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2956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the otaku is killing japanese rpgs on: July 11, 2011, 03:44:46 PM
In reference to the thread's title....Maybe.

Because when I think otaku, I think rhythm games...wait, no I don't.  Are we just attributing anything we don't like to otaku now?
2957  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 11, 2011, 01:16:41 AM
Not really long times, no.  While at first glance sous vide cooking may look similar to traditional slow cooking--in fact my sous vide setup uses a modifed crockpot--the philosophy is completely different.  Traditional slow cooking is really a type of extreme overcooking.  While most meats become tough when overcooked, if you continue to cook them even longer you will eventually denature the proteins and make the meat tender again.  This method can be used to make traditionally tough cuts more palatable, but you are also changing the meat in the process.  Nobody is ever going to mistake a pot roast for a well-cooked steak.

Sous vide is about immersing you food in a temperature-controlled water bath that is set to exactly the temperature you want the food to reach.  The goal here is to essentially make overcooking impossible, since the food will never get hotter than the temperature you desire.  While a traditionally cooked steak will always have some gradient of doneness in which the outside is more cooked than the inside, a sous vide steak can be perfectly cooked inside and out.  Of course there can still be some denaturing of proteins at these moderate temperatures but only after a very long time.  The time requirement for sous vide is only long enough to make sure the inside of the meat has reached the desired temperature.  The water bath is being used strictly as a heat conductor, which is why the food is typically placed in vacuum-sealed plastic bags before being put in the water bath.

Of course there are always exceptions.  I made sous vide beef ribs once that cooked for 72 hours.  The reasoning is a little complicated.  Normally ribs are always cooked well done because they are high-collagen meats and the collagen is unpleasant unless it has been thoroughly cooked.  With the 72 hour ribs the temperature was set such that the meat wouldn't get overcooked but the collagen would get (slowly) broken down.  It was a very interesting experiment.  The end result was probably the most tender meat I had ever eaten in my life ;)

OK, enough being a cooking nerd for now.  Anyway, this is my first time doing salmon this way.  I'm hoping it turns out well.
2958  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 11, 2011, 12:46:55 AM
Went down to the fish market today and bought a fresh salmon.  Stuck half of it in the freezer while the other half has been brined and vacuum sealed in preparation for sous vide cooking it tomorrow.  This better be amazing given the amount of effort (and money...that salmon wasn't cheap) I've put into it...
2959  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm done buying games! on: July 09, 2011, 06:14:04 PM
That does it, I can't let this backlog get any larger.  Believe it or not, part of me is actually annoyed by Sony's welcome back PSN program.  As if I needed free games!  I can't even finish the games I paid money for.  Heck, I have a demo backlog...I have lots of demos I've downloaded intending to try out but I don't even have time for them.  Where did all the hours go...

I've decided to implement a policy where I won't buy a new game until I finish two games I own.  I'm not sure how I should count PSN/Android stuff in that, though, since they tend to be shorter.  Argh, whatever...

Seeing how Catherine is coming out soon I'd better get to work...
2960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: July 08, 2011, 02:49:48 PM
Well, it's not really that PS1 games are region-free.  It's that PSN games are, and that includes PS1 classics.

My favorite thing about the PS3's region-independence:  You can even earn trophies from games outside of your region in the same account you normally use.
2961  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: firefox sucks on: July 07, 2011, 07:46:39 PM
I like Firefox...well, I use Iceweasel, but whatever.
2962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: July 07, 2011, 04:05:44 PM
Am I crazy for thinking I may enjoy this more than Skyrim? 

No.  Why would that be crazy?
2963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF Versus XIII follow up coming next week + possible new game announcement on: July 06, 2011, 05:47:29 PM
I agree.  We know basically nothing about the game at this point.  It certainly could just be a cheap cash-in, but I don't see the idea of a rhythm game with Final Fantasy music as being an inherently bad thing.  I think some folks are a little too quick to dismiss this.
2964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF Versus XIII follow up coming next week + possible new game announcement on: July 06, 2011, 02:18:32 AM
Hey now, I love Final Fantasy music.  I know this isn't what people were expecting, but it's not necessarily bad...
2965  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Batman Arkham City on: July 05, 2011, 07:46:28 PM
From a Gamasutra interview.

On the subject of boss fights with the iconic Batman characters:

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They're humans. They're mortal. Batman's a mortal guy, but he's a total badass, so we've got to make sure that all of a sudden someone like Riddler doesn't just develop superhuman strength because it makes gameplay sense. No. Riddler is a smart guy but he's not a powerhouse, and so the combat between Batman and Riddler exists on the intellectual level.

This line alone pretty much sold me on the game.  Arkham Asylum was good, but the boss fights were pretty lousy.  Too videogame-ish and inappropriate for the characters.  God I hope they actually pull this off this time around.
2966  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gaming and Anime Tattoos!! I know you got em.... on: July 05, 2011, 07:11:24 PM
I like gaming and anime but tattoos?  Not so much...but hey, if that's your thing that's fine.
2967  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 05, 2011, 04:37:42 PM
Got back from AX last night.  It's so hard to get back into a normal routine after being at a big con like that.  It's like I was living in an alternate dimension for the last four days.  Then there's the sunburns and blisters...damn LA was hot.  Nice to be back in Seattle where we think upper 70s is hot.
2968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breaking: Yasumi Matsuno (FFXII, Tactics Ogre) joins Level 5 on: July 05, 2011, 02:26:53 PM
I wonder if I was the only one who kept everyone at the same level. It made boss battles that much easier since I could switch people in and out without being worried about being fucked over.

I did that too.  But then, I normally do that in most games.

Oh like the "I want a Zodiac Shield". Ok, go open the Zodiac Shield chest, it has a 0.006% chance of containing a Zodiac Shield. If it doesn't, just wait for the server ID to reset... oh wait, I mean reload and try again.

How the hell could anyone think this was a good idea?

Don't get me started on the Zodiac Spear either...

I guess this stuff never bothered me because I'm not an obsessive completionist.  So what if I don't get a Zodiac Shield?
2969  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Aksys bringing over Fate/Extra (imageepoch/PSP) to NA in 2011 on: July 02, 2011, 10:10:35 PM
I was at the panel when they announced this.  Very exciting.  Aksys seems to still have some faith in the PSP.  I mean, they also announced an otome VN for the PSP and that seems far more niche than this title.
2970  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: June 30, 2011, 05:21:53 PM
All the progress you make in the beta is saved for the when the retail version is released, right?

If it's anything like the Uncharted 2 beta (or any other beta that I'm aware of...) the answer is absolutely not.  Everything is reset.
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