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106  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 - I think Shepard is a clone *ME2 spoilers* on: January 13, 2012, 02:37:46 PM
But think back to ME1 and the mission where you'd eventually find Admiral Kohaku dead, where there was talk of Cerberus creating a super soldier. What better than to rebuild (clone?) Shepard when s/he died? Oh man.

Oh totally! Yeah, it'd be a little messed, but completely viable, if a touch unoriginal. However, knowing the writers over there, it will definitely have its own unique spin.

I can't think of any other reason, aside from the scenario painted above, really, for such a reveal (or lack thereof, as it were). Guess we'll find out in due time, but a human army of Shepards would be pretty devastating.
107  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The N€w D€al$ Thr€ad on: January 12, 2012, 10:22:53 PM
Some decent titles, but argh... no Monster Rancher.
108  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: January 12, 2012, 10:21:37 PM
Hyperbole in game reviews drives me nuts, though I know I can be an offender in this area at times.  Certainly something for me to work on.

Oh, we're all guilty, no doubt! When people get really excited about a title, we just do it. Especially when we're loyal to it, we want everyone to think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

At any rate, no problem! Looking forward to listening in on Ep. 38!
109  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: January 12, 2012, 03:50:00 AM
So no pancakes, waffles

Noooo!!!! Say it ain't so!

PS. water after you've had coffee (or, say, black tea) is a good idea too. Coffee is super dehydrating.

Yeah, you gotta' keep an eye on what teas are diuretics, and which aren't. Same with soft drinks and such. I'm glad I've largely cut them from my system.

Yogurt is delicious. I need to buy the Greek stuff sometime

I love and adore yogurt. Probably one of my favourite foods. However, my recent onset of lactose intolerance keeps my intake on more of a minimum... boo... but I'll never give it up, ever! I find I can eat it, and ice cream, in smaller amounts without really being bothered, so that makes me happy. I'm perfectly fine without milk or cheese.

I've been trying to get into using free-run eggs more often, but damn they're pricey.

That they are, but just so much better for things in general. I like their crazy orangey-yellowness too!

Shrimp Tacos

This is a really quick recipe to make, and it will blow the roof off of your mouth with deliciousness.

Shrimp tacos are amazing. I have a recipe for some that mostly goes with a nice guacomole and some tomato and such, leaving out the salsa which is much nicer with the shrimp. I wanna' try your recipe, though!
110  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: January 11, 2012, 02:17:26 AM
Drink a big ole glass of water as soon as you wake up too.

Agreed. I've been realizing the importance of water more and more in my, uh, diet? over the past year and a bit.
111  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play an RPG for in one sitting on: January 11, 2012, 01:57:54 AM
I seem to be par for the course here, usually doing a 2-4 hour sitting, depending what life has in store for me. Just did about 3 in War on the North, for example.

However, if I've a day off that I don't need to get out and about for auditions, banking, other such things, I can camp out at home for a big binge.

Longest is probably an Oblivion session lasting 10 hours.
Definitely one of my bigger binges. I totally have done that, and thensome. I'm pretty sure I've banked a 13 hr. day on Oblivion. I think I also did when I rented Borderlands for a week, putting in several 5-10 hr. days. Minecraft too. Ugh. So addicting.

I once played Risk on PSX for 14 hours w/ a friend. Didn't even finish the match
Haven't played for quite that long, but I've had similar encounters while playing Civ 3/4 with my best bud. Pulling all nighters before we even know what's happening, just doing hotseat - it's madness.
112  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: January 10, 2012, 04:00:19 AM
Ooo, nice stuff!

I busted out a sweet series of recipes for a date last week that went over pretty well, thanks to the epicurious app. Usually I like to craft things of my own accord, but it's nice to try new things so I can get inspired in my own inventions. Anyways, I definitely recommend these ones:
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Miso Glaze
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
along with some satayed green beans and for dessert Banana Nut Bread. In this one, I tweaked it based on some of the feedback and what I had on hand. Used 1/3 white sugar, and 1/3 brown sugar and 3 ripe bananas instead, and almonds cause I like them better/they're cheaper.
Finally, all this was made dairy-free since I'm lactose intolerant, so I had almond milk and Crisco going on in instead. Worked like charm! Definitely recommend all three
113  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: January 10, 2012, 03:35:40 AM
That opening quote about the "FUS-RO-DAH" text was awesome, by the way.

Rob, you bring up a really valid point on the subject of gaming journalism, and since I've been watching some of the shows on G4, I feel I know exactly what you're talking about. It's generally pretty black and white for most of them, especially on the very awful XPlay.
My goodness that is a terrible show.
Anyways, it's pretty well true that games only get much coverage if they hit the 8.5 and up, or 5 and below, and the comments are pretty generic. Like, I think back to when Skyrim and Skyward Sword were reviewed on Reviews on the Run - both the guys had their series of complaints about the various imperfections, which of course exist, and then threw out a 9.5 and a 10, which I could not help but call bullshit on! They definitely sounded like they were gearing up for a solid 8 or so, maybe 9 at best. But yeah, the complaints were there, but then they just through out the hyped score. And it's true, that's there in so many other review sites, and on occasion it even happens here with the numbers, though you guys have a pretty good breakdown, I think, so not so bad and fairly justified.
I would love to get a gig on one of those shows, honestly, but I can't help but think now that there is a certain amount of financial clout behind some of the reviews. I feel like my honest opinion may have to be more clouded because someone higher up has had a certain amount of "sponsorship" come their way, but I dunno'.
Anyways, good cast, nice to hear some great feedback on Skyward Sword because, yes, although they can't totally reinvent the series, it's pretty rad the steps they have taken. I definitely don't hate on Twilight Princess like some do, but Windwaker's definitely my fave title in the franchise, but Skyward's definitely squaring up to be a good contender for a solid entry.
114  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: January 09, 2012, 01:49:10 PM
If you take ANY videogame that seriously you SHOULDN'T be playing them.


You know the best part of all games? It's ALL pretend.

At any rate... This topic has gotten ever so delineated!
115  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year 2011 Thread on: January 08, 2012, 08:10:47 PM
I am very glad and surprised to see that Skyrim didn't won. The Witcher 2 looks like a great game but it gives me the impression that I'm not the audience for that game, though, having heard that The Witcher 2 was "the best Bioware game not made by Bioware" is an achievement in itself I think.

I'm not surprised, conversely, about Skyrim. It's easy to see it doesn't stack up against some other titles with better mechanics to back up their great stories, like Deus Ex, The Witcher 2, Skyward Sword, etc.

I'm pretty psyched to get into Dark Souls in due time. I'm still rolling back and forth between Skyrim and Skyward, though I've taken a brief detour in War in the North.

Anyways, have only given the editorial a quick once over, but some interesting and solid choices have been made. Looking forward to reading up on it more thoroughly.
116  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Merry Christmas to everyone! on: December 30, 2011, 03:07:41 AM
Crowning moment of the weekend was when Damian's son Miles wanted me to read him a storybook (or two... or three). That kid loves his storybooks.

Awesome. That's actually one of the biggest things I'm looking forward to when I eventually get around to the whole 'kid' thing.

Sounds like good times, though! I just got back home from my friends and family in Ontario and return to the real world of Vancouver. Was a good visit, but I'm kinda' happy to be back in the loop! And on the horizon, another year to come. Should be a good one!
117  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Merry Christmas to everyone! on: December 27, 2011, 10:42:19 AM
Hey wait? It's XMAS!?! When the hell did that happen? I figured I had another couple of months since it's like mid autumn out here. Mowing up all the leaves in my yard in my shorts yesterday and shit.

I feel that pain. I came down to southwestern Ontario to visit family, and it may as well be spring here!
118  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Merry Christmas to everyone! on: December 25, 2011, 08:08:43 PM
Watching the Ice Age Christmas Special while I ate breakfast... and I admired the irony of celebrating a holiday millions of years in advance before the man in the holiday's name was even born.

Ha! Good game, Ice Age, good game.

Bummer about the work. Usually I'm there trucking away too, but I made sure I got some good time off this year to fly home for the holidays. The trade off is expensive flight tickets... but family's pretty awesome.
119  The Rest / General Discussions / Merry Christmas to everyone! on: December 25, 2011, 09:22:05 AM
Well, there is an 'xmas 2011' thread, but it's all about what folks want for gifts and such.

Here, I just wanted to wish everyone a great, Merry Christmas and see what the morning has in store for everyone. It's actually snowing quite beautifully in Ottawa this morning, the Bare Naked Ladies are rockin' Christmas, and I'm surrounded by family - it's pretty rad.

... there's a dog chewing a bone on my foot... I'm worried she's going to mistake my foot...

Enjoy your days, all who celebrate!
120  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 24, 2011, 07:58:42 PM
And I don't know why you were repeatedly clicking on enemies since you only need to click when you want to do something different.  If you just want your guys to keep attacking the same enemy they'll do so on their own.

I think I know why. Turn off the AI. It's junk.

Pretty well a true story.

I also need to finish BG2. I really like the game, but I get so far into it then get sidetracked by another series. I don't always have the chance to commit a lot of time to games, so I have to play them in really spread out spurts, and sometimes things will fall to the wayside. But yeah, I really do need to finish Baldur's Gate 2. And Baldur's Gate, for that matter...

Final Fantasy IV-VI: I've more or less finished all three titles, but have gotten stuck with a need to grind, and I'm just not really in the mood sometimes... y'know? Still, I do want to complete them.

FFII: I just could not get into it my first time in, and I think I'll really have to work on it for my next attempt, but I own it and I really ought to play out more than an hour and really get through this entry in the series.

Sword of Mana: Got sidetracked and haven't yet returned to it. Really should finish it, because I was liking the classic Secret of Mana vibe it held.

Majora's Mask: Yet again, got into it, but then something else came around that ate up my time. Still, a fun entry into the series that I need to get back to.

That's about all I can dream up currently... I'm usually pretty good about sticking to my titles, but sometimes you just get in a kick to travel across Tamriel/Skyrim or post-apocalyptc D.C. and it really consumes your gaming. Then there's the FPS cravings! But, I've a lot of life ahead of me to read many a good book and play many a good game again. There will be time ^_^
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