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  1. Damn. Where did all these gamers come from all of a sudden?
  2. Loadout: Am I the only one seeing this? [NSFW]

    I think you're right, and I think it's a genuine force of good too.
  3. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    Three was my favorite for a long time, because it was the first one I played (and the first "real" PC game I played). I loved it so much that I think it defined my young sense of humor more than any book or movie. Nowadays (because I still replay these games every couple years) my opinion is in favor of two. You're right about the tone being weird, but I think that's precisely why I like it. I think it's the best looking one too, despite its age. Also, I enjoy how we've started talking about the Monkey Island games just by their numbers. I think there was an Idle Thumbs episode where the adventure game devs in the room caught themselves doing that.
  4. The Idle Thumbs 10th Anniversary Committee

    This was clearly the best thing. The very very best thing. You guys are so cool.
  5. Amateur Game Making Night

    So I'm kinda teaching myself Unity because this thread is cool. Also I have already started lurking in the irc channel. As some of you might have noticed.
  6. Yes. I was thrilled as fuck to see Majoras Mask on the games list because I think it embodies a ton of things Thumbs love to talk about and usually champion. Every time in the past they've brought up narrative density in games (especially the "one city block" thing) I half expect somebody to bring up Majoras Mask but then they don't. It's also the only Zelda game (other than Wind Waker, possibly) that's thematically or tonally interesting in a way that's different from one before it. Then their discussion about it in this cast could be boiled down to Jake sarcastically saying "but that moon, though". Which is fine, I guess. Just disappointing. I was at least hoping to hear why they didn't like it, but without somebody on the cast to defend the game I guess they didn't feel the need to get into it.
  7. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    What have you tried to plug the boat with? Unrelated, vague hint that I don't suspect you'll actually read:
  8. anime

    I haven't watched Kids on the Slope yet, despite the Watanabe (and Yoko Kanno) involvement. I think I'm automatically put off by anime set in a high school setting, for several reasons. There's the weirdness of it feeling like drama for children, for one thing. More to the point, Japanese animation is saturated with stories set in high school, most of them bad or mediocre, and almost all of them teeming with annoying (to me) anime tropes. One of the biggest reasons I loved Bebop and Champloo are that, obvious visual details aside, they absolutely DID NOT feel like anime TV shows. Especially in terms of tone and pacing. This is also the first I've heard anyone recommend it, too. It's on my to-watch list now.
  9. Cartoons!

    Or anyone's Netflix, unfortunately. It's dumb.
  10. anime

    This is indeed a really interesting interpretation and it's convinced me to give the show a few more episodes. The first episode felt like nothing more than very pretty trash, and I was gonna give up there. ...I realize that being adolescent crap on purpose isn't inherently better than being adolescent crap by accident, but I'm willing to try watching the show again if there's a way to relate it to the rest of Watanabe's work in any way (other than production quality). Bebop/Champloo are the only TV anime shows that I truly enjoyed without any reservations, so I was looking forward to Dandy despite how dumb it was probably gonna be.
  11. Feminism

    Is the subtitle seriously "Burst"? Didn't they mean "Bust"? Ugh. I'm sorry.
  12. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    Oh. Wow. I forgot about that thing for a second.
  13. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    Ha, zing! Intentional zing?
  14. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    Voiced by the late Gary Coleman /fun fact
  15. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    Oh man, I feel the opposite way about adventure games. My favorite two sections of any adventure game are Act 2 of LeChuck's Revenge and Rubacava in Grim Fandango. Because of how open and un-directed they are.
  16. Broken Age - Double Fine Adventure!

    Downloaded. Steam says I've played ~80 minutes. I've mainly been playing the girls side. The writing is charming, the art is great, and the voice work is as-expected for the stelar cast and Double Fine's VO pedigree. Unfortunately I've been playing for ~80 minutes and I haven't once felt stuck... for even a moment. This is a big deal; I need to feel stuck in an adventure game *at least a little bit* in order to feel like I'm figuring something out. So far in Broken Age I'm simply going from screen to screen, doing what it seems like I should be doing and watching the story progress as a result. I've even had moments where I realize there was a puzzle after I solved it. It's simply too streamlined, which is a very modern problem for a video game. I'm not necessarily disappointed. I honestly anticipated that the game would have this problem, and I'm enjoying the game for its presentation alone. Also, who knows, maybe the game opens up and gets trickier! It's much too soon to say.
  17. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    I was excited for you to get to CMI. It's the most nostalgic Lucas Arts game for me, or game in general. It's the game that got me into PC gaming (and led me to seek out and binge-play any older Lucas Arts games I could find). I suppose I'm outing myself as a relative youngster by saying this. In hindsight, it isn't as good as the first two (MI2 is basically untouchable). But the VO is great and the game is consistently charming. I think I'm too close to the game to actually assess the puzzle design; I've replayed the game so many times that they all seem so obvious.
  18. Can I be whitelisted please? Pretty please? I won't burn anything I didn't build myself. I'm DIUM.
  19. The Big LucasArts Playthrough

    The Dig is the only post-Loom LucasArts adventure I've never played, so I might play along too. (I might get around to playing Zak McCracken and The Last Crusade one day, but it seems unlikely)
  20. Anyone Remember?

    Ah. Actually, I'm remembering the second time from a Spelunky daily challenge stream. It's suddenly come into perspective how much I've listened to these guys talk about video games.
  21. Anyone Remember?

    OK, this is a weird one. I distinctly remember Chris on at least 2 occasions (one of them fairly recent) saying the words "bunging hook" apropos of, seemingly, nothing. I don't expect people to remember which episodes, since it's such a throwaway line unrelated to anything before or after it. But if somebody does that would be great. Part 2 of the question: for some reason I feel like he's repeating a Tom Green bit? But I can't find it, and I might be imagining it. It's a weird thing to imagine, though, since I've never been a fan of Tom Green and have seen very little of his material in my life. Anyway, I'd like to know if I'm crazy and he's referencing something else entirely.
  22. Webcomics

    Ah, David Willis. In middle school I regularly consumed It's Walky!* as if I needed it to maintain bodily homeostasis. *not linked because I don't actually recommend it. Unless you're <16 years old and crave something both sophomorically irreverent and indulgently angsty at the same time. His new stuff is pretty good though.
  23. Minecraft

    XP and magic are also some of the most ignore-able additions there have been to the game, so it seems strange to point those out as detractors. People can and do continue to play current-version minecraft as if the xp-based systems don't exist. Unless you find the little green orbs annoying, which I can understand.
  24. I love it but I can't in good conscience recommend it to anyone because: it's real fucking long it's real fucking slow for the first several hundred pages it has a huge annoying teenaged fanbase who are difficult to ignore many narrative decisions seem to be deliberate acts of audience trolling That said, there's actually a lot to love in there. Hidden. Buried, really.
  25. Hey he's only done that... uh... Alright, I actually counted and he really has done that 5 times. Arguably.