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  1. Designer Notes 43: Clint Hocking - Part 1

    Loved the cliffhanger to end this one, when the music cut in it gave me a good laugh
  2. Idle Thumbs 212: DMCA Dad

    1. Yes, I think I was operating in a different context than you, I was primarily thinking about the Brothers discussion, I hadn't read your posts up to that point in the thread. 2. Wasn't aiming the low frustration tolerance comment at you or anyone in particular. 3. Temporary frustration is a part of a lot of games. My thinking is that someone has video games as a hobby has by necessity bought in to the concept of occasionally being thwarted.
  3. Idle Thumbs 212: DMCA Dad

    I would think that a video game hobby would be decent therapy for someone with a low tolerance for frustration.
  4. Idle Thumbs 212: DMCA Dad

    Yeesh, how annoying can a game that's only 2 hours long be.
  5. Project Eternity, Obsidian's Isometric Fantasy RPG

    Reminded me of waking up in a mega-mortuary in Planescape: Torment
  6. Idle Thumbs 165: KeLo. Is. Here.

    Also nice to have somebody who plays games on the podcast. That's been missed.
  7. Books, books, books...

    We Learn Nothing, by Tim Kreider
  8. Idle Thumbs 94: Readers Like You

    I interpreted the montage drunkard as jumping up on stage to sarcastically applaud the people who produced the video montage.
  9. Episode 204: Gate-Crashing the Roman Empire

    I will back it as well. Listened to Jon talk about it on podcasts for 4 hours today; Indie game media blitz!
  10. Cyberpunk 2077

    Setting it in 2020 would be more amusing.
  11. Idle Thumbs 88: Lacks Restraint

    Cart-life seems like a sad, urban version of Harvest Moon.
  12. Misspent Youth

    In Dark Souls, there's a bit in the first level where you have to run across a bridge before a dragon breathes fire upon the bridge and kills everyone on it. I died on that bridge 10 times in a row... trying different timings and guzzling health items till I was out. Was never quite able to get across. It never occured to me that there was a sprint button...
  13. «Kickstarter is not a store»

    The no renderings rule will be good for the 3d printer kickstarter projects
  14. Idle Thumbs 75: Save the Razzin'

    I want day Z to have a bicycle built for two.
  15. Electric puddles -- are they really all that dangerous?

    The feet in the puddle is more similar to the boa constrictor example than to the bird example. With the bird, you have a tiny voltage difference between the point of the wire where the bird's left foot is touching, and the point in the wire where the right foot is touching. (different because the electricity is being transmitted in a sine wave, and one part of the leg is at a different point in the wave than the other) With the puddle, you have 110 volts(or 220 in some parts of the world) coming from the exposed wire and looking for ground by whatever means it can find. The puddle is basically a wire. And if your feet are wet and in the puddle, your feet are basically wires too, so electricity will travel up your leg a little ways until eventually your body's resistance stops it (This will hurt.) The difference between the two scenarios is difference (voltage difference).
  16. Episode 185: Class is in Session

    Discussion ran very true, and was well timed for me, as just this last weekend I was teaching Dominion to my parents. Went right from 3 people learning the game cold, absent any context (I'd never played a deck-building game before) which resulted in frustration and everybody giving up on Saturday, to coming back with an expert (me after watching youtube tutorials.) and ending with balancing the desire to win with the desire to teach.
  17. Yeah, probably not appropriate. I recommended it for selfish reasons, I'd like a support group to help me read it.
  18. Books, books, books...

    Yeah, after reading that book, Armstrong as a public figure is quite an oddity. After this crash, Neil Armstrong is in his office an hour later quietly doing paperwork. A coworker (who wasn't present for the crash, burst into his office. "Neil, you were in a crash? What happened?" Armstrong thought for a moment and said calmly "Yeah, I lost control and had to bail out of the thing." And that was all you heard about it from him. Years later, when interviewed for the biography, Armstrong remembers being somewhat depressed about losing the machine. And that's it. I also learned that Armstrong was teamed up with Buzz Aldrin because most of the other Astronauts found Buzz to be aggravating. And that when it became clear that Aldrin and Armstrong would have a chance to land on the Moon, Armstrong was chosen to have the first steps mostly so that needy, neurotic, addictive Aldrin would not have the historical focus.
  19. Books, books, books...

    Seemed topical, so I picked up First Man, the authorized biography of Neil Armstrong. Armstrong as a public figure was a bit of a cipher; certainly not motivated by fame or the desire to express himself. These are not usually the kinds of people that biographies are written about.
  20. Ludum Dare

    I keep wanting to try it, but I have no idea how I could be productive enough using the tools that I know.
  21. DayZ

    I learned today to run from zombies, instead of trying to fight them off from inside a one story house.
  22. DayZ

    Got killed by a player for the first time yesterday. Was crawling up some stairs and suddenly realized he was right behind me. He didn't look bandity, and he didn't kill me right away. So I turned around to salute him. Unfortunately, turning around to face him meant I had my gun pointed at him, and he wasted me. I lost a lot, but I'm willing to chalk it up to a communication failure. I wonder how culture would have developed if tribal people with shitty communication skills had the ability to kill each other instantly at range.
  23. Command & Conquer: Generals 2

    I think this makes the first Bioware game without a single player story. I wonder what the Bioware label even means any more.
  24. DayZ

    I survived for 6 hours, visited 5 towns, and raided around 20 caches without finding a gun (lots of ammo though). After I finally died in that one, my next run through I find a shotgun in the loft of a barn in the town I started in. When getting down from the loft, I break my legs by hopping off an 8 foot platform. Frustrated, I shoot my shotgun into the air to summon the zombies to finish me off.
  25. Chris Crawford kickstarts a new game

    Oh, I know about him. I even read one of his books, saw the dragon speech. He is a lot of talk, and that's the comparison I draw with Blow. I generally agree with his take on game criticism. I am surprised he's no longer working on an interactive narrative engine. He seemed pretty set on that.