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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post  Speaking of Initial D stage 5 is going to be on today ^^ cannot contain my excitement 

 

Wait, don't you mean Friday?

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What I love about BioShock is that each installment takes a different approach to fundamentalist ideology, taking it to such a glorious extreme that it becomes laughable (in a good way).

 

Hmm, I wonder if most of the people that play them are able to recognize each of them (particularly the first one) as a farce?  Because seriously, it's so much better that way. 

 

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With Rapture you had the ridiculous "individual objective progress at all costs" of Ayn Rand Andrew Ryan and the "collectivism above the individual" of John Stuart Mill Sophia Lamb**. The developers attempted to show how these extremes both lead, in their own ways, to problems: there was no sense of community in the first game to hold things together when it all went to hell due to unchecked, selfish ambition, and in the second game the "needs" of the community became so great they nullified any other relationship, even that of the "family" (Big Daddy and Little Sister).

 

Not gonna get into whether Objectivism can work in a practical sense (even in a closed community), but it was such fun combing through the wreckage of a failed attempt.  On some level, it was almost forensic for me.  Of course, that didn't last long.  I'd begin to wonder about it all, then run into a Little Sister all of a sudden and be forced to ponder what I'm going to do with her in this particular instance.  For the record, I ended up saving every one - bit of a hero complex in me I guess.

 

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With Columbia, they seem to be going in a whole new direction, and I absolutely love it! BioShock 2 was fun, but the story was really best on the level of its probing Ryan's past interactions...With Columbia, they seem to be ditching Rapture entirely and starting fresh. That's good. Again though, Rapture is still exercising its trace presence in what Columbia is not.

 

I had almost forgotten completely about this game since it was announced so far ahead of launch.  But I can remember thinking right away, that Columbia was going to have a strong Nationalist sentiment - perhaps de-evolving into some kind of Fascist state - or having broken down from a headstrong and wide-eyed Humanist sub-movement.  TBH, I haven't followed up on the game at all recently.  I'll be content to let it surprise me.  Besides, I'm far too concerned with trying to find the perfect gun in Borderlands 2 right now.

 

Speaking of Ryan's past interactions though, I wasn't very thrilled with the familial plot twist.  I just didn't feel enough sympathy (or loathing) for the dude that it mattered to me one way or the other.  "hey look, I'm your dad!"  Okay, so-the-****** what?

 

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It deconstructed the notion of choice in games, about how much freedom the player really has, and it was about struggling within the confines of a specific delineated path ("would you kindly do this" was really about asking the gamer to do something when, if he/she wanted to play, really had little choice). The fact that you were at the bottom of the ocean and things were going to implode inward was a potent, if heavy handed, symbol of this.

 

Columbia however is more subtle. You seem to have a lot more freedom now, flying through the air with your skyhook in hand. But look: you're STILL on rails, on a pre-defined trajectory. Similarly Columbia has that overdetermined "land of the free" Americanism going on, presenting itself as a place of freedom, yet promoting a very specific set of core values that just happen to include freedom as a subset in name only. In other words, that sort of "patriotism" that involves "keeping foreigners out of our free society" (see the murals in the game footage) and whatnot.

 

Not unlike real life in a way... a commentary perhaps on the electoral process?  Gameplay-wise, I'm happy to act out the drama it wants to present - as long as the storyline is thoroughly engrossing.

 

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I mean... "the mechanized patriot?" An automaton George Washington with a pepper mill gatling gun and American flags sticking out of his shoulders? GOD YES.

 

No offense to old Jorge, but Ima shoot that thing in the face when I see it.  smile.gif

 

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A totally different aesthetic than speakeasy Rapture, but one I welcome enthusiastically.

 

"Different, but same."

-Mr. Miyagi


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Wait wait wait......A  Y N R A N D

                         A N D R ew R Y A N

 

 

Omg, how in the hell did i not see this earlier -_- That awkward moment when you've played through a game twice, and still not caught on to the obvious name.

 

Infinite looks awesome though. It reminds me of a serious rendition of one of the Two Best Friends Play videos on Youtube. 

 

 

 

 

'Murrrca.

 

 

As far as the music goes, it's great. That would be a really good concert to go to. The only one in my remote area I might go to soon is to see Silversun Pickups in Orlando come December. That'll be a good concert.

 

 

I seriously think you get my vote as "Most interesting person in the world", Muppetface. Screw the Dos Equis guy XD

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Wait wait wait......A  Y N R A N D

                         A N D R ew R Y A N

 

Omg, how in the hell did i not see this earlier -_- That awkward moment when you've played through a game twice, and still not caught on to the obvious name.

 

LOL, it's all good!  Adds a bit extra to the game now that you know right? 

 

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I seriously think you get my vote as "Most interesting person in the world", Muppetface. Screw the Dos Equis guy XD

 

Whoa, let's not jump to any premature conclusions here... tongue.gif


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Wait, don't you mean Friday?

Yes but they aired the first episode today in SD but they will air both in HD on friday 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uyl0hIJxlq4

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It is stupid good. If I wasn't so hopelessly addicted to League of Legends, I would be playing it right now. Dishonored's graphics weren't what I was originally thinking of, but a game is about the gameplay, not the shinies. It wins gameplay in spades.

 

Speaking of which, do we have any other summoners in here?

 

In theory, I do.  In practice, too much going on at the moment for much video game time.

 

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That's the reason why I don't play. I'm a casual gamer at best, so any game that requires a steep learning curve (and LoL has a DEEP learning curve) starts to wear down on my interest level real quick.

 

Disagree strongly.

 

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As a spectator I really hate the fact that LoL is starting to take so much money from the StarCraft 2 scene.  I can totally understand why more people want to play LoL (hell, I'd rather play it than SC2 if I wanted to be competitive), but it's such an awful, aesthetically void game to watch.  It's just, like, "here's some stuff!"  The games are also long as ****. 

 

I've watched SC2, and honestly, it's completely inscrutable.  Unless I know what the units do, and what counters what, it's all a mystery and surprise.  LoL is theoretically the same, champ-wise, I guess.

 

Still, I've watched SC2 games and walked away have no idea why 1 side or the other won.  Definitely not true with LoL.

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Originally Posted by Vuroth View Post  Disagree strongly.

 

Disagree with? It's just a personal problem --- when I play games, I check my brain at the front door. If I can't figure out what to do within five minutes without having to read the instructions, I'm not playing the game. LOL... that's why I end up playing FPS games --- just point-and-shoot. Even then, I don't even think about strategy, etc. I just run and shoot. That's why I say I'm a casual gamer. The only game I ever ended up practicing hardcore for was the XBox Ninja Gaiden Black, and that was because it reminded me of the old-school, hyper-difficult 2D games of years past.

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Still, I've watched SC2 games and walked away have no idea why 1 side or the other won.  Definitely not true with LoL.

As an avid LoL scene watcher, and a bit of playing, I have to disagree strongly. It works both ways: the more you know the game, the more you would enjoy said competition scene. I know the ins and out of LoL mostly, so I know what this character would do, how this item acquired at this time in this point would affect the overall teamfight, etc. I don't squat about SC2 other than the very basic. I don't know about any build order, I don't know why Flash vs Naniwa is such a big deal, I don't know why this timing push at this point is such a devastating blow, etc.

All of this contributes to why I enjoy watching LoL more than SC2. I still watch SC2 just for TotalBiscuit's voice, I'll admit. And a lingering interest in it.

If my knowledge of each game is reversed, I'd say the same thing, only vice versa. Also if we were to take on a theoretical view of not knowing both of this game, I'd say that I come out of both the same. This one side won, but why are they touted as the best, I don't know.

Look at it this way. Sports. There's baseball, basketball, American football, football (soccer), tennis, badminton, ping pong (table tennis), etc. An avid soccer fan may or may not enjoy a baseball match (I'd bet not enjoy if he doesn't know jack about it). A tennis fan might not even consider watching football. Both of them might enjoy it more if they get to know the sports. Same thing with LoL, SC2, and any other esports. it's just a different kind of esports.

And I don't disagree with tomscy, though. It has come to a point that there's always something for someone out there. Want just to run and gun? There's been tons of that since 3 or 4 years back. Want some more tactical shooter? There's CS:GO, make a team. Planetside 2 is coming out, and this is even larger. There's Tribes: Ascend if you want something even more different. Want some mech action in your FPS? Mechwarrior Online. Something faster? Hawken. Loads and loads of games.
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Disagree with? It's just a personal problem --- when I play games, I check my brain at the front door. If I can't figure out what to do within five minutes without having to read the instructions, I'm not playing the game. LOL... that's why I end up playing FPS games --- just point-and-shoot. Even then, I don't even think about strategy, etc. I just run and shoot. That's why I say I'm a casual gamer. The only game I ever ended up practicing hardcore for was the XBox Ninja Gaiden Black, and that was because it reminded me of the old-school, hyper-difficult 2D games of years past.

 

Ahh, now I understand you better.  I've played games like Crusader Kings 2, X3: Terran Conflict, etc where I'm constantly referring to the wiki to figure out what's going on.  LoL is kind of my mindless action game outlet.

 

Different points of view, that's all.  :)

 

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As an avid LoL scene watcher, and a bit of playing, I have to disagree strongly. It works both ways: the more you know the game, the more you would enjoy said competition scene. I know the ins and out of LoL mostly, so I know what this character would do, how this item acquired at this time in this point would affect the overall teamfight, etc. I don't squat about SC2 other than the very basic.

 

Fair.  Of course, if you invest 0$ in LOL you can learn it all by playing.  SC2, not so much.

 

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I still watch SC2 just for TotalBiscuit's voice, I'll admit. And a lingering interest in it.

I think TotalBiscuit's playthrough of Magicka is one of my favourite gaming videos out there.  I can't blame you at all.

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The diary entries of a little boy nearing 30....

 

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Very busy with work lately and I haven't had much free time.  Even over the weekend.  I was off work but I was so tired I ended up sleeping almost the whole weekend anyway.  I might have only been awake 14 hours over 2 days.

 


 

My Galaxy S3 continues to annoy.  Pretty much every 'extra' feature it has comes at the expense of it being a practical phone which is allegedly it's primary purpose.

 

I ordered the Necronomicon case and am current using the Nanoha-ism logo I made (Tracking down something close the the font in the original Haruhi-ism logo was a royal PITA...) as wallpaper.  When the case arrives my phone will be a little schizophrenic since blasting Elder Gods and Great Old Ones into submission/friendship is practically Nanoh's job description...

 

Hell, at the end of StrikerS she even... (Click to show)

adopts one.

 


 

My SR Lambdas continue to impress.  They're pretty much just how I remember a pair I probably heard at a meet coming up on 2 years ago now.  I have indistinct memories of other 'stats from earlier meets that would probably meet the criteria if I heard them again but these are the first headphones I remember hearing that don't make me miss anything about the sound of a good BA IEM.  The separation is absolutely fantastic.  It seems like I can distinctly hear every layer, overdub, and reverb.  When I add a good HRTF DSP everything is distinctly in front of me as well.  These walk all over any dynamic/ortho setup I've ever heard including the HD800, HE-5/6, and LCD-2/3.  The bass on the Audezes is a bit better but IMO everything else is inferior to some degree.

 

I'm only running them from an SRD-7S/B and a cheap ~14 year old HTiB receiver too.  At first I was thinking about building an amp for them but I wonder how much good it will do.  I suspect that anything easy to get parts for won't have any better numbers than my current setup and AFIK all the really clean amps like the KGSSHV or BH require transistors which are rare drops these days.  That's not something I want to deal with.

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The diary entries of a little boy nearing 30....

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Very busy with work lately and I haven't had much free time.  Even over the weekend.  I was off work but I was so tired I ended up sleeping almost the whole weekend anyway.  I might have only been awake 14 hours over 2 days.

My Galaxy S3 continues to annoy.  Pretty much every 'extra' feature it has comes at the expense of it being a practical phone which is allegedly it's primary purpose.

Whats wrong withe the s3?
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Whats wrong withe the s3?

 

The same things that are wrong with every other 'smart' phone on the market.  Crappy form factor, ergonomics, and controls along with a bloated OS designed to do everything but make calls.

 

They're all the electronic equivalent of one of those novelty Swiss Army Knives with 100 functions.

 

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The same things that are wrong with every other 'smart' phone on the market.  Crappy form factor, ergonomics, and controls along with a bloated OS designed to do everything but make calls.

 

They're all the electronic equivalent of one of those novelty Swiss Army Knives with 100 functions.

 

 

Which is why I love my iphone...well, my jailbroken iphone.

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Which is why I love my iphone...well, my jailbroken iphone.

 

That includes iphones too.  Jailbroken or not...

 

 

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I wouldn't have much need for my cellphone if it wasn't a little pocket computer. It gets hours of use every day whereas my pre-smartphone phones got about 15 minutes of use a week.

 

Being overseas and not being able to look up location, numbers, reference info, and so on whenever I felt the need (nevermind time-passing things like web browsing and email-checking) really drove home to me how dependent I've gotten on mine in daily use; I was far more hobbled by that than by being unable to make or place calls. So it seems weird to see smartphone features unilaterally dismissed as bloat.

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