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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 13, 2015, 02:20:55 PM
Teslagrad is also coming for PS4, supposedly.  This is a pretty cool 2D puzzle platformer that I played on Wii U.  Worth a look.

I don't know much about the other small games on PS4 this week (Color Guardians, Titan Souls*, and We Are Doomed), but I'll be keeping an eye on them.

I will probably wind up getting MKX.


*Reviews of Titan Souls are hitting everywhere, and they are all quite positive.  The sparseness of the levels and maybe too intense challenge keep coming up.  I imagine the latter is going to keep me away.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: April 13, 2015, 02:13:58 PM
Ant-Man Trailer

They're calling this the "first trailer" either because that first one was technically a teaser or because they want us to forget it existed (which I'm more than happy to do).

This one is much, much better.  There's some comedy, good action, not as much rambling cliche generation from Douglas.  All good, really, though I still wish it was a little lighter.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 10, 2015, 12:54:54 PM
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii U] Affordable Space Adventures on: April 10, 2015, 12:23:32 PM
I can't recommend this game enough, and I'm not very far into it.

It's clever and fun and good-looking and witty.

There's an opening movie that explains what your ship is and why you're on it.  You've rented an inexpensive Small CraftTM for 72 hours to explore a beautiful, uncharted alien world.  They really sell you on how gorgeous the place is, too, as it's a sales video.  You don't get to see what happens, but as the game starts, you've crashed.  The loading crates for other Small CraftsTM are scattered all around.  You Uexplore computer is borked and needs to restart.  Only a few systems are functional, best get exploring.

The reviews have been very good so far (currently at 83% on GameRankings with mostly 8s and 9s and one outlier 7).  Everyone seems to agree that it's a must-have if you own a Wii U.  It's designed with the system in mind, making clever use of the gamepad (to control your ship's systems and power ratios) in a way that few other games have.  I'll go so far to say that if more games used the gamepad like this, the Wii U would be selling better.

I haven't played co-op, but it's supposed to be a lot of fun.  It certainly eases some responsibility, as one person will pilot while another controls systems (a third player can control the scanner/flashlight).  In the early stages of the game, the systems player is going to feel kind of useless, I'd imagine, but there are a lot of slots for those systems, and I think it's going to be a lot to handle as the game goes on.

The environments all look great (the ship's light is cool, too) and the physics feel nice.  When you try to head out of the planet's atmosphere, for example, your ship is struck by the raging storm overhead.  This shuts down all of the ships power (the gamepad screen goes haywire, and you'll have to reboot everything), and the ship tumbles down, bouncing on the landscape in a believable way. 

And, of course, you'll have to use the physics with the ship's systems to solve puzzles.  A simple, early example is when a sort of crate on a spring blocks your path.  You can't really move it.  But didn't the ships thrusters just come online?  If you increase the power to the engines, you can force that thing out of the way (of course, if you leave it at maximum for too long, it overheats and the ship will blow up).

All of this makes for a great game, of course, and one that works with the Wii U in a way that it wouldn't on another system (sure they could combine it with an app, but without another player, you'd be switching back and forth).  What really elevates the game, IMO, is the charm of it.

It's little things like the Small CraftTM manual pages that pop up during loadscreens showing you important information like where the glovebox is, or showing you the friendly cartoon ship that points out helpful tips like don't put sharp objects in the seat-front pockets (if equipped).  I can tell you the moment that locked the game into the "love" category for me.  It was the first time I encountered water.  I dipped briefly into a small pond and when I came out, there was the clear sound of windshield wipers.  No graphic indicators or anything, just the kinda subtle sound effect.  Moments like that really make a difference.

It's not an inexpensive game at $20, but I can already tell it's worth it.  So much care and effort has gone into this game, that I think it could have (and maybe should have) been a full retail release.  Check it out.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: April 09, 2015, 04:51:15 PM
Chewie

Chewbacca stands in for Louie.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LEGO Dimensions - LEGOs...Skylanders-style on: April 09, 2015, 02:01:01 PM
LEGO Dimensions

Supporting DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago and Back to the Future.  This could be a very cool geek blend.

This makes complete sense to me, but I'm already tired of this action figure format.


TRAILER
(pretty great, IMO)
47  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Code Name S.T.E.A.M on: April 09, 2015, 01:56:09 PM
Yeah, the 2nd stick makes a big difference.

If anyone had an issue with the slooow enemy turns, a patch was just released (I think or it's coming very soon) that makes them go twice as fast on the standard 3DS or 3x on the new 3DS.

Here's an example (though I'm not sure which device is being used).
48  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 13" or 14" Gaming Laptop Recommendations on: April 08, 2015, 04:05:37 PM
Atomic Kid's fix didn't work.

Does anyone have any advice on a good gaming laptop that's smaller than 15"?

I'd love one that's quiet when not gaming, as I also need it to record voiceover audio.

And I'm interested in a SSD for boot but a larger hybrid or standard HDD as well so I can transfer my Steam collection over (along with some other big files). 

Any guidance?
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 06, 2015, 03:20:08 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2015, 02:29:51 PM

Well he is bit bitter....Angry Joe is done reviewing/discussing Nintendo stuff.

Bigtime YouTuber says enough is enough; he won't do any more Nintendo videos

Quote
Recently, Nintendo implemented the beta version of a "Creator's Program" with tight guidelines on how Let's Play videos of its games can be broadcast. While YouTubers can still realize ad revenue under the program, Nintendo takes a 40 percent cut of it.

Rather foul mouthed (although AngryJoe is often profane) video about it.

Here is his angry rant

I now nothing about this until now but I will say from what I know it is stupid.  While companies don't see any direct revenue from Let's Play videos they certainly reap huge benefits from good press and hype about their game.  I think it is a bit more about Nintendo doing very poorly in this generation so they are scrambling for ways to milk money.


If this were any other company, I'd think that for sure.  It may still be true, of course.  Or at least part of the truth.

But I suspect for Nintendo, it's more about controlling their brand as they see it spiralling away from them.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/7) on: April 06, 2015, 06:00:34 AM
Tower of Guns is free for PS+ (and a decent amount of fun), so why not?


Affordable Space Adventures is getting some really great reviews for the Wii U already.  And it's finally another game that actually makes use of the gamepad.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NOT Mr. Show BUT With Bob and David on: April 03, 2015, 03:41:53 PM
Netflix Orders Sketch Comedy Show from Odenkirk & Cross

Woot!

"Mr. Show with Bob & David" was great. They couldn't use "Mr. Show," I guess, so they're calling this one "With Bob and David" 'cause why the hell not.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 03:00:18 PM
Some dork posted Tic Tac Toe Rules on BoardGameGeek.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 01:07:14 PM
Google Japan's Keyless Keyboard
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 01:05:01 PM
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 01:02:48 PM
T.I.N.D.R. for WoW

Find some followers for your followers.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 12:45:37 PM
IGN brings us a Back to the Future, um, sequel?  Crossover?  Something...
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 12:33:58 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 01, 2015, 03:14:26 AM


This'll go great with Google Chrome Selfie.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 12:31:22 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 01, 2015, 06:01:18 AM

http://www.thinkgeek.com/
As usual they're stuffed with some awesome items for April Fools. Every so often one of them even turns real, too!


The Game of Thrones Clue video is pretty funny.

If I had cats, I'd want that Voltron cat condo.

But this takes the cake:

59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 31, 2015, 07:44:08 PM
Ha!  I knew I was right to wait on Never Alone!

Tower of Guns is actually a lot of fun.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 31, 2015, 12:02:40 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 30, 2015, 10:29:25 PM

Sorry I was busier this morning than expected.  I loved loved loved this finale, so much packed into a 90 minute show!!!  Honestly I think I barely took a breath for the entire hour I was watching the episode.  I really thought Glenn might bite it, Aaron too, and for a second I even thought Rick might go.  Can you imagine if they had killed Rick off in that sequence; that seriously would have been one of the biggest twists/moments in TV history.  I would have been bummed but the story possibilities killing Rick would be incredible, particularly since they would diverge further from the comic.  Who would be the new leader?  Morgan?  Carol?  Michonne?  Speaking of Carol, she was freaking awesome even in limited capacity.  I love how she dressed Rick down ("sunshine!") and it was such a great counterpoint to high-and-mighty Rick exiling her a while back.   The way she made Pete almost pee in his pants was so sweet, as was her declaration that all they'd need to deal with these "children" were knives.  She's in full command of her faculties and her new-found confidence, and she's pretty much the only one 100% completely thinking strategically.   If this were Survivor, she'd be my easy pick to win.  I also loved the short scene with Sasha lying in the grave.  I thought it was simple and creepy but beautifully shot, which just made it that much more disturbing. 

Wolves!!!  I don't remember them in the comics, but I'm pretty sure someone had said they were in the comics too.  I don't think they were a big deal, though, and that's kind of what it sounded like the implication was from Scott Gimple's letter on next season.  The next major threat should probably be Negan but hopefully that's back half of next season. 



Carol is overthinking strategically, which is what everyone but her was telling Rick.  She can only think Us Vs Them, even when that doesn't really apply.  She's so far past her mental schism that she can rationalize it and turn it on and off when necessary.  Just like a sociopath.  She is in full control of what faculties she has, but not all of them are present.

She would win Survivor, though.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 30, 2015, 03:43:24 PM

Quote from: naednek on March 30, 2015, 02:23:36 PM

Speaking of wolves...

So next season is going to parallel the 3 little pigs and wolf nursery rhyme.

Awesome, now my 5 year old and I can watch together!

Ha!  That never occurred to me.  That's good.

Can someone tell me if the the Wolves were in the comics?
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/31) on: March 30, 2015, 03:42:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2015, 01:43:38 PM

Whoa Dave is free for PS+ (even if you didn't get it free on Vita) though, curiously, it's not a PS+ free game for the month.

I am interested in Neverwinter.  Probably that.

And I'm curious about Paperbound and Axiom Verge, but maybe not enough.

Well, seeing reviews for Axiom Verge, I guess I'm in on that one.  For some reason, I thought this was a shmup.  Metroidvania games are always welcome.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Guano! Full Length 50th Anniversary Batman Animated Film on: March 30, 2015, 02:25:20 PM
Adam West & Burt Ward to voice BATMAN & ROBIN in a 50th Anniversary Batman Animated feature!

I don't know if this'll tie into the Batman '66 comics or anything, and I imagine it's just going to be a straight to DVD type of thing, but I'm still super excited! 

We've been working through the Batman '66 blu ray box set I got for Christmas, and it's remarkable how well it still holds up.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 02:03:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM

You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.

Does Rick get less irritating after the first episode?

Honestly, I recorded all of the episodes because of Dan Harmon, but I haven't been able to watch more than the first one because that dude is just...blech.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 30, 2015, 02:00:51 PM
It ended less than 12 hours ago.  Give it a chance!

I liked it a lot.  Maybe a little rushed, but I've seen worse from this show.  They did a really good job teasing us with the characters whose deaths had been predicted. I really thought Glenn and Daryl might be going at various points.

The deaths that did happen were a little underwhelming.  Drunko Docto was going to go at some point.  But I was really starting to like the First Husband.  Especially after he gave a speech to Maggie that was almost the same as what I said to Rittchard about nomads and dying out!

I'm happy that we're sticking with this town for next season.  I feel like there's a lot more to explore there.  I kind of hope the Wolves don't bring it all down right away, too.

Those guys seem like a nice level of wackadoodle.  Like serial killers but worse.  The idea of purposefully turning people just gets under my skin.  And it is a nice counterpoint to the rebuilding society group, too.  These nuts are bringing humanity down, one by one.  Or something, I wasn't quite clear on what they think their purpose was, exactly, from that opening speech.

But the walkers getting in thing seemed a little convenient, storytelling-wise.  As did the idea that they bought it because the guy remembered he asked the priest to shut the gate. 

And seriously, fuck the priest now.  I get that he feels he's off-path and is basically abandoning what connected him to society, but I find it a bit of a stretch to believe that he said, "Well, I don't feel like I can be a priest anymore, so let's just fuck with everybody and be more evil."

Finally, they had a whole town.  Why the hell did they put the wife beater in a house across the street from his wife?!
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/31) on: March 30, 2015, 01:43:38 PM
Whoa Dave is free for PS+ (even if you didn't get it free on Vita) though, curiously, it's not a PS+ free game for the month.

I am interested in Neverwinter.  Probably that.

And I'm curious about Paperbound and Axiom Verge, but maybe not enough.
67  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / 13" or 14" Gaming Laptop Recommendations on: March 29, 2015, 08:45:37 PM
Looks like my aging Asus G50 Vt is ready to head out to pasture (unless this tread fixes the issues I've been having [if so, thanks, Atomic Kid]).

15" is just a little too big any more.  I need something more portable, but I still want something to play games.

I've looked at the Razer 14, but I hear that 4K displays are just overkill at this point. And the non-14k display doesn't have the same internal stats (plus maybe I want a touchscreen).

I've thought about the Alienware 13 or 14 as well.

And, since I liked my Asus, I thought about one of their Zenbooks.

There are new folks that seem respected in the market that I don't know much about, too, so I thought I'd round up some opinions.  Especially now that new ones are hitting the market.

Thoughts?
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 28, 2015, 01:40:49 PM
Archer gets all kinds of hype.

It's just underground hype.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 27, 2015, 02:30:26 PM
Witnessing the excitement generated by the news that the X-Files is coming back for a limited run, NBC decided to jump on the bandwagon the only way they know how.

That's right. NBC is bringing back COACH.

Good lord, NBC, what the hell has happened to you?!

And of course, ABC originally aired COACH.  NBC can't even revive their own dreck.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: March 27, 2015, 02:18:05 PM
The combat is way more interesting if you play tactically. Pause and command your party. There's a lot going on.

I don't usually like playing that way (I rarely did for previous DA games), but it works here.

The gameplay is decidedly checklist-based, though, borrowing heavily from Ubisoft open world games and the like. If you get into the rhythm of it, it really clicks.  I do think some of the endless blathering can be hiccups in that sense, but I still enjoy it a lot.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 27, 2015, 02:12:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 27, 2015, 12:14:16 AM

Quote from: farley2k on March 26, 2015, 07:51:44 PM


Every time Kimmel does one of those sidewalk interview things it surprises me how full of shit people are, but I imagine there are probably a hundred other people that just say "I have no idea" and walk away.  You're almost guaranteed that the people who lie with their answers are going to just keep digging themselves and ignorance hole if you push them.

Especially if you push them in front of a camera.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 27, 2015, 02:05:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 26, 2015, 09:36:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 24, 2015, 12:50:23 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 23, 2015, 10:29:05 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 23, 2015, 08:27:16 PM

I didn't agree with the killing notion either of course.  He didn't provoke the fight though.  I didn't find his "desire to take him out" too strong, I found his desire to do something just right, and the rest was in response to Mrs. Softy (going to get everyone killed) Mayor.

I guess the question is if you don't kill him, what do you do?  I guess you can try to keep him locked up somewhere, but this becomes a resource drain for someone who contributes nothing.  He still needs food and water, plus someone will have to watch over him.  Longer-term it's just a lose lose to keep a guy like this around.  Think about it, this is a guy that in the freaking APOCALYPSE is still beating his wife and kids.  Seriously if you not only can't be useful but are also hurting good people, you don't deserve to exist.  Exile is also a bad idea, because best case is he dies and becomes a zombie you have to fight, worst case is he finds another group and convinces them to raid you.  

Yeah I know I sound harsh, but I think that's what makes this show, this season (and post-apoc fiction in general) so interesting.  As Rick said, even though they are living in this illusory safe zone, the world is still one where only the fit survive.  If the zombies don't get you, evil humans will.  Rules of civilization and morality have to be re-thought when you're dealing with a world where people are coming back from the dead and eating each other for sustenance.  I think as viewers we still want to relate to everything that happens from our current societal point of view, but the show by its very premise has already changed all that.

Side note, someone during Talking Dead had a great question, how would Season 1 Rick handle Season 5 Rick?  Love thinking about that one...

Every one of the points you brought up about what to do about the guy could also be applied to corporal punishment today.  

Keep in mind, the guy was useful.  It was one of Mayor Mayor's key points as to why you don't kill him.  That, and the whole keeping society going thing.

But here's a question: The world is now the same kind of rough place it was before humans started congregating and creating a society.  Okay, it also has zombies.  But why is it wrong to try to rebuild?  Isn't that the point?  If the world stays at the same level of insanity and never changes, never gets better, humanity will die out.

A lot of these folks are going through PTSD, basically.  Same as coming home from a war.  Of course, this isn't home, exactly...

It is this kind of thought process that makes this storyline so damned good.

Agreed on that last point!

On the first one, I don't think you can say every point is valid for corporal punishment.  Certainly if someone gets the chair today, they aren't going to turn into a zombie and try to bite me  icon_biggrin  And you really can't equate our society where the vast majority is law abiding citizens with the post-apoc society that has cannibals and psychopaths.  Point is it's a completely different set of circumstances.

There's nothing wrong with trying to rebuild society, but I think the definition of "society" needs to be adapted and suitable to the present circumstances.  I think what the writers are arguing is that holding onto an antiquated notion of society is likely going to get you and everyone you love killed.  Obviously there are limits to what is "acceptable" (e.g. cannibalism BAD!) but what worked in the past (wife beating asshat gets a pass because he's a doctor) probably does not work in this world.  It's not insanity so much as adaptation to an insane amount of change. 

Well, if you're going to be that literal, no not all points apply. I was thinking more along the lines of "Let him walk and he'll be a threat" kind of thing.

And I don't know that the society of the past isn't something to shoot for again.  I don't know that it wouldn't work again.  I do know that without some sort of organization or group that isn't nomadic, humanity will likely die out.

OTOH, it's interesting that the person putting this together is a former politician.  That's one aspect of the old society that needed major retooling (or de-tooling) for sure.

Of course, there's one thing that is very different from the old days, no matter how you slice it.  I'd be interested to see deathbed policies and burial procedures.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 26, 2015, 12:12:33 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 18, 2015, 08:14:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 18, 2015, 07:51:40 PM

You mean the movie based on Ready Player One.  They are making one.

Being in development doesn't mean it will ever be made.

Still true, but there is this thing that happened.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: March 26, 2015, 12:11:20 PM
So, they just signed a guy to direct.  Some German up and comer.  His name translates to Gametown.


Ready Player One film lands one of the only directors who could actually pull it off!
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 24, 2015, 08:01:43 PM
Yeah, that was pretty sweet.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 24, 2015, 07:35:48 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 24, 2015, 05:38:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 24, 2015, 03:36:29 PM

Still no patch yet?
I'm waiting on this as well.  No desire to lose progress due to a bug.

+1
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 24, 2015, 07:35:23 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 24, 2015, 03:52:37 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 24, 2015, 11:03:36 AM

Good thing the long load times are addresses in the upcoming patch.

That's good news.  Did they say how soon that patch might be dropping?  Or was it part of the massive day 1 patch?

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 24, 2015, 05:43:11 PM

Unfortunately not part of the Day 1 patch:

Quote from: Game Informer
“The development team is currently exploring another patch for Bloodborne, seeking ways to improve load time duration, in addition to other performance optimizations and miscellaneous bug fixes,” the statement reads. “We will provide more information as soon as possible.”


-Autistic Angel

So, really, the way they addressed it is to say, "Hello, load times."
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 24, 2015, 12:50:23 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 23, 2015, 10:29:05 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 23, 2015, 08:27:16 PM

I didn't agree with the killing notion either of course.  He didn't provoke the fight though.  I didn't find his "desire to take him out" too strong, I found his desire to do something just right, and the rest was in response to Mrs. Softy (going to get everyone killed) Mayor.

I guess the question is if you don't kill him, what do you do?  I guess you can try to keep him locked up somewhere, but this becomes a resource drain for someone who contributes nothing.  He still needs food and water, plus someone will have to watch over him.  Longer-term it's just a lose lose to keep a guy like this around.  Think about it, this is a guy that in the freaking APOCALYPSE is still beating his wife and kids.  Seriously if you not only can't be useful but are also hurting good people, you don't deserve to exist.  Exile is also a bad idea, because best case is he dies and becomes a zombie you have to fight, worst case is he finds another group and convinces them to raid you.  

Yeah I know I sound harsh, but I think that's what makes this show, this season (and post-apoc fiction in general) so interesting.  As Rick said, even though they are living in this illusory safe zone, the world is still one where only the fit survive.  If the zombies don't get you, evil humans will.  Rules of civilization and morality have to be re-thought when you're dealing with a world where people are coming back from the dead and eating each other for sustenance.  I think as viewers we still want to relate to everything that happens from our current societal point of view, but the show by its very premise has already changed all that.

Side note, someone during Talking Dead had a great question, how would Season 1 Rick handle Season 5 Rick?  Love thinking about that one...

Every one of the points you brought up about what to do about the guy could also be applied to corporal punishment today.  

Keep in mind, the guy was useful.  It was one of Mayor Mayor's key points as to why you don't kill him.  That, and the whole keeping society going thing.

But here's a question: The world is now the same kind of rough place it was before humans started congregating and creating a society.  Okay, it also has zombies.  But why is it wrong to try to rebuild?  Isn't that the point?  If the world stays at the same level of insanity and never changes, never gets better, humanity will die out.

A lot of these folks are going through PTSD, basically.  Same as coming home from a war.  Of course, this isn't home, exactly...

It is this kind of thought process that makes this storyline so damned good.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 23, 2015, 07:43:42 PM
Right now, Glenn is the voice of reason on this show, and he laid it out pretty plainly.  Rick is too far gone to see it.

Michonne, too, has been trying to tell Rick that the group needs something like this since before they even got to Alexandria.

Basically, if Carol is your Jimminy Cricket, it's time to reboot your conscience.

But, in his heart, he knew killing Dr. Abuse was not the best way to go.  He tried to suggest a different course to Mayor Politico at the beginning.  He told the dude to step off while holding a gun and staring at a symbolic red balloon.  He even tried to be reasonable at first when confronting him.  But even with all of that, the desire to take him out was just too strong.  And, yeah, that fight really shouldn't have gone on as long as it did.  Maybe Rick was holding back?

During his speech at the end, where he was blood smeared like a lunatic, I heard what he was saying, and didn't think his ideas were irrational, necessarily, but right before Michonne clocked him, I thought, I really don't agree with him.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:22:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 23, 2015, 07:10:44 PM

Some folks complained that the first few episodes weren't that funny, but I thought they were quite good.  However, once the cast has had time to gel and come together, it's non-stop funny. 

...except for the season which will not be named.  You can skip that season.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Season 4...ugh, I hate even saying it.

The gas leak year.

What I always tell people just starting the show is that the first handful of episodes are funny in that NBC-filler way (those shows they'd put on between their big hits, just because you were too lazy to change the channel - back when that was still a thing).  And some of the characters are kind of annoying.  I single out Britta, in particular.  But then, all of a sudden, something like half a dozen episodes in, the characters start calling out how Britta is annoying in exactly the way you thought she was annoying.  Then things start getting really meta, and the show just takes off from there.
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