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  1. Oh man. So far from the truth. It's a challenging 3rd-person Action-RPG from Atlus. It also has some very innovative online/co-op mechanics which cross over into the single-player portion of the game. It uses PSN in a really intuitive way.

    Online features

    * Players can find messages on the ground containing hints and advice that other players have left.

    * Players can find bloodstains where other players have died, and view how their deaths occurred.

    * Co-operative play allows three players to team up and play through different levels in the game.

    * In competitive play, a player can force themselves into another player's adventure and play as their opponent.

    Instead of trying to explain, I should just point to some linkage:

    Anyhow, if you want an unforgiving, challenging, rewarding, old-school, and innovative RPG to play, I would recommend it.

  2. I really can't believe there isn't a thread for this game on here yet. First and foremost however, I can't believe it hasn't been discussed on the podcast yet. That's not a bad thing, it's just one of those games I'd expect Chris, Jake, and Nick to be creaming themselves over. I know I have. Twice.

    My copy arrived yesterday morning and I'm having a blast so far.

    Anyone else pick it up? Anyone planning to?


  3. You wish you had a mac.

    It's true. If I had the money I'd probably love having a MacBook or whatever the latest and greatest Mac notebook is. From what I hear, Photoshop and video editing software is much better/easier to use on OSX than Windows.

    But since I can't afford one... fuck Apple!

  4. And here's something else related to this thread:

    Also, this is a good article:

    No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of “crowd control munitions,” including one that reportedly made its debut in the US, was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week’s G-20 protests.

    Long Range Acoustic Device or “The Scream,” is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can emit sound “50 times greater than the human threshold for pain” at close range, causing permanent hearing damage.

    Nearly 200 arrests were made and civil liberties groups charged the many thousands of police (transported on Port Authority buses displaying “PITTSBURGH WELCOMES THE WORLD”), from as far away as Arizona and Florida with overreacting … and they had plenty of weaponry with which to do it.

    Bean bags fired from shotguns, CS (tear) gas, OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, flash-bang grenades, batons and, according to local news reports, for the first time on the streets of America, the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).

    I saw the LRAD, mounted in the turret of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), in action twice in the area of 25th, Penn and Liberty Streets of Lawrenceville, an old Pittsburgh neighborhood. Blasting a shrill, piercing noise like a high-pitched police siren on steroids, it quickly swept streets and sidewalks of pedestrians, merchants and journalists, and drove residents into their homes, but in neither case were any demonstrators present. The APC, oversized and sinister for a city street, together with lines of police in full riot gear looking like darkly threatening Michelin Men, made for a scene out of a movie you didn’t want to be in.

    As intimidating as this massive show of armed force and technology was, the good burghers of Pittsburgh and their fellow citizens in the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Tear gas and pepper spray are nothing to sniff at and, indeed, have proven fatal a surprising number of times, but they have now become the old standbys compared to the list below that’s already at or coming soon to a police station or National Guard headquarters near you. Proving that “what goes around, comes around,” some of the new Property Protection Devices were developed by a network of federally funded, university-based research institutes like one in Pittsburgh itself, Penn State’s Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies.

    * Raytheon Corp.’s Active Denial System, designed for crowd control in combat zones, uses an energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation, like a hot iron placed on the skin. It is effective beyond the range of small arms, in excess of 400 meters (about one-quarter mile). Company officials have been advised they could expand the market by selling a smaller, tripod-mounted version for police forces.

    * M5 Modular Crowd Control Munition, with a range of 30 meters (about 98 feet) “is similar in operation to a claymore mine, but it delivers … a strong, nonpenetrating blow to the body with multiple sub-munitions (600 rubber balls).”

    * Long Range Acoustic Device or “The Scream,” is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can emit sound “50 times greater than the human threshold for pain” at close range, causing permanent hearing damage. The Los Angeles Times wrote that US Marines in Iraq used it in 2004. It can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone …” [For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine,” says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. “It will knock [some people] on their knees.” CBS News reported in 2005 that the Israeli Army first used the device in the field to break up a protest against Israel’s separation wall. “Protesters covered their ears and grabbed their heads, overcome by dizziness and nausea, after the vehicle-mounted device began sending out bursts of audible, but not loud, sound at intervals of about 10 seconds…. A military official said the device emits a special frequency that targets the inner ear.”

    * In “Non-Lethal Technologies: An Overview,” Lewer and Davison describe a lengthy catalog of new weaponry, including the “Directed Stick Radiator,” a hand-held system based on the same technology as The Scream. “It fires high intensity ’sonic bullets’ or pulses of sound between 125-150db for a second or two. Such a weapon could, when fully developed, have the capacity to knock people off their feet.”

    * The Penn State facility is testing a “Distributed Sound and Light Array Debilitator” a.k.a. the “puke ray.” The colors and rhythm of light are absorbed by the retina and disorient the brain, blinding the victim for several seconds. In conjunction with disturbing sounds, it can make the person stumble or feel nauseated. Foreign Policy in Focus reports that the Department of Homeland Security, with $1 million invested for testing the device, hopes to see it “in the hands of thousands of policemen, border agents and National Guardsmen” by 2010.

    * Spider silk is cited in the University of Bradford’s Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project, Report #4 (pg. 20) as an up-and-comer. “A research collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the US Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center is looking into the use of spider silk as a non-lethal ‘entanglement’ material for disabling people. They have developed a method for producing recombinant spider silk protein using E. coli and are trying to develop methods to produce large quantities of these fibres.”

    * New Scientist reports that the (I’m not making this up) Inertial Capacitive Incapacitator (ICI), developed by the Physical Optics Corporation of Torrance, California, uses a thin-film storage device charged during manufacture that only discharges when it strikes the target. It can be incorporated into a ring-shaped aerofoil and fired from a standard grenade launcher at low velocity, while still maintaining a flat trajectory for maximum accuracy.

    * Aiming beyond Tasers, the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, (FY 2009 budget: $1 billion) the domestic equivalent of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to develop wireless weapons effective over greater distances, such as in an auditorium or sports stadium, or on a city street. One such device, the Piezer, uses piezoelectric crystals that produce voltage when they are compressed. A 12-gauge shotgun fires the crystals, stunning the target with an electric shock on impact. Lynntech of College Station, Texas, is developing a projectile Taser that can be fired from a shotgun or 40-mm grenade launcher to greatly increase the weapon’s current range of seven meters.

    * “Off the Rocker and On the Floor: Continued Development of Biochemical Incapacitating Weapons,” a report by the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre revealed that in 1992, the National Institute of Justice contracted with Lawrence Livermore National Lab to review clinical anesthetics for use by special ops military forces and police. The lab concluded the best option was an opioid, like fentanyl, effective at very low doses compared to morphine. Combined with a patch soaked in DMSO (dimethylsufoxide, a solvent) and fired from an air rifle, fentanyl could be delivered to the skin even through light clothing. Another recommended application for the drug was mixed with fine powder and dispersed as smoke.

    * After upgrades, the infamous “Puff the Magic Dragon” gunship from the Vietnam War is now the AC-130. “Non-Lethal Weaponry: Applications to AC-130 Gunships,” observes that “With the increasing involvement of US military in operations other than war …” the AC-130 “would provide commanders a full range of non-lethal weaponry from an airborne platform which was not previously available to them.” The paper concludes in part that “As the use of non-lethal weapons increases and it becomes valid and acceptable, more options will become available.”

    * Prozac and Zoloft are two of over 100 pharmaceuticals identified by the Penn State College of Medicine and the university’s Applied Research Lab for further study as “non-lethal calmatives.” These Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), noted the Penn State study, “… are found to be highly effective for numerous behavioral disturbances encountered in situations where a deployment of a non-lethal technique must be considered. This class of pharmaceutical agents also continues to be under intense development by the pharmaceutical industry…. New compounds under development (WO 09500194) are being designed with a faster onset of action. Drug development is continuing at a rapid rate in this area due to the large market for the treatment of depression (15 million individuals in North America)…. It is likely that an SSRI agent can be identified in the near future that will feature a rapid rate of onset.”

    In Pittsburgh last week, an enormously expensive show of police and weaponry, intended for “security” of the G20 delegates, simultaneously shut workers out of downtown jobs for two days, forced gasping students and residents back into their dormitories and homes, and turned journalists’ press passes into quaint, obsolete reminders of a bygone time.

    Most significant of all, however, was what Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, told The Associated Press: “It’s not just intimidation, it’s disruption and in some cases outright prevention of peaceful protesters being able to get their message out.”

  5. Well this was unexpected. So, here's the short version of the story:

    My friend and my parents have been using this stuff to clean their organic fruits and vegetables for years now since it contains no chemicals like soap does. Anyhow, I never realized there was a WIZARD on the label.


    And by the way, that's my friends' desk. He has a Mac. I do not. I'm a PC enthusiast. Just wanted to clear the air there, it smelled a bit. Also, yes, that's a Gordon Freeman mousepad.


    I shit you not, THIS is what I just saw when I loaded up my TwitPic account login page. The advertisement is too coincidental. :eek::erm:

  6. I don't see any functional use for those things though, they're purely cosmetic (and tacky). This seems like a genuinely useful case design, as long as it's actually a good case.

    You make a good point. The thing that has me excited about it (if I had the money to invest in such a hobby-ist project) would be the possibilities for modding this thing. It's so open-ended it's almost like an "open-source" PC case.

  7. This video gives me hope for humanity. :deranged:

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    Seriously, I wasn't conscious for pretty much all of the 80's having been born in '87... but holy shit do I feel ashamed for even being alive during them. :frusty:

  8. Honestly, I like "Home Movies" better as a show, but Brendan Small is undeniably a very funny guy. Haven't listened to any of his Dethklok albums though.

    Yeah, Home Movies is hilarious and great, but Small really hit his stride with Metalocalypse. It's funny, epic, entertaining, and exciting.

    Can't say enough good things about it so I'll shut up now.

  9. I got The Dethalbum II on Saturday, which was 3 days before release. It helps to have friends who work in record stores :yep:

    Anyhow, I might end up buying the vinyl tomorrow as well. The album is... how shall I put this....


    It's a very worthy sequel to my favorite album of all time.

    By the way, if you have no idea what I'm talking about (:eek:) then do yourself a favor and look up "Dethklok" or "Metalocalypse."

  10. Just downloaded the demo on PSN, won a code voucher from Tim Schafer on Twitter. I'll report my play experience! I'm expecting great things. :gaming:


    I was correct in assuming that Brutal Legend is amazing. I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say that the menu is probably the best one I've ever seen in a game that I can remember, and the gameplay itself is really, really satisfying and fun. Watching gameplay videos/trailers of this game does not do it justice at all. Also, there's a few cleverly hidden Psychonauts references and the overall humor in the demo (which is sadly relatively short) is top notch.

  11. I haven't used my PSP for a while, I think the last thing I actually played on it was LocoRoco2 (which was great btw). GTA: Chinatown Wars will probably have me glued to the thing, though. I'm happy they've decided to port it to PSP. :yep:

    I got a ps3 a couple weeks ago and it's been a frustrating experience. I upgraded the firmware as soon as I bought it, and due to incompatibility(?) between the latest firmware and some games I can't play Uncharted without it crashing every 20 min or so. I wish I could downgrade or exchange it for a new system, but I already bought some downloadable games and I don't want to lose my activations. Bah.

    They just released Firmware 3.01 this morning, which should fix those issues. :mock:

  12. I'm currently playing through the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R game for the very first time, with the "STALKER Complete" mod installed.

    I absolutely love it so far. Very atmospheric and mysterious. It also gives me a similar feeling to when I play Fallout 3. I take out a sniper rifle, stay low in the grass, and explore the zone. Good times.