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I'm personally excited about the soon-to-be released Bioshock Infinite in early 2013. Pre-order now and we can get a DLC called "Industrial Revolution," which is supposedly a puzzle game with tie-ins to the setting of BI. The two previous Bioshock games were some of the most original and thought-provoking games I've played, and I have very high expectations for this one too.

 

Dunno if you saw the posts I made a week or two ago, but I was talking about BioShock Infinite quite a bit and linked to some awesome videos of gameplay footage. I'm a massive BioShock fan.

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Dunno if you saw the posts I made a week or two ago, but I was talking about BioShock Infinite quite a bit and linked to some awesome videos of gameplay footage. I'm a massive BioShock fan.

 

Really? That's awesome. Honestly, I was never a big fan of any FPS games, but BioShock was different. Other than exciting gameplay, incredible storyline and plot twists, what I especially liked about BioShock was its script and voice acting, which really felt like how intellectuals back in the 60's actually spoke. I was slightly disappointed with BioShock 2 because I felt it did not live up to its predecessor, though.

 

My personal favorite FPS are BioShock and Portal, but perhaps the most thought-provoking, philosophical game I've played (and my numero uno favorite of all time) is the Metal Gear Solid series. I cannot describe the utter perfection and genius that was put into this masterpiece, whenever I feel nostalgic I play back certain parts of the game and get lost in philosophical thinking...

 

Now, WOULD YOU KINDLY talk more about some other video games you happen to enjoy?

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Now, WOULD YOU KINDLY talk more about some other video games you happen to enjoy?

 

I grew up during the golden era of arcades in the US, and have a very strong attraction toward arcade culture. SNK and their Neo-Geo MVS and AES systems were fixtures of my childhood, and as a result 2D fighting games like King of Fighters are sort of gouged into my brain. I also love Capcom (the music from the first stage of Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts is running through my head relentlessly...), but whereas they're more BFFs, SNK is more my childhood sweetheart. Other arcade fixtures for me include SHMUPs and the usual Bemani stuff. Every so often I go through a Beatmania phase.

 

Beyond the games themselves however, the aesthetic and culture and ambience of arcades just... speaks to me. I'unno. There's something about that slightly grimy, neon-lit fantasia realm. I actually owned a few arcade machines off and on over the years, and it was sort of a brief hobby of mine to restore them. Was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I had to get rid of them due to space, the cost of upkeep, and other practical reasons. Some day I'd like to get another "candy cab" and fix it up, complete with glossy, brightly colored buttons and a little bench for sitting down (Japanese style--- cuz by then I'll be an old fart LOL) and a backlit marquee, huge ass CRT monitor and a few different SNK games. Maybe Samurai Showdown V, Martimelee, SNK v. Capcom Chaos, and KoF 2003.

 

<3 <3 <3

 

Honestly, I could go on a serious nostalgia trip here, as there are tons of older games I love from all sorts of genres, but for the sake of brevity I'll just stick to more recent games.

 

Um... I love the Half-Life games as well as Portal 1 & 2. In general I tend to like old school FPS or stuff done in that spirit (like Quake and Painkiller) instead of more recent stuff. BioShock is great however; I absolutely adore that series. You can do a search in this thread for some stuff I've written about the games (my opinions on why they're so good, the philosophy behind them, etc.).

 

I'm a major BioWare fangirl. Or rather, WAS a major BioWare fangirl until they went down the toilet after being bought out by EA. But yeah, I'm very fond of the Dragon Age and Mass Effect games (tho notsomuch DA2 and ME3...). I've been a BioWare fan since Neverwinter Nights, and I enjoyed KotOR as well. I tend to enjoy big, expansive "Western style" RPGs ranging from more linear and story driven stuff like Mass Effect 2 to more open ended stuff like Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim). Also hybrids like Deus Ex.

 

There are some JRPGs I enjoy like the Suikoden series, Persona / Shin Megami Tensei series, and Valkyrie Profile. I can't stand most of the Final Fantasy style games however (FF6, FF7, and FF8 were enjoyable in their own right --- but the majority of the others and various clones are just atrociously shallow and irritating to me). Too many painful cliches in bad JRPGs (like in bad anime...).

 

Puzzle games are fun, especially if they have a strong personality like Catherine, which I really enjoyed. I love relatively simple, "pure" games with strong art direction like Rez, Lumines, and Flow. Katamari Damacy was really fun too for a while (but got overexposed and kinda lost its momentum quickly). To a similar extent, I really enjoy well designed platformers and puzzle games that implement platforming like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus (the latter which I consider one of the greatest games ever made).

 

Hmm. What else? Zombie-killing is always fun. Gotta love the Dead Rising and Dead Space series. In additional to BioShock Infinite, Dead Space 3 is one of my most anticipated games of next year.

 

Also I've developed a bizarre fascination with the Atelier Adventurer of Arland series of games where you basically go around picking magic mushrooms and making potions and practicing other types of item crafting. They're so utterly aimless, yet therapeutic in a way.

 

As for stuff I'm not into, aside from Final Fantasy-type JRPGs, I'm not at all into the majority of stuff being released for the Wii and the Wii in general. I just really can't get into motion-based games. Rather than draw me into the game, it instead takes me out of it because I'm so damn focused on what I'm doing and whether I'm holding the remote the right way or not. I'm not into 3D fighting games like Tekken. Not into sports games at all. Not into Metal Gear Solid (sorry MGS fans!). Not really into party-style minigames, but co-op and deathmatch type games can be fun. Not into racing games despite liking cars. Not into Assassin's Creed. Not into Call of Duty or any of those war-type shooters. I don't like Zelda (gasp!). 

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Hmm. What else? Zombie-killing is always fun. Gotta love the Dead Rising and Dead Space series. In additional to BioShock Infinite, Dead Space 3 is one of my most anticipated games of next year.

 

What, no love for the Resident Evil series? I can't believe you would leave RE out considering that series made zombie video gaming mainstream. Excuse me, I'm off to go root through my dusty old storage box of PS2 games. I'm feeling nostalgic, I think it's time I went on a zombie killing spree on Nemesis.

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What, no love for the Resident Evil series? I can't believe you would leave RE out considering that series made zombie video gaming mainstream. Excuse me, I'm off to go root through my dusty old storage box of PS2 games. I'm feeling nostalgic, I think it's time I went on a zombie killing spree on Nemesis.

It's kind of funny that you went to dig out RE Nemesis instead of playing one of the newer titles of RE. Never really can play horror games, they scare the crap out of me. I like watching horror, but can't play it. Fatal Frame is the most horrifying thing I've ever witnessed though. Even that I can't watch for too long before I'm in a fetal position.

BTW, I had a nightmare wrt Nemesis that I still remember to this day. Not frightening anymore, but the fact that I can still remember it since I'm 7 y.o. is quite astounding to me. I usually forgot my dreams within seconds of waking up.
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Busy with work lately...

 

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The correct link for the LCD-2 review:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634988/audeze-lcd2-bamboo-impressions

 

Wow.  That seems strangely dirty...

 

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Soon....

 

 

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6SN7 and EL34 hmm...

 

Still thinking about building my own stat amp.

 

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Only crits I have thus far are minor: all the writing on the top makes the overall look a wee bit cluttered, and I kinda lol at the use of "STD" to label the normal bias jack....

 

I'll have to be careful with my plug around that thing...

 

/obligatoryoffcolorjoke

 

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As for what my area of expertise / research interests actually are (since I've been asked for a few people), it has to do with the influence of Plato on the contemporary intellectual landscape. Plato (along with Descartes and Hegel) has been the primary target whose overcoming---either through sublimation or destruction---brings together otherwise disparate schools of thought in the last 100+ years. Contemporary philosophy has been fixated on vanquishing these specters. In particular, with poststructuralism and the postmoderns there are interesting parallels to the Sophists which Plato sparred with in his own time. The problems facing philosophy today are actually quite similar to those of Plato's day. In this respect, there has been a push for a "return to Plato" by some recent thinkers, albeit under a rather strange materialist guise. 

 

In a much broader sense, my interests reside in the interaction of the present with the past, the relationship between the two and how the past seems to manifest in the present, how we seem to repeat past events. Hence my fascination with psychoanalysis and hermeneutics. My attention is directed toward the philosophy of history, ideology and beliefs, the one and the many (the individual and society, being and presentation, etc.).

 

Sounds interesting.  Is there something like a "Hegel For Dummies" you could recommend?

 

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I'm a major BioWare fangirl. Or rather, WAS a major BioWare fangirl until they went down the toilet after being bought out by EA. But yeah, I'm very fond of the Dragon Age and Mass Effect games (tho notsomuch DA2 and ME3...). I've been a BioWare fan since Neverwinter Nights, and I enjoyed KotOR as well. I tend to enjoy big, expansive "Western style" RPGs ranging from more linear and story driven stuff like Mass Effect 2 to more open ended stuff like Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim). Also hybrids like Deus Ex.

 

Ever tried Baldur's Gate?  I ask since that was from a time before Neverwinter

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To work out my frustration at being unable to get any TAFKA Buddah albums while in Korea (clerk at one of the otaku-oriented record shops: "We don't stock him because you can find his albums anywhere.")...

 

...I'm going on a spree at a couple local record stores tomorrow. Currently on the shopping list is GYBE's new one, a couple Beirut albums (because for some reason I'd never so much as heard of 'em until about an hour ago), Tom Maxwell's Samsara, and otherwise poking through the used section to fill some gaps in my collection.

 

Any suggestions? I've been in more of an acoustic and downbeat musical mood of late, must be winter coming.

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Very cool

 

 


@ardgedee

 

This may not be the type of music recommendation you were asking for but give a listen to a DJ by the name of LTJ Bukem. He's a drum and bass guy and his stuff is great for kicking back with a beverage of your choice and chilling out to.

 


Edited by DigitalFreak - 11/9/12 at 11:30pm
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Looks like Amos (Currawong) and Sean (AnakChan) had a good time at the latest FujiyaAvic headphone festival.

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What, no love for the Resident Evil series? I can't believe you would leave RE out considering that series made zombie video gaming mainstream. Excuse me, I'm off to go root through my dusty old storage box of PS2 games. I'm feeling nostalgic, I think it's time I went on a zombie killing spree on Nemesis.

 

I like Resident Evil 1, 2, and 4. Wesker is a great character.

 

I'm still pissed off about Resident Evil 5 and 6 however, so I'm trying to repress thoughts of the series.

 

 


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Ever tried Baldur's Gate?  I ask since that was from a time before Neverwinter

 

Oh yes, and I really enjoyed the series and its expansions, but it was Neverwinter and the level designing suite that specifically that made me a BioWare fan.

 

 


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Sounds interesting.  Is there something like a "Hegel For Dummies" you could recommend?

 

 

For a basic intro to canonical Hegel, I really recommend The Accessible Hegel by Michael Allen Fox.

 

There are two very different competing readings of Hegel however, both as an idealist and a materialist. The former is more of a theological reading which is what philosophers like Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard heavily criticized, whereas the latter is what many people typically see as the precursor to Marx. In the 20th century, the materialist reading is definitely more predominant, but within that framework there have been a lot of different interpretations. Kojeve and Hyppolite were two very influential voices in this regard. Also Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and Malabou's The Future of Hegel are very important. Personally, I tend to be more influenced by the readings of Zizek on Hegel. I suggest picking up an intro to Zizek such as the Routledge Critical Thinker's Series guide at some point.

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I like Resident Evil 1, 2, and 4. Wesker is a great character.

I'm still pissed off about Resident Evil 5 and 6 however, so I'm trying to repress thoughts of the series.

 

Resident Evil, or Biohazard as it is called here, has also been a long-time favorite video game series for me, not because of its story but because of my irresistible penchant for zombie flicks (classic George Romero films, Zack Synder's Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, AMC's the Walking Dead...). The remake version of RE1 is perhaps one of the scariest games in video game history, while RE4 marked a turning point in the series in terms of gameplay. However, I agree that the recent couple games have been somewhat disappointing... IMO they have harder difficulty than older games, but they've become less scary and more action-pumped. Among the entire series, however, I have to say RE: Code Veronica was the best game for me. It is an often overlooked title in the series (along with RE Zero), but damn it's one hell of a masterpiece.

 

I should also mention that the Silent Hill series is another one of my favorite survival horror games. Like the RE series, the first few games of SH have easier difficulty but far scarier. While RE tries to scare the player buy throwing in monsters one corner after another in a dark hallway, SH manages to terrify the player by using pitch-dark, grotesque environmental factors, and the element of fear toward the "unknown." If I were an actual person experiencing the events of RE, I would freak out at first but kick in my instinct for survival in a zombie apocalypse, killing off zombies and doing everything I can to stay alive. In case of SH, the entire world would drive me into fear and madness until I lose my sanity and black out. The first 3 games of SH does a very good job at that, using psychological horror to freeze the player even when there is actually no evident danger nearby.

 

I don't have to tell you that Hollywood's film adaptations of both the RE and SH series are a disgrace to the original series.

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Resident Evil, or Biohazard as it is called here, has also been a long-time favorite video game series for me, not because of its story but because of my irresistible penchant for zombie flicks (classic George Romero films, Zack Synder's Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, AMC's the Walking Dead...). The remake version of RE1 is perhaps one of the scariest games in video game history, while RE4 marked a turning point in the series in terms of gameplay. However, I agree that the recent couple games have been somewhat disappointing... IMO they have harder difficulty than older games, but they've become less scary and more action-pumped. Among the entire series, however, I have to say RE: Code Veronica was the best game for me. It is an often overlooked title in the series (along with RE Zero), but damn it's one hell of a masterpiece.

 

I should also mention that the Silent Hill series is another one of my favorite survival horror games. Like the RE series, the first few games of SH have easier difficulty but far scarier. While RE tries to scare the player buy throwing in monsters one corner after another in a dark hallway, SH manages to terrify the player by using pitch-dark, grotesque environmental factors, and the element of fear toward the "unknown." If I were an actual person experiencing the events of RE, I would freak out at first but kick in my instinct for survival in a zombie apocalypse, killing off zombies and doing everything I can to stay alive. In case of SH, the entire world would drive me into fear and madness until I lose my sanity and black out. The first 3 games of SH does a very good job at that, using psychological horror to freeze the player even when there is actually no evident danger nearby.

 

I don't have to tell you that Hollywood's film adaptations of both the RE and SH series are a disgrace to the original series.

 

Code Veronica has a lot of great elements, but the game itself was broken in several places (ie. for example fighting the first boss was possible without getting the rocket launcher, so you could easily get stuck in an impossible situation where you couldn't defeat it but also couldn't go back) which kind of pissed me off from a design perspective. Still, wasn't as bad as RE0 which I thought was just a heap of mediocrity punctuated by a few cool elements.

 

In general, Capcom has been pushing the game in an action direction. I'd argue that even before RE4, the game emphasis changed from environment / puzzle emphasis to focus on action as early as RE3. Then there were the lightgun games which actually weren't too bad (I liked the one with the cruise ship they sort of re-wrote as the 3DS version...). The Wiimote gun games however are atrocious.

 

It's all about pacing and environment. That's why RE4 was a masterpiece, and why RE5 was middling--- it had the pacing but lacked the environment. RE6 has the environment, but lacks the pacing.

 

Silent Hill 4: The Room is my personal favorite of the series, just because the design of the game is brilliant, the psychological element was spot on, and the aesthetic direction was the best in the series: being trapped in the familiar ie. your apartment and watching it erode, looking at neighbors through peepholes but not being able to reach them, seeing growing portals emerge in the form of holes that you have to crawl through, the "puppet" enemies who drag their legs as they float, the long escalator ride down into the subway, the panopticon level--- now THERE'S an under-appreciated masterpiece IMHO.

 

Silent Hill 5 and beyond did nothing for me at all, save for that one level where you get trapped in your childhood home after the defense system kicks in (which is kinda hilarious in a bunkering down hillbilly apocalypse way..).

 

Yes... zombie films. I tend to like the roots a bit more, ie. the Italian cult cinema. One of my favorite moments is Zombi 2 where a zombie fights a shark. See, zombie films need to not take themselves too seriously (without devolving into outright parody like in Planet Terror).

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There are two very different competing readings of Hegel however, both as an idealist and a materialist. The former is more of a theological reading which is what philosophers like Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard heavily criticized, whereas the latter is what many people typically see as the precursor to Marx. In the 20th century, the materialist reading is definitely more predominant, but within that framework there have been a lot of different interpretations.

 

Hegel and Marx made so much harm to Russia and bordering countries like Eastern Europe as they were precursors to radical absolutely idiotic ideology of Lenin. While Leninism is dead already I'm wondering for how long artificial and in many ways preposterous Marx's political/economical fantasy philosophy will last before it falls into oblivion.

 

I think that Hegel's influence will cease in the future. It should have ceased already but for some strange reasons it still lasts. One of the reasons why he is still in vogue is that his philosophy has been connected to social and political changes in the western civilization.  

 

I also have to notice that the Western philosophy unlike the Eastern one ( which is vibrant nowadays) has become absolutely unfriendly and useless to ordinary people. What an ordinary man can take from academic Hegel or Lacan etc. which may enlighten his life? The only reason why an ordinary person would read a western philosopher is to challenge his mental abilities. In the same manner he can challenge himself solving mathematical tasks. 

 

The only significant attempt I see in the development of the contemporary Western philosophy is discovery and absorption of Eastern holistic principles which bring back western philosophy to its roots. Socrates was a holistic integral thinker. 


Edited by mutabor - 11/10/12 at 5:50am
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Hegel and Marx made so much harm to Russia and bordering countries like Eastern Europe as they were precursors to radical absolutely idiotic ideology of Lenin. While Leninism is dead already I'm wondering for how long artificial and in many ways preposterous Marx's political/economical fantasy philosophy will last before it falls into oblivion.

 

I think that Hegel's influence will cease in the future. It should have ceased already but for some strange reasons it still lasts. One of the reasons why he is still in vogue is that his philosophy has been connected to social and political changes in the western civilization.  

 

The Soviet Union tried to get rid of market economy and ended up descending into direct master / slave social domination, yes. You can lay blame at Marx, Hegel, and Lenin... but why no mention of Stalin? Especially as Lenin's reading of Hegel wasn't exactly the operating paradigm that ended up taking place. You are aware of how many different interpretations exist of Hegel, not to mention Marx, I assume?

 

Interestingly enough, Hegel's philosophy can explain why the Soviet Union failed.

 

As for his influence, you have to keep in mind that "influence" can be felt both ways. It's not just a matter of supporting Hegel: most philosophers in the 20th century haven't supported Hegel's ideas (included many Marxists! See Althusser's influence. There are entire sectors of Marxism which disavows Hegel, and Stalinism isn't exactly Hegelian whereas Lenin was extremely Hegelian). A lot of his "influence" is actually the attempts of various social theorists to offer alternatives to Hegelianism. If he can be said to have influence in the West now, it's an influence via negativa.

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Very cool

I like the video in terms of graphics and music, but I couldn't help think how far from the the metaphor of a driver as a piston this animation is, as a technical demonstration I found it uninspiring because of this, but I didn't want to cr4p on the thread as they are sponsors.
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