Bjorn

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  1. Feminism

    Anyone else read through the RPS article on Barbie Dreamhouse Party? It's kind of amazing. A malevalent AI is awakened by a clueless girl who doesn't understand how to run a computer. The AI then takes the girls hostage in Barbie's mansion, and forces them to learn how to be proper women through minigames that teach them how to put on make up and comb horses.
  2. Dark Souls(Demon's Souls successor)

    A love/hate relationship is the only kind that can exist with Dark Souls. Gawd, I really want DS2 to come out. Like right now.
  3. BioShock Infinite

    I just got back into playing this, after giving up on it months ago. Actually had to restart I had completely forgot where I was or what I was doing. I'm enjoying it more this time around. I remember not being terribly impressed during my first playthrough. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood the first time.
  4. Building a home theater...

    I would say there is a massive amount of variance based on each AV receiver, and how much it does to the video feed. If it's a receiver that actually tries to improve or uprez a signal, you'll definitely pick up some latency. But if it's just passing the feed along, it shouldn't. And it may not be dependent on the cost/quality of receiver. It seems like some of the less expensive AV stuff actually handle gaming better, as they aren't trying to do as much to the signal. I've also noticed that more and more AV reviews are making it a point to talk about input latency, so it shouldn't be too hard to find one that works for you. FWIW, I've been using a Marantz SR7005 for years with a 360, PS3 and htpc, and have never noticed any input latency at all. And an update on my projector project. The last of my parts were ordered this weekend. Got a Chief ceiling mount for cheap off eBay (they are usually on the expensive side) and ended up needing to order a retractable screen because I changed my mind on how the room is going to be organized. My wife made blackout curtains out of some spare material she had for the only problematic windows, and those are up. And we're going to repaint the room, as it's just a boring white right now. We've wanted to repaint for a bit, figured as long as we're going to all this trouble to move all the furniture around, might as well paint now. Hopefully by late next week the room will be completely finished!
  5. I need a little help regarding my buttocks

    Something with good lower back support. My couch is getting a little worn out, and if I slouch for a couple of hours in it gaming, my back is killing me when stand up. Something like that Leon swivel chair looks like it could do the same to your back if you slouched in it.
  6. Building a home theater...

    Take this with a massive grain of salt, as it's been awhile since I've read about this stuff. But if I remember, the is a difference between audio coax and standard coax, but it tends to only manifest over long runs. Cables designed for audio have better shielding, can carry more load and a wider frequency range. But that's only noticeable past a certain run length. A short standard cable will be almost indistinguishable from a short "audio" cable. So if you're using standard coax through the walls, the quality could vary greatly depending on how far the run inside the wall/ceiling is.
  7. Building a home theater...

    Nice! Great when you don't have to mess with running new wires through the wall. I did not intend on originally throwing an image that big. I just ordered raw material with the intention of building my own fixed screen, and the smallest amount I could get was enough for a 145" screen. I was going to go with a 106", as I thought anything more would be too big to use. But, I figured I've got this big chunk of material, I might as well try a huge screen and see what it's like before I cut it up. Turned out that it's really quite nice and is completely enjoyable, I don't feel like I'm watching a tennis match or anything. So I think I'm going to stick with that size. The only reason it's not a few inches bigger is that I have to eat up some of the material for the frame. When we got the screen hung, my wife was very, very, very skeptical because of how gigantic it is. Then we fired it up in a pitch black room and she was instantly sold.
  8. Building a home theater...

    So I got a projector this week and got it temporarily set up tonight (temp screen for testing, will get something better down the road). This feels decadent. Have a 137" image going right now, and it's fabulous. Now it's going to be time to upgrade some curtains and possible repaint the room.
  9. This interview explains soooo much about FEAR for me. I always felt really mixed about that game, like there were two seperate games there, one that I loved and one that I hated. Hearing the story behind production makes it pretty clear how that came to be.
  10. Show me your desk/gaming space

    It bugs me that the darkest one is in the middle. They should be stacked by grade. And that is a very nice collection! Yellowing plastic aside.
  11. I actually remember most of the controllers for PCs being awful through the 90s and early 2000s, except for some flight sticks. Now we have amazing keyboards, mice with a million buttons, groovy half-keyboards with programmable macro buttons and a generally good controller (the 360). I remember how hardy any games supported gamepads, drivers would be broken and rarely updated and I had to program the controller for most games myself. It's been an improvement from my previous experience with controllers and the PC.
  12. Limited run podcasts

    I went looking for it when I posted that, and couldn't find it. Though a bit of searching now makes me think I may have just been mixing up multiple podcasts in my head. It may have been the Oxford general philosphy lecutres I was thinking of, though it ran for 24 episodes, not 12. About 2 years ago I got really obsessed with listening to philosophy podcasts for a month or two. Would be surprising if I mixed a few of them up.
  13. Quitter's Club: Don't be ashamed to quit the game.

    You eventually start hitting long, epic runs in RL the same as Spelunky, at which point the 30 seconds to restart is by a tiny fraction of the whole time you are playing. And the amount of gold you're raking in spikes way up as well. And with the ability to lock down the castle, you can make short runs to go get chests that are likely to have diagrams in them, or the gems you use to enchant equipment, which makes the game exponentially easier. That said, I think the game does have some very deep flaws that keep it from transcending to the level of something like Spelunky. The genetic trait is ultimately more gimmick than mechanic. And it needs a bit more variety. While each of Spelunky's words feels unique versus the others, the areas in RL mostly just feel like a change in decoration to me. Though there is supposed to be a patch/expansion coming out that is adding a bunch of stuff to it. It might already be out, I hadn't bothered checking for awhile. Edited to add: Yeah, in an interview back in September they said they would be patching in more content, but nothing new since then.
  14. Dark Souls(Demon's Souls successor)

    On my very first playthrough, I must have gotten lucky, as I got past the archers on the very first try. That was with a tanky warrior using a great shield. I never understood what the big deal was. Then I went back through with a hybrid dex/faith build. And I understood exactly what the big deal was.
  15. Life

    I have a fondness for western Kansas, but couldn't imagine ever living there again. In a lot of ways, it gets a bad rap. There's actually some gorgeous country out there, you just have to get off the interstate to find it. I agree that Lawrence is pretty much the bomb. Though from what I've seen, most towns of that size with a good college tend to be pretty cool. You get the energy and stupidity of all the college kids, and the adults who stick around tend to be pretty awesome people. Plus lots of interesting events that are free or cheap, even if you're not a student. Got to see Max Brooks talk about zombies a few days before Halloween.
  16. Gone Home from The Fullbright Company

    One of the brilliant things about GH is how encompassing it is in its ability to draw in the player. There are enough themes that most people could latch onto one of the hooks, and be drawn along for the ride.
  17. Tone Control is a Podcast!

    Just wanted to say that I've really enjoyed both of the TC podcasts so far. Keep it up!
  18. Terminal 7 1: Tiny, Tiny Meta

    That's good to know, as I would likely start playing with my wife, so just having to buy one set makes it more likely that we'll pick it up.
  19. Life

    Grew up in western kansas, middle of cattle country, and now live just outside of Lawrence (home of the Univ. of Kansas).
  20. Limited run podcasts

    I can't remember the name, but I found a British philosophy podcast that was a limited run. It was kind of like a philosophy 101 course in podcast form. Each episode covered a philospher or theme, and it was designed to just run 12 episodes or so. Seems like it was sponsored by the BBC. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is not limited per se, as he's still doing them, but he often has series that span 3-5 episodes and are completely self-contained. These things are epic in lenght, which each episode often spanning several hours, and a full series being a dozen or more hours. I highly recommend it though, he spends months researching each topic before delving in with a depth that is almost unheard of in consumer grade history. It's probably my favorite podcast that's not news/gaming related. A Life Well Wasted is functionally limited, as he only released 9 episodes, but each one is pure audio gold. He applies the This American Life model of radio to gaming related themes. It's really wonderful and I wish he would have continued producting them.
  21. Licenses That Demand A Game

    But RL acknowledges it through the idea of playing on as a descendant. Whereas DR doesn't acknowledge it at all, but there is a definite Groundhog Day thing going on in the background. I can't think of anything that does it in a more overt manner. I suppose you could argue that some rougelikes do, like Binding of Isaac. But it's not really the same thing.
  22. Spelunky!

    An epic and appropriate start to spelunking if ever there was one! Welcome to the fold.
  23. Life

    I've spent the last week finishing some of the trimwork in my house, which I've been procrastinating on for awhile. It's a 113 year old farm house that's been remodeled and added onto multiple times. The words "square" and "level" will not oft be used to describe my frankenhome. It'll look great once it's done, but I've wanted to pull my hair out mutliple times this week, particularly fighting to get the windows looking good.
  24. For some reason that made me lol hard.
  25. Spelunky!

    Okay, so I actually am good enough to use the ghost to farm diamonds in the mines, but it doesn't do me much good, as I'm not really skilled enough to capitalize on it yet. But I'm not afraid of the ghost anymore! I ain't afraid of no ghost!