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  1. I had never before heard of Tabletop Simulator. This looks fun as shit. Is this still going on because I would totally be down.
  2. I rarely preorder games unless I have friends that will be playing it as well. I prefer to wait for a review.
  3. http://rhymesayers.com/news/rhymesayers_is_for_the_gamers I don't know how many hip hop fans there are here but to me this is pretty exciting. It's awesome to see one of my favorite labels embracing gamer culture and giving people the chance to play with and against some of their favorite artists. I'm not well versed in the status of all-things-Twitch-and-music so I don't know if a 100 song catalog is generous or forgettable but I figure either way it's something of use for those who stream. Personally, I'd love to see some sort of crew vs. crew type battles.
  4. I love Stratego but I'm pretty terrible at it. Settlers of Catan is my favorite by far. I challenge anyone to a match, anytime, anywhere. I am a god at Scene It, even some of the specialized versions (e.g. Disney), so much so that I've been accused of going through the deck and DVD and memorizing all of the questions and answers. I have to play with a pretty brutal self-imposed handicap (can only move if I get the question right, can't get double features, can't move when I block an All Play while others can still move if they block me, have to win an All Play To Win and all three circles of Final Cut to win) to give most other players a fair chance at winning. Recently started playing a Walking Dead board game that is pretty fun.
  5. This reminds me of the first time I went into New Londo Ruins. I had just rang the second bell, took the elevator back to the start area, and figured taking the other elevator nearby was the next place to go. I kept getting killed by those ghosts phasing through the walls and floor or falling into the bottomless water. The worst part was needing to buy the curse items so I could actually kill the ghosts which were impossibly expensive to me at the time. After hours and hours and hours I realized that I was supposed to go to Darkroot Garden as the next area and I just about threw my controller through the TV. So much time wasted... At least the blacksmith down there was cool.
  6. I read once the suggestion to always use the names of people you dislike. That way when they miss an 80% shot and you shout angrily at them, it's appropriate. Plus, it won't be as frustrating when they die at the hands of the thin man.
  7. I certainly have a list of games that I'm anxious to try out now that 2014 is over and I'm sure that I'll soon start making purchases again. Funny thing is, even though I can buy new games once more, last night I spent a couple of hours doing speed runs in Sonic 2. Even though the games I have been playing have been years to decades old, they still feel new. It's sort of like listening to an album for the first time when that album itself is older than you are. Sure it's been around for a while but since the experience isn't worn out yet, it may as well have came out yesterday. The expansion for XCOM is high on my priority list right now. If you haven't played the base game yet, you're in for a treat. Never bothered to check out The Bureau but I just might.
  8. Whether through societal pressures or a sincere desire to make an improvement, every year people announce a slew of resolutions. Unfortunately, the best laid plans often go awry and devotions are commonly abandoned by February. I have never been an exception to this and intentions to become more active or to learn a new skill are quickly lost to procrastination and the most trivial of excuses. As such, most years I do not make a resolution, believing that I won't succeed regardless of how seriously I intend to take it. Around this time last December, I was committed to make no commitments until one of my favorite YouTube personalities declared a challenge to his viewers: No Game New Year. In 2009 my Xbox 360 broke. My girlfriend at the time forbid me from replacing or attempting to fix it. She could be a bitch like that (but isn't that the way most of us would describe an ex?) and I never bothered to argue with her on the matter. In 2011, my new girlfriend gifted me an Xbox 360 slim and I could now again play console games. 2012 saw me transition from the 'job' world to the 'career' world and provided me with an income that would allow me to purchase any game I wanted whenever I wanted it. Needless to say, I splurged and bought a lot of crap. This behavior continued into 2013 and by Christmas I amassed a collection of games that was growing faster than I could play it. I'm ashamed to admit it but several of the titles still had the store shrink-wrap on them several months after purchase. Coincidentally, The Gaming Historian was in a similar situation. He realized that his back-catalog of games was collecting dust at an alarming rate and desired to bring about a change. He announced 'No Game New Year' and encouraged all of his followers to make a pledge to not directly spend any money on video games for the duration of 2014. This was the motivation I needed to get my habits under control and I immediately joined up. I tried to spread the word to the various gaming communities with which I am a part (AJSA, Fazed, etc) but was largely met with silence. Nevertheless, I was motivated to see this to the end. My first temptation came with the release of The LEGO Movie Video Game. I had recently begun introducing my girlfriend to games we could play together and the LEGO franchise had favored well. Her and I both loved the movie so it would have been a natural move to pick up the game. Instead, I held fast and stuck to my commitment. I introduced her to Toe-Jam and Earl, Gears of War, and Bastion, the last of which she fell in love with. A similar temptation showed its face in the form of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare but once again my existing collection provided a satisfactory distraction. Two games I started playing in 2013, The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us (both by Telltale), released additional chapters in 2014. I can't begin to describe how frustrating it was to know that a story I had essentially bookmarked could not be continued due to my self-imposed resolution. I avoided temptation by engrossing myself in the stories of Skyrim and GTA V, games which I had not yet fully completed. By mid summer, a significant number of the NGNY participants had announced on the page that they had caved and bought something that went against the rules of the challenge. Even the creator admitted that he had come across a vintage cartridge that he just couldn't pass up. It was around this time that I received a Beta key for Destiny (before Bungie gave them out to everybody). I downloaded it and quickly became obsessed. The loot grinding was both satisfying and addicting while the multiplayer was a perfect example of everything that I love about the FPS genre. Talk among fellow players about what features awaited us in the official release was enough to cause me to check out the preorder page for special edition Xbones. Knowing that so many had already fallen out, the thought crossed my mind to throw in the towel. It wasn't until my fiance (notice the change in pronoun, woot) pointed out that with the amount of overtime I was working, I wasn't likely to have much availability to play the game. Nevertheless, I struggled but ultimately managed to push it out of my mind for long enough that the release date came and went. Along the way I was plagued with many mini-temptations. Skins, micro-transactions, DLC, and sales all provided me with a constant assortment of items with which to break my purchasing fast. It would have been easy to spend a dollar here or five dollars there but knowing that I had made a pledge to do no such thing kept me close-fisted. With the finish line slowly approaching it became easier and easier to stick to my guns and keep myself engrossed in the titles that were finally getting the appreciation that they deserved. Now here it is: New Year's Eve. For the first time I can honestly say that I stuck to my resolution and have benefited from the commitment. My appreciation for the games I hadn't picked up in years has grown immensely. Typically this is the hour for incredibly cliche and lame "gonna be crowded at the gym tomorrow" jokes but I hope this brief recount of the past twelve months can inspire someone else to find the motivation to stick to whatever it is that they choose to accomplish in 2015. On occasion I was given shit for undertaking such a niche challenge but I can attest that if one pushes all of the dissent to the side, it is easy to keep focus. However, there is the matter of the money that I have saved. I read once about a guy that lived on less than a dollar a day of food for a month, in an effort to understand the hardships that less fortunate people experience, and then made a donation to his local food bank with the extra money left over. I liked this idea and wanted to steal it. Since donating to a food bank would be incongruous to my particular fast, I instead found something more appropriate. From their website: "The AbleGamers Foundation aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games. Video games allow individuals with disabilities to experience situations that may be difficult or limited in the real world, provide social networking opportunities to maintain mental and emotional health, and participate in one of the world’s largest pastimes. With a three-step approach, AbleGamers works and advocates on behalf of the disability community to increase the accessibility of video games and to achieve further inclusion by those who need special considerations." Xbox One, Destiny bundle: $350 The Lego Movie: $60 Plants vs Zombies: $60 The Walking Dead (four chapters): $20 The Wolf Among Us (four chapters): $20 ...and then add in a few more bucks for DLC that I probably would have purchased As the clock strikes midnight tonight, I hope that anyone setting out with a goal for 2015 will be able to reflect a year from now and feel the satisfaction that comes from a successful New Years Resolution. It's a pretty awesome feeling. Now, if I may be excused, I have a GameStop membership to renew.
  9. I know that it's not the fastest but I love the picador (el camino). It looks sweet, kinda rare, and it has AWD so you won't lose control (as bad) when going over steep and bumpy roads. My biggest gripes are that there are no body customization options and that you can't put people into the bed of the truck (like you do in Trevor's missions). If they fixed one of those things then I would be stoked. In the meantime I'll keep using it as my 'slow and low' cruiser.
  10. I figure with the large number of people on here that are into all kinds of games, there are bound to be at least a few that play fantasy sports. Since the preseason starts this weekend I figure that now is the best time to start the conversation. Who's going to be the biggest underrated star of 2014? Who do you think is the most overrated going into this season? What is your strategy going into the draft this year? Is Tebow coming back to the NFL? (j/k) I have a keeper league that I'm in with some guys and I've spoken to a friend about joining his new league so I'll be managing at least two teams this year. I know some people that manage upwards of 30 but I have neither the time nor commitment for an undertaking that massive. I'd be down to start a league here if there is enough interest but otherwise I'm cool with leaving this to "who should I start this week" and "should I accept this trade" debates.
  11. Matei is no Rolfe but he is entertaining enough. He reminds me of Aqualung, minus the in-depth walkthroughs. I've seen some great episodes of AVGN and some largely uninteresting ones. I'm hoping the movie is worth the hype and doesn't contain too much toilet humor (e.g. I never cared for the Bugs Bunny poop gags). Anyway, all of the scheduled screenings are now sold out (except for the one in Canada) so the merits of seeing it / not seeing it are purely academic at this point.
  12. I missed out on donating because I was between jobs at the time. I'm trying to attend for two main reasons: 1) Since I missed out on the funding I see attending the premiere as the next best way to support the show. It'll be awesome if every theater sells out. 2) I've never been to a film premiere. Years ago I tried attend one for The Italian Job but the there were technical problems so it was rescheduled.
  13. http://cinemassacre.com/2014/06/11/avgn-movie-screenings-on-sale-now/ Hey, so tickets for the AVGN movie have officially gone on sale. I am a big fan of the series and have been looking forward to this release for a while now. I'm in the process of putting in some vacation time to attend the showing in Denver. Anyone else planning on attending any of the premiere screenings?
  14. I listen to the in-game sounds and music, especially if there is dialogue that is critical to understanding what is going on. When I'm on multiplayer and sound isn't key to the gameplay I tend to listen to mixes and playlists on soundcloud.
  15. This is a tough one. I spent a great deal of time playing SimCity 2000 when I was growing up. Lots of Halo 2 and Morrowind as a teenager. The last couple years would have to name Minecraft as my biggest time-sink, if not Halo 3 / Halo: Reach.