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TV / Quantum Leap
« on: April 06, 2008, 07:16:52 pm »
With Pax TV (Well technically they call it Ion now... ::) ) about to start showing reruns of quantum leap, I figured it was time to start up a topic about the series.

For those unfamilliar with the show:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Leap_%28TV_series%29

Or if you want a longer explanation try a multipart documentary someone uploaded to youtube (probably better for those already familliar for the show):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veg9KHGTkpw (Just start here and keep going)

And for those who prefer their explinations in the form of family guy gags, this fits it somewhat: http://thatvideosite.com/video/1368

Basically, It was about a man who looked remarkably like Scott Bakula jumping through time into other people's bodies, trying to make the past better. He was aided by a great Dean Stockwell impersonator in the form of a hologram who attemped to aid him on these missions.
It was amazing. Seriously. I'm glad after what seems to be a long dry period for the show, It's finally going to be rerun somewhere.

Up till now I haven't really had a reason to watch PAX since they took off early edition...

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Everything Else / Your Fanboy Streak
« on: March 23, 2008, 06:56:53 pm »
Oh come now, Don't act all innocent. We all have at the very least that one thing... The thing we could talk about for hours on end, until it becomes a little scary for those listening...
The thing that may or may not have pulled us into the occasional defensive posting war... ;)

There's no shame in it, having a bit of a fanboy side for something. Maybe a Video Game, or a Sports Team, or a Band, or a scientific concept. And as long as you aren't rabid about it, It's a bit fun to enjoy every once in a while.

For me, I must admit, it's Digimon, Science Fiction (And its subgenres) and Nintendo.
I have my reasons of course...

But as of right now I'm more curious about you guys.

Where does your fanboy streak lie?

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Spore: General / Start to Finish or Skipping around? or both?
« on: February 21, 2008, 09:25:21 pm »
With Campaign mode being optional obviously not everyone is going to play the game linearly, even with whatever benifits it's going to offer. (Probably among other things the ability to accumulate more points to use in different editors)

I'm probably going to start out in campaign mode and get a creature going there, but also start something in the space phase a little ways in (Most likely with a different creature.) to get a feel for what it's like just to pick up somewhere other than the beginning, and to look around the space phase a tad.
Odds are I'm going to be much more attached to the creatures I make in campaign mode, but I'll probably still have some fun playing around in space early on.

Any play order ideas from you guys?

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Podcasts / Gaming Steve Episode 70 - 02.21.2008
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:41:34 pm »
Never got to do this before. It's such a rush!  ;)

Gaming Steve Episode 70 Program

-Game Developers Conference Days 1 & 2 Recap

  • Xbox 360 finally allows anyone to develop for their system.
  • Ninja Gaiden II gets dated.
    • Peter Molyneux does his snake-oil dance for Fable 2 ... and we eat it up.
    • Gears of War 2 is announced and dated, guess the rumors were true.
      • Jack Emmert goes off on MMO developers.
      • Interview with Caryl Shaw, Producer for Spore from Maxis.
      I'm listening to it right now. Steve apparently wants to live to see the end of this century. I say why not go all out and live to see the end of this millenium. I bet Matt Groening's view of the future is the most accurate.

      Edit: Also, "don't quote me on that" seems to be the phrase of the day.

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Everything Else / What was Junior year like for you guys?
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:16:27 pm »
So by now many of you may have noticed my recentish semi-absence from the fourms...
Well, some of you at least...
Come on, anyone?
...

Okay well anyway, the reason I haven't been posting as much generally comes down to a lack of free time since starting Junior year. Mostly due to Homework. Really actually all do to homework pretty much. So much homework. Not that Junior year hasn't been interesting so far, the homework level just seems to have increased exponentially. The same thing generally happened to me in middle school transitioning from 6th to 7th grade. 5th to 6th didn't feel like that big of a jump, but the year after was a conciderable push upwards.

Everyone tells me Junior year is supposed to be the hardest year of high school anyway, so that makes me feel a bit better.
Out of curiosity, what was Junior year like for you guys?
Any interesting stories/experiances?

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Everything Else / I play around inside of video game glitches.
« on: January 12, 2008, 08:49:59 pm »
I don't know why, but I seem to have more fun when video games aren't working correctly than when they are. (Not always the case of course, but a lot of the time.) It harkens back to when we would plug mario into the old family NES and something would occasionally come out differently then it should of...Shape and color wise and all. Obviously in need of some cartrage blowing, If I could actually still use the controler I'd play it out to see how far I could get. It was hard to recognise what was and what wasn't in this Bizzaro Mario world so I didn't get too far without being killed off, but It was also fun being able to play a game I knew I wouldn't be able to get in stores.

I recently had the chance to play around in a game glitch of Facade, which for those who don't know plays less like a normal video game and more like a couples therapy session between two yuppieish new yorkites, At a get together in their apartment, with you their longtime friend and current mediator. It's got pretty interesting AI, usually pretty accurate, but it does sometimes miss what you're trying to say.
Anyway, the glitch was during this climax, final sumnation thing of the whole evening, I interupted the male character (Trip) and he didn't start talking again. Nor did the female (Grace). In fact, they wouldn't react to anything I did from that point on. Execpt my movements. They didn't move, but whenever I did they would continue staring at me. Extremely blank expressions. I just had fun typing in stuff, trying to get some kind of reaction. I wasn't succesful, but it was still a lot of fun.

A few exerpts if you're curious:

Quote
(SAM sits on the couch.)

SAM
You guys can start talking.

SAM
I know there's a writer's strike,

SAM
...But

SAM
This is a little overboard.

Quote
SAM
So, you guys have superpowers?

SAM
If you do, don't say anything.

SAM
(Whistles.)

SAM
Alright great.

SAM
Grace, I'm guessing your is flight?

SAM
Trip, can you turn invisible?

SAM
Or maybe it's just not talking.

SAM
But I don't think that's a power.

SAM
Not a superpower anyways.

Quote
SAM
How long are you just gonna stand

SAM
there? Think I can move in?

SAM
I mean, if your just going to be

SAM
standing there, not talking it'll be

SAM
like I have the apartment to

SAM
myself. Execpt for the stairing.

SAM
(Whistles.)

As you can see I just tried to have fun with it. (The entirety of these quotes would be found on my blog if I had one.)

Is there anyone out there like me, or am I some sort of oddity in the gaming world?


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http://cartooncommune.com/

Off the bat, I would suggest we do some sort of fundraising type thing to get a Gaming Steve comic made, but I'm generally not allowed to give money to things over the internet and I wouldn't ask you guys to do something I wouldn't do myself. Alas, seeing our beloved bearded podcaster immortalized in webcomic fourm is not to be.
Still, this is like, very cool to me.

The first guy, John Campbell, makes the webcomic pictures for sad children (Which I happen to find funny, and from what I can see of the examples, his comics are a lot like that (Which is in my opinion good).
Example of PFSC: http://picturesforsadchildren.com/index.php?comicID=82 (For those XKCD fans out there, It also has Alt text.)
Example of one of the custom comics he's made: http://stereotypist.livejournal.com/96497.html

I honestly don't know that much about Ryan Estrada, but he's got a lot of talent from what I can tell. He generally seems to do a bunch of different stand alone comics, with occasional continuing series.
Example of a stand alone he's done: http://www.ryanestrada.com/2007/10/29/comics/assorted-oddities/the-kind-you-dont-bring-home-to-mother/
Example of a custom comic he's made: http://www.cartooncommune.com/ryansamples/irememberyou.htm

What I think they should do is have occasional guest artist weeks. (Probably have a limited number of requests also, but still, getting custom comics from Stan Lee would be awesome...)

To be honest, I can understand why it would be so expensive. Still, it's too much of a luxury to actually be in my price range (It ranges from $20 for one of Campbell's webcomics to about $640 for a full color 24 page comic from Estrada.). I could see spending that kind of money on something necessary like food, but you'd need to be like, Steve Jobs rich to get a full comic like that. (I feel Bill Gates is getting overused as the go to rich guy, so I'm going to be trying out other people for a while. Remember, only you can fight Clichés.)

Though thanks to them I also know about this site now: www.lulu.com
I could write a book and have them make me a full copy of it for like 7 bucks.
Now I just need to write a book.
(Honestly I'm probably the only one who finds this part cool, but I'm seriously thinking about being a Writer/Comedian when I grow up and this just seems awesome to me.)

If someone is insanely rich and happens to have a spare $640 to spend on comics, here's some ideas for comics:
-A Gaming Steve comic of course. (Or LadyM. I'd like a LadyM comic even more...)
-Everything being made of apples.
-Not knowing anything about Bolivia, and how it will actually effect your every day life. (I'd more enjoy this one from Campbell.)
-A group of time traveling panda bears that earn money through freestyle rapping and live with Florance Henderson, against her will.
-I'm still thinking

Do you guys have any ideas?
Mind you I'm not asking this seriously. More in a what would you do if you won the lottery kind of way...

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Everything Else / Oh the fun you can have when you're sleep deprived.
« on: December 21, 2007, 03:14:56 pm »
So, I got 3 hours of sleep last night (Got into bed past 3:00 Am due to a very large assignment), and somehow got through an entire day of school alert with just that. (Including reading the day's announcements over the School's TVs and taking a Chemestry quiz.)
Not that I'm not exhausted, mind you.
Thankfully break starts today.

It actually has me curious:
What are some interesting things you've done while lacking in sleep?
And exactly how much sleep were you lacking?

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Everything Else / Prairie Home Companion
« on: November 20, 2007, 09:24:52 pm »
Coming to you live from the Fitzgerald theater in St. Paul Minnesota, It's a Prairie Home Companion!

Correct folks, it's not just a Lindsey Lohan movie (I really hope everyone here already knew that), It's also one of the smartest, funniest weekly radio shows (Possibly the funniest) left on the air.

http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/ (Thanks to it being on public radio, every episode is online in its entirety for free. At least, as far as I know.)

It's hard to summarize the show but mainly It's kind of a mix of sketches, interview segments, and musical performances. Also, Garrison Keillor has an amazingly comfortable radio voice to listen to at the end of the day. And if the TV writer's strike goes on a few weeks longer it'll probably be the funniest thing still broadcasting. (Well the intentionally funniest thing still broadcasting. Tucker Carlson hosting a game show should be funny, but not in a "Ha Ha" kind of way...)
A few highlights may help (Just click the listen button under the date):

Guy Noir: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/01/07/scripts/noir.shtml (10:18) (Probably one of the better known recurring segments on the show.)
Fake Radio Ad: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/01/28/scripts/law.shtml (1:41) (They tend to do a lot of these, but not as recurring segments.)
GK singing: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/01/21/scripts/mama.shtml (2:56) (You're likely to hear GK singing something in each episode. Possibly even more than the musical guest. He's actually very good with folk music.)

As for guest performers, they're likely to have at least one or two each show. The site doesn't provide any isolated clips of any guest music (Probably for copyright reasons) but it takes a very small amount of clicking to find something good.

(Just out of curiosity, I know the show is broadcast nationally across the US, but is anyone outside of this country familiar with it?)

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Forum Games / Scenario
« on: November 09, 2007, 04:34:08 pm »
I sorta made this up with my sketch comedy group at school, and just realized it may be a fun game to play on the fourms.

The way it works is, you're given a scenario, with a somewhat obvious problem.
You're equipped with 3 different items. Using those items (and the environment around you provided by the scenario) You have to somehow solve the problems surrounding you.

Here's an example of how it would work:

Poster 1:
You're trapped in an elevator slowly filling with water. Piranha infested water. With you, you have only:
-A Promotional poster for the movie Garden State
-A Purple tinted, clear GameBoy Color
-A Side Salad from Wendy's

Go!

Poster 2:
I take the poster and use it as a makeshift raft. As you know posters for Zach Braff movies are conciderably boyant so I should have no trouble there. I pour the side salad out into the water to distract the Piranhas, and by the time they realize It's not real food I've floated up and made my escape through the roof hatch of the elevator. And the GameBoy? The Gameboy I keep. For obvious reasons.

You're deep inside a darkened cave. You've been there for hours and have been having trouble finding your way out. Suddenly you hear a sharp growling noise coming from about 12 meters to your left. With you, you have:
-A large brass bust of Douglas Adams
-A Music Box that has a 50/50 chance of playing either the most amazing song in the universe ever, or Copa Cabana.
-Tyra Banks

Have at it!

And the 3rd poster would give their reply and a new scenario and so on...

So here is our starting Scenario:

You're a time traveler who has become trapped in a bookstore in the 1990s as your time machine has broken. Any extended staying in the past is problematic because you don't want any wormholes to form, so you've got to hurry to get yourself back to your own time. To make matters worse your time displacement has caused you to temporarily lose all the superhuman abilities everyone in the future is born with. (You know...You never really realize how much you take Laser vision for granted until you lose it.) Your time machine is currently disguised as an orange bean bag chair.
With you, you have:
-A Weeble (The kind that wobbles but doesn't fall down)
-A VHS of the previous night's Seinfeld
-A monocle

Go!

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Everything Else / Anyone else fast today?
« on: September 22, 2007, 06:59:04 pm »
'Twas Yom Kippur for me.
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday4.htm

And I'm pretty sure that much of the Islamic community is observing Ramadan
http://www.ramadan.com.au/2007/ramadan-faq-2.html

Hope things went (or are going) well for everyone. (Whether or not you were fasting or observing anything.)

Darn. I forgot to call Stephen Colbert's Hotline over the last few days.
http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/09/28/colberts-1-888-oops-jew-actually-works/
Oh Well...Maybe next year.  ;)


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Everything Else / HuckBuck's Avatar inspired me to have a little fun.
« on: September 02, 2007, 07:19:53 pm »
as It only took me a few minutes, I ended up making these up in photoshop:






The resulting titles somewhat remind me of Sloganizer...Just a Tad.  ;)
Hope you guys like them.
If anyone wants to try any others, be my guest.


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Everything Else / Improv Everywhere
« on: August 27, 2007, 06:57:07 pm »
http://www.improveverywhere.com/
A NYC improv group that pulls a lot of really interesting stunts.
Including pretending to be U2 in an impromtu concert on a rooftop: http://www.improveverywhere.com/2005/05/21/even-better-than-the-real-thing/

Sending a large crowd of people into a best buy wearing Blue shirts and Khakis: http://www.improveverywhere.com/2006/04/23/best-buy/

And trying to convince general patronage of a starbucks that they were caught in a time loop: http://www.improveverywhere.com/2003/03/22/the-moebius/

They almost had a series with NBC, but it apparently fell through.

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PC Games / Variety in game soundtracks.
« on: August 24, 2007, 07:28:31 pm »
I was recently posting here: http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=7005.msg397332#msg397332
About this soundtrack: http://simcity.ea.com/coolstuff/sc3k_music/index.php
And it got me to thinking, I haven't really heard much Jazz being played in game soundtracks .

For that matter I don't really hear much variety in terms of genres used in video game soundtracks at all. It's usually divided between Rock, Classical and Hip-Hop/Rap.

Are there any ignored Genres/Styles you would want to see more of in Video games?

Any video games people know of that use music not in the mainstream? (I like looking outside the mainstream. You miss a lot of really good stuff if you just stick with what's well known.)

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As far as I know the people associated with spore development/developers still take an interest in our happy little fourm.
(On that note, Hi Guys! Watched any good movies as of late? Rented? Saw in theaters? I heard the Transformers movie got some decent reviews. I wouldn't know though. I opted to see Hairspray instead however, which in fact turned out to be a very good choice. Not because I think Transformers would have been a bad choice. I just really liked Hairspray.)

But anyway, I digress.

The reason I've posted this thread is because of this statement from Kotaku:
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They also said that they are talking about whether to do an open beta, something that would allow them to stress test what are a whole bunch of new concepts in short order.
From this article: http://kotaku.com/gaming/gc07/the-four-stages-of-grief-spore-293202.php

Now I'm just saying. If people on the Dev team happen to currently be on the fence and such or whatnot over whether or not to do said open beta I would say...please do. Please. Over the last few days I've rediscovered my interest in spore just in this general coverage involving all the information they've released. Whereas, during the extended periods of no information/media being released on spore, I found my excitement in the game become less and less... relevent. Mind you, I still very much have always planned on getting it and playing it like crazy...but without any new information to get excited over during such a long period, It was hard to keep my attention on the game. An open spore beta would definitely do such.

Not to mention it would possibly give you a whole bunch of user created creatures already on the network by the time the game ships.

On the off chance anyone working on spore does come across this thread, I think much of the fourm would agree with me in that an open Beta would be very very appreciated. Very very very very appreciated.

Very.
(I did in fact calculate how many "very"s were necessary in that instance.)

Thank you for your time. (I also happened to like the Simpsons movie somewhat, but I'm still waiting for a Movie based on The Critic.)

For those who don't get the VG cats nod: http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=228

(Also I more than know about this thread, I've posted in it: http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=2011.0 I figured since this post was based on a specific article it deserved it's own thread. However if any moderators or fourmgoers disagree, feel free to merge them, or suggest that I ask a Moderator to.)

Anyone have any opinions? Comments?
Ideas on how they would do an open beta?

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