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  1. Idle Thumbs 69: I Had a Gleam

    I wonder if it is part publisher censorship or just... not having the impulse to create things like that. It reminds me of No More Heroes, with the weaboo protagonist, the internal monologue's coming out of the wii-mote and enemies spurting coin fountains rather than blood when you chop them in half. I really appreciated that, but who would have the impulse the create that kind of stuff?
  2. Idle Thumbs 69: I Had a Gleam

    I think that Sean didn't quite see what Chris was driving at in The Binding of Isaac discussion. Sean was talking about it as an exploration of taboo, where Chris was talking about unfiltered expression. One of my favorite examples of unfiltered expression is Notes from the Underground by Dostoevsky. It is a look inside the mind of a low level beuraucrat in 19th century Russia with some kind of mental disorder. I don't see that novel as a comment on Russian taboos, mores or society, though the main character does some stupid and immoral things. Nor do I think that it is a damning portrait of that specific man or type of man. While it blows open the idea of what a novel is supposed to be through its structure and plot, or lack thereof, I don't think that's the point either. It's just a beautiful, truthful, dark, funny, largely irrational look inside a specific man's mind, and that makes it timeless.
  3. Sad video game music

    Dang, that's a really cool version of the song
  4. Sad video game music

    Thanks for all the responses! This is really cool. I'll do one as well. I love listening to the Jin Roh soundtrack while playing counterstrike: CNs4ksZTONg
  5. Sad video game music

    Please list sad songs from games, or overall sad soundtracks. I'm not opposed to sad songs outside video games too. I'm trying to create a sad music playlist, because I heard that sad feelings make you more detail oriented, which would help while programming and what not.
  6. Demon's Souls

    Exactly. Giant Bomb approaches things in a very straight-forward way and many people like that. On the other hand, just because you like Giant Bomb, doesn't mean that you don't like more in-depth analysis like you used to hear on Idle Thumbs.
  7. Demon's Souls

    Yeah, those guys are insanely straightforward and literal-minded in terms of how they think about games, which isn't for me but a lot of people seem to like'em quite a bit.
  8. Demon's Souls

    Just 5 minutes ago, it was me vs. the red eyed knight. I was out of mp for fireballs, but I wanted to stay and fight so I got out my spear and shield. He ran along the bridge toward me, pole-arm couched, lunging at me, so I rolled back. Then he walked towards me, shield up. I saw him rear back to strike, so I stepped forward, parried and stabbed him in the face! That was the first time I'd ever killed that bastard in a fair fight, and it was just as satisfying as killing a boss.
  9. Thumbs, you guys rocked on the final cast. Playing QWOP now, I got him to take 2 steps like a normal human being and that made me very happy: what a great game to end the podcast on.
  10. Demon's Souls ^ Leigh Alexander did some good reporting on the game.
  11. Demon's Souls

    The controls are pretty fantastic, the character growth systems are great, the environments are really damn cool. Go read one of the thousand reviews that give the game a 90+ review score, or Chris' praise on how it's like a Mikami game.
  12. I thought that the video-game song rang true, especially the line about not wanting to think and just wanting to play games; I'm not saying that's a good thing, I'm saying that's the tone of a lot of conversation out there.
  13. Mass Effect 2

  14. Mass Effect 2

    I thought Mass Effect had a cool ending, I'd recommend finishing.
  15. Demon's Souls

    Vinnie doesn't really seem well informed based on looking at the quick look/ I don't know how he manages to suck that much. I guess he is distracted and trying to explain things. Jeff's take: I didn't do the tutorial, but this game doesn't control well at all! All I could do was use a sword, because I never learned the buttons! The game mechanic sounds dumb! Ugg, that video is terrible.