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  1. R.I.P. Ryan Davis

    That's very true. Even I felt upset, though I've barely read GiantBomb in recent years. Farewell, Mr. Davis.
  2. Books, books, books...

    Is The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution worth reading?
  3. Books, books, books...

    Does anyone know how to get the Humble eBook Bundle books onto a Kindle for PC app?
  4. Books, books, books...

    The eBook version of Infinite Jest is going for $2 on Amazon today. Thought some of you might be interested.
  5. Games giveaway

    Someday, I'll contribute to this thing. In the meantime, thanks, Twig!
  6. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    Hey everyone. Just because some people seem to have missed it: I'm not leaving. Jake convinced me to stay (mostly by glaring at me across the figurative room), though I've decided to take certain precautions. Thank you. Back to work.
  7. Games giveaway

    Can I have Serious Sam and AAAAAaaaaaAAAAAaaaaaa(etc), please?
  8. Life

    My decision was/is based on personal issues that are rooted in that sort of thing. Although in this case I meant leaving the country, haha.
  9. Life

    This is why I want to leave forever.
  10. So has anyone been playing this? It's an RPG/jRPG game that pits you as that ever-constant presence in any fantasy world, the salesman. You play as a girl name Recette who needs to sell a certain number of items in a certain period (edit: of time) to pay-off her missing father's debts. It's very amusing and seems very fun. I haven't played it myself, but I watched a friend of mine play a good chunk of it. He's really into it, and I can see why. The translators have done a fantastic job ("Yayifications," as Recette would say), and...well. Takes forever to get going, though. Jeeeeesus, Japan really needs to get that when people turn on a game, they want a *game*, not 15 minutes of exposition. At least check out the demo. PS: Anyone know any other games with those cute 3D graphics? I like Recettear's a lot.
  11. Movie/TV recommendations

    Episode 7 is my favourite so far. I haven't seen all episodes before (probably less than half), so I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I should be studying but I can't stop! On my fourth episode of the day.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    One of my favourite sitcoms is legally up on YouTube. Corner Gas is a great, care-free show. It's a little dry and you may need to watch a few episodes to get its style, but it's a treat. It also has my favourite single episode in a sitcom with "Gopher It", the season four finale, at the time telegraphed as the last episode. I wonder if it holds-up as well now (I saw it when it aired), but at the time it killed me. Please give it a try! Watch again. It gets better on re-watch. I've seen it three or four times, and enjoyed it more every time (though I suspect said enjoyment plateaus here). Then read Roger Ebert's Great Movies review, which provides an interesting take on the film. My own interpretation is that it's an anti-noir story. I learned to appreciate its brilliance after reading The Big Sleep.
  13. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    I'm just a Pooh, boy (what)
  14. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    Pick a band/song. I nominate Queen or The Rolling Stones.
  15. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    Thrik: I know of the Archive. I still have to do some things. Look, clearly, this thread is now useless. I say we do an Idle Thumbs-thing and turn it into one big Queen tribute. I'll start. I hope you people follow my lead. See the original post.
  16. Monkey Island 2: SE

    BOOYA! I have to admit, I'm really digging the updated graphics. They fixed almost everything that was wrong with SMI:SE. I'm still a little unsure about Guybrush and Elaine (he looks feminine, she looks...angry), but all in all I'm very very happy and very, very excited. See the official site to see the characters in motion. LeChuck's model in-game is spot-on. (Not so spot-on on the cover, unfortunately, but it's a downloadable game so meh.)
  17. Humour

    I recently read Pride and Prejudice, by (you won't guess) Jane Austen, and was amused by how similar some aspects of it are to today's dating process. It's a book heavy on the irony, written with her tongue firmly-in-cheek. Some of the dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth is crackers. I don't know if the book's as feminist as some people make it out to be, but it's funny and fun and I'm happy I read it.
  18. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    After talking to Jake, it looks like I won't be leaving, or at least not as permanently as I'd thought. I'll have to PM some of you later, asking you to edit stuff of mine you've quoted and that I need removed, if that's OK. This post will be edited too. But yeah, this whole thread is now probably useless for purposes other than me fluffing up my own ego.
  19. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    I figured as much. I'll just edit them to a ".", so that future readers go about and wonder why this mad user went about putting "." in every other thread.
  20. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    Neither of those works for what I want. I guess I'll have to delete the posts manually and politely ask anyone to edit quoted posts I need removed. Thanks, Jake (and Doug).
  21. Fantasy Finale XV

    It looks like a mix between QTEs and God of War. Your average purist must have passed out from that video.
  22. Discworld

    Tegan. I'd do Guards! Guards!
  23. Deleting or deactivating your account?

    I don't know. It's complicated. It's mostly that I want to...clean-up. For various reasons, personal and otherwise. But also because I feel like I spend too much time online when I'm supposed to be doing stuff. I wish I could talk about it, but it'll just be convoluted and sound insane. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful words, though. I didn't expect that anyone would really care. I'll of course miss this place - not just for the support I got in places like the "Life" thread, but the general friendliness of this forum and all the enlightening discussions you've had, especially the stuff that I was always too lazy to contribute to. And all the David Cage-directed fist-shaking I did that you all politely endured. PS: If deleting my account means the more popular threads I've made get deleted, I'll simply go through my 500+ posts and delete them manually. But still waiting on an answer to the question via PM.
  24. I wrote something

    A little over a week ago, I was feeling a little agitated and so sat down and tapped at the keyboard, posting the result at my blog. Years ago, I wrote without effort and loved it, but that ended in 2006 due to continual reminders that writing is not a talent and, if it is, it is certainly not a talent worth pursuing. Anything I've done since - most of it garbage I filled Mixnmojo with - has been scraps. Therefore, this was hugely cathartic for me, as it felt like I'd fallen back into something important, however momentarily, to me. I want to know if it's well-written, or if it is shit. Is that OK with you guys? It's not short, and probably without point. It's certainly without direction. But I want someone to read it and give me their opinion on it, even if that opinion is a thumb pointing in a general direction. It's here. Thanks.
  25. Favorite Game Of All Time

    At the beginning of Ico, there's a gap in a bridge you need to cross. You jump over easily enough, but Yorda refuses to. You have to move closer and closer to the edge, trying to encourage her to take the jump. In the end, she does, running for it and grasping your hand, almost falling over. You pull her up. You adventure. She points and cheers and tries to help you solve puzzles. She chases doves and splashes happily around in a stream. You grow closer. When you pull her, saving her from shadows, your controller simulates her hand muscles. It's almost like she's in pain, but she knows you're desperately doing this so you two can get out. Towards the end of the game - when it seems like you're finally about to escape the castle - you face a similar gap in a bridge. You jump. You tell her to jump, too, and, without hesitation, she does. That's why Ico is my favourite game. Honourable mentions: Shadow of the Colossus Monkey Island (all of them) Day of the Tentacle Grim Fandango Portal Morrowind Metal Gear Solid 1-3 (each has things I like about it)