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  1. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

    Eventually missions start offering loads of money for completion, plus bonuses for doing well. Also, you unlock the online FOB thing around mission 22, which can boost your economy a bit. Side missions can also have a good deal of cash, if you drop into the free roam mode and sweep across the map. I know they patched it a bunch of times in the first six months and changed stuff about the cash flow and added additional items, which may have also changed the balance of things.
  2. This game so far looks like: what if the mimics from Prey were the bee plasmid from Bioshock?
  3. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

    I played MGSV for over 200 hours (and Ground Zeroes for probably 40 hours before that). I enjoyed almost every second of it. It's an impossibly good game.
  4. Oh also it dawned on me while listening to this episode of the cast that Take Five was used as a doppelganger for Badalamenti's brushed drums in episode four.
  5. (... I haven't seen Mulholland Drive ...)
  6. [Release] Prepare for the Jelly

    That main menu is really cool, and the colour gradient on the map editor makes it look very swish!
  7. The man on the the is Patrick Fischler, who played Jimmy Barrett in the early seasons of Mad Men. According to his IMDB he was also in Mulholland Drive.
  8. [Release] Super Hollyweedland

    I'm just another person chiming in to say I really like the look of this. It's very "crunchy!"
  9. [Released ] The Wizard

    i love them
  10. Wally Brando Wally Brando Waldo
  11. WJ5 Team Seeking

    What I'm Doing: Music and ambience. I have a lot of experience writing music but I'm eager to practice my production skills. Contact Info: Here on the forums or by email at Time Zone: GMT Portfolio: I can make all sorts of music but here's some stuff that might be suitable for games:
  12. In case you haven't seen it, here's David Lynch on the iPhone that was mentioned in this episode:
  13. WIZARD JAM 5 // Welcome Thread

    I'd like to get involved in the jam this year. I don't think I would be able to make a game, but I could definitely contribute some music/ambient tones to someone else's project(s).
  14. The McElroy Family of Products

    They call their advertisement section "The Money Zone." I think self-indulgence is a major part of their whole enterprise. The first time I gave up listening to MBMBaM was after Griffin shouted about Pokemon for what felt like 25 minutes. I only recently started listening again and I put it on 1.5x speed.
  15. Masculinity

    @itsamoose There is definitely something to the idea between "scientific" biological sex and cultural gender. It's something I tried to get at in my earlier post, but there's always more to say. A science education and a liberal arts/humanities education in my experience have very little overlap. For instance, I have read a handful of books and articles on gender performativity, but couldn't tell you what a chromosome actually *is,* while there are definitely people who are the reverse of me. And that's where some of the tensions about biological sex and gender come from in "debates" across forums/twitter/youtube, in that we are separated by a common language. We both say "males and females" or "men and women" but have different definitions for each of those terms, but are talking, arguing, shouting past one another with those same terms. But then again, you say that these terms are used to keep some sort of objectivity in experimentation. I was taught to effectively throw objectivity out the window and instead to critically think on subjectivity, or subjectivities (plural!). This also reminds me that masculinity is not singular, and that there are masculinities (plural!) further complicating everything. The point is that a scientific argument seeks to continuously clarify, and a liberal arts/humanities argument seeks to continuously question and be happy in ambiguity, and ambiguity is a much more difficult thing to leave sitting in the back of your mind (which I suppose is part of the reason that I got burned out on academia). Obviously I used evidence in my essays for different things, but I wonder now if there shouldn't be more science in the humanities, and humanities in the sciences. WHO KNOWS. I'm glad you brought the difference up, because like how defining terms at the beginning of a paper, maybe a rule-of-thumb for an internet discussion is to clarify your own viewpoint... ? Incidentally, a youtuber that I like called ContraPoints recently did a video titled "What is Gender?" that seems appropriate to link right here right now, pls watch: -- @clyde Maybe gender is a religion. Maybe that statement was intended to be flippant and silly, but I think you have a point. Religion is something that is ingrained in children often before the development of language. I was baptised as a Roman Catholic before I developed the ability to form memories, or even before I knew my own name, and only in my teens and early twenties did I question these things. Same goes for gender. I was told that boys wear blue and girls wear pink and that's that. As for me, I'm biologically male and I started wearing nail polish just a few months ago. Am I a man? Am I tentatively gender non-conforming? What I actually think is that I am a nebulous, moving point on some loosely defined gender spectrum, with some parts masculine, some parts feminine, and that all of this is likely to change with time. What this means for the song that Clyde linked in the OP is that you read it as having a masculine traits, which I don't hear. Doesn't mean it's not there, it just means that we have different feelings/understandings/interpretations. Maybe it held some sort of masculinity in 2005 when it was originally released (I googled it), but for me in 2017 that masculinity is much vaguer and more obscured through my admittedly unsure lens, but I've made that point a few times now. I just want to note how civil this thread has been thus far and I am extremely thankful of that. This community is Very Good.
  16. Masculinity

    Thanks @Gwardinen and @itsamoose for a a few clarifications. I don't have much of a background in science and definitely come from a cultural studies angle instead, which has to do with things like ideas about how gender is performed rather than hard statistical data. I'm going to read some of my old notes and see if I can't contribute something more substantial.
  17. I'm a little bit concerned about this version of Prey. I have really liked Arkane's games since Dark Messiah. The Prey demo seems to have a couple of issues that I hope they solve. Like @marginalgloss mentioned, some of the audio is messed up, in that it jumps in when there's one enemy around, hangs around for way too long after you've killed the mimic, and then ends really abruptly leaving an awkward silence. The music has been of a good quality, but it isn't being used very well. Also, I'm not sure for long the mimics will be an interesting enemy. I played through the demo slowly, and kind of figured out how to spot them before they jump (I won't write it for fear of spoilers and I'm not 100% sure on it either). The controls feel a bit clumsy too. I think it'll get more tactically interesting when you get powers (which aren't in the demo), but I'll be curious as to how they control and interact with everything else going on.
  18. The Big FPS Playthrough MISSION COMPLETE

    Which version of Riddick? The original or the Dark Athena rerelease with the additional campaign?
  19. Masculinity

    We spent some time thinking on talking about masculinity while I was studying for my master's degree (in music, so it's a bit more relevant). I'm trying to recall ideas from years ago, so I may get some things wrong or be outdated by now but I'll offer it up anyway. I'm also far from an expert and am probably going to make a bigger mess! It's a relatively common thought now, but the first thing to note is that there is a difference between biological sex and gender. People are born with male or female (or intersex). That's biological or anatomical or purely physical. Gender, on the other hand, is a social construct. What this mostly means is that there are social norms that people are expected to follow that conforms with their biology. For instance, boys generally have short hair and girls have long hair. But these things are flexible and can change over time and across different cultures. In the 19th century, baby boys were clothed in pink and girls in blue. Sometime in the early 20th century, it flipped. I remember I wrote an essay about Chopin and Georges Sand, their relationship, and how their sex and genders were considered in 19th century Paris. Chopin was biologically male, but was sickly and considered to have feminine qualities. In contemporaneous accounts, he was considered an androgyne and this was a positive aspect. The term was "angelic." Georges Sand was a woman, a proto-feminist that wore trousers around mostly-liberal Paris (and therefore having masculine qualities). She was considered in the accounts as a hermaphrodite, and this was a bad thing. But that's a big digression. We were taught that masculinity and femininity are terms for referring to aspects of the male and female bodies respectively. The obvious examples are male and female genitals. We might also say that a man's deeper-pitched voice is masculine, and a woman's voice feminine. Or that men generally grow a little bit taller than women, or that women have wider hips. But you might know tall women/short men, or men with high voices and women with deep voices, and that's where it all becomes socially constructed or socially mediated. Likewise with personality traits, like men being aggressive and labelling that as a masculine quality; there is no reference to male bodies in it. It is totally socially constructed and reinforced through culture and cultural artefacts. BUT! Just because it is socially constructed and and without any real tangible biological evidence for does not make it less real. Masculinity and femininity are as real as language! It's easy to dismiss gender issues in any regard as being without grounding but millennia of human culture is that grounding. PS. The example we were given of masculinity in women is in PJ Harvey's "Man-Size." But gender performativity is a whole other kettle of fish! --- So clyde, that song you linked. I'm not sure if your definition of masculinity lines up with mine, but here's my thoughts on it. You wrote that the emotion expressed in the song is somehow a masculine jealousy. I'm not 100% on what that means. For me, there's very little in the text of the song that supports that reading. The only part is in the performance of the song, using a man's voice (or I should say a masculine voice), but I don't think that the emotion is especially masculine. But then again, we (probably) live in different countries, come from different cultures, have different understandings of those cultures, and masculinity could be considered differently. (I'm very tired rn so if none of this makes sense, let me know and I will try to clarify) (PS gender is confusing and nebulous and I am still learning a lot about it)
  20. Life

    wowow! congratulations!!!
  21. The Big FPS Playthrough MISSION COMPLETE

    I think I played this game... ? All I can remember is that you can arrest people and Dredd says "No parole."
  22. Books, books, books...

    @marginalgloss Thanks for the links! I've skimmed through the blog and the comments and frankly I'm even more conflicted about PSS now. Something to think about. Hmm. @Beasteh TC&TC is my favourite of Miéville's, with Embassytown close behind. He really hit his stride with those two, in that the worlds are interesting but they're also concise.