4IV rejects if you need breeding stock (Eevee, Magikarp, a few others)

        The Japanese player probably thinks you’re hacking. Which isn’t such a silly assumption, considering 😛 All shinies is usually a pretty telltale sign.

        • Heh, I stomped the dirty hackers running unbound hoopa and shiny darkrai.

          Don’t really need anything in return, just started back into the breeding for my last two team members. They’re bad, but so am I so hey, should be fun anyway.

          • Now that you’ve said Premier Ball though I’m thinking I should consider getting my team in matching Luxury Balls or something 😛

          • I can help with that too!

            Just remember, if you’re breeding anything genderless you lose that – only plain poké balls there.

    • Something something oar of thorns.

      Just so you know, it’s a two-drink minimum and you order at the bar, no table service.

    • @kartanym summons TAYtags. It’s somewhat effective!

      @fled @grandmasterb-funk @hindenlagen @liondrive @phlanispo @phoenix @platinum-urchin @thecracks

      • Pixel is confused, Pixel hurt himself in his confusion!
        Pixel fell asleep.

      • Woo, NUMBER ONE in the arbitrarilyalphabetically-ordered-list-of-TAY-Perth-people.

        Finally all my training comes to fruitionelimation of Aarons, aardvarks, etc . can come to an end.

        Also, hi @kartanym.

          • Haha, I didn’t even notice (… or really look too closely). But hey – there’s a small chance that a completely random ordering would come out as alphabetical, right? 😀

        • Pertvengers sounds waaaay to close to pervengers which I guess is what @liondrive does when hes out

    • OH GOD THEY’RE REPLICATING UNCONTROLLABLY QUICK SOMEONE START DOUBLING THE HEIGHT OF THE RABBIT-PROOF FENCE.

      Actually, scratch that, we’ve got a couple of hours head start on them. Take your time.

    • Hi my name is CJ, in terms of Perth I like Five Bar, Freemantle and Mundy Gustos in Mundering.

    • Greetings, Mark. Welcome to Talk Amongst Yourselves, AKA TAY. Please be aware that Perthites are the most anti-social pack of broken young fools on this website. We fear human contact, and wilt in the light.

      Here is your complimentary astrolabe. Please be aware that no shoes, no service. Please be aware that you could be subjected to shameless plugging at any time.

      • Huh. I guess I must be one of the rare social ones … kinda like a rare Pokemon, but then every once in a while they have a promotion and suddenly there’s a butt ton of them.

        Shameless plugging I’m okay with. Also, shoes are nice. Expensive, but nice.

  • HELLO AND GOOD MONDAY TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!11!1!6!

    I pre ordered myself a copy of Metal Gear 5 Collect all the goats, and they gave me a free copy of MGS5 Ground Zeros for PC.

    Would Anyone like said free game./

    FREE METAL GEAR SOLID GROUND ZEROES ON STEAM
    minimum specs.
    OS: Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
    Processor: Core i5-4460 (3.20GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (2GB) or better (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
    DirectX: Version 11
    Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

  • On the weekend I found out I need glasses. #oldladystrange

    It’s just for when I’m doing close-up hand-sewing, though. Not for reading or anything like that. My regular vision is still 20/20. I chose purple and aqua frames because even though I’m usually home alone when I’ll need them, I still want to look pretty. 😛

  • Busy/tiring weekend. Went around to Dare Girl’s again on Friday, worked through more Marvel movies. Only got through Iron Man 2 and Thor before we had to call it a night. Still probably like Thor the least of all of them I think.

    Saturday was my friend’s wedding. The night before, I’d gotten myself “tidied up” and removed the mohawk. Immediately regretted it. First thing Mum said was “oh, that’s better!”, while the first thing my sister said was more along the lines of “oh. Now that it’s gone, it actually really worked with it there.” Which is pretty much how I feel, and I imagine the rest of everyone I know would feel too 😛 Honestly if I still had a full head of hair and didn’t have that big gaping hole at the back, I would have kept it. Sigh.

    Wedding was good though. Spectacular day for it too, couldn’t believe how warm it was. Hell, when I got up after crashing that morning, I had to take off both my beanie and my dressing gown because it was too hot. And no matter how warm it gets in the winter, the house is *never* not cold on the inside.

    Got to catch up with a bunch of people I haven’t seen in a while, including the groom’s sister who always seems to be busy whenever a thing is on, even when she wasn’t over in England at the time. Probably wouldn’t have recognised her if she wasn’t going around saying hi to everyone, pretty sure it’s been years. Also hilarity when finding out the youngest of our group has gone and gotten herself a tattoo. And didn’t even start out small, it’s a huge owl and skull thing that covers most of her thigh. Would love to be there when her parents discover it, considering they weren’t even particularly happy about the shaved side of her head she’s got going on. Though she doesn’t plan on letting that happen 😛 Still, it looks pretty great. Good on her. Also it turns out that one of the groom’s friends is brother to a girl from my high school group, and she works at Flying Fish where the reception was held, so got a chance to catch up with her for the first time in what I’m sure must be a couple of years now too.

    The food there was pretty great. A little hard to get a hold of though, the wait staff always seemed to be going somewhere else instead, we kind of just moved to the foyer so they would have to go through us and we could pretty much tackle them down to grab it. The ones serving the alcohol did pretty well though, wine glass was constantly being filled 😛

    Spent Sunday playing Splatoon, pretty much. Wanted to check out the new level, Flounder Heights. Took a bit of getting used to, but I think I like it. Huuuuge area, seems like it has over 2k points worth of paintable surface. It was on Turf War from midday til 4, so just used that to get used to it. Then after that it came up with Warehouse in Splat Zones, so went and did that for the next few hours. It is crazy hard in that mode, with how small the area on the rooftops is (making it really easy for Splattershots, Rollers and Blasters to completely dominate with their close-range game) and the walls making it easy for people to sneak up on you from all directions.

    Also, discovered https://splatoon.nintendo.net/, which despite being in Japanese, is really cool. Especially since you can check out what maps and modes are coming up in the next three rotations, as well as seeing how much you’ve used all your weapons and what your friends are using as well. They really need an English version, but it’s still totally usable as it is (there’s a pretty good guide explaining it all).

    Also also, last night I finally cracked S-rank! \o/
    And somehow managed to not drop back to A+ through all the matches I played! \o/

    • You can use that Splatoon website to announce when you’re going to be playing, so your friends can see and join you if they want! You set the time, game mode (not that I can read that) and what weapon you’re going to be using. But I agree, needs an English (and other languages) version. Also I discovered yesterday the commercial Splatoon website shows Splatfest winner information, including top 5 MVPs from both teams. That would be nice in English, too.

      Congrats on S-rank! I’m close to A+, had to cut off my play session with a friend early last night due to structural damage to my apartment (just on the balcony but I had to make some calls) caused by the heavy rain =(

      • Damn. We had some water appear at the bottom of one of the corners of the wall in our house, no idea where it’s come from but it’s worrying. Also the new roof over the veranda out the back decided to sprout waterfalls at the points where it joins onto the house roof, so that’s some more fun to get sorted, Stupid rain.

        I was wondering about that scheduling thing, and how it works exactly. Sounds cool. Also the idea of making it as a Splatfest MVP, though I doubt that’ll ever happen. Ever 😛

  • Enjoyed the Fear the Walking Dead pilot. Like the new characters. Like the setting. Like how they’re doing something a bit different with it. Kim Dickens is a great lead. Some of the dialogue is a bit on the nose at times, but that criticism goes hand-in-hand with the core series as well. Also a bit slower, but I don’t have a problem with that. Looking forward to seeing it unfold!

    • It seems like the notifications are staying active until you actually read the post they refer to. At least in my head it is. I haven’t actually tested this empirically. (I’ve got the 0 thing too)

        • Ok I just saw your notification, so I started from the top of Page 2 and slowly scrolled down. The notification stayed at “1” until I hit this thread and then changed to “0”. Neat!

  • Just a re-post in case any Clicker Heroes players missed my post on Saturday.

    I’ve created a clan called KoTAYku (case sensitive). Currently we have 10 members! Feel free to join if you like!

    • I joined yesterday; just FYI there does seem to be a limit on the number of people in a clan (only noticed when trying to join random clans before I saw KoTAYku) so we may hit capacity at some point.

      • ahh ok. I might look in to it and see if I can find out! I know Marvel Puzzle Quest has a cap of like 20 or 25 people per alliance, so maybe it’s similar here. Will update when I find some hard stats!

  • Seeking inspiration. What do people normally cook with chicken. I have some chicken breast for me to cook for Tiglet and myself but no idea what to do.
    What is your go to chicken dish?

    • I’ve recently had to do a lot of lower fat cooking options for Mrs B-ob, which meant I ended up doing a lot of baked chicken breast options. Wrapped in bacon and glazed with maple syrup and chopped apples dusted with a mix of chilli powder and cumin is low fat, right?

    • Depends if you’re looking for something easy or something with effort.

      If effort (relatively speaking), crispy chicken tacos are pretty good.

      If easy, pesto chicken pasta. It’s easy in that it’s three ingredients and I just listed them 😛

    • My dinner thought process usually goes: “Hm, what is about to expire… I’ll have that.”

      Last night it was every vegetable I own.

    • Carbonara, because lazy 😛
      If not, crumb those bad boys and make an awesome Parma?
      Chicken Stirfry?
      Chicken Mignons?
      Kievs?

      *shrugs*

    • Babby!

      I did chicken miso soup the other week. Green chicken curry is the bomb (though thighs are better for curries), chilli chicken, chinese chicken, chicken with prosciutto, baked chicken with mustard and cream…

      it’s really anything you want.

    • I am terrible at making well formed dishes, so I tend to just do a quick rub on the chicken (phrasing) and serve with microwaved veggies.

      I use a modified version of this at meats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/08/peruvian-style-grilled-chicken-with-green-sauce-recipe.html and crumb the chicken in little bites, which seems to work fairly well when I don’t burn it, but I imagine the green sauce would be way too spicy for Tiglet.

      Otherwise, again, probably some sort of light rub or spicing on the chicken, then either an orange salad (salad leaves, carrot, mandarin, tomato, capsicum, onion, normal seasoning stuff to taste) or an avocado-ey one (bit of salad leaves, Avocado, lots of tomato, chuck some parsley on it, call it a day).

    • Super lazy honey mustard chicken & brown rice ~ 30mins go-to-whoa, the majority of which is unattended oven-cooking.

    • Satay chicken wraps – easy and yummy. Chuck some mushroom and onion in with the chicken, cook, simmer in satay sauce, serve with cheese/tomato/lettuce/carrot/capsicum/whatever to go in the wraps.

    • Apricot or Mango chicken – tiglet will love that.

      Any sort of chicken stir fry with rice. Teriyaki chicken or Honey soy is always a winner with kids. Sprinkled with herbs and pan-grilled with some salad, or turned into a sandwich/burger/wrap

      Crumb it and make schitzel or home made chicken nuggets.

    • Maybe not a go-to dish but Oyakodon (parent-child bowl) would be amusingly appropriate. It’s pretty easy to make but you need the right ingredients for it (onions, dashi, mirin, sake, sugar, soy).

      You basically mix up sake and mirin (3:1) and then add dashi, soy and sugar, bring it to the boil then dump diced chicken and onions in, let that boil for 8-10 mins to cook and then quickly mix through beaten eggs, let the eggs cook briefly and then dump the whole lot over rice.

      • This is my favourite donburi. Although it’s less healthy cousin katsudon is also good.

        • I much prefer katsudon and I’d kill for a tamanegidon like you can get in Japan (gyuudon with spring onions & a raw egg cracked over it all) but I don’t trust our eggs here.

          However Oyakodon is pretty great. I ended up making it for dinner last night.

  • Aw, everyone seems to mention in passing how they’re not going to PAXAUS. Everyone makes me sad.

    • The full fixture is available in this comment, the next round begins on Wednesday. Your match will be against the Hoth Shots, Rize and JacksonWRyan aka ScienceJayZ aka HermesandThoth.

      Edit: In future updates I’ll have changed the team name, but for now look for Car-RazyGuys.

  • Terrible decision time: Senran Kagura 2 3DS digital or physical? Wait for US on the 15th of September or grab this week?

  • Numenera: Tales of the Ninth World – Thirty-fifth Session Recap (5th August 2015) starring:

    – Blaghs aka @blaghman the tough Glaive who masters weaponry,
    – Elandar Kintan aka @popdart5 the foolish Nano who controls gravity.
    – Scrappa aka @tech_knight the mechanical Jack who talks to machines, and
    – Storyteller aka @redartifice the awesome GM who weaves tales.

    On the bottom of the ocean floor, Scrappa, Zippa, Shonai, Elandar, and Blaghs stood inside an underwater fortress. A great maelstrom of coursed through the water above, creating a vicious tempest that had encircled the whaleboat and threatened the safety of the Deschn. Inside the fortress though, the party had uncovered an individual entombed in their heaving diving suit. The air hose had been severed and floated freely while heavy chains bound the body to the floor. Marine life surrounded the body and seemed to guard it as the person looked up at the group.

    Read more at http://taynumenera.tumblr.com/.

  • @os42 Just noticed that the magic Remove the trending stories script stopped working.

    • I’ve been using Adblock Plus and its ‘block element’ option. Works for the Also on Kotaku and Trending Stories sections.

    • Yep, it’s no longer delivered asynchronously, but as part of the page proper. Makes hiding it much simpler – no messing around with DOM observers. It’s less obtrusive than it was, but I’m yet to see what it offers that the other two sections (the box on the right, and the bottom three lists) on the page don’t.

  • This “comics” thing is alright!

    Bit expensive though and hard to get into (SO MANY THINGS)

  • Holy crap I just drove through the most ridiculous storm. Could barely see anything, even with wipers on max. And then there was the hail. Stuck doing 40 or less for the entirety of Victoria Road, and had to pretty much swim most of the way because the thing was just flooded. The road down the hill after it was more like a waterslide, would’ve been great with an inflated mattress or something.

  • TAY RPG Pathfinder completed for another night. Starring:

    @redartifice @tech_knight @freezespreston @negativezero @beeawwb

    GM Summary: You completed the job, got paid, and are about to go and party. Life is good.

    In addition, my apologies for a racist caricature of a town for Vinks. My mind kinda blanked tonight for my descriptions so I’m sorry about that.

  • Thanks @kermitron for carrying me for the last 20 seconds of this weeks Nightfall. I’m having some live issues so I couldn’t say thanks myself lol.

    • No problem. I didn’t mean to abandon you either, maybe you didn’t hear me over the headset but you were welcome to rejoin us for another one. 🙂

  • Dad brought home a bunch of stuff, I think it belonged to a neighbour of my Uncle’s who had moved out. In there was a Nokia E71. Thought I’d give it a try, since I love me a button phone and I was curious about what was going on in this one especially with a full QWERTY pad. Good god I do not understand how people use (and swear by) it. I mean generally I use my thumbnail to push phone buttons, since my thumbs are so squishy. Couldn’t do that on here though, because the keys are so curved there’s only a tiny little area to properly press them. When feeling around with the pads of my thumbs it seems to make sense I guess, I can definitely feel how I’m not really touching the bumps on the surrounding keys when just feeling for the one. But it’s really hard to feel individual keys, and to figure out which one I’m trying to press when punching out a message. Feels more like I’m just randomly mashing the keyboard and hoping for the best.

    Would rather stick with T9 😛

  • Moni wont let me sleep she keeps trying to wrap herself around my head and her snores sound like dump trucks

  • Woo, got a US$50 refund for my ebay thingo!

    Holy crap that’s nearly AU70 now. I can live with that.

  • Oh hey, the $25 refund for the class action over deceptive advertising for the Vita came through.

  • I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a super simple cosplay for PAX.

    After all, Cyan is a truly fantastic and iconic character from a well known game that everyone will recognise. Right? Right?

    I could even carry around a toy pug.

    The only downside (aside from having to wear bright green pants) is the whole making the costume bit.

  • I just got out of the shower and now I’m reading TAY. I think I’ll go make a coffee.

    On another note, I really should sort out my rail pass for Japan some time this afternoon. Since I’m going on, like, Sunday.

    • I swear I must have some kind of dyslexia the amount of words I misread/transpose.

      I read that you needed to sort our your jail pass, and I was thinking “He does know the real world isn’t like Monopoly, right?”

      • My health and happiness; I haven’t had a holiday in five years, basically since I started working my last job. There’s no work involved at all.

        It’s a bit scary because I Don’t Know How To Holiday Properly but Japan’s pretty cool so I’m sure I’ll be OK

    • JR Pass is very much worth getting arranged.

      Have you been there before? If not, do you want a quick explanation on how to use the subways in Tokyo and Osaka (they work the same way)?

        • Subway is ridiculously easy.

          When you go in, there will be a big board up showing the map of the subway. You need to know what station you’re going to. The further you travel, the more it costs. The subway map will have a cost to get to each station, starting at around 120 Yen for the neighbouring stations.

          You basically go to the old-fashioned ticket machine and select the appropriate fare and then put your money in. Then you feed it through the ticket gate and you’re done. When you get to the other end, the machine will eat your ticket. This is normal.

          The ticket machines generally have a button you can press to get it to swap the UI to English.

          Also, if you’re not sure how far you’re going on the train, you can buy the lowest fare ticket, take the train to your destination, and then when you get to where you needed to go, there will be a ‘fare adjustment’ machine where you can put your ticket in and pay the difference.

          If you’re going to make more than three trips involving more four or five stops, there’s usually an option to buy a day pass. This was around 10000-1200 Yen I think. You’ll use the subway for most of your transport in Osaka and Tokyo so it’s often worth it.

          Note that this only covers the subway and metro rail stuff. There are other rail lines in both cities that are operated by different companies. JR runs some of them but not all of them – some have separate ticketing systems. Your JR pass (show them the pass and they’ll flag you through) will work for anything run by JR, but the subways are a different company.

          In Osaka, the train network is easier to use I think because Osaka is largely laid out on a grid, and the subways run down the main roads north-south and east-west. Tokyo is much more convoluted and twisty. But it’s all very easy.

          Places you should know:
          – Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyuukan – make a note of that, more signs have that word than Aquarium) is at Osakako station on the Chuo line.
          – Umeda is the big central station for Osaka. Many of the lines go through there. This is also where the giant Yodobayashi Camera is – want to buy electronics? That’s your go-to.
          – Denden Town (Osaka’s Akihabara) is in Nipponbashi, in the south of Osaka. Ebisucho station, Sakaisuji line.
          – Akihabara’s has two stations and you should pick the best one for where you’re coming from. Akihabara station on the Hibiya line, or Suehirocho on the Ginza line. Suehirocho is toward the top end of the main drag. Akiba station is central to a lot of stuff.

          Other than that, it depends what you want to do as to what’s worth seeing. In Osaka I recommend going to the Umeda Sky Building as it’s quite impressive. Definitely do the aquarium. Osaka castle is very much worth doing as well, even if it’s only a replica of the original castle.

          In Tokyo, you might want to go to some of the parks. Shinjuku park is pretty huge and worth a visit. Since you’re not doing Kyoto you might want to visit some of the historic areas like the Meiji shrine or out to Asakusa (which is also where Tokyo Skytree is). Tokyo Tower’s not as amazing as it was but still worth a go (our guide took us there from Daimon station, walking through a shrine that was on the way). Akiba’s obviously amazing. Ikebukuro also has some good shopping. We were a bit disappointed with Harajuku – back when Japan was ‘in’ it was ground zero for all the kitchy fashion stuff but it felt like it had fallen behind a bit. Might still appeal depending on company though. Make sure you do it right and get a crepe.

          Protips:
          – You don’t need to tip. Gratuity is added automatically along with tax to the bill. They will give you exact change. You must take it all, even the bloody useless 1 yen coins.
          – Your hotel will happily take your rolls of 1y and 5y coins and change them to something less annoying
          – ‘Nama beer’. This means ‘fresh’ or ‘raw’. Want a beer with your meal? This is what you want to order. Usually it’s Kirin or Asahi. Sometimes you’ll luck out and it’s Yebisu. If you’re in a place that has it, try Asahi Black.
          – If you’re stuck looking for something to eat, there are three beef bowl (gyuudon) chains. Sukiya, Yoshinoya, Matsuya. Matsuya use a ticket system. Some people say this makes it harder but IMO it made it way easier – put your money in a machine, press what you want. It prints a ticket, which you give to the dude and he puts it together and brings it over. Easy. Low interaction. Hard to fuck up. Strongly, strongly recommend tamanegidon. It’s a beef bowl with a ton of spring onions and a raw egg. Crack the egg over and mix it through. The heat of the rice cooks the egg and adds an amazing flavor. Another option if you can’t see any gyuudon places is CoCo Ichibanya, which does Curry.
          – If all else fails, McDonalds is around. But if you’re going for a burger I’d suggest trying Mos Burger first.
          – You can buy booze from vending machines. Sometimes it’s not obvious that it’s alcohol. Be careful.
          – Japan is amazing at hiding rubbish bins, especially since the place looks so clean. You will struggle to find a bin at first. Huge tip: wherever there is a vending machine, there is usually a bin right near it, you’ll just have to look hard.

          Hope this is helpful.

          • That’s amazingly helpful! Although I don’t drink beer. It tastes like piss to me. Is it equally easy to get spirits or something civilised to go with my meal?

            As for the food, I have no qualms trying everything and I already like a lot of Asian food; I think that’s probably going to be the most fun part of the trip.

            I think I’m going to be rewatching a lot of anime/studying phrases in the coming days.

          • Some places may have sake, but it’s expensive. Most places have soft drinks (tip: ‘koora’, Cola, not coke!).

            Whisky is pretty cheap over there and very good. I’m still kicking myself for not picking up a bottle of Hibiki at the airport. Duty free it was only around $50 AUD compared to the $100+ you pay locally.

          • Excellent.

            Note: just tried to find office on Kent St to get JTB pass during lunch break. Failed spectacularly. Am now furious.

          • Every place and thing you just mentioned sounds straight out of an anime, i swear they could pass for characters names

          • What, like Yoshinoya? That’s definitely a real last name.

            In fact there was a hillarious visual joke in one episode of Hidamari Sketch in which the characters are in class and the crazy art teacher (Yoshinoya) arrives and throws the door open and you’re expecting to see her but there’s a beef bowl there instead. I chortled.

            It’s not uncommon for people’s surnames to be derived from place names either. Especially if you knock out the parts of names that are super-generic. You’d never see someone named Suehirochou, 末広町, because the ‘町’ (which means village) is used for villages not people. Suehiro is definitely a last name though – SWERY aka Hidetaka Suehiro (same kanji) is a pretty well-known game designer that mades wacky weird shit like Deadly Premonition and D4.

            A lot of place names have very generic meanings if you look at the kanji. Osaka for example is literally ‘big harbor’. Hiroshima is ‘wide island’. Same goes for a lot of station names. This is basically the benefit of an ideographic written language I think. Having a bit of Japanese knowledge actually reveals details that aren’t immediately obvious. Toranomon station for example. My Dad had an apartment around there when I visited him years ago. He made it sound like Pteranodon. It’s actually Tora-no-mon. Tiger’s Gate. It was the site of one of the gates into Edo castle.

            On the other hand, there are some places where the Kanji probably doesn’t have the meaning you expect. My dictionary tells me that the first character in Shibuya, 渋谷, means ‘to have diarrhea’. I’m sure that the place doesn’t mean Diarrhea Valley though. Or maybe it does (?)

            Also I imagine a lot of those places sound like they’re straight out of an anime because they literally are.

  • My fiance was super excited to tell me last night that he bought a PSP for $50 on clearance. Like, he was adorably excited. So excited he dropped his PS Vita, hahaha.

  • Hello TAYbes. My good friend @blackdahlianz and myself are deciding on whether to go to PAX on Saturday or Sunday, Which do you think would be better?

    *Prepares for onslaught of “por que no los dos?”*

    • Probably Saturday since there’s events going on for longer throughout the day (i.e. past when the closing ceremony time is on Sunday?). Sunday you’d perhaps get more “finals” of things though if you enjoy watching those.

    • Saturday!
      Sunday is a much shorter day, you will have taybie flying out and leaving early
      Plus if you do Sat you can just follow the group and head to the after party

      • This was what I was thinking, I wasn’t sure if I was travelling for work when yourself and Scree were advertising it in the first instance but I’d like to come hang out for a while!

    • Saturday. Sunday stops at 5pm where Saturday goes 10pm to Midnight basically. Usually more events on on Saturday as well.

  • For the TAY parents:
    The latest Humble Mobile Bundle seems to be a whole bunch of kids games. No idea if they’re good or not, but worth looking in to.

  • It’s a weird combination of curiosity and disappointment that is making me read up on all this Ashley Madison stuff. At this point the majority of disappointment is stemming from the comments people are putting that amount to “Serves you right”.

    Let’s pretend for a moment that there is only men and women on the site that are in relationships and looking to cheat. We’ll ignore the cries of “I was curious but never did anything” or “I’m actually/used to be single”.

    Does that mean we should vilify said people?

    Undoubtedly a number of people on the site (purely an assumption: majority?) would be looking for a supposedly secretive way to cheat on their partners, and that is not something most people (myself included) agree with in the slightest…but what about the people who have made a big mistake and have just been made aware how brainless/insensitive/irrational their decision was (whether their attempts succeeded or not)? Should they be stamped with a “Scum of the Earth” label and thrown to the public?

    Feel free to tell me how you’ve never screwed up badly in a relationship.

    I’m not personally affect by the hack, directly or indirectly, and I’ve been lucky enough to never have been cheated on/done the cheating, but I’m sure as hell not in a position to judge anyone involved.

    • I do have a degree of sympathy for a lot of the people who’ve been implicated in the hack.

      There are any number of reasons to cheat on someone, and whilst many outwardly describe it as a deplorable act I’m not sure whether having it plastered on the Internet is particularly fair.

      Speaking from the experience of someone whom has been cheated on a number of times; whilst I was absolutely devastated to find out it was happening, I know in hindsight that in those particular relationships I wasn’t making my partners happy and at the end of the day your own happiness is paramount. Ruining someones family because of the sexual fantasy of someone who signed up to the website you’re trying to bring down I don’t think is particularly fair.

      • It really looks like it’s set to really exacerbate the issue to an insane degree, making a crappy situation so much worse…or creating an issue were there was none.

    • I take a huge issue with the fact that details such as full email addresses and credit card details were published, essentially doxxing a large number of people, potentially causing more harm to those people than the aspect of “cheating” on their partners.

      Most “proper” (I don’t know how better to define the term…) hackers will censor this kind of stuff. Take a look at the Sony hacks. Everything single bit of personal information (email addresses etc) was censored in some way. The Snapchat hack had the full phone numbers masked.

      • I totally agree. The way the data has been handled (including by Avid before and after the hack) has been careless at best and outright malicious from some sources.

        • I was actually just reading an article that confirmed at least 2 people have committed suicide over it in Canada.

          People are quick to defend their own privacy, but when it comes to a question of “morality” it becomes a witch hunt. The hypocrisy is ridiculous.

          • Someone on my Facebook made this point about the internet’s general reaction, just to stir shit:

            “Are the Ashley Madison hack victims entitled to their privacy like the victims of the fappening, or should they have expected that something like this might happen, like the victims of the fappening?”

            The person who posted it didn’t actually take a stance, but people who read it were very quick to defend their positions: “oh but the celebs whose photos got leaked were innocent, did nothing wrong” etc. whereas “cheaters are scum and deserve to be exposed”.

            People who sign up for a dating website specifically encouraging infidelity might be morally questionable, but it doesn’t make it any more morally right to steal their information.

    • People are entitled to privacy and the running/ruining of their own lives. I think that cheaters deserve to be caught, but that’s a matter for them and their affected spouse, not the entire planet to look on and cast judgement.

  • Aaaaaand tickets to see Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally when they tour next year…. purchased.

  • Sorry if this is old news, but this is for all the Grandia fans here.

    Grandia II Anniversary Edition popped up yesterday (or maybe today given the time difference) on GoG.com.

    Might say more later but judging from the GoG trailer, it’s basically the DC version with a hard mode, Japanese and English voice cast.

    In terms of the enhanced visuals, having played the PC version I think they cheaped out and left the textures as before and just added more resolution options.

    From memory, I think the PC version ran at 800 by 600 or higher but it has been a long time.

    • The old PC port was godawful though so this one being based off the Dreamcast version is already superior.

      Grandia II is one of my favourite JRPGs. Worried that some of that is rose-tinted vision though.

      • I keep hearing that but my experience was fine.

        The only problem I had was with the FMVs, both during battle and the store cut scenes.

        For some reason, the version of my then nVidia drivers played havoc on the cut scenes.

        One time, the colours were reversed like a negative, the next version I got a double image like the SBS mode on 3D displays, and the version after played the sound and no image.

        The FMVs overlaid on the battles always worked but I found later when I got the DC version they were cut down in size which was odd as the game came on two CDs which is around the capacity of the data track on a DC GD-ROM.

        Eventually I put the game down and when I came back two years later it worked fine. And according to some sites, even this new port has some bugs.

        But what about you though? Did you ever experience the PC version?

        • Only briefly but never spent a lot of time with it. I had it on Dreamcast and that was the best version at the time by far. The old PC version was a port of the PS2 release which was slightly inferior.

          This release fixes my biggest gripe though: no more crap English dub. I cannot stand Cam Clarke.

          EDIT: FWIW I actually still own it on Dreamcast. I used to replay it every few years. But my Dreamcast has a problem where it spontaneously reboots every few minutes now so I haven’t been able to play for a while.

          • I just can’t get past the fact he always sounds exactly the same in every role I remember him in, right back to Denver the Last Dinosaur.

            EDIT: By the way, this means that whenever I hear Cam Clarke, what I hear is one of the kids from Denver The Last Dinosaur because that was my earliest encounter with his voice. And that ruins everything.

          • That’s typical for most voice actors.

            Only the minority have wide ranging voices. The best of them all in my opinion, Mel Blanc and close behind him, Robin Williams.

          • It’s not really typical for those as high profile as him to have as little range as he does. I can pick him out every single time I hear him. Most that are cast as often as he is have enough range they can put on a ton of different voices.

            I guess he’s better than the Really-excited-to-read-you-the-ingredients-list-on-this-can-of-soup dub actors common in anime though. But given a choice, give me the JP dialogue any day of the week. There’s only very rare cases where that’s not the best option.

          • You and @negativezero should watch the doco “I know that voice-” has a lot of interviews with voice actors talking about the profession, the history, how they started.

          • @redartifice: saw it a while back and it’s pretty good.

            Cam Clarke isn’t in it. 😛 Or if he was I blocked him out.

          • The old PC version was a port of the PS2 release which was slightly inferior.

            You sure? One of the key give aways is the PS2 had a different opening cinematic. The opening on the PC was identical to the Dreamcast.

            This release fixes my biggest gripe though: no more crap English dub. I cannot stand Cam Clarke.

            Oooooooh! Them’s fighting words, bucko! “Ninja’ fighting words to be precise, 😛

            Jokes aside, can’t you get your DC fixed? Sounds like power issue so maybe replacing the PSU will resurrect the little champ.

            The only issue with mine is the drive is so laud everyone within 100 kilometres knows I have it turned on.

          • I think it’s actually caused by a faulty switch in the lid. It needs a new laser though as well – encounters disc read errors a lot so eg you’ll be playing Soul Calibur and textures will fail to load, or the music will cut out (it was streamed off the GD-ROM). Skies of Arcadia is unplayable – I’ve never finished it because of the read error issue. They didn’t think to add some error checking so you or a boss will do a special attack, it’ll disable the menus and zoom in on the character then go to load the animation off the disc and the read will fail, and then the whole game just sits there with the character in a combat stance and the only thing you can do is reset the game. 🙁

    • *Chorus*
      Hi Cakesmith.

      It’s okay, this is a forgivi- *gets kicked by an angry horde*

      YOU SUCK CAKESMITH, YOU SUCK!

    • Hi Cakesmith

      You’re among friends here, and just know that we all love you as a person, we just disagree with some of your life choices at the moment, like your life choice to not play Metal Gear Solid because what the fuck is wrong with you you idiot it’s-

      I’m sorry, I said I wouldn’t get angry. We just want you to know that your choices are hurting others around you.

      • Actually wait that’s a lie.

        I grabbed the demo of MGS3 on 3DS and had a go of that. And didn’t think much of it before shutting it off and doing something else 😛

    • Hi,

      My name is Highperformance and I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid Game, I thought I had but it turns out it was Metal Slug.

    • My name is Cakesmith and I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game.

      Er, that’s the norm. You don’t plays those games. You watch them and wait for the interactive content.

      Jokes aside, I too have never played an MGS “game”, mostly because the stealth genre is not my cup of tea.

    • Hey, this makes for a pretty cool game. I’m obviously exaggerating my responses but I’m sure everyone here could say that haven’t played such and such and everyone would act all surprised. I mean, I call myself a Star Wars fan but I’ve never played.. a Star Wars game.

      Just kidding, what I meant was I’ve never played KOTOR.

    • Hi,

      My name is Sunsoar and last night I just ordered the HD Collection off eBay.

      I only ever played Metal Gear Solid sometime in 1999 and I’ve had MGSIV on my shelf for the last 4 years.

    • I only just realised I actually own a whole bunch of MGS games. I’ve had a copy of Twin Snakes that’s been sitting on my shelf for about a decade now, still unplayed. And Shane had a PC copy of MGS2 in his box of stuff he left at Blagh’s the first time I tagged along, which I thought hey I should grab that. And then at some point (which I keep forgetting ever happened) a guy I knew was selling an AU-stickered copy of Twin Snakes so I grabbed that off him, only to find that it didn’t have a manual with it. Also it came with PS2 copies of MGS2 and 3, and a strategy guide for 3. Even though I don’t have a PS2. So that’s hidden somewhere in my room now too.

      Also there’s Revengeance which I picked up recently, not sure if MGR counts as MGS though. But hey why not.

      • I’ve always wanted to play twin snakes, because MGS was much more limited by its technology than the rest of the series

          • Don’t have a gamecube, and I replayed the PSone game relatively recently, but thanks for the offer

          • Personally prefer the simplicity of the controls in 1. I barely touch the extra moves outside of points I have to, i the sequels.

        • If anything I’d be more inclined to sell the EU one. Though first I need to get a UKV manual for the “AU” one. But then it’s in slightly worse shape than the EU one. But then…

          Suffice to say it’s something I’ve been pondering for a while but am yet to be able to make a decision on 😛

          • Yep, no trouble.s You could even get a US (or JP I guess) version running through Wii homebrew, which is very easy to set up if you don’t have it already.

    • I’ve played all of MGS, MGS:2 and about half of MGS: 3 When I tell people that I didn’t really like MGS 3 and enjoyed MGS 2 they start yelling angrily and saying I don’t deserve to have an opinion so I just avoid all MGS talk.

    • Hi

      my name is Pixel and I have played a Metal Gear Solid game.
      Nor do I even know what they’re about except for a guy with a beard.

    • Hi Cakesmith. Let us embrace in our ‘never played a Metal Gear Solid game’ similarities

    • Okay, let me divert the lynch mob!

      My name is NegativeZero and I’ve played most Metal Gear Solid games and think they’re shit.

    • Hi,

      My name is os42, and I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game. I did, however, play the shit out of Revengeance, even though I had no idea what was going on.

    • Do what I plan to do, sit down a week before phantom pain drops and play the MGS legacy collection. Yup.

      What? It comes out next week? Your kidding right?

      Welp MGS was fun I played it in my mind because no god damn way is it getting precedent over ROOOOOCCCCKKKKEEEEEETTTTT LLLLEEEEEAAAAGGGGUUUUEEEE

    • Well, the obvious one is The Witcher 2, where you can choose a faction early on and it closes off a bunch of the game, and the payoff from some choices is delayed.

      We need to get you into a tabletop RPG at some point too, where narrative depends highly on players. You may want to poke around gnome stew: http://www.gnomestew.com/ which is system neutral, and I recommend the narrative work by Robin Laws: http://robin-d-laws.blogspot.com.au/. The latter especially is a dude who has done a lot of thought on narratives in games and how to engage players in roles, which is essentially what you’re asking players to do.

      • There are some games as well that really, really enforce a certain role on you. Sagas of the Icelanders actually has key mechanical differences between playing as a man and a woman in Viking-era Iceland. Of course, how this works in gameplay can be a little restrictive at times as the game essentially tells you that ‘you can’t do X because you’re a man/woman’, which is completely at odds with the far more open choices and roles in most RPGs. The roleplaying part of RPGs encourages players to act out a certain role but unfortunately some games don’t help or aid players in this at all.

        Edit: Completely missed that Robin Laws worked on Feng Shui. That is a great game for encouraging crazy Hong Kong action cinema mixed in with east Asian supernatural themes and general wushu genre stuff.

    • I never really think about the story in games much, so that was an interesting read. Also well written, I haven’t played any of those games but could still follow along just fine 😛

    • I like the idea of putting more focus on the little decisions you make having an actual impact, but it’s a fine line between making that an awesome addition to the narrative and making players feel like they’re being punished for something they did 3 hours of gameplay ago.

      [Shane will remember that]

      OH GOD, RELOAD, RELOAD.

      • That whole ‘X will remember that’ thing kinda takes me out of the moment in Telltale games. I prefer to not have the big flashing sign that says that I just made a decision that will impact the narrative. I much prefer the Witcher games in that regard as it’s never quite as clear what will change the story and what is merely a minor narrative point. Makes it much more interesting when you finally connect the dots and have the face the consequences of a decision that you didn’t even know was a decision.

        • I agree with this, but I also like seeing it, because it reassures me that the things I’m doing will have an impact later on. Also, immediate guilt! 😀

          I really appreciate that notification in games like Life Is Strange, because I know that’s my last warning to go back and undo what I’ve just done 😛

          That said, my game won’t have those. *nods*

  • All y’all who haven’t played Metal Gear Solid should just grab Metal Gear Solid 3 and play it as a Tay game club. Most friendly entry point these days and leads into Ground Zeroes with probably the least set-up (Though Peace Walker is the direct game before it, it’s atypical because it was PSP first)

      • not suuuuper necessary. Played Ground Zeroes?

        Minor spoilers;

        Establishes Outer Haven, explains who the two POWs are in GZ, Big Boss meets and recruits Otacon’s father who’s in a wheelchair, Snake finds that the baddies (a CIA faction) have created an AI based in part on The Boss which you fight a number of times. There’s probably 3 characters that will come back- Amanda, who’s Chico’s (the kid in GZ) older sister and a Sandinista leader, Emmerich (obviously), and Miller. Beyond that it’s fairly self contained, but a lot of the base and tech management sounds like it’s coming from here

          • If you only want to play one before V comes out, play GZ over peace walker, it establishes up front everything you need to know to enjoy it as a self contained thing.

          • Thanks!

            Just remembered that I had a plan already. I’ve got all the games – I’m just gonna play them through, right from the start. Am about 90 minutes into MGS right now. 🙂

          • When I replayed it, Shadow Moses was a lot smaller than I remembered. No wonder it was like 3 areas in MGS 4

    • Glad you enjoyed it- I was late to the party on it myself, but I had to finish it before the film which looks really exciting

      • I saw the trailer today. Man, it looks like they’ve done a decent job of it. And it seems like they’re not shying away from the maths and science as much as I’d assumed they would \o/

  • Hey @beeawwb, I made bacon-wrapped chicken last night which was delicious but @alexpants died of a heart attack so…

    Thanks.

  • Hi guys wonder if anyone here can quickly explain an issue I’m having;

    Moved into another house on weekend (I hate boxes!) ADSL2+ connected but speeds slow down during peak periods.
    This happened at my last place until I repeatedly rang Bigpond (only decent ISP in town unfortunately) and after two weeks was eventually returned to normal so that I had uninterrupted service with no change of download speed.
    Since moving we’re again getting the same thing at this place. Speeds are OK at 5am but dial up speed during day or evening.
    Probably an easy explanation but any advice would be welcome so next time I ring up Bigpond I can skip past eight Indians and explain the issue to a techie direct.

    • Is it possible to see your line speeds via the Telstra website/portal? I’m able to with Adam Internet and it’s really handy in allowing me to determine if my issues are internally (my problem – faulty hardware, for example) or externally (exchange, outside line issues) related.

    • I’m not a techie, sorry, but I’ve seen this before in places. It might just be that the crappy old copper wiring isn’t able to handle the data that you and your neighbours are all trying to access simultaneously.

      At 5am, it’s just you. At 5pm, it’s everybody else as well, crowding the line.

      Just a theory, and could be well wrong, especially if Bigpond can sort you out after just one phone call! :\

      • The way it’s supposed to work is that each connection on ADSL uses a different frequency band on the line, but yeah, the more that’s coming down the line, the more cross-talk there is and the less throughput due to low signal-to-noise ratios. However poor wiring, poorly insulated pits and so on can make the signal loss much worse.

        It’s almost like we should replace this 1950s copper wire technology with something modern that can cope with our current needs. Perhaps we could run fiber down the same ducts and wire up every home on fast fiber.

        🙁

    • Sounds like line noise. Probably someone else in a different house combining with a poorly insulated line.

      However it could be something in your place as well, so…

      http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/isolation_test

      Make sure it’s not you. If you have someone out to look at the line and the problem is your house or equipment, they’ll charge you.

      Do you have a plain old telephone? If you plug it into the socket (with a filter, naturally) do you hear any audible noise? If so, then Telstra’s required to come out and look at the line ASAP.

    • Thanks guys. Done a few tests and it sounds like a crowded exchange. 🙁

      Don’t have a crappy old home phone sorry (what are they!? haha) but my end looks all good. Telstra issue that they have “escalated”.

      Like you said @shane, 5am it’s all good but after work/school when everyone is downloading Ep 1 of Fear the Walking Dead it slows to dial up. Telstra agree it’s unacceptable for ADSL2+ when you are paying for your own line so I’ll wait and see. It seemed to get sorted at my old place. I picture a Telstra guy driving to the exchange and flicking a switch. 😛

      I’m going to suggest we replace copper wire with some form of more modern element such as string.
      Hurry up FTTP!

      • I picture a Telstra guy driving to the exchange and flicking a switch
        You’re probably not aware of how close to the mark you are. It’s usually a software switch 😛

      • There’s often multiple physical lines running through your pit. Tech will often just swap you from one to the other, see if it fixes it and hopefully shuts you up.

        Hope it’s not like the last place I had that was on ADSL. We had some faulty wiring somewhere between the street and the house – I isolated the house and it was fine. It caused periodic noise which would cause the speed to slowly drop to a trickle over time and never improve.

        There was either no pit, or the pit had been buried somewhere and lost. Most likely the cable had been run from the house straight to the street without a pit. 🙁 Telstra couldn’t fix the fault.

        • No way, that would be it for me. I’d move haha!! The wife would not allow our house to not receive Netflix or Hulu for her binge trash TV viewing.

          But then moving again,………………..the boxes………………….OH THE BOXES!!!!! No, NO make them STOP!!
          *wakes up this morning in a pool of sweat*

          • I moved. 🙂 Current place has Telstra cable. Aside from a blip for a few weeks when they ‘upgraded’ the infrastructure and caused massive packet loss during peak times, it’s very fast. Generally sync > 100mbit.

          • Amazingly I’m looking at a move to the US soon and the broadband I can get in my unit in Melbourne is faster than they offer in Seattle. 🙁

  • So, I’ve been trying to take apart my Logitech Attack 3, as one of the buttons is sticking and it’s made me realize that I love tinkering with electronics/computers.
    I already have a Cert II in Computer Assembly & Repair, as well as a Cert III in Technical Production, so I think this area might be a good step forward for me.

      • Well, I’m already doing some volunteering at the moment, and I’m not sure where to go from there, honestly…
        I was wanting to get a degree in Graphic Design, so there’s that as well…

    • I have seen you post a few times about taking apart and fixing stuff!

      When one of the buttons stick, does that mean that there’s something sticky doing that or the button is in the wrong place?

      • Basic computer building and repairs , how to set up a network, how to build a computer from scratch.

        • All things I could potentially say that I self taught a long time ago – I was curious if there’s anything specifically covered by a certification like the ‘right’ way to diagnose issues, fixing physical faults beyond swapping parts, anything Linux related?
          How much is theory and how much is a range of operating systems when it comes to things like networks?

    • I remember reading Let The Great World Spin, in which there is a character called Gloria, whose father was a sign painter. Before printing took off there was a living to be made in painting signs and stuff. One of those things that has disappeared with progress…

  • Should’ve added another thing to the fears thread – job applications.

    Bleh bleh bleh. Bleh.

  • A certain song just started playing on Pandora that reminded me that @mrtaco is everyone’s Turbo Lover.

  • Nearly finished first day back at work. I am completely wiped. Bed seems like the greatest idea ever at the moment.

    • Speaking to my O.T buddy around recovery times when coming back to work, she’s of the volition that it’ll be around 6-8 shifts before you’re feeling something approaching your normal level of energy after work. Definitely have an early night, none of this 11pm TAY stuff!!

    • I was shattered for my first few days back at work after having my eye done, I can’t imagine how tired you must be after recovering from a stroke and everything else.

    • It is a good idea. Either have a short nap when you get home, or just go to bed early. Sleep is good for you.

    • After all the shit you have to deal with at work, I would have thought it would be a positive at the end of the day for you to be completely wiped.

  • Thought I’d chuck out a PSA for RockeTAY.
    Has everyone played their first round yet? If not, you’re almost out of time, and if so, make sure you upload your results to the comp page!

  • Little disappointed in the media currently. Not one mention of the term Analgate or #qanal.

  • Got an email from my sister in law “[my brother] is out of surgery and doing well. Hopefully we’ll be out of the hospital soon”.

    Well, that’s good to hear.

    ……what happened?

    • Well the last message I got was that was to do with my nephew being born.
      So I think the most likely scenario is that your brother has just given birth

  • @alexpants @powalen @greenius @sernobulus @freezespreston

    ^ These are the people I’ve got marked down who were looking at a way to get to Canberra for Can’d Meat 3.0: The Blaghsening. Is this still correct?

        • I was under the impression we were heading down early Saturday morning and heading back to Sydney early Sunday afternoon. That’s what I’ve already told Greenius to plan around.

          If that isn’t going to work for you then we can make our own way down?

          • Do you have something against going down the Friday night? Freeze and I did it a couple of years back. Leave Sydney 7-7:30. Get to Canberra about midnight after pitstops for caffeinated beverages and donuts.

          • Just wouldn’t really want to, to be honest. I prefer a morning trip.

            But yeah, like I said if you guys want to go Friday night then I don’t have a problem with that. We have enough people that splitting between two cars/times isn’t too big of a deal.

          • Thought you couldn’t get leave? Anyhoo, I’ll be flying up to Sydney for work anyway so the timing just worked out well 😀

  • @scree I read you’re second script & it’s on track to perfection!
    Obviously it isn’t there yet but I like what you’re doing.

    Sorry for this late reply but I keep getting sidetracked by travel preparation :-/

    • How dare you? That’s fine. I’m still writing it anyway.
      When would you like the next iteration then?

  • That went well I think? I made it through the first round somehow, couldn’t believe it. Not sure how the one-on-one went, but I guess we’ll see.

    Too much train trip to go. I’m hungry.

    • This reminded me of a dream I had last night. I had a kindly mole/rat/hamster following me around the house whilst I was eating a cookie.

      Then my parents scoop it up and throw it in the oven, and I’m horrified.

  • Oh god, there’s a 30 hour delivery (in game time) in Euro Truck Simulator 2… and there’s no ferry…
    😀

    • I played that game once. Drove for a bit, crashed into a few cars waiting at lights and parked on the side of the road then rolled my truck on a roundabout.

      Good times.

  • Heh, Kirby’s Dream Blanket is up on the Club Nintendo store if anyone needs an adorable blanket.

    • I don’t know where the hell the points are meant to come from at this stage.
      I bought all the bargain bin games I wanted like a year ago. I can’t claim multiple copies on my account, and there’s nothing else I can buy to get more points.

      • I’ve got 5250 stars and no real desire for any of this stuff. I’m holding out until the end just in case, but it’s looking like I’ll blow them on digital content so if you see anything you want me to get for you just yell out.

        • Offer is greatly appreciated, thank you.

          Think I’ll just remain in my no-star balance coccoon that keeps me safe from ‘where the hell do I put this stuff that I didn’t need’

  • RockeTAY League

    Round 2 here we go!

    This week’s matches are:

    HOTH SHOTS v CARSENAL!
    CUNNING ARTIFICERS v WRECK-A-MENDED
    STEEL CUT STROKES v FINISHEDBLAGHMAN
    GOALDUST v BENNY+FATSHADYLIVE
    GINGERCOOKIES v BATDIPPAS

    If you haven’t finished up your match from round 1, which is definitely not me, try to get to that one first. Also, it looks like the website requires you to input scores for all three games, even if you only played two, so just play all three regardless of whether one team already won the round.

    The full fixture is available in this comment.

    @redartifice @tigerion @benny @fatshadylive @zetrox2k @shane @phoenix @cakesmith
    @coldcamv @markserrels @freezespreston @jacksonwryan @rize @finishedlast @blaghman @cookingmama @gingerchris86 @batguy @alexwalker

    • People have only being playing two games? We one the first two but why not play the third? It’s a fun game and gives the other team a chance to get one up…

      • Also a chance to fix your for and against since that could make a difference in the long run.

      • We ended up playing additional games but didn’t keep track of them. Hadn’t realised that there was for / against tracking. Oh well hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite us

        • Maybe it’s because I’m hopelessly juvenile, but I’m still disappointed my teamname is BATDIPPAS and not DIPPABATS.

          No, that’s all I’ve got.

          • Well personally I like the one you went with as it sounds like it could be an action or description of your hobbies. Dippabats sounds like an odd species of unco flying mammals.

      • And it also gives Rize a chance to put me on his shoulders for a third time and carry the team, which I love.

          • My ping was hovering around 200. Sometimes I was like “oh man I am going to slam this ball into the goal” and I’d find myself upside down on the roof.

          • AMEN TO THAT. After the first match I thought “ok, that wasn’t so baaa…….oh dear god what happened?”

    • Sweet!

      @Rize @shane & sciencejayz – Hows Thursday 7:30pm ? feel free to make any suggestions. this week is a little full on as im unavailable today and sat & sun and monday im away! so any other day is fine i guess? not fussed time wise, as long as its after 6:30pm, which gives me time to get home from work and change!

      • @jacksonwryan @rize @zetrox2k I’d probably prefer later at night, around 9:30 or 10pm if possible (though can potentially shuffle things around if necessary). Thurs (tomorrow) suits just fine, as do most nights.

          • That’s about 9pm in my language, I believe, and that *should* be okay for me too. It’s probably the best time I will have until late this weekend. I will keep you posted but for now, lock that in.
            @zetrox2k @shane @rize

      • @rize @jacksonwryan

        PREPARE FOR THE DE-THRONE’ING!

        …and some mild, loud and colourful language which i will hold back on in case @shane , or anyone elses kids are spectating….

    • @redartifice @tigerion

      PREPARE TO GET WRECK…amended a nice place to go out to dinner Saturday night!

  • That moment when you’re casually catching up on some TAY on your phone and realise your joining that teleconference 10 minutes late…

    Now I don’t know what they’re talking about.

    I blame the meeting organiser for changing the meeting time 90 mins before it started.

    • Not sure if I missed something, but it relates to Metal Gear, as in… it being… different? Not sure how else to put it. I didn’t see anything that would ruin my day, and it’s a launch trailer, so doubt they’d ruin the ending for you.

      EDIT: Disclaimer if you watch it and I completely missed something and it ruins it for you though.

    • I didn’t find it spoilery. The second half is one simple scene with no dialogue that features Snake and a Metal Gear machine that’s a bit different from the MGs in other games.

      If you’re hyper cautious and want the Metal Gear reveal to be a surprise, avoid. If you’re just wary about character/story spoilers, there are none to be found here.

  • Well the last lot of cooking inspiration you lot provided was absolutely useless Mrs Tigs ended up staying home so it was boring old bland stuff
    However you have a chance a redemption, she is out tonight so it’s just Tiglet and me for dinner tonight. I need some new inspiration and this time I have something a little more interesting. WTH do I do with salmon tails. Got a good price at the market so grabbed them but no idea what i should do with them.
    Hit me with your tasty salmon recipes

    • 1. Roast, pick the flesh and make a warm salmon and potato salad with a green goddess dressing.

      2. Cook up the tails whole to make a salmon stock, and then use that to make soup

      3. Cook the tails, pick the flesh and make salmon + rice balls with sushi rice & Japanese rice seasoning (called furikake)

    • A good 2/3rds of the recipes I know are salads, so:

      Spuds (the little ones), beans, mint, basil, lemon.

      Cook the spuds and salmon together for what feels like an appropriate time (I find that 200ish fan forced for 20-30 minutes works a lot of the time) with a little butter put mostly around the potato. And cook the beans as appropriate.

      Let it all cool a bit (You can boil the spuds as well as the beans if you think it’s easier, too). Shove it in a bowl with the other stuff cut up, pour some lemon, salt, and pepper over the lot. Pretend this took more effort than it really did.

    • Put salmon in pan, cover with alcohol, cook rice, take salmon out of pan, put on plate with rice, drizzle cooked alcohol over salmon and rice, serve with sprig of parsley.

  • Gah, Xur’s posting the new exotics on instagram (cos apparently Xur’s only 12yo), and they’re previewing one of the new strikes tomorrow. Time to go into lockdown mode… *plans trip to Mars, finds a cave to shut my eyes and put my fingers in ears.*

    Incidentally, it took me years of watching that episode to realise Cecil was being facetious when he said that. I always assumed he was just really rich and successful – supervillain style – and took it literally.

    • I hope they’re milking the whole “posting things on Instagram”. Selfies of himself with the guns with labels like “Jus chilling with my exotics #lol #toomany #exotics #typicalnight”

  • Hey @dc I obtained fear the walking dead Ep1 for Mum and she really enjoyed it. I’m glad that you mentioned it! They’re still making stupid decisions, but some of the people are smart at least.

    I do like that the guy was struggling to come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t sure if the fact that he was insane was worse or not.

    • I really like this series so far. 🙂

      I like how no one knows the rules yet. We see all these clues happening all over the place that everyone else is oblivious too. Really enjoy the misinformation and all that too, people watching stuff on YouTube or the news and not believing the stories. Rumours and urban legends. Really interesting perspective to see the world through. I especially like the lead actress.

      • I’m really enjoying the drug addict. Actually, I like most of the family except the girl.

        • It’ll be interesting to see how this family transfers into a group when things go to hell. Who will step up to be leader, who will be the dead weight, who won’t make it. I think it’s a stronger start than the core Walking Dead show. (Which has gotten pretty great as it’s gone on!)

          • The problem with the core show is
            a lot of them make stupid decisions. Generally it is their own stupidity that gets them into these situations. A lot of the smarter/nicer or black characters are killed in a really unnecessary fashion. I still haven’t forgiven them for the way Noah went.
            I enjoyed the prison arc. People having issues with the flu and such. I think it’s fascinating how they would cope with diseases that normally don’t affect us anymore.

    • I’m about a minute and a half in and don’t know that I can listen to this guy saying “marry-o” any more.

    • Mario Maker looks great and all, but I can’t get past the price tag. A level editor/mod kit is a free extra in most other games 😛

      DISCUSS.

      There, @rize. Controversy. Enjoy.

      • For what it’s worth, it has something like 70 pre-made levels included on the disc. Plus unlimited community created ones.

        • I didn’t know it came with that many pre-made’s. I would have assumed something like 20…but yeah, 70 goes a long way to justifying the price.

          • One made by Michel Ancel, the Rayman guy, apparently 😛

            That would be a cool DLC pack idea, actually. A bunch of levels created by famous game designers.

  • @Rize is right!

    My WednesTAY-Wake Up (Patent pending) Question for you all;
    What is your favourite firmness/type of pillow, and why is it memory foam?

    • Try as I might, I have never been able to find a pillow flat enough to replace the grubby, many-years-old one that I love 😛

      EVERYTHING PUFFS UP

      (Seriously I have like… 5 spare pillows from buying different kinds)

    • Because I found that normal pillows just ended up as this small, hard, uncomfortable spot on the back of my head whereas the memory foam ones felt like they actually distributed the weight across a larger area. Much nicer.

    • I hate all pillows. I’m with Pow, really. I hate my pillow the least, even though it’s about as thick as a starving child’s wrist, and has the support of a bra made from blu-tac. But for sleeping on my back, it’s a world better than anything else I’ve used, would need to puff it up for side sleeping though.

    • Pillows are totally irrelevant when you have a great mattress. I can sleep with or without one as long as the mattress is decent.

    • I don’t use my pillows. They are a decoration. Instead I lie face-first into the mattress.

    • I don’t have memory foam (but probably should with my old-lady joints). I like to sleep on a pile of pillows. One is not enough!

    • I miss my feather down pillow from when I was younger. Wasn’t always the best to sleep on but shake that bad boy down and you had an awesome pillow fight weapon

      • Just in case this is interpreted as anything other than a joke: I don’t have a dakimakura.

        I only have the cover of one. Haven’t bought the inner yet

        • Imagine a pillow that is 150-160cm tall and 50cm wide.

          Now imagine you could get a pillowcase for it printed with an (often female and partially undressed) anime character on each side.

          Memory foam would be just weird. Or would it?!

          • So I’ve heard. I actually am a side / belly sleeper so was tempted to get one just to try it for that.

            The pillowcase is something I picked up in Akihabara on a lark because why not?

          • There are some excellent, er, boyfriend pillows around.

            But seriously, I had a body pillow when I was pregnant and it was great. Really supports your knees and hips, great if you’re prone to aches.

  • Question/statement. I’m grateful that the trending stories section has been cut back; might I question the purpose of having them there? The stories they’re putting in the spotlight are the same you can see on the much more succinct black banner at the bottom of a page?

    • Eh, until dawn is all I wanna play. I mean, if I win one, I won’t say no but I won’t be buying one for a while

      • There’s a couple of games I wouldn’t mind playing, and I’m starting to suspect that my PS3 is either out to kill me or just doesn’t have much life left in it (it, like my mother in law, is prone to creating too much noise, and often experiences hot flushes).

  • Near the end of my second day back at work. Feeling even worse than I did yesterday. Virus turned up to say hi and push the day along a bit faster which is nice. Very much want to go home immediately and collapse into bed. Can’t. Rocket League.

    Coming back to work this soon was a terrible idea.

  • Made a list of upcoming releases I’m interested in from today until the end of the year.

    26 Aug – Steins;Gate (Vita)
    27 Aug – Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (3DS EU)
    01 Sep – Danganronpa Another Episode (Vita)
    08 Sep – Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX (3DS US)
    15 Sep – Earth Defence Force 2 (Vita)
    15 Sep – Destiny Taken King (PS4)
    29 Sep – Persona 4 Dancing All Night (Vita)
    06 Oct – Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Vita)
    06 Oct – Disgaea 5 (PS4)
    06 Oct – Rock Band 4 (XB1)
    13 Oct – Corpse Party Blood Drive (Vita)
    13 Oct – The Legend of Legacy (3DS US)
    20 Oct – Tales of Zestiria (PC)
    20 Oct – Halo 5 (XB1)
    23 Oct – Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PC)
    31 Oct – Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U EU)
    03 Nov – Earth Defense Force 4.1 (PS4)
    10 Nov – Rise of the Tomb Raider (XB1)
    17 Nov – Sword Art Online: Lost Song (Vita, PS4)
    17 Nov – Stella Glow (3DS US)
    17 Nov – Trails of Cold Steel (Vita, PS3)
    01 Dec – Just Cause 3 (PC)
    04 Dec – Xenoblade X (Wii U EU)

    That’s just stuff that has dates. Probably lots more indie stuff on PC that isn’t dated yet.

    Decided I will probably keep my Wii U. There’s only a handful of games I care about anyway, and Europe’s getting handled way better than the US for those.

  • Uh, does anyone want a copy of Mario maker? I’ve pre-ordered it at GT for the alarm clock, but I just found out JB and EB have a limited edition with the art book. I need that art book.

  • So the three button foot switch that I have (this one) has broken, granted, it’s a $20 lightweight plastic thing, made in China, and performed poorly for what I needed, so I’m coming to you guys to help me.

    I’d like to find something similar, that doesn’t end up being a piece of trash, preferably something in the realm of 40 to 80 AUD

  • Damn it, I bought a $20 Steam card… and I don’t know what to get with it…
    EDIT: Bit the bullet and got the Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Scandinavia DLC.

      • It was super fun! I’m not just saying that. Hopefully by the next round the Gingercookies will have had a bit more practice. Although we are against the Batdippas, and I saw their match against SCS and we might be in trouble again 😐

        • Just had a look at the results. The word “excessive” comes to mind…

          Good that you still had fun!

        • Is there a way to watch matches from the league or is it a case of stalking twitter?
          If anybody @bdkiaf? putting together a weekly highlights and update summary?

          • I completely forgot to save the replays of our matches yesterday. Apparently @alexwalker recorded their matches last night, not sure if he plans on uploading them. He did post this cracker from Freeze to seal the round in the final second.

          • A post is going up later today; everyone will be able to see the full, hilarious glory. So many crazy moments.

          • You can jump in and spectate as long as the players don’t mind, but in terms of watching matches after they’ve been played sharing replays isn’t possible without recording it outside of Rocket League. Unless PS4 has that option and PC doesn’t?

  • I really want to buy that $399 White PS4 from Target but my partner will shoot me if I was to buy another console.

    I have three options;
    1. Stop being so goddamn materialistic and accept that I spend too much time gaming already playing Hearthstone & Destiny
    2. Pretend I won the white PS4 in a competition on ‘Twitter’
    3. Trade in my Wii U and all of my games for store credit at Eb or Gametraders and buy it that way

    • I can tweet at you to say “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PRIZE!” if that helps?

      Also, you should totally buy it. We can play Battlefront together someday!

    • With a PS4 you can Bloodborne.

      BLOODBORNE.

      If your partner doesn’t understand that, maybe she wasn’t worth having in the first place.
      Obviously I’m kidding here.

      • Sounds like a piece of relationship advice straight out of Uncle @freezespreston’s ‘handbook.

      • I got the Plat a month ago, still play it all the time. Read /r/bloodborne, follow on twitter.
        The obsession is real.
        I’m 35 dammit, it should not be this way.

        BLOODBORNE.

        • Bah. Details. I’m about to reset my 34 warlock for a complete solo story playthrough with Northbot. (And I reset my hunter recently to help a friend at the low level missions without him feeling all useless… 🙂 )

          In other news, I’m back on the road bike. \o/

          • Welcome back mang! I’m about to start as well, I just need to find a path in Melbourne’s North to get to Bundoora lol.

          • I’m the king of the northern bike routes (sort of. My recumbent is kind of like a throne). Where from and where to? Roughly… (or hit me at trikeabout (AT) g m a i l (DOT) com and I’ll have a chat. Or pop into the Mitre Tavern on a friday and shout “OY TRIKEABOUT OY”).

          • I’m riding from Essendon to Bundoora, kinda scared to ride down Plenty Road given the amount of traffic there in the morning lol.

          • Not knowing your exact start/end points, I came up with this by doing a cycle route on Google Maps and editing a couple of ridiculous choices (like 3 blocks on Sydney Road to turn right… what?)

            http://tinyurl.com/nzcnzyz

    • Fourth option: Buy it and be honest with your partner, explaining how much you wanted it and that it’s a good deal and how games make you happy.
      Fifth option: Tell somebody like family who likes to buy you expensive presents about the deal and how you will love them forever if they buy it for you for Christmas.

      • Damnit I lost my reply to you 🙁

        I feel like the 4th Option is certainly the best one, it’s a conundrum however:
        I could get the PS4 for 2 dollars & I still think she’d be upset, I think it’s not necessarily the money factor so much as the symbolism of it. I game for around 2 hours a night, and it’s a bone of contention that I don’t spend enough time with her. I think my compromise would be to play less and then she would be getting her way too.

        Also I like the 5th option, I have an Aunt who loves me deeply and buys me a lot of gadgety stuff (She bought me my first Xbox and a Dreamcast) so maybe I could bail her up for that 😛

        • Just tell your partner you understand she feels left out when you play, but it’s a part of who you are and you’ll make time up to her by setting aside a night a week where you don’t touch a game console and you guys will do something special together. Lying to partners never ends well. They always find out!

  • Thursday? Already? What in the sam hell? Question marks?

    Dishonored is out today! I’m going to get it and play it and try to be sneaky and ultimately fail and just run into rooms, guns (or not) ablazing, because I have no grace whatsoever. Also, when Corvo does the blink, it sounds like he’s hissing, “Das niiiiiice”.

  • Jumped into a bunch of Rocket League 2v2 and 3v3 ranked last night. At one point I played against the same 2 guys (in 2v2) three times in a row. Each time my team got to 3-0 our way and they would just forfeit.

    Fun little fact about me: if you do this, I think you’re a piece of shit. Not only are you ruining the game for everyone (yourselves included) but it’s a 3 goal difference. I honestly can’t say how many times I’ve crawled back from 0-4 to finish 3-4 or actually take it to a win.

    Losing 0-10 means you had a rough match. Forfeiting at 0-3 makes you a shit player.

    • I had a 2v2 partner last night who tried to forfeit at 0-2 with 20 seconds to go in the game. What even is that logic? I scored a goal to shut him up 😀

      I totally agree about forfeiting. I will never, ever agree to a forfeit. It shouldn’t even be an option (though I’m aware it probably just exists to prevent mid-game ragequits… which are obviously also shit)

      It’s frustrating to lose sometimes, but if you’re only able to enjoy Rocket League while you’re winning, then you should definitely be playing a less competitive game.

      • Forfeiting is shit. What’s more important – the game or the result?
        If it’s the game, don’t forfeit. If it’s the result, don’t play with me.

        • Both are important to me specifically when playing ranked, but I’d much rather play a losing game to completion (assuming it’s fun, obviously 😛 ) than win 10 games straight due to early forfeit.

          • The above revealed mindset also shows why I generally avoid ranked match play or very heavily competitive team based games like DOTA.

    • I don’t see a problem with it honestly. If the opposing team wishes and agrees to surrender why not let them? I feel like forcing people to keep playing when they really don’t want to would just make the game not fun.

      If just one person the other team just rage quits and leaves the remainder of his team to play down one person that is a completely different story.

      • Also I feel like I need to point out that we are getting dangerously close to telling people how to have fun, which in my books is a really shit thing to do …

        • It’s not even remotely close to telling people how to have fun.

          I score a goal, and you throw your hands up and say “I didn’t want to play anyway” and walk off. I shrug, queue up again, get you as an opponent, and it happens again. I shrug, queue up again, and it happens a third time.

          Maybe I should have stressed: there wasn’t much in the way of skill disparity, my teams were just luckier in securing goals and defending against their shots. We weren’t wiping them, they just kept quitting whenever we got ahead.

          • Yeah, I’m with Rizzles on this one.

            It appears to be a big issue in Rocket League as well. The moment a team starts losing they bail on the game because the “punishment” for leaving a game is being banned temporarily from matchmaking…but that ban is about the same amount of time it would take to finish the game and requeue…

          • Oh shiiit, all the butthurt in the Reddit thread about folks complaining about wasting their time. I’ve scrolled down to a thread where people are claiming that their days are ruined because games are actually a few minutes longer than 5 minutes in real time.

            My favourite response:
            So u keep a running total of all the 10-15 second replays you’ve seen and lament the wasted time?
            Shit. I just found out that I’ve been blind for about 1.5hours today due to blinking. Dammit. So much wasted sight.

          • Yeah, that thread devolves from “Forfeiting is being abused. Please change it.” into nonsense and garbage, but that’s pretty on par for reddit 😛

    • Uh, that’s not me forfeiting – it’s my wireless dropping. 😉 I practiced with FatShady last night and it did drop out a fair bit so I’ve promised to run a thirty metre long ethernet cable through the house from my router to PC for all future Rocket League matches. Problem Solvered.

      • Forfeiting is different from dropping out. There’s an actual ‘vote to forfeit’ mechanic in the game.

      • Big difference between drops and forfeits. Forfeiting is a vote cast by a team, and notifies the other team of the decision. In a drop, you just vanish and the other team carries on with one less person 😛

        EDIT: I feel like I should add: I pass no judgement on connection dropouts. They can be frustrating for all involved, sure, but there’s no blame aimed at the player.

    • Fun fact – some Japanese players keep forfeiting against me the moment a Pokémon battle starts. Probably because they think I’m a dirty hacker.

      • Well yeah, from their perspective you’ve got a weird player name with garbage letters in it… 😛

  • One of the characters in Until Dawn is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo …. *takes breath* oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying!