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  1. General Video Game Deals Thread

    Man, I dunno. What if the only games they ended up giving us were like Call of Duty: Glorious Bolshevik Brotherhood or something?
  2. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    High school me just called. He's been watching a sweet Winamp vis while listening to Everlong. He said you're a jerk.
  3. General Video Game Deals Thread

    Why... why would they do this in in the middle of two Steam sales and after running two bundles in November? It's like they are conspiring with Valve to initiate what will be my impending divorce.
  4. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    It should be noted that they aren't asking for funding for another full game. You're purchasing 8 prototype games at whatever amount you feel they are worth to you.
  5. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    The progress videos in the backer forums do a good job of showing how hard they are working on DFA. You should consider doing the Slacker Backer thing, I think there's a lot of value there. To anyone who keeps up with Double Fine's culture, it's known that Amnesia Fortnight is something they are going to do every year no matter what. The only difference is that we get to participate in some small way this year. I would say that a casual observer of the company could get confused on that point, but I think it's been pretty clearly explained in the Humble Bundle video and the press coverage of it.
  6. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    It kind of reminded me of a sandbox Minecraft style game meets Tron. This gave me a nerd boner.
  7. VALVe money grab #134: Autumn Sale

    I picked up Binding of Isaac (criminal that I didn't already have it, I know) and Unity of Command. Haven't seen anything else thus far that I can't live without.
  8. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    Anyone who hasn't voted for Kaiju Piledriver is a terrible, terrible person.
  9. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    I wonder if there isn't more confusion over that, because the voting seems to be more lopsided that I expected. I initially thought for some strange reason that I only had 4 votes because there would only be 4 finalists. I've now voted for like half of the ideas.
  10. Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight 2012

    Using the phrase "roguelike" in your pitch is a damn good way to get a vote from me.
  11. A CEO being on the verge of tears during a meeting like that gives me the opposite emotion: rage. You have thousands of employees who are counting on you to run the business so they can continue to make a living and take care of themselves and their families. Sure, they can probably find other jobs, but you still have a responsibility to them. Man up and lead.
  12. I just finished listening to the podcast and there was a brief point spent on talking about Titus' sexuality that I'm surprised hasn't been discussed more. I think there is a reoccurring theme of sexual fluidity that seems to surround Titus and Archy both. They share a combination of traits both masculine and feminine (traditionally speaking, anyway). It goes deeper than that, though. Both of them seem to be preoccupied with their personal appearances and fashion in a manner that is often associated with female characters. Both were raised by single mothers. And a lot of Archy's struggles seem to be with learning how to grow into the more masculine roles of a traditional nuclear family (more crudely stated, "learn to be a man"). That theme added a layer of complexity to both of their characters that I did enjoy. Chabon seemed to let them have those moments and struggles without leading the characters to come to any definitive conclusions about them, which I felt was very appropriate.
  13. At the end of the current podcast, they announced that the next book is Evidence of Things Unseen. The following month will be The Great Gatsby. Normally we have a discussion thread for this month's book by now. A sticky post or something to that effect with a listing of each book read would be nice to have, though.
  14. Your first gaming device...

    I remember playing with my dad on a 2600 when I was around 3 or 4. The only games I specifically remember playing with him were Kaboom!, Centipede, and Tennis. I'm pretty sure he had more, but that's all that comes to mind. I often wonder what he ended up doing with that thing. The last time I saw it was in his closet when I was about 7. Like everyone else, we graduated to the NES and SNES as time went on. I didn't get a PC that was decent enough for gaming until the mid-90's.
  15. First PC in 9 years; what should I play?

    If you enjoyed FTL and Binding of Isaac, I'd consider picking up Dungeons of Dredmor and all of its DLC.
  16. I'd donate. It'd be a shame for this game not to see the light of day, especially considering you guys seem pretty far along. I showed the video to my son, who loves Legos and Minecraft and he was just as excited as I was. Conversation went like this... "Did you buy this game?" "Uh, not yet. They're raising money to finish the game. I contributed and we'll get 2 copies when they finish." "Does Mom know?" "No, I didn't tell her yet." "I can keep a secret." :-P
  17. Life

    Yea, sounds like it. I started noticing discrepancies in resources when I was in high school. Schools on The Woodlands side of I-45 got a lot more than we did (Pentium 2's for CS classes vs. 386's). I still live in the area and now that my kids are in school, it seems like the gap continues to widen. :-/
  18. Life

    Cover blown. SHIT.
  19. Life

    Wow. Did you happen to grow up in The Woodlands / Spring area? Because that story sounds a little TOO familiar.
  20. Polygon (internet website)

    I think all communities eventually die if they don't find a way to maintain a level of civility with one another. Some communities need good moderators to keep the level of discourse reasonable. I think this is especially true of high traffic sites like Polygon or official forums for popular games, like MMOs. Some communities probably need to have entire comments and threads deleted, but it's entirely dependent on the size of the community. Self policing communities are great, but they don't scale especially well past a certain point. On the other hand, being too heavy handed with moderation quickly kills smaller communities. Community wrangling is an art in a lot of ways; it's important that a balance be found.
  21. Polygon (internet website)

    When was that again? DARPAnet? :-P
  22. Curiosity – What's Inside the Cube?

    For me, the tag line sounds like something from a bad porno. :-P
  23. The Boy in the Moon

    I picked up this book last year, but it took me a couple of restarts to make it through. Not because the quality of the content was poor, but because the book hit me so hard emotionally. Like Walker, my son Avery was born with CFC (Cardio-facio-cutaneous) Syndrome, which has left him disabled and developmentally delayed in a number of ways. And like the author and father of the book, Ian, I often struggle to find meaning in challenges life seems to so often present to my son. The way that Mr. Brown speaks so frankly and openly about his life and his relationship with his son was extremely moving to me. Raising a child with a disability can cause your mind to run through the entire gamut of emotions, but we live in a society where it is often difficult to express those emotions without judgement. The most wonderful thing about this book is that it provides the perfect window into the life of a parent entrusted with the care of a child with a disability. The constant search for value and meaning in the daily struggle of care can be a difficult journey, but in between the difficult moments lie tiny nuggets of life lessons that are endlessly deep and profound. I realize it is probably a bit self serving, but I would still urge everyone to take a look at this book and consider picking it up. The first few chapters are available on Amazon. Amazon Link -
  24. Polygon (internet website)

    I don't think the three giant boxes along the top add anything to the experience, especially with the navigation toolbar below them. Once you scroll down so that navigation bar gets locked to the top, it's pretty nice.