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    • Daaaamn, that’s nice!

      Sorry to hear about the sickness, just try to hold on for the ult to charge!

      • It just makes it hard when I’m the sole carer and Mum’s sick too. I have to keep going out and getting us stuff

      • I’m really glad you didn’t come over. We’re both sick. You would’ve ended up so unwell.

        • I’ve only got a dry throat currently, mainly cuz I’m trying to make my bedroom as dry as possible after moisture got into the carpet from a crack on the outside wall with rain getting in. I’ve got two dehumidifiers running in there, one I bought and one the builders brought in after they fixed the cracks outside.
          It’s currently not a good smell in the bedroom, so trying to starve it out, whatever’s there that’s being caused by that moisture.

          • I keep a water bottle on the bedside table when I go to bed so I’m all good there.

          • Saline nose spray seems to keep colds at bay for me, but this year I got a horrible one that hung on for weeks. Or so I thought, it ended up being a mycoplasma infection.

    • aw get well soon Scree! And that Mercy is AMAZING! Loved seeing your work-in-progress over on twitter too 🙂

    • Ah, nice. Did you dull down the colours on the background pattern a bit? In the last WIP I saw they seemed a bit strong, made my eyes feel funny 😛

      Looks great!

  • Is anyone familiar with the OG house of the dead series?

    I had some friends over for a light gun fest, and I’m after some new games. The hotd 2/3 compilation is pretty much the only wii game left that piques my interest in the genre.

    We played a tonne of overkill and ghost squad, but point blank on the ps1 is still my favourite.

    I can’t believe they never re-released the point blank games on the wii, and the ds version was just rubbing salt in the wounds.

    • I do love me some point blank. I did buy the DS one, but yeah, it was terrible.
      I also played the resident evil light gun games too

    • I spent so much time playing Point Blank in dodgy truck stops around the country when on the road. Used to sink SO MANY COINS into that game.

      • There’s still one at Galactic Circus, I should go back and play that again someday 😀

      • There’s a Point Blank at the Myer Center as long as they haven’t changed it recently. Still so damn good despite the game being two decades old.

        • Point Blank was my idea of “Street Cred” as an arcade gamer, the bragging rights from beating someone at that game feel much higher regarded. It’s a great game for a 1v1 shootout xD

    • Man, Point Blank & Time Crisis were the shit. I miss my PS1 & light gun for fun shit like that.

      • Time Crisis 2, that was so much fun to play. Then the first boss fight while peppering him full of bullets:
        If only the guns weren’t damaged every time I played them, that’d be great. It’s either aim is off, or the kickback is broken which ruins it for me too, I love that gun kickback mechanism after you fire. 🙁

      • I rebought a CRT just for those games, so worth it!

        I’d hate to imagine how much guncons go for these days.

        • Yeah they SUCK on LED flatscreens, mine couldn’t register unless it were 5cm away from the edges, which made some sections impossible without grenades.

    • I played through 2&3 Returns. Haven’t got a thing on Overkill, but still a solid light gun game. Especially since you can turn the cursor off and calibrate for 1:1 aiming, that’s the most important feature for me :p

      Would have loved to have Point Blank like that. Only played it one or two times at this amazing arcade in Cabramatta, but it was damn fun.

    • Oh, have you played Dead Space Extraction, or either of the RE Chronicles games? I was put off because of the whole cursor clicker thing, but at least one of my friends who has pretty similar tastes to mine swore by DSE being a good game despite it. Still yet to crack it open myself, I think I grabbed it back when I saw it for like $15 or something. Haven’t got any of the Chronicles games though.

      Also come to think of it the original HotD games would probably be pretty good to play with friends for the hilariously awful dialogue alone. “Suffer like G did?”

      • DSE is one of my favourite wii games, and my second favourite deadspace. It tells a lot of story well, has great atmosphere, and really good voice acting/character animation (which carried over to the excellent goldeneye reboot).

        It’s up there with shattered memories as a side game which shames the subsequent main series.

        I do have both of the res evil games, too. They really only shine when two people are playing seriously. DSE is better single player, and the “dumber” games are more party fun. Theyre a solid romp through RE nostalgia, though.

  • Stellaris stuffs!
    Ahhhhh, an AI (One of my own created races, the Xylax, also known as the warrior birds) invited me to go to war with the Space C’thulus, the Empire of C’thagn. Never been so happy to make friends with AIs, though I had to sacrifice to make that happen.
    Also I integrated my first vassal that I actually earned with my own war before that. They decided to make me a rival, then proceeded to threaten me… so I flattened him, then later on he joined me without ANY issues due to our ethics being similar.
    Smoothest. Takeover. Ever! I’m very proud of my Space Cockraches, the Rugroach Collective! 😀
    Hope everyone’s weekend was good

      • Yeah I got a few, I’m proud of that name, thanks for the compliment 🙂

        These are the ones I made:
        Silver Wings of the Xylax Hierarchy – Warrior bird dictatorship, they love to fight to improve their own military doctrine
        The Furball Initiative – Space foxes that are heavily into science and Artificial Intelligence to help them strive for the stars
        Rugroach collective – Space cockroaches that are incredibly difficult to take down and grow quite quickly too. Born from the result of nuclear war mutating them into a threat that the home planet’s previous owners tried to kill but the war only made the issue worse, they were then wiped out and the planet was completely taken over by the mutated cockroaches.
        The Snappan Imperium – Bigoted space tortoises that got sick of everyone making fun of them for being slow, so they slaughter or enslave everyone that dares to make fun of them ever again. Incredibly tough fighters but slow learners and growers
        Empire of C’thagn – Space C’thulu, big on enslaving EVERYONE they can find for the glory of their old god.
        Holy Arm of the Shruumi – Mushroom people that were given the gift of thought, speech and motor function, by some unknown entity. They worship that holy unknown and want to spread the word of the gift these “Unseen Ones” have given them to others that will listen. The most peaceful of my creations, which then got slaughtered by late game threats 😛

  • Passed my Driver Qualification test this morning, at the ripe age of 33. I mean I didn’t start driving til I was 30, but man it’s a relief to get that P-Plate bullshit out of the way.

    • I still have to bother doing that myself, I had to renew my green Ps because I was too lazy to take the test

      • Well when you do I strongly recommend paying attention to statistics in the handbook such as times when accidents are most frequent, low/high alcohol hours, and which modes of road transport are safest/less fatal in the event of an accident. There are nearly no driving related questions. Also the HPT seemed a bit trickier this time around.

      • Yep, in NSW anyway.

        At age 16 you can get your learner’s permit (L-plate) which allows you to drive at a maximum speed of 90km/h (previously 80km/h) under the supervision of a fully licensed (unrestricted) driver. To qualify for the Learner license you must pass a driver knowledge test. You cannot drive with any blood-alcohol content higher than 0.

        At age 17 you can get your P1 License (red P-plate) as long as you have held a learner license for at least 6 months and have logged 120 hours of driving with an unrestricted license holder or driving instructor (I think there’s some scam where if you use the NRMA driving school the hours count for double but I could be wrong). If you’re 25 or older the hours/6 month requirement is waived. In order to qualify for the P1 you must pass a road driving test. Under the old system (I want to say pre-1999?) once you completed 1 year on your P-plates you could progress to an unrestricted silver license (then gold after maintaining a silver license for 5 years), and a BAC of 0.02 was permitted but this apparently encouraged young drivers to push the boundaries too often so it was restricted to 0. They also introduced the P2 license in a bid to restrict younger/newer drivers for a longer period.

        At age 18 once you’ve held a P1 license for at least 1 year you now progress to P2 (green P-plate) by passing a hazard perception test. At this point you are now permitted to drive at a maximum speed of 100km/h. BAC remains at 0.

        Then once you have held your P2 for 2 years you can progress to an unrestricted (gold) license by passing the Driver Qualification Test which is a combined knowledge and advanced hazard perception test. You can now drive with no plates, and drive with a BAC of 0.05 or less. I’ve also been informed that if I maintain a clean driving record for 5 years (incl. of the ~3 I’ve already done) I qualify for a 50% discount on all future license renewals, which will save me $100 or so in three years time. \o/

        • I managed to get lucky. Originally for me it was get your L’s, then take a test whenever you feel like it (the required 120 hours wasn’t mandatory until later). When I got my Ps the law started to change to make a distinct difference between green and red plates. But to avoid any confusing they issued everybody on their Ps a full license. I had my Ps for about a year before I got my full license.

          • I got my Ls back in December 1998 when I turned 16 but was lazy about taking my driving test and never got around to it. I knew the rules were changing but you’d be grandfathered in if you had your Ls by a certain cutoff date so tried to go to the RTA to renew my license but they said you can’t renew Ls, you have to just sit the test again. Unfortunately a lot of the changes had already been introduced by then and the test was completely different with a few trick questions you actually had to study for (whereas in ’98 it was all common sense and I blitzed it first try). Since I couldn’t afford a car anyway (and my mother hated letting my drive hers) I just never bothered to try again. Of course when I was a bit older it became an inconvenience but I worked around it.

  • I finally started on Xenoblade Chronicles on my New 3DS this weekend, and can see the love for this game. Though one hour in I have approximately 10 fetch quests already – hopefully they aren’t necessary for the story.

    • Soooooo many side quests. I’ve had a number of friends just say you should skip them and press on with the main quest on your first playthrough, save them for a second run if you want. Which kind of makes sense. But it’s so hard to make myself ignore them >_

  • Finally finished BoJack Horseman season 3 this weekend. I’m astounded at how much I’ve grown to love the show. It’s quickly shot up the ranks of my esteem to become one of my favourites of all time.

    • Man that was a great season. I was devastated when I got to episode 12.. I wanted more 🙁

      • I noticed an interesting trend about the 3 seasons, actually. For whatever reason the penultimate episode of each season (Ep 11) is one of my favourites of each season. S01E11 (Downer Ending) is really strong, S02E11 (Escape From L.A.) is my favourite out of *every* episode, and S03E11 (That’s Too Much, Man!) is very powerful.

        Something about setting up the finale with a bang.

        • Man I love that show, just watched Ep1 &2 of Season 3 last night.
          I don’t get the feeling things are going to go well for him…

  • So RPG stuff happened yesterday. My character may have inadvertently aided a cult group with seizing explosives from the local military which they then used to blow up part of the city. At least he can’t be blamed for the explosion because my character was strung up on a wall as punishment for assaulting a mercenary captain earlier the same day.

  • So just out of curiosity, has anybody who is working on the Stranger Things contest started putting together the metapuzzle? Puzzle 5 is scheduled to drop today, which means we’ll have 10 out of 12 postcards available… You’d think we’d start to have some idea of what we’re looking at in the big picture by now, but I’m looking at the 8 postcards currently dropped and I have no idea what to make of it all right now.

    • I tried to put together a clue after the 6th puzzle but I’m still pretty much flying blind.

    • I haven’t done puzzle 4 yet, but I have no idea thus far about the meta puzzle. wondering if the screenshots are in the order they appear in the series?

      • I need to double check but I’m fairly sure the file names for the postcards put the screenshots in the same order that they appear in the trailer.

        Haven’t tried to piece it all together yet because I’m lazy.

        • I hadn’t even thought to check the filenames. Good thing I bookmarked all the answers in my overall workbook.

          • Yeah, I went the copy/paste-as-object route so I’ve got them all in the one file. Filenames have now been added. Numbers aren’t strictly ascending.

      • i don’t think so, there’s more left-side postcards atm. I can see two that match, but other than that, it’s a long shot at this stage!

    • Enjoyed the first two, but the Pokemon puzzle seems like a lot of busy-work, so haven’t bothered to get too deep into it. Might do the others for fun, tho, but won’t bother trying to work out the meta-puzzle if I’m missing parts by the end.

        • I mean, kudos to the creator for being able to find suitable combos, but it’s an hour and a half of using Google Now’s screenshot-capture-search.

          I suppose on the upside, I learned about a bunch of evolutions I didn’t know existed.

    • Toyed with a couple of ideas, still stumped. I’m expecting the final set will contain a clue.

  • Moseys in…..
    Hi everybody….
    Moseys out

    Seriously though, hi to everyone i havent seen around here. Hi to everyone who doesn’t go on twitter and follow my inane rantings. Im doing well, i hope you are too.
    xoxo rossip girl

  • Ugh.
    Spent the whole weekend helping move stuff.
    Went to bed at 9pm last night, woke up at 10am this morning.

  • Got to the 4-star quests on Saturday, got a full Rathian set after a bit of work… and went back to my Tetsu set immediately. It may have good stats and better defence, but it looks like someone rolled a Katamari through a metalworks. Will need to find something a bit more practical.

    Also watched all of Stranger Things – was not expecting that to be as good as it was.

    • I built my rathian set because I always do, then went back to my rhenoplos set because running around as a pink anime cat with a giant sword is just the best.

      Stats be damned!

  • @jocon working on the druid resto guide today, should hopefully be able to run it by you for review later this week.

    • Cool cool.
      Little has changed from WoD I gather and you’re experienced as resto so I doubt I’ll be able to add much. Keen to see your thoughts though.

      • Man this new mastery for your spec is doing my bloody head in. It’s so #!%#!$$ convoluted. Going to have to actually test out how it works on my druid, thank you for nothing Blizz. The fricking tool tip doesn’t tell you even a fraction of how it actually works.

        Did you know Rejuv gets the 5% bonus from the start however all other HoTs only get the 5% bonus if there was already an existing HoT on the target?

      • On that note jesus christ your legendaries/4 piece bonus/artifact weapon. They synergize so fricking well. Pally/Shaman heals don’t even have half that level of synergy man. tl;dr – you should be topping the healing charts in your sleep 😛

        • I know right? Swiftmend into Wildgrowth ultimate combo! Then Artifact into Flourish and who needs Tranquility? Lol.

          • Pretty intense but I have a feeling the mana cost on the back of WG/Swift would make sure you’d be restricted to clutch moments. Nice to have that innervate back, between your tranq and my mastery should be able to control a lot of raid damage.

    • I really dislike Microsoft’s way of doing things with Win 10. Wish I could have just stayed with 7 but it has a limited shelf life.
      I’ve disabled most things with Shutup10. Hopefully it will still cover the above mentioned. Or maybe just not update.

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

    @redartifice @tech_knight @freezespreston @beeawwb

    The halfling mage has been defeated and the giant enemy crab retreated from the battle. The icy keep is yours to explore but the mystery of the beached whales has been solved.

    Let me know if you guys are up for playing tonight.

    • I’m in! Looking forward to seeing what comes next, or to hear that giant enemy crab’s monologue for its revenge on us for killing his master 😛

    • Yep yep. I realise I still haven’t sent you my character sheet. Will do when I get home.

  • Interesting weekend. Got a call from a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while, looking to catch up as well as get some updates on the whole blind date situation and how that all panned out. Then got some late night Skype messages from him, which never happens. Seems like he’s considering setting me up with a friend of his or something. Shrug emoticon :p

    Ended up catching up with him the next night, went and saw Star Trek. Pretty rad! Managed to not get devoured by the hordes of Pokemon hunters at Rhodes. Pretty busy though, compared to usual. Also apparently they have ten dollar movie tickets now. Double rad.

    Late night internets, wound up firing off a message to an old friend I’d lost contact with, her old number didn’t work any more and I couldn’t remember her surname. Til the recent room excavation turned up an old business card of hers, so I figured why not plug it into Google and see what comes up :p And it worked! Though apparently e-mail notifications don’t work any more, annoying.

    Then sent a message to another friend who I don’t think I’ve seen since his wedding last year, and now set to catch up on Friday I think. And take all the VR gear over, since it’s packed up from being taken but not used when going to see Star Trek instead 😛

    And in further interesting developments, I went poking about in some of my old tabs and found a guy who proposed a project I was interested in back just before I first scored the ABC job had just reappeared from his own period of absence, and was set to get it rolling again. So shot my hand up to get on board with that too.

    Actually, supposed to have that coffee this week with that singer who was looking for a pianist. It’s all happening.

  • Not happy. Just got a letter in the mail from my friend in the UK, envelope arrived ripped open and the contents declared on the customs sticker missing. Pisses me off even more because she was sending me something she went and got me on her recent holiday.

  • Hello, I’m back. Was very sick last weekend and early week and been very busy so hardly even read Kotaku, let alone TAY.

    Saw Ghostbusters at the cinema on Saturday arvo, a time I would normally avoid like the plague. More on that in a sec… Enjoyed it a lot, lots of good gags and the effects were brilliant. The right chemistry between the leads, and Kate McKinnon killed it, she’s great. Hemsworth’s Kevin was hilarious.

    …and Saturday arvo. The cinema was full of 10-12 year old kids. This would normally be my worst nightmare, but I figured “that’s the age I saw the original…”. And they all seemed to love it, much laughing and cheering at the boss battle, and during the credits gags when the lights were on, could see how much they loved it. Good. Cause my generation had the original, and we get the in-jokes and cameos, but the new film’s for this generation of kids. Reckon it hit the mark just fine. 🙂

    • My son is 5 and has never seen/heard of the original Ghostbusters, just the trailer for the new version He told me that I should go see it “because it has lots of girls in it, and a really big ghost that squashes them and it’s really funny!”

      • Best review ever. 10/10.

        And that’s about the size of it. Lots of girls, a big ghost that squashes them and very funny. 🙂

        Plenty of slime too.

  • Hoping to start buying pieces for my new PC this week. Got a few things on eBay for sale, so hoping to secure a few parts for it from the profits of that stuff.

  • I’ve been feeling the itch to play Trauma Center after watching Iris Joker’s speedrun of Second Opinion on Summer Games Done Quick.

    Yesterday, I went hunting through the room of unsorted things from out last few moves and found my copy of Second Opinion and an empty box for Under the Knife 2. Today, I asked around at the local game stores to see if they had Under the Knife or Under the Knife 2. They did not.

    Freya asked me to find her spare stethoscope. So I went back into the room of unsorted things and found my 3DS, with Under the Knife and Under the Knife 2. I did not find her stethoscope. Then I found her stethoscope and took a picture for the interwebs.

    My wrists are going to be sore in the morning. And when I’m done wanking, I may even find time to play Trauma Center.

  • Apparently the Vita has been hacked. Browser exploit on version 3.60 that unlocks the whole system for homebrew etc. Also can let you whitelist PSP games that haven’t been added to the back compat list despite working fine. Doesn’t bypass DRM or enable decryption yet, only lets you run self-made apps.

    • …but will it run Crysis?

      That’s interesting. I really need to pull out the Vita. It was great company on my trip round Cambodia, but the 3DS has had all the love recently.

    • Hey Neg, I just wanted to let you know that on my windows 10 phone Edge is spazzing out whenever I use it.
      I’m not sure if it’s a known issue, but it’s only started happening in the last week.

  • Welp. Just finished spending an hour and a half talking with a dude from the US who’s heading the project. He seems happy enough with my programming background, and I think I passed his test. Looks like things are already off and rolling, woo!

    And then found a response from singer lady to confirm Wednesday’s thing and exchange numbers. Damn, early riser.

    Everything happening!

  • Well, I now own a gaming PC. Thank you to those who helped.

    I added some peeps on Steam, if I missed you, feel free to add me – JimuHsien


    • I didn’t. 🙁

      Tossing and turning all Sunday night. 12.5 hour day. No more than 3 hours sleep last night. Exhausted and it’s shaping up to be another long day.

        • Yeah, it’s pretty horrendous. I don’t normally suffer from anxiety, but sleeplessness triggers it. Can’t sleep, get anxious about not sleeping, toss and turn more, get horribly stressed, repeat until puddle of tired, get up and go to work trying not to yell and burst into tears. Arrggh.

          Shall try having a calming meal. Maybe a bath before bed.

          • Yeah, anxiety is a dick like that. My anxiety can emulate fever dreams.
            Perhaps check out some breathing exercises. They can help relax you, stop you from being anxious and allow you to fall asleep.

          • Yeah, breathing exercises work a good amount of the time. Great suggestion. 🙂

  • Well This time tomorrow I will be in the air on my first international flight (that I can remember)
    Nervous and excited. it’s going to be so much fun.
    What is something you wish you knew before going overseas the first time?

    • Have enough local currency! Find a less painful way to setup international roaming!

      • I’ve Set up my currency card and plan to get cash on the way through tomorrow. Also yes I did International roaming yesterday virgin make it really easy.

    • Is there anything that you’re worried about? I think, beside the obvious personal safety advice, how much time and energy you should drop into being prepared for potential problems comes down to what kind of person you are and what’s going to ruin your experience.

      1. Books don’t require batteries.
      2. If you’ve got the room in your carry-on, a spare pair of clothes (or at least, underwear) will be a godsend if there’s a stuff up with your luggage.
      3. Books don’t require batteries.
      4. You’ll need to write things down at some point. That’s really hard without a notepad and pencil.
      5. Long flights and airport terminals are great places to catch up on reading, and books don’t require batteries.

      • Books are also bulky and once you’ve read it need to be offloaded or lugged around.

        I have gotten a lot of value out of ereaders while travelling. put on battery saver and airplane mode and they’ll last for ages, and when you finish an ebook you can get on wifi and download a new one.

        • That’s all true – I suppose by big trip O/S was backpacking almost 10 years ago. I made good use of book exchanges, always having two books worked really well for me.

      • Not really worried, but more because I don’t know what to worry about, apart from not getting to where I need to get to. but that should be fine.

        • I’m available as a chaperone, if required. Gencon could be scary without me. For just the cost of the airfares, accommodation and entry to gencon too – it’s a bargain, really.

          • Thats a sweet offer, but I’ll have to take my chances with the people I’m going with

    • People will rob you at train stations, get out asap
      Some tours that do a bunch of different things are a great way to see all the big requirements of a city giving you time to explore yourself.
      Make sure you have the relevant power convertors

    • You’re always better off getting to the airport a bit early and being bored, than getting there late. Being late to the plane is not fun.

    • Not so much travel advice but bring some hand sanitizer as thousands of people are going to be touching the games. Very easy to get sick.

  • Ok is hearthstone just completely doing away with any pretense it’s a WoW inspired card game?? This new expansion has references to Beauty and the Beast and a Chess theme? WTH BLIZZ :@

    • Did you never raid Karazhan? chess event is a sorta a pseudo raid boss with loot and stuff, also the opera event in Karazhan was like three boss fights based off folk tales.

        • They tried to make some sense of it, something about a explosion destroying deadwind pass and medivh building a tower there as a result, the leylines being disturbed with which was later linked with malygos in wotlk, thematically they were trying to sell it as a distorted reality due to its proximity to the arcane.

          Also the Karazhan raid was fantastic, I mained a warlock back than i played a warrior with friends, the raid was a lot of fun. Burning Crusade was great in general.

  • Beat Trauma Center: Under the Knife.

    Now do I go for Under the Knife 2 or Second Opinion? My instinct says finish off the DS titles so I’m not bouncing between control schemes.

  • Pokemon GO has very quickly dropped into the pile of games that I don’t feel respect my time. It’s got good company in that pile, alongside most other mobile games, and big RPGs released in the last decade. I don’t live in the city, so I don’t have heaps of pokestops to continually restock items, so meh. I might fire up a gameboy emulator and pokemon R/B/Y sometime though…
    I like what they’ve done with Pokemon GO, it’s just not for me. *uninstall*.

    • It’s funny. I’ll happily sink countless hours into Stardew Valley because it feels like I’m doing something with my time in that game. That time is a resource that is being spent and the gameplay loop makes me rejoice when it has been refreshed.

      Pokemon Go just makes constant demands and gives little, if any, rewards. Funnily enough, I feel the same about the main Pokemon games. The ratio of time invested to reward given is too far out of whack for me.

      Hell, Trauma Center was giving me the shits and I beat that in 4 hours. The vast majority of the game is this bizarre visual novel nonsense. You can fast forward through it by hitting select at the start of each section. However there are also constant prompts during missions that you have to go through as well.

      Fuck you vegetables! I want my steak!

      • But, have you played the main Pokemon games in an emulator that you can speed up to x10?

        • I have and the fact that’s commonplace should tell you exactly why I don’t like the core games :p

      • I think the main Pokemon games respect your time well enough, they’re just not for everyone. You’ll get slapped with the occasional string of six unavoidable bug trainers with a single Metapod each, and random encounters always end up having that ‘I just want to go to that ladder on the other side of the screen without stopping to fight a Zubat every two steps!’ moment but for the most part they’re pretty fair.
        You can go heal your Pokemon between battles in a gym, there’s no real penalty for death and even the strings of annoying trainers are generally there to make sure you have enough cash and exp for what’s coming next. Even the random encounters beat traditional random encounters. In most games they’re area wide, but in Pokemon you can often avoid the long grass. The trainers are annoying but they provide a good shortcut/backtracking mechanism. A path can be full of battles the first time you go down it without slowing your movement down when you have to use the path a second time.

        Not that I’m trying to change your mind on the games, I just like those subtle things about it.

        • It’s the whole package. The random encounters, the battle transitions, the text speed. Even the experience bar filling up. It’s trainers slowly plodding over to engage you in battle after you make eye contact. It’s dozens upon hundreds upon thousands of little things that all take a bit too long piling up together.

          I’m an impatient sod. I get that not everyone is me nor do they share my tastes. Pokemon does not work for me. Too much of the game is taken up by things that are not achieving anything.

        • I remember in the first generation though, that you could cruise through the game until you hit Koga, and he’d fuck you up.

    • I play most mobile games for about a week then delete them once it becomes clear there is a point where I am going to have to sink real money into it. And in small amounts, that’s not awful, but the ones that are designed to make you regularly put more and more money in just to progress without waiting days or hours can go right to hell.

      Pokémon Go I’m not playing so much as I am letting it augment my lunchtime walks, which I’m trying to do more often. It has motivated me to get out of the office more regularly. I don’t really care if I “win” at it, though it is annoying when it doesn’t work, or I see the same three pokemon over and over, or I see gyms with a 1600CP dragonite while I’m only level 13 with a 598 Starmie to brag about.

  • Changed the date of my house warming and 31st as I forgot 90% of my workmates have to work during the Olympics. It’s September 16 now.

    Also, I still need a housemate for my purchased 4 bedroom home 🙁

    Also, we need more people to join us for Warhammer 40k! A friend and I are playing Kill Team Heralds of Ruin if anyone wants to join us. Think of it as a small scale (12 models etc) 40k with a campaign and experience system. We are also planning on playing some GORKAMORKA and MORDHEIM.

    • I’m so damn jealous of you playing Mordheim and Gorkamorka. I was around too late to get into it and feel I missed a golden age.

      • Just move to Melbourne/Geelong and be one of us!
        I played Mordheim during the golden age. It was amazing. I’m super keen to get back in to it (I used to run Sisters of Sigmar and Middenheimers). Sadly I missed out on Gorkamorka for the most part as everyone transitioned to other games right after I bought my guys!

  • So like, did I miss the big announcement on Kotaku or what? I checked my email yesterday and saw a tweet: now @alexwalker is the big editor (congratulations, by the way, couldn’t think of a more worthy successor) and Mark is doing something else in Allure.
    Does that mean no more Markticles?

    What of Mark? I need closure!

    • Mark said he will dip in from time to time, but he’s now managing editor of KotAu, GizmodAU, and LifehackerAU

      • Oh wow. I was wondering what happened to Serrels I was worried he had left us. Good to know he’s still here! Also glad to hear he is moving up 😀

        • He hasn’t been about because he had to make a pilgrimage to the land of porridge

          • Yeah, so just so everyone knows: Mark will still be around, and you’ll still see his name on stories from time to time. But he’ll be focusing more on Giz and LH as well as Kotaku, and I’ve stepped into the editor’s role.

          • So what’s your breakfast/exercise of choice? Will we have novella length articles about coco pops & kickboxing?

          • I for one an interested in the hot take around how lack of corn flakes changed the result of the Lord test

          • I, for one, welcome our new Walkerlord.

            And yes, we do need a “What the new Kotaku editor has for breakfast” snippet.

    • What?!? @alexwalker does this mean you’ll be doing the Kotaku WoW article? 😛 Congrats on the promo!

  • @popdart5 @tech_knight @blaghman

    Guys, I know I’ve been sporadic in the last couple of months with Numenera, and I apologise. For some reason my life has gotten really busy all of a sudden (work and socially) and that’s made it really hard for me to commit to running a fortnightly campaign. Rather than keep going as is, I’d like to officially suspend our campaign for the time being. While I’m committed to finishing out the arcs we’re in, over the next 3 months my availability is going to stay pretty awful on Wednesdays and all over the place for other days, precluding me from just shifting to another night.

    So for now, let’s call it a season break, and hopefully pick back up in November once this hurricane of activity is over. Sorry for stringing you along for the last month or two.

    • All good Red. As much as I wish otherwise, life stuff comes before RPGs so I completely understand if you need a break for Numenera. We’ll be pumped up and ready to roll when November rolls around.

      As an aside, do you reckon you’ll be okay to continue with Pathfinder on Mondays?

    • HOW DARE YOU HAVE A LIFE. THIS IS AN AFFRONT TO NERDS EVERYWHERE! =P In other words, most people know you can’t help it.

    • It’s all good Red, I’ll be there when you’re ready to pick it up again and so will Scrappa and Zippa 🙂

  • Nvm, found it.
    You’d think after several decades of OS building Microsoft would have learned how to make intuitive and useful settings, but no.

  • Been playing Overwatch lately, and have a few questions about it. Figured I’d ask some nice peeps rather than plunging into the abyss of the internet.

    First off, which hero were you when you earned your first Play of the Game? Mine was D.Va using her super explode thingy.

    Second, are there any characters you flatout REFUSE to play for some reason? Because I freaking loathe Torbjorn to the point where I’d feel ashamed to play him.

    Lastly, questions about random heroes.
    – Zarya: Does anyone feel like she’s crazy weak? Like, deals way too little damage? I swear she deals practically none.
    – Genji: Why does it take him ten hours to pull the katana from it’s sheath to kill people? I thought he was a ninja.
    – Widowmaker: On her default skin, is she wearing boots or does she have robot feet?

    • My first Play of the Game was in the Beta and I have no idea who it was. =P Sorry

      I refuse to play McCree. Mainly because I really, really, REALLY, suck at him.

      Zarya is hard to wrap your head around, but once you know the trick, it really helps. She powers up by absorbing damage using her shields. So if someone does 50 damage to your shield, then the particle gun has 50 damage which slowly dwindles. She’s powerful int eh right hands.

      Genji is only supposed to use his sword to deflect and during his ultimate. I believe is used for 6 seconds. So while it seems like forever, it is useable straight away.

      Widowmaker, they’re armoured boots.

    • I refuse to play Bastion.
      Played him in the beta but in full release I’ve not played a single second of him and don’t plan to change that.
      However my first potg was in beta and probably was with Bastion :/
      Zarya is tricky. Does nothing without the shield buff but can do crazy damage with it.

    • My first POTG was Zarya with her black hole ultimate and spamming her energy launcher. I somehow managed to score that one in my third game when I first started. I’ve seen some crazy powerful Zaryas lately and it’s just a case of correctly timing the shield bubbles and powering up. She’s like a tank, support, and DPS all rolled in one.

      I don’t have any characters that I refuse to play at all. I tend to avoid Hanzo and Widowmaker because I’m terrible at snipers but I’ll dip my toes every now and then to try and get better. I used to avoid Tracer as I also sucked as her but I think I’ve gotten pretty competent at her style.

  • So the mob who had 1,000 musicians come together to play Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters last year just did another concert this time they performed David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel, I must say it’s awesome to see people come together & do such amazing things. If only Bowie was still around to see people celebrating his music like this.

  • @jocon Resto’s completed, have a look tonight when you can. Not a 100% on the forums you can use for info though. Lol it’s reassuring that my research had me picking the same talents/artifact paths as a lot of resto druid guides out there. (I usually don’t refer to guides for talents/artifact weapons and just choose the best off number crunching)

    • I assume its not as easy as wotlk resto druids right? sit in tree, lifebloom tank, rejuve entire raid, top heals *shades on* skill.

      • Similar rotation but different priorities with the changes to mana when compared to Wotlk. From WoD however they appear to be very similar to the healing for that xpac. On that note @jocon you’re going to hate fights like the Butcher, and lo and behold our second fight is likely to be Ursoc 😛

        • But I mean literally that was their rotation, I assume nowadays regrowth, efflorescence,, healing touch etc are more prevalent.

          • Rejuv’s still the priority spell along with Lifebloom, all the others are cast on priority due to how expensive they are.

          • Nothing concrete outside of the mythic forums and youtube vids. Atm I’ve been putting together an understanding of fights by reading the descriptions and watching the vids. @distantdrop on that note here’s a little Destiny flavor for us wowheads –


            What he sells changes every week 😛 and yes he sells an item called “Gjallar’s Horn”.

          • I wonder if he will also sell a class item you desperately need, than sell a higher Armour version the very next week trolling the crap out of you.

      • That, tho Tree is a cooldown now not a form.
        But also keep Shroom down, Healing touch for spot heals, Regrowth off a proc, Wild Growth for emergency aoe and a few other tricks like extending or speeding up all active hots.
        Still possibly the easiest healer but I’m a noob at heals so I’m fine with this.

        • Probably about the same amount of difficulty as a monk healer.

          Only difference with monks however is learning the other 20 keybinds for quality of life. or if you plan to overcomplicate it with crane stance. than again they got rid of chi for BM so i assume they did the same for MW. legion MW monk is probably totally different.

  • Welp. Met with singer lady, all went well and looks like that’s about to get rolling too. When it rains it pours?

    Also venue was changed to the QVB instead of near Museum, wandered upstairs afterwards and saw the piano was open for anyone to play. Took it as a sign, sat down and faced the fear. Hands are still a little trembly now but it went well. Got a bunch of applause :p

  • Woo! Finally found a copy of Lightning Returns on 360 for $21. Also got DOA 4 for $9. \o/

  • I have no idea why I bothered to go to my local Aus Post about my mail being ripped open & the contents missing. Their attitude “Not our fault.. But here’s a complaint form, no go away you’re inconveniencing me.” yeah fuck you, you could at least have some compassion.

      • They killed the option that let you disable the “awesomebar”, and also changed its layout to be retarded. And probably kicked an elderly woman down some stairs.

        • Oh. Mine hasn’t updated yet, I was a bit confused as to what you were talking about 😛

        • I fucking hate the ‘awesome’ bar.

          Mozilla are a pack of twats and if Chrome was just a bit more customizable I’d ditch Firefox entirely. I mean, it’s basically Chrome with a shittier interface at this point anyway.

          • That’s basically what I keep saying. “If I wanted to use Chrome, I’d be using Chrome. So stop trying to turn it into Chrome!”
            Actually I saw someone say that whoever created the “awesomebar” should fuck off back to Google. Spot on :p

            But as shit as they try and make it, I still find Chrome shittier. Would rather Opera I think, though only just. At least there’s Classic Theme Restorer to save things.

  • Had an amazing game of Lucioball last night with @eronin and @lucifer9783 . We got completely wrecked, 4 to 0. I told them they were incredibly good. They responded that they appreciated it. I added, I can’t even be salty, we were just so well outplayed!
    It taught us some stuff though. Even though we lost badly, it was a positive experience somehow.

  • “My work e-mail isn’t working.”
    “Might just be the internet. Did you type it in right?”
    “I did. Still not working. Oh dear god, I’ve been fired, haven’t I?”
    “Why would they fire you out of the blue?”
    “I dunno, but I’ll be damned if I’m going out like a bitch. I’m going out on my own terms, damnit! Fuck our manager! Fuck this company! I’ll burn this motherfucking place down- Oh wait, no, i typed my email wrong.”

    Rinse and repeat about once per week or so for the rest of my life.

  • I must be getting intolerant in my old age, I’m finding venturing out of TAY less and less tempting.

    • Nah, it’s there’s just too many of us old farts here in TAY that we just keep scaring the kids away.

  • The new Battletech that Harebrained Schemes is making looks pretty damn sweet. Still obviously early days but the video they released to backers is pretty damned nice

  • Spent the afternoon at the piano store, testing out different portable models.

    Doesn’t seem to have brought me any closer to a conclusion 😛 Thanks in no part to the dude there being pretty unhelpful…

  • More Bloodborne:
    Getting my arse kicked by the Blood Starved Beast, even with Dear Alfred helping me out (not for long though, I’m about to run out of insight!

    • Oh yeah that fight is a bitch, had to go back and farm a few regions before I took him down. If I remembering correctly I used fire/fire bombs/fire oil? to help take him down.

      • Yeah, he’s an Old Yarnham creature, and they only mention 100 times that those critters don’t like fire. I think I have to do the same and just go farm some levels until for while. It’s frustrating becasuse I’ve come *THIS CLOSE* a couple of times.

        • Yeah there’s a region just before the boss rich in werewolves and some easy trash, 2-3 rounds of that place should get you strong enough to knock him down. Also hope you explored the tower in the same place as it links back to the start of the region with the machine gunner tower.

  • Is TAY dying? It’s basically limping into the 3rd page most weeks, sometimes not even making it that far.

    Is it time to start thinking about a fortnightly or monthly reset?

    • Possibly.
      A fortnightly update wouldn’t be too bad, since we now have page numbers and comment notifications, and the fact that spam-posting has all but gone helps as well.

    • People seem to be busy busy bees. It’s the natural lifecycle of groups I think. I suspect the majority of the regs are communicating by Other Means.

    • I’m sorry /o\ My life isn’t very interesting so I can’t post too much.
      All I really do is play Overwatch

        • Yeah, I do those occasionally. It takes time, and until then, I really don’t have much to talk about

    • My stuff usually is working, then LoL, then working, then Stellaris, then working, then XCOM 2, not much interesting for me to talk about as the above are not played much by others anymore.

    • Maybe we’re all just getting older? I think I joined TAY almost 3-4 years ago….

    • I’m not sure how that would help. Wouldn’t it just result in getting to page 6 every fortnight instead of page 3 every week?
      I think this is just what happens to online groups. Everyone gets along and has fun, they all get sort of on the same page about everything and the group stops growing. When it stops growing it starts shrinking due to people naturally moving on and loses diversity, becoming more about pre-existing personal connections which hinders growth further.
      I wasn’t really around for the glory days of TAY, but it seems like TAY is moving more and more towards just being small group of people who know each other playing the current crowd pleaser game.
      Not that it’s a bad thing. That’s still fun and the page count is just the page count.

    • I don’t know if they have fixed the mobile browser data issue. There was a big drop due to that and don’t think it has improved so a large number of regular taybies can’t tay during the day

    • Pretty much.
      The mobile data problem driving many to twitter instead was the nail in the coffin I think. People just been drifting away ever since with no real reason for new folks to come and stick around.
      Unfortunately I don’t know of anywhere else on the internet that is free of shitheads :/

      • That’s something that really bugs me about Reddit and social media. The internet’s always been full of shit heads but there used to be a lot of communities like this out there. Now you have to either bring in Reddit’s baggage or go peer to peer with things like Facebook and Twitter. There are the little communities out there but they tend to wither in the shadow of social media and Reddit.
        The good ol’ days weren’t great but I miss falling down the rabbit hole and finding a group of people to hang out with.

  • I don’t think I’ll ever finish Fire Emblem. I’ve been playing since launch and still collecting the kids…
    It is too alluring to try to make them super powered. I have this addiction to cause trouble for people on Street pass…

    • I went out of my way to make sure I got all the kids, but then finished it before actually using any.

      • I stopped the main storyline and haven’t played one of the story episodes for weeks.

  • *looks at client name* – Mr McGree

    *resists urge to ask him if its High Noon*

  • Had a post-work punt on the nags.
    Put $20 in and ended up $60 ahead.
    Good thing I only do it 1-2 times on a year.

  • @negativezero @welbot
    Have you heard of the nvlddmkm error and know of any decent fix?
    I probably know the answer but I’m running out of ideas. I’ve tried pretty much every solution I can find on the internet beyond replacing hardware. Hell I HAVE replaced hardware – I thought I traced it to RAM a couple years ago but it’s reared it’s head again.
    Any suggestions would be most welcome.

    • Could be many things from memory leaks, bad sector on hdd (less likely, but possible), heat issues, or even power issues. First thing I’d try if you haven’t already, is in the windows power settings, put the profile on high performance, and make sure the pci-e link management is set to off.

      • Yeah, tried that. Also Drivesweeper clean driver install, disabling MB graphics, disabling Aero, Bios update, swapped out RAM, re-seated GPU, cleaned and lubed fans (tho 99% sure it’s not heat related – my rig runs pretty cool and the error sometimes happens when web browsing or even idling.)
        Latest try is adding a TdrDelay into the registry. Though I vaguely remember trying that to no avail years ago.

    • Nvidia driver crash. If wiping the drivers out entirely & reinstalling hasn’t fixed it, then you could try and upgrade your chipset drivers and check for updated firmware for your motherboard.

      • what he said… failing that, your card may just straight up be having issues, and need replacing. I went through a stage years ago when I had this issue pop up every few months, and then with subsequent driver releases, it would fix itself. It’s a really tough nut to crack most of the time. @jocon, are there any other errors in your event log that appear to be occurring regularly?

        • Also, I should add, that it might be worth running sfc /scannow if you haven’t already. Just to make sure your OS isn’t corrupted in some part. It’ll let you know if everything is ok, and if it finds something wrong, it will attempt to fix it. If you find there’s issues and need assistance, just gimme a holler

      • Yeah, did that too :/
        Well, I guess I was considering upgrading anyway.
        Thanks for your help Neg, @welbot

  • Man, my friend’s wife had the best VR reaction. I’m jealous, seemed like she actually achieved presence.

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