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  Death Stranding
Posted by: AdminGG - 15-06-2016, 08:30 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (14)

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So for anyone paying attention, E3 is currently on. Sony had their press conference a day ago, and some dope as shit games were announced. The main one I care about is Hideos new game. As some of you may or may not know, Konami really appeared to have screwed Hideo and fired him after MGSV. Sony immediately ran to him and gave him untold amounts of money to make them a new game, with all the room he would need to work freely.

So he turned up this year at E3 and walked on stage like a boss to announce hes back:

And then they showed the trailer for his new game: Death Stranding

Dope. As. Fuck.

Only a Hideo trailer can make no sense and be as insane as that but still get me hyped.

Norman Reedus is doing the motion cap and playing the main character. He's best known for the TV series the walking dead.

So its clear now that he is the man in the space suit Hideo has been teasing about.

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He's also got USB drives around his neck, that in a high res image you can see have math equations on them.
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Lots of fan theories already, but this seems to be a popular one:

  • Reedus = Adam
  • Strand = Eden
  • Floating men = Archangels
  • Dead sea animals = Great Flood
  • C-scar = Adam's rib
  • Empty Handcuff = Eve
  • Eventual skull spacesuit = Ark
  • USB drives around his neck = Animals of the Ark
So like a futuristic Adam/Eve scenario?

Either way im hyped, but we probably won't see the game till 2019/2020. So get waiting!

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  I am regularly mad about advertising
Posted by: crispier taco - 02-06-2016, 11:10 PM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (19)

I went to buy some rice milk today. Vitasoy sell both regular ricemilk, and 'enriched' rice milk, which contains chickpea
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It's advertised as 'enriched' both with chickpeas and the goodness of calcium, despite the fact it contains exactly the same milligrams-per-millilitre of calcium as the non enriched variety. So, I guess there is an inherent "goodness" that is contained in calcium that does not affect it's mass. Or they're just being shitty marketing fuckers.

So I went to their website to get a picture of that variety of ricemilk, because I bought the regular variety because otherwise I'd feel like a schmuck, and I also came across this charming checklist. Charmingly redundant.

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Lactose is exclusively derived from dairy products, and therefore anything that calls itself "dairy free" is definitively lactose free.
Anything that is suitable for vegans is unavoidably restricted to be suitable for vegetarians.

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whenever you read this sort of shit on a food packet regard it with severe cynicism, a significant proportion of food-related pop-wisdom is based off of weak science, no science or is directly counter to good science.

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Posted by: crispier taco - 26-05-2016, 02:34 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (9)

what are your thoughts Jar? Are you excited?

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  Who took my high frequencies?
Posted by: jmp246 - 21-05-2016, 09:06 PM - Forum: Music, Movies, and TV Shows - Replies (6)

Warning lots of pictures.
Also note this isn't about how is sounds it's about how much data you lose.

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FLAC lossless just like WAV but smaller files ya
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AAC VBR 320 - Still looking good
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AAC VBR 256 - Just lost a little on the top
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MP3 CBR 320
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MP3 VBR 190
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MP3 CBR 128
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Posted by: tampenthusiast - 16-05-2016, 10:42 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (5)

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how often do you see the world and dream of a simpler time? before terrorism, before economic downturn, before all the voices in my head and all their terrible terrible secrets?

well minesweeper is just a great way to remember that magical fantasy land never existed and the voices were always there.

Minefields exist that were laid down decades ago, many still exist to some extent in some territories. They have endured longer than the ideologies that started the wars that led to them being created and laid down. Every now and again you hear in the news shells and mines from distant wars gone by, undetonated until come across by some oblivious civilian. Neither enemy nor ally because the cause the weapon was created for is obsolete and irrelevant.

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all the blue countries are those that are members of the Ottawa Treaty, who have accepted the ban on production, stockpile or use of anti-personnel mines. The countries that haven't signed are ones with disproportionately assertive foreign policies.

Celebrate minefields today! You can download the original xp version of the game here:

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  ATS trucks
Posted by: Verkly - 12-05-2016, 09:50 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (3)

Have you played American Truck Simulator?
I'm looking for some real truck packs for this game
Something like this (but there is single truck mods only)

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  Witcher 3 expansion - Blood and Wine out May 31st!
Posted by: AdminGG - 12-05-2016, 06:25 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (3)

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I don't think I've made it crystal clear on this forum about how much I FREAKING LOVE the Witcher series now.

The Witcher Wild Hunt (which was released a year ago this month) was easily one of the most incredible games I've ever played. A good guys CD Projekt Red have been making awesome DLC for this game, with the new expansion due this month. Details below: (shameless copy and paste, bite me)

The Numbers:
  • 30+ hour adventure.
  • Over 90 new quests.
  • Over 40 new points of interest.
  • Dynamic points of interest system. Killing bandits in their main hideout will affect the number of enemies in surrounding camps.
  • 14000 lines of dialogue (Hearts of Stone had 6000).
  • 100 individual pieces of armour (including new Witcher sets).
  • More than 20 new monsters.
  • New Game + maximum level increased to 100.
Armour and Weapons:
  • New Witcher armour class ‘Grandmaster’.
  • New armour merchant who is the only one able to craft this level of Witcher gear.
  • Can get blue, hooded armour from Witcher 2, armour from Witcher 1, Ursine Witcher armour with furry pauldron that was in the artbook but cut from the main game.
  • More than 30 new weapons.
  • Can now dye armour. Dyes can be bought from a merchant, crafted or looted. Only obtainable in Toussaint. Pink is among the colours.
  • You can acquire the golden, plumed armour of the Touissant knights, and the same goes for Roach! New Mutation System:
  • Mutations. 12 new abilities. Mechanic is unlocked through a quest started by a letter from Yennefer. Examples: Signs can have critical hits causing the enemy to explode, instead of dying Geralt is healed and has damage immunity, opponents knocked down by AARD freeze and die instantly. Can only utilise one at a time.
  • The UI resembles Witcher 2’s character customization screen. Basically they’re super strong abilities/stat boosts that require mutagens and skill points to unlock. Can only pick one at a time but you have to unlock earlier ones to get the others.
  • Despite unlocking it at level 34+ (recommended level to venture to Touissant) the system and anything you’ve unlocked carries over to New Game+ so you won’t have to unlock it again.
UI Changes:
  • Greatly redesigned User Interface.
  • Can now rotate Geralt in stats screen.
  • Books moved to glossary.
  • Upon looting a readable item a little notification pops up in bottom left of screen. Upon clicking in the right stick (on Xbox One controller), you can read the text of recently looted books, letters, notes etc without having to go to the menu, inventory, finding the right book and so on.
  • Option to remove fish-eye effect from witcher sense.
Home Base:
  • Geralt gets his own motherfucking vineyard.
  • It’s called Corvo Bianco.
  • You can renovate it with large sums of money, the option I saw was for 5000 Orens.
  • You can add a greenhouse of sorts where you can grow herbs for all your witcher potion needs, an armourer’s table, a stable for Roach (with its own stat bonuses), upgrade your bed, renovated interior and exterior, secret lab, guest room.
  • Guest room where old friends will come to stay. They said the names Triss and Yennefer, but were reluctant to reveal the names of anyone else who might visit. Surprise Iorveth/Saskia visit??
  • Scaffolding and workers will appear after you choose to build something. Each change takes a certain amount of in-game time to complete, but you can just meditate til everything’s done.
  • Can display your armour, weapons, paintings and books.
  • Some paintings can be bought, or specially made, others are obtained through quests.
  • Over 2 hours of new musical content in the game.
  • The title screen song is a reworked version of the Bruxa song from the CGI trailer.

Other Tidbits:
  • Can enter Geralt in a tournament, creating his own logo and team colours.
  • Can enter under a fake name, although you may not fool everyone.
  • You can of course race horses, but other events involve crossbow shooting and a grand melee. Seems like there will be more but they didn’t want to say.
  • No new unique weather effects, but the lighting has been prepared specially to reflect the feeling of Southern Europe.
  • No new hairstyles.
  • As of the preview event (3/5/16) they were still working on the final boss fight.
  • Grass has been optimised, more of it but less expensive.
  • Improvements to cloth tech (see interview for more detail).
  • New sword sheathing option. With this new option Geralt no longer automatically unsheathes his sword at the start of combat. Also, he no longer switches weapons to match the opponent. The player has to do it on their own.
    Nilfgaard and Northern Kingdoms physical Gwents cards exist, unsure if they’re being packaged with this expansion.


CD Projekt Red deserves a medal of honor or something. They are the best developers, really respect and care about their player base and don't Jew you out of your money.

I can't wait to have my own vineyard...

The new map Toussaint looks so pretty:
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And the new UI looks so great too, way better than the old:
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They are also releasing a physical expansion containing the last 2 physical Gwent decks, which I'll be all over as soon as I can order it somewhere.
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I'll leave you with some final screenshots:

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More here: http://imgur.com/a/WCvmS and http://wpc.4d7d.edgecastcdn.net/004D7D/m...RGB_EN.png

If you are going to pre-order/buy it then get it through their site so all the money they deserve goes to them:

Anyone played with game? Anyone hype like me?

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  New Excerpt of THE WINDS OF WINTER
Posted by: crispier taco - 12-05-2016, 01:10 PM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (4)

Exciting times! We're on Cape Wrath, the Martell hier is treating with the Golden Company.

A fun little aside about the Children of the Forest, and one of the serjeants we are introduced to of the Golden Company is a crannogman (I think, from the neck, same ethnicity as the Reeds) which is interesting. Maybe it's Howland Reed? absolutely unlikely but hey, who knows in this crazy crazy universe.

Just in case book readers are not aware, GRRM has released several chapters from the upcoming The Winds Of Winter. We've had so far:
Barristan Selmy I
Tyrion I
Theon Greyjoy/Reek 
Arianne Martell I
and now! Arianne Martell II!

This release might coincide with the show deciding to remove the Martells (and all book related Dornish content) from the show. Silver linings to be found in the entrails of a plot so butchered~

Does anyone here read the books? If so, check it out:

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  Civilisation VI announced for October 21st
Posted by: crispier taco - 12-05-2016, 12:15 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (3)

It looks like this new version introduces a "district" concept. Some specialised buildings will be contained in hexes exterior of your city hex, like how farms and mines and stuff are now. So if someone invades you they can stomp on a science hex without having to reduce your entire city. Other "districts" might exist for industry, military, and others? Also, when building wonders, they must be build on the appropriate hex, rather than the city's hex being the correct type. This makes choice of general area more important than ever, and forgives a poor choice for the specific hex that you found your city on. 

It also looks like science is getting revamped. Completing "quests" will increase the speed that you acquire specfic technologies. An example was construction of a quarry would give you 50% boost on researching masonry.

It looks like the AI will be better, specifically less arbitrary, will "agendas" that are like random modifiers on set personalities. It sounds like the personalities will have a greater effect on how each AI civ plays it's game.

Who's excited?

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  Oldish NZ TV Ads (2006)
Posted by: jmp246 - 08-05-2016, 08:58 PM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (4)

I was converting a VCR to digital and was thinking what's on this tape. So here are a few. Youtube links are included to see just how bad YouTube compresses 480p content.

NZ Idol



The Warehouse








Camera House


Supercheap Auto


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Posted by: crispier taco - 07-05-2016, 01:50 PM - Forum: Music, Movies, and TV Shows - Replies (3)

musician(s) Grammatik have released an album inspired by the concept of the Epigram: one or two sentences that communicate a idea, be it witty or profound. If you jump on their site you can type in your own favourite epigram and it gets encoded into unique album art. Neat!

It's a basic substitution cipher though, so the more letters you put in the more cluttered your album art gets, and the vast majority of epigram writers have abandoned any interest in adhering to the usual poetic structure of a true epigram. But whatever, it's still neat.

check it out!

I guess I should say something about the actual music in the album too... but I haven't even listened to the whole album yet! Too distracted by the fun album art idea.

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  Blowing the Dust off my Vita Games
Posted by: jmp246 - 28-04-2016, 10:18 PM - Forum: Video Game Discussion - Replies (15)

The PS Vita was released in 2012. So the games must be "Classics" by Xbox standards.
The obvious game to start with is Killzone: Mercenary. A good shooter on a portable.

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