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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: September 19, 2014, 12:33:10 PM
Frasier.

Good mix of intelligent comedy with slapstick humour.

I just finished watching all 11 seasons.

It held up quite well.

Exactly what I would have suggested.
I'll also second Scrubs.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 19, 2014, 12:14:49 PM
I only ever watched bits and pieces of both the new amd classic Doctor Who series (with the Matt Smith run being the significant part of the modern Doctor Who series that I've seen). I have to admit that I'm starting to get into it. Smith somehow managed to pull of a very likable and at times creepy character despite all signs indicating that he should be the Jar Jar Binks of Doctors. That's quite impressive. Capaldi somehow seems like the perfect fit and I'm looking forward to the new episodes. Clara is also fairly interesting and while I hope they do a little more with the "impossible girl" story arc there's always the danger they'll overcook it. All in all, Im a bit late to the party but catching up should be a blast.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2014, 05:50:54 PM
Finished Violett. This time around I managed to beat the puzzle I got stuck on almost instantly so maybe I really was tired the last time I played. Very charming game. On to wrap up Edna and Harvey: The breakout. Going by the rather crazy amount of dialog in the game, it may take a while.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2014, 01:19:31 PM
I didn't realize there was such an anti U2 thing. I can't say I've bought any of their music in a LONG time, but they have created some pretty amazing songs. I wish they could tap back into whatever reservoir of talent that helped them create all their great early songs. Where the Streets have No name is truly one of the greatest songs ever. That guitar riff alone is worth it. Oddly enough it reminds me of the end credits music from Gates of Thunder. How's THAT for random? And totally geeky.


U2 is Nickelback for 45 year olds...

I'm not really all that up to date so maybe someone can explain why Nickelback has become the punching bag of the music world. I'm not really blown away by any of their stuff but I do wonder where all the hate comes from.

IMO, their first few albums are pretty good. But then in the middle of the last decade, they transitioned into annoying self-aware radio rock. Power ballad, much?
Not a terrible band. I just think they were overexposed, and it got to their heads. Then it just became trendy to hate on them.
*Just my take.

They don't suck, as in, they aren't entirely unlistenable in the way that...say Yoko Ono can be at times...

but a lot of the outrage against them comes from how homogenized their sound is obviously trying to be.  it's "safe" rock, nothing original at all, ever; their sounds screams "I hope everyone likes this!!...OH PLEASE GOD LIKE THIS!!!...and buy our albums!!!"

you know how you have that facebook friend/website you follow who posts pictures of cats and is CONSTANTLY reposting the same tired memes so that they'll get the most amount of "likes" from people who don't know that there is actual, thought provoking media out there? Yeah, that's the internet equivalent of a nickelback song.

Pretty accurate analogies, actually. Summed up nicely.

Now "look at this photograph (of cats). Every time I do it makes me laugh."

That logic applies to most mainstream artist. To me, the trend rout seem like the more likely one. Some musical hipsters started to bash them, and it caught on. Either that, or they're the Justin Bieber of Rock and I just don't see it because I'm not a hardcore fan of the genre.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2014, 10:34:46 AM
I didn't realize there was such an anti U2 thing. I can't say I've bought any of their music in a LONG time, but they have created some pretty amazing songs. I wish they could tap back into whatever reservoir of talent that helped them create all their great early songs. Where the Streets have No name is truly one of the greatest songs ever. That guitar riff alone is worth it. Oddly enough it reminds me of the end credits music from Gates of Thunder. How's THAT for random? And totally geeky.


U2 is Nickelback for 45 year olds...

I'm not really all that up to date so maybe someone can explain why Nickelback has become the punching bag of the music world. I'm not really blown away by any of their stuff but I do wonder where all the hate comes from.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2014, 09:53:17 AM
Finished TWD Season 2, Ep1, and started up Ep2.
I don't know...I'm not really enjoying it much so far. Maybe I just don't feel like playing such a dark and dreary game right now.
I need to find something "lighter" and more fun.

Give Deponia a go. It's got a pinch of dark humour here and there, but its mostly light hearted and cheeky. As added incentive, Chaos on Deponia comes with at least 1000% more Platypus.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2014, 04:01:22 AM
Violett is kind of a mixed bag, even its graphics range from a blurry mess to nice and crisp. Conversations are essentially gibberish with Machinarium style picture bubbles, but I'm perfectly fine with that. The game doesn't really do much to explain what's going on, you kind of have to piece it together Riven style. Some puzzles can be fairly tricky and even frustrating, but I am playing with the tips off. They do give a sense of satisfaction when solved though.

After getting stuck on one particular frustrating puzzle in Violett (maybe I was just tired) I decided to take advantage of the Humble sale and pick up "Edna & Harvey: The breakout".
It's...odd... It has a very retro indie feel to it, but the amount of stuff you can interact with is rather overwhelming. Want to talk to a table or a chair? Go for it. I'm not quite sure weather I'm going to like it as much as Deponia, but I intend to see it through to the end.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 14, 2014, 06:23:43 AM
Finished up Tiny Bang Story and then wrapped up Chaos on Deponia for desert.
Tiny Bang is overflowing with charm and I'd love to see another one some day.
Chaos has some darkish humor in it, that's for sure
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When they mentioned that baby dolphins make for good cat food, I didn't think they'd actually go there...they did...
There was also some nodding to the classics, and one particular one that could have you pulling your hair out if its been a while since your last save and you happened to click the wrong thing.
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Pissing off your ex to a certain point will result in a "you have died" prompt, the buttons actually do what they say they do, as in it will literally exit the game or restart from the beginning if you choose one of those options. The only one that will keep you playing is the reload option which will start you off just before you started talking (and luckily that's the one I went for and saved before testing the other ones).

I've got Goodbye Deponia waiting to wrap up the series but I think I'll take a bit of a detour and give "Violette" a go first. I picked it up because it was on a massive discount and looked charming, but I'm not quite sure what to expect.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 11, 2014, 08:00:15 AM
Tiny Bang Story. Been cruising through the game until I hit a certain block puzzle, and I absolutely refuse to use hints or guides.
My backlog has been growing because of Humble, and I'm trying to decide what I feel like playing after I'm done with TBS. I think I'll go back to Chaos on Deponia.
Also, One Finger Death Punch. That game is essentially one giant F*ck Yeah! moment, especially if the right music hits.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 11, 2014, 07:48:54 AM
*tries to bring some order back into the post*
I've been digging games like To the Moon, Gone Home, Dear Esrher, Brothers, TWD series, Wolf Among Us, Beyond: Two Souls, etc.
Story-based games with little to no "difficulty" to make me not enjoy myself. I like easy games. I like short games. I like a great story. Some killer tunes help as well.
I'm sure I'm missing other games out there like the above.
I played 999, and still need to pick up Virtue's last Reward, so there's that, but I'm not sure what else should be on my radar.
Any help? Thanks!

You might like Machinarium, the story might not be anything epic, but the game is so damn charming that it more than makes up for it.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 07:43:28 AM
Also have been playing Five Nights at Freddy's. I'm stuck on Night 2 but I'm loving it. I'm making sure to play in the dark, alone. The game makes good use of the player's tension, since you want to know where the characters are at, and when I see that someone has moved, I panic a little bit and start checking all the cameras until I find them, inadvertently using up power. I've jumped quite a few times. Definitely a worthwhile investment of 5 bucks.

Thats a scottgames game isn't it?
I remember him from his early stuff. Very "unique" art style, rather quirky and a bit creepy. He was also one of very few indie developers that made RPGs in MMF. I'm not sure what Five Nights is made in, but if I was a betting man Id go with MMF or whatever clickteam calls it now.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Girlfriend Rescue on: September 08, 2014, 06:43:05 AM
But I'm sorry to say that I'm jaded now.  I see one RPGM game, I've seen them all.  An RPGM game needs to stand apart and above to get my attention.

More or less sums up my sentiments, though you can get quite a bit out of a generic looking RM title as long as enough care went into everything else. I've seen some amazing stuff done with RTP and the DBS.
It's not quite the same with commercial titles though, you just expect more from something that has a price tag.

300+ hours of a great fun for something like 60 EUR doesn't feel expensive, at least for my. And I'll yet have to see a game that offers me as deep and rewarding experience as Laxius series.

Anyway, this is a topic about Girlfriend Rescue, not about Aldorlea in general. And since I felt its "level" structure and fairly "action" gameplay made it very different from the other RM games I played I brought it to attention here.

I'm sure its a good deal for someone who obviously likes the series and general crafting style of the creator. For someone who had a very different experience with the series however, the current asking price is simply more than I'd be willing to take a chance on. It's not mountains of gold, but no one likes to throw money at something they don't expect they'll enjoy.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Girlfriend Rescue on: September 07, 2014, 05:49:08 PM
What can I say, I used to play a lot of the indie RM titles and I've seen some pretty impressive stuff back in the day. The only impressive thing that I found about any of the Laxius games was that he stuck to it and made so many of the damn things in the first place (that takes some major dedication and is worth of praise). I'm pretty sure they're still floating around the internet somewhere, so I might take another crack at the original series some day and see weather they're really as bad as I remember (the awkward translation didn't help either). There's absolutely no way I'm willing to pay even half of what any of the Aldorlea games cost at the moment though, so unless they go on a bundle or reevaluate their prices to something less ridiculous, I'm going to have to pass on their commercial stuff.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2014, 05:36:39 PM
Complaining about a genre for what makes it popular I see it as that joke from The Simpsons of the "Old man yells at cloud".

I'm pretty sure the trolls aren't what makes Dota2 popular. They just come packaged with an otherwise great game. You either have to learn to live with it or stop playing. Doesn't make it any less annoying though.

I thought you were too busy being way too misguidedly annoyed with XIII to finish it in the first place.

I put roughly 10+ or so hours into it the first time around and didn't like it. Whats misguided about that?
15  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews section for iOS only? on: September 05, 2014, 04:15:34 AM
Our issue with Android has been that the huge number of different devices makes it hard to predict how well a game will work with your phone or tablet.

I don't really see it being much different from doing PC reviews. As long as the game is available for the platform its fair game to review. Its up to the developer/publisher to provide the requirements and the user to determine weather their device can handle the software. All we would need from you is the minimum OS version required and possibly what device the game was being reviewed on as a benchmark, and even those are optional.
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