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  1. Darragh!

    1. Darragh


      I just saw this, four years later, haha. I live!

  2. Jesus. More tragic than words can express. His poor wife. When I saw the headline earlier, my heart just fell into my stomach, more than I honestly would have predicted. Anyone who visits Giant Bomb regularly does so for the personalities, and losing one as vivacious as Ryan means the place won't ever be the same again. The intimacy of the podcasts and just the general "friends hanging out playing games" atmosphere of things like Unprofessional Fridays has led to the GB crew feeling closer to friends than detached personalities, and it makes something like this feel all the more acute. Those guys could switch overnight to just reviewing microwaves and I'd still visit all the time. RIP
  3. League of Legends is bloody huge here. They're not totally averse to FPS, there's a F2P one called Sudden Attack that seems to be incredibly popular too. But yeah, I fully expect to hear my students talking about Dota2 a lot next semester.
  4. Oh God. That's it, I'm sucked in again! I'll keep an eye out for wild crowbars on the Korean peninsula while I'm out and about.
  5. I feel like we're looking at this kind of situation here:
  6. Yeah, I had their Twitch page open in a tab at work earlier so I could listen to their livestream while I went about my business (slow day!), completely forgot about it, and about an hour after the scheduled start my headphones filled with the sound of Jeff Gerstmann streaming from something or other just saying that a bunch of their equipment had been stolen and that they had to put together a list for the police. There was then some discussion about whether or not to do a stream with the one camera they had, but they decided against. Really sucks, I can't imagine the work and planning that goes into planning E3 coverage like theirs, and then some scrote has to go and ruin it by nicking their equipment.
  7. Terrific news! I always mentally lumped Mirror's Edge and the original Assassin's Creed together, feeling they were both flawed games that could be greatly improved upon in any sequel. The theory held up (for the most part, anyway) with Assassin's Creed 2, and I hope the same is true of this. I'm not too worried about the combat focus of the trailer - it is an E3 trailer, after all. There's always a danger of them going in the wrong direction with the combat, but fuck it dat art design arghfhgshdigjkadsllgdhsaj.
  8. I think it was Sean on Idle Thumbs (or one the Thumbs lads, anyway) who said "it's like drugs, but bad drugs". I think that kinda nails it! It really gets under the skin and feels...I dunno, dark in a way that's quite unlike any game I can think of. The atmosphere alone (as a product of the soundtrack, story line and deliciously grimy post-processing effects) would be enough to earn the game a place in my memory, but the fact that it's mechanically an absolute blast really sent it over the edge for me. Failed runs almost (almost) always feel like they're your fault, that you've fucked up, not that the game has been deliberately obfuscatory. There're exceptions to this, but they're few enough that it doesn't become much of an issue. I just know that I almost felt physically *dirty* the first time I sat down late at night, put my headphones on, and dove into it. It was like seeing a Gaspar Noe movie for the first time or something.
  9. Don't know if this is the place to be asking for it, but I'd appreciate a beta invite if anyone has one spare! Steam name's DarraghW.
  10. God damn, I'm mega-tempted to just buy one of these things. Any chance of us getting something approaching an ETA on the next model at E3?
  11. Right, I've got Steam keys for the following available to the first thread regular to PM me! Alan Wake Alan Wake's American Nightmare Dear Esther Awesomenauts Hotline Miami
  12. Valve get a bit cheeky on April Fools' Day: http://steamdb.info/app/800/#section_info EDIT: Actually SteamDB's joke!
  13. Argh! It's decrypting on Steam as I speak! I wasn't expecting it until the morning! So I guess Korea is an option if you want to VPN in to unlock it!
  14. I've a free copy of Bioshock 1 going after my pre-order of Infinite! First PM from a thread regular gets it! EDIT: Gone to Siri!
  15. Yeah, Ryuhei Kitamura directed the mo-cap sessions for the new cutscenes in Twin Snakes. (EDIT: @dood) I guess I can kinda see why people might prefer Twin Snakes, but there's just something...off about it. It's been a long time since I dusted off my copy, but one thing I remember - and it's kind of intangible, but whatever - is...you know that sequence where you're running up the stairs of the communication tower and you don't encounter any enemies for ages? And then you get to the lift and Otacon has a codec freak-out when he realises there are three stealth camo'd-up bastards in the lift with you? Well, the original has this tremendous sense of isolation and loneliness in that sequence. The stark concrete, Snake's footsteps echoing around the stairwell as he makes his ascent, even the visual isolation of the vignetting around the edge of the frame, and it feels for all the world like you're utterly isolated and alone in the middle of the harsh Alaskan wilderness (and yeah, I know you're on the way to fight your brother in a massive attack helicopter, but whatever!). I couldn't for the life of me put my finger on exactly why right now, but I think Twin Snakes lost that somehow. It lost other things, but that one always sticks in my head for some reason.
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