Nick Breckon

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  1. Idle Thumbs Streams

    Check again! (I knew they were broken -- just wanted to get the thread up.) I will be going through and adding most of our past streams to this list. I'll also be archiving as many as I can on Youtube. Definitely let me know if there are any other errors!
  2. Tomorrow (Sunday the 17th) at 1pm PDT.
  3. There is! The option is just hidden away in a menu that you wouldn't think to look in. I think one of the general "gameplay options" menus?
  4. Idle Thumbs 251: Signature Moves

    I mean... I'm pretty sure someone mentions the note IRL, unless I mistook one of the other crazy things happening for that. In reading about it in a few places it seems like there was a lot of confusion about whether or not it was a suicide note, and if so, how could it possibly have been written ahead of time?? The whole thing is just bizarre.
  5. So, after playing more, my conclusion is that it has to be related to the timed missions with specific objects. In other words, if you need to hack a thing, or rescue a VIP, I think concealment partially exists to let you get closer to/potentially complete that objective before combat breaks out. If I break concealment prior to some of the mission objectives, it can be difficult to slog my way up there while fighting off reinforcements. Easier to stay concealed, kill the timer, and then kill the dudes.
  6. Wherein I awake from my three-year dream to find that I am Jake Rodkin. "I've got to warn Nick Breckon not to move to Maryland!" Then I awake again, to find that I am Dishonored Jake Rodkin, and it is August.
  7. I do find it really amusing that the setup for that ending still happens, so they
  8. Yep. Those missions are good! It's just weird that they didn't either wrap them in new narrative, or set them aside from the actual continuing story.
  9. Yeah, that's pretty much my point. "Chapter 2" isn't really what this is. They probably should have packaged the story missions as "Epilogue," and thrown most of these other missions into the "side mission" category.
  10. Yeah, I mean, there are obviously a few "original" missions, but it's mostly been twists on Chapter 1 stuff. Which is fine, but to me it has the overall feeling of an unrealized chunk of game.
  11. Yeah, I know there are a few, but they all seem to follow the same structure and use the same locations as Chapter 1. Whereas Chapter 1 felt like a well-paced rollout of the various worldspaces and mission concepts, Chapter 2 feels like either directly rehashed missions, or slight tweaks of said missions using similar environments/etc. I'm not knocking the game -- I will probably play it another 100 hours or something stupid -- but it feels like a very clear dropoff in terms of fresh thoughts. edit -- actually, a question for anyone else playing this crazy game. I was using a rad woman soldier as my character over the weekend, but after dying during an FOB mission she is now KIA. Is it really the case that you can't use custom soldiers on FOB missions without risking their permadeath? (If so, ugh, why??)
  12. I know who the character is in relation to MGS, but that doesn't really change my opinion on that stuff. It's like saying Quiet is naked because she has to breathe. Also, I know that I didn't really "beat" the game, but I'm up to mission 41 and Chapter 2 has just been a thinly veiled rehash of missions. They're still fun, but yeah. In any case, I'm not sure this game has an ending at all. Or it has the most endings of any game ever made. Anyway, GOTY.
  13. Idle Thumbs 214: Ship It, Droopy

    Yeah, I forgot to mention the perv stuff! So weird!
  14. After playing it for 30 seconds, it seems like I accurately described it on the podcast without knowing it exists.
  15. Idle Thumbs 183: The Anonymouses

    Haha. It was, in fact, indigestion. Not totally unrelated to the topic of making video games, I think I have an ulcer or two. The cast before last I felt downright nauseous.
  16. Idle Thumbs 183: The Anonymouses

    Weird. I definitely loaded into a match where the monster was sitting right there. Maybe he was delayed loading into the game? In any case, I wish it took longer than a couple minutes for the chase to ensue. Re: #2, yeah, I couldn't quite remember whether it was first or third. I think I was picturing the Left 4 Dead monster perspectives.
  17. Idle Thumbs 165: KeLo. Is. Here.

    ..................... Born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan..........
  18. There's a difference between playing the earliest possible version of a game while working for the company vs. playing a press build as a journalist vs. playing an early access build that costs dollars. At the very least, I wasn't going to comment on anything I knew about Wolfenstein without having played the final version. Even then, it's often a bad idea to talk about privileged information gleaned from a place of former employment. I don't like lawyers. Anyway, I have a lot I could say about this. I might address it the next time I'm on the podcast, if I remember. I guess I should also play Wolf, if I get the time.
  19. Idle Thumbs 154: Super Good

    Assassin's Creed 4, starring video game beta tester Max Level.
  20. I just wanted to say that I hate all of you and I hope you die. But in all seriousness, I feel bad about how that discussion turned out. I came into the podcast planning to bring it up myself and talk about how I believed the guy and how nuts the internet was, but when Jake and Chris both took that angle, I thought for discussion's sake I'd bring up the counter arguments. Chris can attest that sometimes I like to argue for the sake of it, which probably isn't a good thing on a topic that people are fired up about. And of course, having barely glanced at the internet in the last few months, I spoke about it pretty offhandedly and inarticulately, which is the primary reason why I haven't been on Thumbs lately. Crunching on a video game pretty much means I have no idea what the hell is going on. I definitely sympathize with the guy. When a lot of money is involved, I tend to look at two tweets as the beginning of a story rather than the end, but I certainly believe that someone in his position would feel overwhelmed enough to react the way that he did. It's why I retweeted his stuff in the first place. It's interesting because it makes me think about how close, to me, the internet has become to a necessary evil. I'd probably take that money and not give it back simply because I'd also delete my Twitter account and retire to a cleaner existence. While working in social media for a few years, I had a lot of time to study the general noise that exists surrounding literally anything. It's all pretty gross. I would caution anyone that releases something publicly to hope for the best of people, and expect the worst. This is why communities like Idle Thumbs are so special.
  21. 50 hours is 50 hours. BABY.
  22. Chris always says he doesn't want to devote the time it'd take to get good. But then he goes and plays 600 hours of Spelunky, so I think he's basically just a baby.
  23. Crusader Kings II: The Triumph of Ragnar

    I'd like to do at least a "final" episode, where we accelerate to warp speed and see what happens.