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  1. The Nintendo Wii U is Great Thread

    I... totally read that question as "on PC" and went "I remember reading something about that!" (only the first game, account required). They aren't on the VC as far as I can tell.
  2. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    This went around Twitter a bit yesterday but Sapkowski (the author of The Witcher books) rejected the idea of "Slavic fantasy" notably back in 1992 (Google translate will get you the gist of it, the main section in question starts around the header 8:33 and goes to the end, but it chokes pretty hard on some of what I assume is Polish wordplay -- here's a Storify of some translation). His perspective is that while there is Slavic mythology, due to the fact that it was associated with the pagan religion of the area, the bulk of it was lost and the remainder was twisted by the Church over a thousand years ago so no one can really claim to be writing Slavic fantasy because no one even knows what that actually is. And he considers most Slavic fantasy of the time to be cribbed from other (mostly better, in his opinion) foreign authors with local monsters and local names subbed in for some of the ones that might exist in the originals. I mean, he would also be the first to tell you that the game's writers and the book's writers are completely different but it's clear that he'd find the idea that he's remaining true to a historical version of Fantasy Poland to be laughable.
  3. Splatoon is Ink-redible

    The ink mine seems really situational. It does explode on its own after a short period of time if no one triggers it, but it also takes a second to explode so if someone steps on one mid-stride and keeps trucking along, they won't actually be hit by it. I think it's one of those things that works better in Splat Zones than Turf Wars since you have a better idea of where exactly folks are going to be. I mostly found it useful to dissuade people from using a certain entrance to an area, but most of the other bombs do that just as well. I suppose it lets you do it without draining your ink during a firefight though.
  4. Media by women

    For articles (longform and not), The Toast, forever.
  5. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    They dated for 5 months. Non-consecutively. This whole fiasco has lasted longer than their relationship. And his only apparent regret is that he didn't go farther. I feel pretty safe in judging his character.
  6. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    As the article mentions, this is Sad Puppies 3, as in, this is the third year they've tried doing this. It's been the most successful to date, which is why there's been the extra amount of hand-wringing from the SF community this time around, but this isn't GG trying to open a new front. The two groups do have remarkably similar complaints, but that's just because they're separate heads of the same hydra which has existed long before either of them and will (unfortunately) still exist after both of them die off.
  7. They're taking my Freeze Peach!

    They have indeed taken my freeze peach: (Genuinely super delicious and also sadly unavailable outside certain regions of the US.)
  8. An email I sent to Giantbomb

  9. An email I sent to Giantbomb

    Dan often reminds me of some of the early descriptions of Sherlock Holmes -- he is laser focused on the things that are important to what he wants to do and everything else is not relevant. If it had been relevant, he would have learned it. Fortunately, unlike Sherlock, he has enough self-awareness/has had it impressed upon him enough times to realize that this is not the way that most other people operate (though occasionally he will bust out with "everyone just needs work hard and they will get the things they want" and "people that are into things that I am not are probably hippies or whatever"). He drives my husband up the wall. My reactions tend towards the occasional "oh, Dan...." but I admit I probably have a soft spot for him since my dad's from KC (and most of his family still lives in the area), and there are some sensibilities I recognize there.
  10. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I guess Breitbart went ahead and just released who was on that mailing list of games journalists and someone decided to send him an ask decrying him for "breaking countless laws." (Also, like Tegan pointed out, the list wasn't exactly a secret. I'm pretty sure Brad had mentioned in passing there was a list he was on on a Bombcast, like, ages ago. Fake gamer boys, I swear.) Edit to add: GB's now weighed in with a full editorial from Jeff.

    Thanks! Now to post something (currently leaning towards the dad joke-y "ello, wot's all this then?") and figure out if I'm actually going to use it.

    I'll take an invite to check out this thing if folks have some kicking around.
  13. Disneyland/Disney World

    Hmm... this might be the "Hydrolators" at the Living Seas in EPCOT -- you would ride them "down" to take a ride through and then wander around an "underground sea base" and when you left, you'd then ride them back "up to the surface" (the Hydrolators were actually just mocked up to look like elevators and didn't go anywhere). They got rid of them when they changed over to a Finding Nemo theme a couple of years ago.
  14. Dear Danielle, how awful is it that the queue reorganization after the introduction of Fastpass has ruined the ability of today's youths to be able to engage in knowledgeable arguments about the left vs right sides of Space Mountain? Also yes I have also had the same "oh we're going on vacation!" "ooh, where are we going?!" "Disney!!" "....oh. again? well, that'll be fun. I guess." conversation with my parents. (Joke's on me, I guess, since I've been back there like 6 times on my own.) Also this whole discussion prompted me to go try to track down my Walt Disney World Forever CDs, so thanks for that. (In the late 90s they had these kiosks where you could pick a bunch of park music (including like incidental background music, stuff that hadn't been released on any CDs and would likely never be) and burn your own CD which was super great as a kid who had been there Too Many times. Unfortunately they didn't have everything, some of the track names were relatively vague, and they'd cap you off at 10 tracks. I remember one of mine, I picked a track titled "Walt Disney World Railroad" which was like 15 minutes long (gotta max out that CD space!!) and was all excited to have the full spiel for the railroad, but when I got home and put it in my CD player it was just 15 minutes of NOW BOARDING calls from every single station in the park. )
  15. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Journolist 2.0: This Time The Subject Matter Is Even More Trivial