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3361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: 'Assassin's Creed' Headed to 360, PC on: September 01, 2006, 01:42:04 PM
Via GameSpot:

Quote from: GameSpot
Ubisoft today finally revealed that its anticipated game Assassin's Creed will be coming to the Xbox 360, as many had suspected. The announcement comes a day after the publisher admitted the game would be headed for the PC.

The news settles one of the hottest topics in the gaming world this year, as debate over whether or not the game was sneaking onto the Xbox 360 in addition to the PlayStation 3 raged. Though initially announced at Microsoft's X05 event as Project Assassins in 2005, the game was first shown off as Assassin's Creed and revealed as a PlayStation 3 game at E3 2006--an Xbox 360 and PC version was not mentioned.

-Autistic Angel
3362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 05:39:02 PM
Quote from: CrayolaSmoker
As for all of you folks bitching about Fat Momma, STFU.  Sure, she's no hottie (sorry, Stiffler) but her theme and message are more heroic than any of the other contestants.  Even if her rap song has a line of mixed message ("I'll take your food away!").

According to Fat Momma's own website, her kyptonite is diet food which causes her to shrink away into nothingness.  The only cure to eat one of her fatty, sugar-laden doughnuts to regain her powers.

Quote from: Fat Momma's website
Weakness -- Diet Soda or Diet Food

  • When digested, Diet Soda or Diet Food causes Fat Momma to shrink.
  • Fat Momma can still function at this reduced size, however, she must eat one of her doughnuts, or she will continue to shrink.
  • If the shrinking goes unchecked, Fat Momma will disappear altogether. [Note: the smallest she has ever shrunk to is 5 inches.]

Additionally, some of her powers are only available after Fat Momma has gorged herself by overeating.

Quote from: Fat Momma's website also
Powers -- "The Super-Burp"

  • Temporarily deafens enemies.
  • Only available when Fat Momma has eaten too much.

How can Fat Momma preach about putting away the junk food when she *relies* on it to power her bully-stomping abilities?  Perhaps we'll have to agree to disagree, but "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" doesn't seem like such a great or heroic message to me.

-Autistic Angel
3363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 04:22:00 AM
For the uninitiated:

Clockwise from bottom left: Monkey Woman, Fat Momma, Lemuria, Cellphone Girl, and Creature.

-Autistic Angel
3364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 04:16:01 AM
I was in shock when Major Victory got eliminated from the show.  There was no doubt in my mind that guy was going to win: he looked the part, he was genuinely charismatic, and he was very, very funny.  Considering that the main prize is a Sci-Fi Original Movie about their character, my main hope was that Major Victory was going to be allowed to co-write the script.

Instead, he got booted because, as Stan Lee put it, he was almost more of a parody of a superhero.  Pardon?  This may come as a shock to Mr. Lee, but people who sit at home alone on Saturday nights watching the Sci-Fi Channel aren't looking for high cinema.

...or so I've been told.  I, of course, have no idea what it would be like to watch the Sci-Fi Channel alone on a Saturday night....

-Autistic Angel
3365  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Good Gaming Laptop for World of WarCraft? on: August 29, 2006, 10:41:16 PM
A relative of mine is looking to puchase a new laptop capable of running World of WarCraft while she's traveling.  A system with a fast processor and at least 1-gig of RAM is a certainty, but any feedback people could offer on what sort of graphic chipset would work well would be greatly appreciated.

For example, one possibility has a "128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 HyperMemory" chipset.  Does anyone have any gaming experience with this chipset -- is it sufficient for playing WoW at high detail settings and a good resolution?

-Autistic Angel
3366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/28) on: August 28, 2006, 03:18:33 PM
I hadn't paid any attention at all to the development of Saints Row until about a week ago when GameSpot announced that it would be conducting one of its live eight-hour marathons with the game.  I tuned in for some of the event this past Saturday, and aside from some occasionally wonky physics that would cause rammed cars to go flying into the air like helium baloons, the vast majority of the game looked excellent.

I don't think I'll be picking it up any time soon, but I thought I'd mention that the final product looks smoother, more polished, and even more fun than the demo version was.

-Autistic Angel
3367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Not yet in production? on: August 20, 2006, 08:02:48 PM
Whoa: Tustin1 is here?!?

-Autistic Angel
3368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: August 18, 2006, 06:03:25 PM
Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone-
Is it weird that I hadn't heard of this game, or is there just no hype?

I've been under the impression that this is one of the most eagerly anticipated PS2 titles of this year.  I know I've been looking forward it for at least a year now.  On the other hand, the unique visual style and calligraphy gameplay probably prevents it from being a considered a mainstream title.

-Autistic Angel
3369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 17, 2006, 10:45:10 PM
I'm replaying 72-hour mode now, and my current saved game has seven survivors in my party.  One more and I'll get the coveted "Tour Guide" achievement!  icon_cool

Unfortunately only four of them are armed: two are incapacitated, and one is such a coward that although I gave him a gun, he refuses to use it.  The good news is that one of the injured people has a pistol-wielding girlfriend who stays with him at all times, so he has protection even when I have to help others get out of a jam.

My goal this game is to rescue that absolute highest number of surviors I possibly can, and I'm planning to skip all of the story missions to make it happen.  The helicopter still comes back at the end of Day 3 even if you don't have "The Facts," right?

Is it possible to save *any* of the people in the Entrance Plaza during the initial zombie attack?  Even on the rare occasion that I can keep one or two of them alive, I can't get them to follow me towards the stairs or take any weapons to defend themselves.  Are all those people just a lost cause?

-Autistic Angel
3370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 16, 2006, 05:07:20 AM
Here are my end-of-game stats.  I focused pretty much exclusively on the story missions, and although I died and had to reload many, many times, I never restarted the game.  This is also without the aid of any strategy guide....which, given the results, probably goes without saying.  Tongue

PP Earned: 1,533,880
Game Clear: Ending A -- Bonus 50,000
Zombie Kill Count: 4,191 -- Bonus 20,000
Survivors: 17 -- Bonus 30,000
Photo Score: 51,580 PP -- Bonus 25,000

Current PP: 1,658,880
Total PP:1,658,880

-Autistic Angel
3371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 15, 2006, 10:36:24 PM
Quote from: Jancelot
Once last question. The first scoop with the guy showing me how to take photos. I took about a 100 pictures of him. Does he ever stop asking you to take his picture so you can lead him to the security room and save him?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Kent asks you to take a few different photos of him.  One is up in the Beanery where almost any "dramatic" photo will do.  He then has you move downstairs where you should try to photograph him shooting and/or jump-kicking a zombie.  Finally, you need to photograph him doing his "super cool pose" which he usually does immediately after he takes a snapshot of his own.  When he stands up, closes his fist, and does sort of a "All RIGHT!" pose, take a good close up shot of him.

-Autistic Angel
3372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One Impressions? on: August 15, 2006, 10:05:10 PM
GameSpot's review: 8.1

-Autistic Angel
3373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 15, 2006, 09:40:02 PM
Quote from: ATB
The whole saga told blow by blow on BC.

I don't know anything about trying to register on QT3, nor have I ever corresponded with Tom Chick, but this line...

Quote from: ATB
I fear there may be some kind of filter on your machine that's zeroing out what I actually type and replacing it with preconceived judgements?

...literally made me laugh out loud.  icon_biggrin

-Autistic Angel
3374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: August 10, 2006, 09:59:49 PM
I think the article should include some specific information about the review methodology used by Gaming Trend, specifically the way it weighs the "Gameplay" score more heavily than the other categories to reflect its importance in determining the final score.  Other websites may ostensibly have similar rules in place, but the fact that Gaming Trend's reviews put those numbers right up front in every review is one of the things that makes this website stand out among its peers.

-Autistic Angel
3375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 08, 2006, 09:16:08 PM
GameSpot's review is up: 8.4.

-Autistic Angel
3376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best not-pressing-start video in a game? on: August 07, 2006, 05:41:03 PM
I don't know if this discussion is restricted to console games, but I really liked the original opening screen for Sid Meier's Civilization 4.

-Autistic Angel
3377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 05, 2006, 06:04:50 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I can't believe you can't hit a zombie on the ground. They're just sitting there wiggling and you have to wait like 20 seconds for them to get up because you only have one basic attack. For the love of god, let me kick their stupid fucking heads in!

For weapons like the sledge hammer and the scythe, there is a different attack depending on whether your tap the 'X' button or hold it down.  Holding down the attack button with the scythe, for example, does a low sweeping attack that will hit zombies laying on the the ground even before they get up.

-Autistic Angel
3378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefly goes HD on: August 05, 2006, 06:00:20 PM
I have Comcast Digital Cable in the Connecticut area, and I get UHD.

-Autistic Angel
3379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 03:34:18 PM
82% here.

-Autistic Angel
3380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: August 02, 2006, 05:23:43 PM
It looks like the article has survived the proposed deletion and been accepted as an appropriate addition to Wikipedia.  I think we owe a big thanks to Alan "Itsatrap" Au for taking the time to rewrite the article into something acceptable by the Wikipedians and helping to fight the deletion.

In other news, the Wikipedia entry for elephants remains under seige following Stephen Colbert's suggestion that his viewers unite to edit the article and say that the population of elephants has tripled in the last six months.

-Autistic Angel
3381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 31, 2006, 05:47:21 PM

-Autistic Angel
3382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WEEEEEEKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND PLAYLIST! 28/Jul/06 on: July 31, 2006, 01:40:40 PM
Having finished The Longest Journey late last week, I spent some time this weekend playing Dreamfall for the PC, and it actually works really well with the USB X-Box 360 controller.  Wonkers makes me very sad. frown

I've also been continuing my first trip through Eternal Darkness for the GameCube and have been getting my butt kicked by the Incans in Civ 4: Warlords.  The problem is not that they're winning the war.  In fact, I've been driving them further and further back for a while now.  No, the problem is that *they* started this freaking war about five hundred years ago, they refuse to make peace unless I make some insane capitulations like returning all the cities I've conquered *and* paying them restitution, and I've devoted so much time and resources to it that I'm way behind everybody else in terms of development.

It's depressing to realize that even if I can win this war and scour the Incan civilization completely off the face of the earth, Ghandi would be developing super computers at about the same time my people discover gun powder....

-Autistic Angel
3383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 03:00:02 AM
I think gellar's right: I see a lot of X-Box 360 vs. PS3 bickering already, and I'd expect it to get a lot more heated once the latter system is finally released.  Interestingly enough, the Wii seems exempt from the fighting so far.  I think the combination of a low launch price and genuinely innovative gameplay features are causing even skeptics to take a mute "wait and see" attitude.

-Autistic Angel
3384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 26, 2006, 03:43:55 PM
I like the fact that the Wikipedians who vote to keep the article all post rationales, while the ones who vote for deletion don't.  My personal favorite is the latest one which simply says, "Delete as per norm."  It's not only succinct, but also impossible to argue with.

If only we could somehow transform this website into a god-awful sitcom called "Knightshade Dragon's Reasons Why Not."  In only 22 craptacular minutes, we'd finally achieve a level of cultural notoriety and value *truly* worthy of being chronicled.

What could possibly be the sense in having such votes weighted *towards* the deletion of factual information!?

-Autistic Angel
3385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/24) on: July 24, 2006, 05:06:53 PM
I'm very interested to hear more about CivCity: Rome and think I'll probably pick up the Civ 4: Warlords expansion someday, but at the moment I'm still having lots of fun with The Longest Journey and Eternal Darkness.

-Autistic Angel
3386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 24, 2006, 05:04:56 PM
I'm often leery of telling someone that they should definitely buy something, but Firefly is an incredibly easy recommendation for just about anyone.  If you liked the movie, I truly believe you're going to fall in love with the series.

Just be sure to watch the episodes in the order they appear on the discs, and don't forget that they're a prequel to things you saw in the movie.

-Autistic Angel
3387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Purchase conundrum: on: July 24, 2006, 02:37:40 PM
With major purchases like that, I've always felt a lot more comfortable purchasing from a local brick-and-mortar store where I could consult with the staff or return the purchase if it was outright bad.  I've been fortunate enough that this has never actually happened, but I'm sure it will someday and I definitely prefer face-to-face interaction over auto-generated e-mail replies.

I wouldn't presume to advise you or your father on the best thing to do, but when I faced a similar price incentive to order my receiver and speakers online, I purchased from a local Tweeters anyhow.

-Autistic Angel
3388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AMD to Acquire ATI on: July 24, 2006, 02:32:34 PM
This seems most relevent to PC Gaming, but the mods should move it to "Off Topic" if that seems more appropriate to people.

Quote from: "[url=
MSNBC[/url]"]SAN FRANCISCO - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., said it will pay $5.4 billion to acquire top graphics chip maker ATI Technologies Inc., as Intel Corp.'s biggest rival in the market for personal-computer microprocessors attempts to expand its product portfolio.

Under terms approved unanimously by both companies' boards of directors, Sunnyvale-based AMD will pay $4.2 billion in cash and 57 million AMD shares to acquire all of ATI's outstanding stock, according to a news release.

Quote from: "MSNBC also"
The deal also put competitive pressure on Nvidia Corp., the other dominant maker of graphics chips. Santa Clara-based Nvidia has competed against Intel in selling chipsets and graphics chips while counting on AMD for sales of those products.

-Autistic Angel
3389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 24, 2006, 04:48:24 AM
What does 'weak keep' mean, btw?

Most people pronounce the "Wiki" in "Wikipedia" as though it would rhyme with "clicky."  This is incorrect: it would actually rhyme with "tiki," with the vowels sounding like long "eeeee"s.  Therefore, Wikipedia sounds like, "Wee-Kee-Pee-Dee-ah."

If you look at the first couple syllables, you'll see how easily they form the words "wee-kee-p," or "Weak Keep."  And that's pretty much that.

When a Wikipedian uses the phrase "Weak Keep," it's like the typed equivilent of a secret handshake, or the intellectual alternative to L33T speak.  The difference is that the most elitist Wikipedians believe they're going to successfully develop this into some sort of Illuminati-style secret society which subtly manipulates all of the information flowing through the site to achieve their own ends.  The problem is that they can't agree on what those ends should be, so the "Weak Keep Society" is really little more than a group of people flagging their own entires by adding "Weak Keep!" to them.

One way or another, I can't imagine they'll be any more or less likely to vote on deleting the Gaming Trend entry.

Hope that helps!

-Autistic Angel
3390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / telemarketers are terrorists and other accusations on: July 23, 2006, 03:14:35 PM
My work gets calls from different telemarketers all the time.  Sometimes I'm more curt with them than others if I'm really busy at the moment they call, but usually I try to remember that the person I'm speaking with is just a working-class grunt who's trying to earn an honest wage like anyone else.

-Autistic Angel
3391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 23, 2006, 02:50:36 PM
I can understand Wikipedia not wanting to include an article for every tiny little startup site in existence, but ConsoleGold / Gaming Trend has been around for about seven years now and has hundreds of reviews under its belt.  Considering that Wikipedia itself is only about five years old, I'm surprised they're so comfortable suggesting that GT isn't "noteable" enough.

-Autistic Angel
3392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars next-gen video on: July 23, 2006, 01:56:07 PM
Where's unbreakable?  We need someone who suspects concept art....

-Autistic Angel
3393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 23, 2006, 01:53:54 PM
The important thing is to keep the article listed with Wikipedia.  So long as it includes Gaming Trend's website address so that interested people can come see what the site is about for themselves, the rest of the article could be written as a series of flowery haikus. Cool

However, I do believe that GT's policy of subtracting 10% off StarForce-equipped games came as a result of direct personal experience with the system instability they can cause, not because of other people's allegations.  Perhaps Knightshade Dragon can clarify one way or the other.

-Autistic Angel
3394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 22, 2006, 04:51:39 AM
I've edited my original post in this thread to make it clear that I claim no authorship whatsoever of the current Wikipedia Gaming Trend article.  I wouldn't like it if someone else took credit for work I did, and I don't want to have anyone mistake Itsatrap's article for mine.

-Autistic Angel
3395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 09:42:48 PM
Quote from: "depward"
I made several entries for companies last week or so. They were not in any sort of 'advertisial' tone or anything, in fact I modeled them strictly after what their competitors' entries were like.

And they all got marked for deletion and were deleted.

I hate wikipedia.

Back in April, I authored a Wikipedia article about GameSpot's Time Trotters.  Despite my best efforts, the Wikipedians decreed that the series was "non-noteable" and deleted the article.

Meanwhile, the full episode guide which was prominantly linked from the original article, remains in place to this day.  It's almost enough to make one believe that they're not even reading through the articles they're marking for deletion....

-Autistic Angel
3396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 09:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
I don't see a deletion notice or a discussion page for GT on Wikipedia.

It looks like somebody named "ldenson" just removed the "Proposed for Deletion" tag.  That probably isn't a good thing -- I've learned from experience that Wikipedians tend to act swiftly and violently against articles that are removed from the deletion list without being "fixed" to their standards.

Quote from: "Dreamshadow also"
The only thing the page seems to lack would be an indicator of the site maintainers...AKA, cred to Ron for launching the site and its spinoff to CG and then GT.....nevermind...must read article in more depth.

Ron is mentioned at the end of the first paragraph as the owner and site director, but I was hoping to put up a separate article about him after this one was completed.  Given Wikipedia's somewhat stringent qualifications for "noteability," it might be best if we added some more info about Ron in the main Gaming Trend article instead.

Quote from: "Dreamshadow also"

Quote from: "Then warning"
The article notes that our reviews are aggregated by but doesn't mention that we are also aggregated by as well.

And it also leaves out our recent review policy for Starforce protected games. That's certainly notable.

Done, done, and done.  Cool

-Autistic Angel
3397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 08:26:07 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I can help with that. What do we need to do?

I just sent you a PM with the specific criteria Wikipedia needs to see, but those are not *necessarily* the only ones they would accept.  Any specific information we can provide to illustrate Gaming Trend's profile in the gaming industry, including things like having the site quoted on a game's packaging, should definitely be added to the article's Discussion Page as soon as possible.

-Autistic Angel
3398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 07:35:08 PM
Man, I worked really hard on this, too!  frown

We have five days to explain why Gaming Trend qualifies as a "noteable website."

Edited for Clarity -- For anyone who arrives late to this thread: the current version of Gaming Trend's Wikipedia article has been authored in its entirety by GT staff member Itsatrap and can be found here.  This article does not reflect my work in any way and he deserves 100% of the credit for the material currently posted.

To help illustrate the extent of the changes, the work I originally claimed above can be found in the article's history here.

Edit 2 -- Itsatrap's Wikipedia article appears to have survived the threat of deletion and become an official new addition to Wikipedia's database.

-Autistic Angel
3399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 21/Jul/06? on: July 21, 2006, 03:32:52 PM
I intend to put some more time in with Eternal Darkness for the GameCube.  I've only really gotten to play it for one good session this week, and it gave me such vivid and specific dreams that night that I'm not quite sure I can distinguish between the parts I made up and the parts that actually happened.  I'm not kidding.

I also expect to continue through 2000's The Longest Journey which, like Eternal Darkness, I'm playing for the very first time.  Everyone seems to remark on how easy the puzzles in this game are, but I just started Chapter 5 and I've had to check a hint guide three times so far when I got stuck.  For those who are familiar with the game....

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) In the first chapter, I repaired the water pumping machine next to Border House, but never knew there was a valve that I had to release before I could turn the big wheel and release the clamp.  That valve is about 10 pixels by 15 pixels and I don't think I ever would have found it on my own....

2) Much later, I had to get the cop's prosthetic eye to gain access to the police archives.  I had Constable Guybrush in my inventory, but it had never occured to me to try pulling out his eye so I could swap it with the cop's.  "Do the MONkey!!!"

3) In order to get the anti-grav unit from the shuttle crash, I had to get the thirsty cop to abandon his guard duty by...putting a soda in a paint shaker?  April couldn't just shake it up in her hand and have it spray all over the cop's exoskeleton?  And why would that work at all?  If *liquid* causes those robosuits to malfunction, what do the Newport police do when it rains!?  Bah!

Aside from those hiccups, it's been a great game so far!  Cool

-Autistic Angel
3400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Last, Best Hope for Peace? on: July 17, 2006, 10:09:52 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
As I have no clue as to what any of this means....

Hmmm...well, the *best* solution would be for you to play though Star Control II within the next six days so you could participate in the poll...but pending that, let's see if we can clear things up....

Quote from: "I"
SPOILER WARNING: The following section contains heavy spoilers for Star Control II.  If you have not played this game, you should probably be doing that instead of reading this message board.  Seriously, you missed out on one of the great, classic games of our generation.  Anyways, on to the spoilers....

a) ORZ : Androsynth

Spoiler for Hiden:
Once, there was a race known as the Androsynth.  One day, the Androsynth started reaching into layers of subspace where they should not have been.  Now the Androsynth are vanished, gone; there are only ORZ.

In this analogy, there is no Octopus Overlords; only Gaming Trend.

b) Mycon : Syreen

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Mycon are a fungus-like race which define all planets in the galaxy into two categories: Juffo-Wup, and non-Juffo-Wup.  There is a great benevolence in the way the Mycon desire to spread Juffo-Wup to other worlds, terraforming them to support healthy Mycon colonies by implanting "Deep Children" beneath their plantary crust so they can shatter the surface from within.  The subsequent venting of vast amounts of liquid magma and superheated gasses creates an ideal environment for the Mycon to thrive, but a somewhat less habitable world for every other species.

When the Syreen's homeworld was impregnated by one of the Deep Children, the devastation was so swift that they literally never knew what hit them.  Virtually all of the survivors were off-world serving in the Syreen's all-female Space Corp, resulting in a decimated nomadic species populated by "uncommonly fit" women and thoroughly exhausted males.

In this analogy, Gaming Trend would presumably seize or destroy everything the Octopus Overlords hold precious, leaving behind an all-but obliterated population of stragglers who suffer for all eternity with the knowledge that no amount of vengeance could ever replace everything they've lost.

c) Melnorme : Humans

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Melnorme are a merchant race who are willing to sell almost anything to almost anyone so long as the price is right.  Their entire culture is based on the concept of fair trade, rejecting both altruistic charity and greedy profiteering.  Over the course of the game, they assist the humans by exchanging invaluable technologies for information they consider important.

In this analogy, Gaming Trend and Octopus Overlords would share valuable resources in the spirit of mutually beneficial and even handed free trade.

d) Yehat : Shofixti

Spoiler for Hiden:
In their travels throughout the galaxy, the honorable and warrior-like Yehat discovered the relatively primitive pre-space civilization of the Shofixti and admired their culture so much that they decided to adopt them as a cherished apprentice race.  The Yehat helped the Shofixti to rapidly advance their technology until they could join in the interstellar community as a kindly regarded child-like race.

In this analogy, Gaming Trend would take on a mentor-like relationship with the Octopus Overlords, gently guiding them in the proper way to build a successful community and attempting to help elevate them up to become something more than they are.

e) Chenjesu : Mmrnmhrm

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Chenjesu are a race of sentient and highly advanced crystalline formations who seek stable and peaceful coexistence with other races in the galaxy.  The Mmrnmhrm are a race of self-aware robotic intelligences with a long history of peacefully terraforming uninhabited worlds for their own use unless anyone objects.  After both races were defeated by the onslaught of the Ur-Quan, they elected to be imprisoned together on a single world so their two races could cross-evolve into a unified species that combined the best elements of each

In this analogy, Gaming Trend and Octopus Overlords would grow steadily closer and closer until they eventually blended into a single inextricable community in which the traits of one are no longer distinguishable from the other, and possibly be known as the "OctoTrend GamingLord Community (Featuring Grundbegriff)".

f) Ellen Pompeo : The Horsehead Nebula

Spoiler for Hiden:
Ellen Pompeo is a slender actress who stars in the medical dramedy Grey's Anatomy.  The Horsehead Nebula is a cloud of thick dark dust and ionized hydrogen gas which is approximately 3.5 light years across.  Ellen Pompeo lives in Los Angeles, California and is currently engaged to be married to music producer Chris Ivery; the Horsehead Nebula is about 1,500 light years away from Los Angeles, California and has recently separated from its spouse, Q.  Though they are technically a collection of matter and energy which exist within a space-time continuum, it is unclear what else, if anything, Ellen Pompeo and the Horsehead Nebula share in common.

In this analogy, Gaming Trend and Octopus Overlords would steadily grow further and further apart until they are so completely unrelated, one eventually develops into a fully featured website about digital entertainment while the other becomes a mustard jar.  Eventually no one would ever think of comparing, much less equating, one to the other.

Hope that helps!

Quote from: "stiffler"
Kzer-Za : Kohr-Ah
Humans : Androsynth

These two analogies make more sense. They are both accurate, as we come from the same stock.

Those races do share a similar heritage and common interests, but they differ so strongly in how to achieve their goals that they exist in a constant state of hostility, waffling between "heated Cold War" and "low-grade civil war."  At that point, why not simply ORZ them into oblivion?

"*Happy Campers* love to *dance* in the *sad places,* bitches!  *GO!* *GO!* *GO!*"  :twisted:

-Autistic Angel
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