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    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
    So I logged in to my Minecraft server today to find lava everywhere. Looks like griefers finally found out about it. I had hoped that the server would remain under the radar enough to avoid annoying security features, but it looks like someone just had to ruin it for everybody else. Turns out my backup system wasn't working the way I thought it was, so I basically have to scrap the whole world (which, given the how new it is, pisses off mostly just me).

    On the plus side, a new Bukkit build got released recently, so this is a good opportunity to switch over from vanilla Minecraft. Still, between setting that up, revamping the backup system, going through logs to white-list previous players, and setting up ssh so I can remotely add to said white-list, that's basically my entire day gone. Definitely not what I wanted to be doing today.

    Bee tee dubs, if anyone wants to check it out (once I've got everything running again), connect via (also, mention your Minecraft name either here or email it to so I can white-list you).
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
    Also: new Humble Indie Bundle! It's over $740K so far, which is pretty impressive.

    Can't wait to try out Gratuitous Space Battles and Cave Story.
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    Got to say I'm a bit nonplussed about the trailer for Cave Story+. I'd always thought the pixel art in the original was intentional given that the objects seemed to be drawn in lower-res than the game was running, and the music just sounds like they took the old music and picked some fancier synthesizer voices for it.
    On the other hand, it's made me want to replay the original again.
  2.  (10367.44)
    I can't believe I'm passing on 100% of all bundles being currently offered, but there you go. I've got too much to do and too little time, and I know where my gaming is going for the next several months. I hope they do well but, and this is very odd for me, I'm just going to sit these out. I like games but no way in hell do I need this many.
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2011
    So, for my first ever run-through of Cave Story, because I am a crazy person, I decided I was going to play on hard. I got to about the middle of the labyrinth before getting frustrated and trying original, which just feels like cheating now.

    Great game, though!
  3.  (10367.46)
    Just picked up Saints Row the Third, and haven't been able to play for very long, but there's something wrong with the dialogue, it sounds like I can hear an echo of people talking, but not the talking itself. Very odd.
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    @govspy: Is it possible your game thinks it's in surround sound but you only have stereo speakers plugged in?
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    I have surround sound... but it's worth looking at some more settings I guess
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011
    My 360 has a habit of doing that on my TV as well, it seems to do some sort of auto-balancing that leaves the dialogue too low in the register. Very grateful for games that let you set different levels for speech, effects and music (I *hate* having subtitles on if the game has spoken dialogue, I read so rapidly that having subs up kills the flow for me).

    Oddly it's fine through headphones.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011
    Downloaded 1.3 patch for Skyrim PS3 the other day so I can go back to killing dragons. NO MORE FLYING BACKWARDS AND ESCAPING MY DIVINE JUDGMENT, YOU SCALY BASTARDS!
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011
    *shakes fist at RenThing* It still borks my PS3 whenever I play it.
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011 edited
    Prepare your bodies: Steam Winter Sale is ON!

    ETA @govspy it's def an issue with the center channel. 5.1 and 7.1 systems use that primarily for vocal tracks. Try screwing with the center volume on the receiver and, if you can, in game. Sorry if that's obvious or whatever, thought I'd say it for posterity. :P

    Also: how is your console hooked into the system? Is it direct to the TV and then out to receiver or is it thru the receiver into the TV?
  6.  (10367.53)
    still declining the xbox Skyrim patch...has it fixed the magic/elemental defenses?

    new Marvel PINBALL FX tables are mostly great. i dont like the Ghost Rider table, but Thor, Moon Knight and X Men are4 fun, fast tables with interesting mechanics to them. GR just feels too tight, cramped and low scoring for my tastes.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2011
    Patch 1.3 supposedly fixes the resistance bugs and the backwards flying dragon issue.

    Whether or not it broke something else is totally up in the air.
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    I have my xbox & my cable running through the receiver, never had an issue with any game, movie or tv sounding like there were any problems.

    I had surround sound on my SNES back in 1993, and I've been playing with audio-video ever since. I swear I'm doing everything the way I'm supposed to, and I'm very inclined to think there's a problem with SR:3, but I cant find much else about it online, other than
  8.  (10367.56)
    Fellow Mac-gamers, note: Limbo is now available in Mac App store.

    Blogged about the game earlier this year: Mood Pieces: LIMBO – The Scariest Art Platformer You Will Play
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2011
    Word. There's a bit early in the game where you learn that a piece of scenery...isn't. Horribly, horribly isn't.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011 edited
    Well, for X-Mas I got an PS3, so YAY I CAN PLAY NEW GAMES NOW YAY.

    I also got two games--Batman: Arkham City, which is already tons of fun, and Duke Nukem: Forever, which I haven't played yet, and I've heard some bad things, but my Dad got it and we have some good memories beating Duke Nukem 3D together when I was a kid, so I'll at least give it a whirl.

    May I ask you esteemed ladies and germs what I should get next for it? I'm already thinking of getting Arkham Asylum, MGS4, and Heavy Rain.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
    If you like action shooters, third person, then the Uncharted games are pretty much perfection. The second is the best of the three, but the first is so cheap now you should play them in order anyway.

    If you quite like strategy, then Valkyria Chronicles is a PS3 exclusive, and very very good indeed.
  9.  (10367.60)
    I ended up picking up Saints Row 3 for me and a friend, and I like it for all the reasons GTA bored me.