Treat yourself to some (somewhat self deprecating) classic Canadian culture.
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« on: April 26, 2013, 12:39:23 AM »
Well, today I learned that all of The Red Green Show is on YouTube.
Treat yourself to some (somewhat self deprecating) classic Canadian culture.
So I was reading this and got all giddy about "EQNext is 'the biggest sandbox ever designed'" .
Want? DO WANT.
Every little nugget I read about EQNext makes me want to throw my wallet at SOE if EQNext is even close to a big sandbox in Norrath.
That got me thinking about SOE. They seem to be like the phone company of the industry; everybody has a reason to hate.
So, if EQNext ever happens, will you [again] give money to SOE?
Another master from days gone by has passed away. Thorgerson was the artist responsible form most if not all Pink Floyd cover art and an album or three for others like Anthrax, The Offspring, and Peter Gabriel.
I suppose cover art isn't as physically satisfying in the digital age, but this man was a master.
I spent way too many hours staring at some of these covers while grooving (and probably blitzed).
I call it retirement, because it's the word of the week and to troll you all into reading this.
I haven't felt any consistent wonder and awe since EQ and Vanguard, and day-in-day-out fun since WoW.
I'm going back to Vanguard. Again. For what feels like the millionth time. I just need a game where I can look at any tree, any hill, and think "I can (very likely) get there". Not to mention it feels like the vanilla high fantasy world I want, not something built upon a franchise or single concept.
So, thanks for reading! I'm not really grasping for attention, I want to know if anybody is still tagged TG in VG that could invite me some day. I'm in no rush, I'd be happy if we arranged a "date" weeks or months in advance.
The final two servers are merging early April, but Telon is the receiving end, so TG should be transferred over already if it still exists.
Anybody have any experiences with GoDaddy hosting they'd like to share?
I'm looking to move, as my NetNation renewal is coming up and it's pretty tough to pay $45/mo when GoDaddy specs out similar or better for $9/mo. Especially since I don't expect much traffic at all
So I'm trying to decide between an i7 3770 and a 3770K.
Sh*t aint cheap, so I'd like a little future proofing, but I've never bothered to overclock, and that appears the only benefit of the K tag, at a $40 premium (in my case).
Thoughts? Will I regret saving $40 by throwing away the chance at an unlocked processor?
I think we all knew this day was coming. Planet TG gained a new bright object in 2011 and things just haven't been the same since. We hope you enjoy An interview with: Martini. Queen of social media... Mistress of the Mists... Smiley Saskatchewaner...
Tell us about Martini’s gaming history, right from your first grasp of a joystick to present.
It was about 8 years ago... the first ever "Martini" was a little red haired Gnome Mage in WoW. It as like fate when I made her. Totally not the normal character I would go with. As for the name... I thought it was a cute name for a fiesty pint-sized toon. A GNOME!? But she was awesome. Ever since then I have gone by Martini.
Imagine all of your current MMO characters as a whole. What would the novel be called? What would the movie be rated?
Hmm well they all seem to have had some tragedy befall them. Losing family, a lover, betrayed, etc. Maybe.. 'The Angsty Days of Our Lives"?
Now pick somebody from a novel who best matches your last played character.
This probably sounds cliche but I want to say Katniss from Hunger Games just cause she's tough but still a good person. She's fights for what she believes in. Also Trinity from the Matrix. just cause Trinity is hot and badass.
While we’re on the topic of fiction, choose a sitcom, past or present, that is to become the next MMO universe. Describe at least three classes, and pick a Guardian to lead the division.
Sons of Anarchy.
The Biker. He'd run folks over or smoke em out with exhaust. His leather jacket and helmut provide good defense.
The Sloot (aka Dirty Dan). He'd seduce all the ladies and use em for a meat shield, then use their stilettos as weapons.
The Druggie. He'd be do drugged up it would take forever to actually get him down. His weapon: dirty needles and the threat of getting his blood on you, eewwwww.
The Leaders... Airic and Joecold. Cause they are both h-core like that.
You are TG’s social media queen. Tell those of us who can't be bothered with such whateververses why it’s OK that game publishers seem to be making social media their primary means of communicating with the public. Does social media hurt game specific forums? Do game specific forums deserve to be hurt anyway?
I was in the beta for Twitter YEARS ago lol, so to me it's old news. But basically, it's great way for a certain group of people with similar interests to find others and see what they have to say. It's a great way to find out information, hear about new things/strategies/games/specs etc. I've met a lot of awesome people on Twitter, quite a few of which I've referred here.
It's a great way for game designers to update people on what's happening, quickly and easily. It's a lot easier to follow 20 game dev Twitter feeds and see them updated on your 1 page, then check all the sites constantly. It's also easier for them to post small updates there than on their website. So get Twitter, oh and follow me: @TehMartini
Is Shawn even real? Why doesn’t he like us?
He is real. I live with him now and I know all too well, sometimes I wish he wasn't real LOL. And I think he's just jealous cause I like you guys better. <3 Oh here we are getting photo bombed
What do you think is the “next big thing” in the MMO industry? Are existing franchises and genres going to stay king, or is there a paradigm switch coming?
Definitely shifting gears into the free to play style. More and more MMOs are doing it and I think people are really expecting a lot from devs to actually put money down and pay every month, it seems like a lot of money. I spend way more on gems in a month with GW2 than I would just to pay for a sub. but I feel empowered because "I have the choice" it's not a pay or don't play kind of deal.
What do you do for a living? What would you rather be doing?
I'm a CCOA - Canadian Certified Optometic Assistant. I work for two Optometrists (eye doctors for those that are stu--- I mean don't know. ) I'm the tech person who does all the pretesting and posttesting and uses all the fancy gadgets lol. It's a good job with great benefits - best part. I get $500 twice a year for clothing. Work clothing mind you so no jeans but I wear a lot of the stuff I use for work to go out.
I would rather get paid to play games honestly. Not just that but I wish I could work from home. Then I could more time with Rocky (Shawn and my dog), get my OWN puppy like this one. But keep with with cooking and all that crap. Fingers are crossed.
You started a blog called TehMartini Talks (tehmartini.com). Not really a question, just an excuse to say “well done!” Plug it.
Thank you! I need to update it more lol. More screenshots and such. Anyone got topic ideas? Send em my way! TehMartini.com
Blogging from the streets of Regina, you’re hit by a bus (don’t blog while crossing the road, kids). Surprise! You get to pick a fictional universe to spend eternity in — what would it be?
The world of DISNEY! Where all my dreams come true and I have birds and deer to help with chores. And a handsome prince of course and never have to work cause I'd be a princess and could play games all day! Teehee
Turns out you may have had some foreshadowing of that whole bus thing. Last meal?
Eggs Benedict. BAM. That shit is... THE SHIT.
Big RIFT in-game event on the horizon — a marriage. An arranged marriage. Arrange a marriage of two Guardians. Anything goes, you can even drag them out of some other game. Also pick a theme and a song for the first dance. Who gets drunk and makes a fool of themselves? Who sneaks off for some nooky behind the catering tent?
Me and Mystee LOL then we could have an amazing house with Star Wars and nerd stuff everywhere. AND A KICK ASS OFFICE. or ..... officeS!. Theme would be COSPLAY! First dance song would be I'm the One That's Cool. Because well. It's awesome and who can't have a good time to nerd jams!?
Malcynn gets drunks and makes out with some garden gnomes behind the tent. But Meg finds him and they end up... Gnome-some.
Everyone has a merry time, drinks and noms for all!
Show us a picture of what you drive.
I thought I had an actual photo but I don't and it's dark and cold out now. It's exactly like this one 'cept mine is white. It's a 2003 Alero coupe. Oh and mine has a sunroof.
We here at the TG Media Team
Quotes. We all know that words can hurt, but wait until we take your own, strip away any semblance of context, then use them to sensationalize our otherwise boring drivel at your expense. No colored ribbon campaign is going to protect you from your own words, and you can Like every damn thing on Facebook you want, it's not going to change nuthin' if some reporter decides to go all cut-n-paste on your ass.
So lay down your forum prose carefully Guardians, for you never know when you'll find somebody has improved it for the greater “good”.
It is within this theme of media and the permanent record we find ourselves sitting down with forum fixture and PlanetSide2 division leader DakSevkla. Dak has graciously opened himself up to our questions so we can all get
Quote from: DakSevkla
Oh god interviews.
Nope, you'll have to do. But enough from me! We bring you... DakSevkla!
Explain like we're all five what the PlanetSide franchise is and how awesome your division is.
Planetside is a game where we play as the Blue people. The Blue people stand for everything good and pure in the universe. Now, we're fighting against the Red and the Purple people. They're very, very bad. Like Aunt Helen. But don't tell her I said that. So, we fight over these three BIIIIGGGG pieces of land, with all these cool houses all over them, and we take the houses from the evil people for our Blue team. Also, sometimes things explode. Like BOOM! With TG, we do this with each other. Not explode, but take over the houses from the evil Reds and Purples.
In March you said "Me and Beenie are in talks of someday applying to lead up the PlanetSide2 division." Now that you've succeeded, give us a hint as to the dynamic at play behind the scenes. Pinky and The Brain? Batman and Robin? George and Lennie?
Well, Beenie and I were definitely in talks to lead up the Planetside 2 Division. You can see how well that went when you look at the Command Structure and see how Altas and I are leading the Division. So I guess you could call the dynamic behind the scenes sort of a Moe Larry and Curly if Curly took a wrong turn and never met the other two.
"I don't like space games." Um, wut? Dig yourself out of that hole by writing the sickly sweetest most disgustingly sappy compliment to Torynn.
I don't like space games. But if I had to, I would want to be Torynn's wingman. Because oh, that man knows how to start my intergalactic engines, power my thrusters, and fire my rockets. Wait, is this supposed to be PG
Is being on the Guardian Council more like being a member of an elite golf club or cigar club? Or AA for that matter? Do they delete all the posts talking about you before they let you in? If you don't answer I'll just ask Pie soon... but you should, I have other plans for Pie.
Being on the Guardian Council is interesting. They don't delete anything see, so you log in, and you find thirty threads about how horrible you are. Then you start to wonder about why they brought you on in the first place. Of course, since I have never been a member of an elite golf club, or a cigar club, I'd have to say being on the Guardian Council is like being a member of a Book Club, where you argue about which books deserve to still be books, and which ones clearly got the whole paper thing wrong.
You are a game design graduate; at some point you will undoubtedly be involved in a great game franchise. Place a Guardian in an embarrassing NPC role and give us a description and initial /hail response. Can't be Beenie, sorry.
Beenie would just be Beenie, that's embarrasing enough. Okay, let me spin you a thread...
You enter the seedy tavern, webs clingy to each and every corner, tables half broken yet still in use. Various patrons wash away their daily sins with drink, none too eager to strike up a conversation with the likes of you, Master Space Man Slayer that you are. But you're not here for drinks, oh no. You're here for Nautix. The slimy scumball of a purple people eater was said to be hiding out here.
You burst through the door into the back with the greatest of ease, sweat glistening down your stoic brow. And there he is. Nautix, easily 400 pounds of purple hairy man flesh, not so much sitting as laying in an upright position against what you can only call the stove. His giant bat-like ears perk up at your sudden entrance, and he stares you down. He doesn't however stop eating, chewing on the chunk of bone he holds in his hands, gnawing at the gooey center. You stare him down, waiting for the perfect moment... "/Hail" you said, like it was destiny.
"Ah! Here you are", he replies. "I do hope you've come to buy some of my little...ponies." He drops the bone and reaches to his left, grabbing a burlap sack. Wrestling with the string that held it close, a single My Little Pony doll falls onto the floor, covering in Nautix-Slime from hours of gnawing. Yes, you've come to the right place after all.
Your interview with Turbine didn't pan out. They don't know what they're missing, and screw working for the man anyway. You just landed seed money to start your own studio; what would your first blockbuster title be? What would you call your studio? Would you hire an unemployed John Smedley? Curt Schilling?
I like this one. My first Blockbuster title is 'The Days of Darkness'. A co-op survival game. You could say it is 'like Day-Z', but built from the ground up as a co-operative experience with real meat to it. Players join each other in a race against time and the elements to rebuild a society, or at least try to. Not only do you have to capture areas and clean out sections of the cities one by one, but food and water are a must to stay alive. Our Studio would be known to all as 'Guardian'. See what I did there? Free publicity. John Smedley would be a nice choice, but I may have to go after Cliffy B. That man is a genius. Curt Schilling not so much.
On Darkfall: "Three years spent salivating, three hours spent downloading, three minutes spent until I uninstalled." What sucked so much about Darkfall? What would you do if you were hired to work on it?
Oh Darkfall. The game was toted to be a big Sandbox RPG, where you could work together with your guild or a big group of guilds to carve out a section of land to call your own, and to go to war against other guilds, etc. A big open PvP Game. The problem was, the best way to level up your skills was to just shoot things in town. I remember spending at least 2 of those 3 minutes shooting a magic missile into the air to level up my magic. I spent the other minute fighting 100 players to kill the very few NPCs there were to make myself powerful enough to fight anything else. It really needed a better starting portion of the game, and better mechanics overall. It felt clunky.
You say you come from a RP heavy background. Do you think RP is declining as a relevant factor in MMORPGs? Did some role-players miss the bus by not evolving RP while "our" games became mainstream?
I've never really RP'ed heavily in MMORPGs. The only time I have was in LOTRO. I was a member of a faction who patrolled the roads between Hobbiton and Bree. I spent more time in that game playing musical instruments in taverns and roleplay-saving people from NPCs than I did actually levelling, and I loved it. A majority of my RP experience was chat room based, and I still to this day have been greatly influenced by this. I don't think game companies are making games you can roleplay in any more. It's all about the quests, and eliminating grind, and levelling and content. It's not about being your character. I was a big fan of a game called 'Wish', which unfortunately was never released. I spent a week playing as a farmer, and loved every minute of it. Nowadays, that's considered product suicide.
Tell us all of the raunchy details from your recent Mexico trip. TG demands pictures, and if there isn't at least one bikini and two male nipples, we will be disappoint. I believe I read somewhere that you didn't have a camera with you, so fake it 'til you make it if need be.
Oh god. It was a great trip, but so many things went wrong. We went to the Riviera Maya which was fantastic. Had a great time. Went to Chichen'Itza one of the largest Mayan villages, and was blown away with how freaking HOT it was. Whew, hot day. I spent most of our time at the resort at the swim-up bar, slowly plastering myself.
Unfortunately, the last half of the week was horrible. My Grandfather who was with us slipped and fell, dislocated his shoulder (He came back to the states and had to have it replaced), and when we went to come home? Our flight was CANCELLED. Then we were put on another one 4 hours later. We got to our connecting flight just in time, and landed in DC 15 minutes before our flight home. We ran for the gate, I made it but my girlfriend didn't, so I stood in the door and refused to move until she got there. Oh, and they didn't have our bags at baggage claim. We finally got to our home city, grabbed our bags, and got home almost 15 hours later.
The next day, I went to unpack. Grabbed the camera case, which was extremely light. No camera. No cards, nothing. Some idiots stole our camera. So I actually have no photo's of it, and now I'm so depressed I can't even fake one...
Tell us about your martial arts training. Make sure you tell us all about how you sacrificed your body to help your dad's school, and who you want to beat up (I know it's not proper, but everybody thinks it).
I've been training for years. My dad started when he was very young. We used to train at a local church in Ohio, it was pretty much friends and family but we would train once a week. I hated it, I never wanted to go, but I always enjoyed myself once I got there.
Before I started High School, we moved to Illinois where my dad had just gotten a job running someone else's Martial Arts school. Four years later he bought it, moved it somewhere else, and now it's his own.
I have a black belt in To-Shin-Do, which is more or less American Ninjutsu. I believe I ended up a red-belt in Aiki-Ninjutsu, which my dad now teaches, before I moved away for college. To be perfectly honest, my body was never better than when I was training, man, you never realize how great a shape you're in until you move to college. And never move.
There's this one kid from college who I roomed with, who destroyed our house and tried to get me to pay 1/2 the security deposit. He also got me in a car accident that made me terrified to drive for over a year, and attempted to drug my newer female roommate. Yeah, I'd like to beat him up.
"I'm one of twenty Guardians in IT. Have you tried turning it on?" "Use IE not Chrome." Without going back through your history, either explain these two quotes in this new context, or just give in and tell us how awesome IE is from an IT perspective.
I..I...I can't. I can't do that. IE is terrible. Absolutely terrible. If you use it, it better be because you need ActiveX support. Anything is better. Safari is better. IE doesn't even work right if you turn it on. If you push the power button on IE, it just sends viruses to your computer and crashes. Oh god make it stop.
Let me start by quoting a touching tale:
"Last night, we played Minecraft. Beenie had a sword, I did not. I built our house. And cooked food. In essence, I was the housewife.
I continually complained about him not bringing food home, and needing him to kill spiders. And, he would come home, complain about me complaining, and I would throw the fact that I'd built him a decorative house on a PIT OF LAVA in his face. Needless to say, hilarious."
Now write a Dear Beenie letter explaining you've left him for Mas.
Hello hun. I know you've been out on your adventures, and I know you've likely come home beaten and burnt, ready for a nice nap in your bed next to mine. Perhaps a loaf of bread I have baked while you were gone. I know you enjoyed these things, and I did as well. But I need to confess something. While you've been away all these years, fighting creepers, mining diamonds, discovering The End...I have been somewhere else. You see, I met someone. He's a wonderful chap, and he never makes me do the cooking. He supplies carrots and potatoes like they'll never run out! He brings home chickens, and beef, and we laugh the night away while they cook in our furnace. And it's not the same furnace we smelt iron in, oh no. He has two furnaces. What I am trying to say is, I have left you Beenie. I have moved on with my life, and I hope you can move on with yours. Also, while your Alabamian accent was...Nice...You have nothing on the smooth European accent of my new lover Mas.
Forever not yours,
"I love Canadians". We love you too! Sorry! If you lead a Ninjitsu army against us, which city would you want to make your seat of government? Convince us of your love of (or Wikipedia research on) the city so we let you cross the border instead of killing you on sight with kindness.
London. London Ontario, not the one over there. I was looking to move there when I applied at Digital Extremes. They talked about beautiful parks, and wonderful sports places where I could do sporty things. It's close to Toronto and parts of the US if I got homesick...And, I could say I'm from London, and not have to live in Europe. That's awesome, right?
"Sometimes they called me Dak 'Trebuchetlicious' Sevkla. Treb's are my weapon of choice. I vow to carry one on me at all times, when I can afford to."
Name your trebuchet after a Guardian, and pick it's color. Must have a first, last, and at least three middle names.
My Trebuchet is purple. It is named Le Trebuchet de Weenies y Beenies. Le is the first name.
The following passage is constructed entirely from your words:
Quote from: (lol) DakSevkla. Honest.
I'll be recreating my character later. He looks like a 35 year old British high school drop out. Barnaby is the BEST. I look forward to our late, shirtless nights together. I do not believe I've ever been called a beautiful female before! Gonna need a bigger desk.
So... tell us the name of this novel you're working on.
Dak Sevkla : Love of the Wrong Kind. It's a purely fictional Autobiography.
"Wait, did I hear a call for... BATTLESTATIONS?" Yes! But we demand a can of beans visible in the picture.
Is four cans of beans too much?
Thanks for doing this Dak! Now get back to work!
Not really Dak or Adomnae. Source.
I had some fluffy-fluffy crap prepared for the front page of guardianhq.com, but it just wasn't sounding right.
Guardians: today we remember. Our U.S.A. counterparts recognize all who serve, and many of us recognize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Remembrance Day. Armistice Day. Veterans Day.
Who do you remember?
Overly dramatic, I know...
But I wanted to say thanks to Gwill and Mal and the rest of you for getting me scrolled and invited, even though I barely played. So thanks for your time.
The guilt of abandoning RiftRP finally got to me, so I've decided to ride out the game that brung me, and man up and try to resurrect the site I so rudely ignored for so long.
So thanks, and apologies. Lead the Way!
team for winning the World Series.
I'm a Braves fan through and through, but if I had to pick a number two it'd be SF, at least in the NL.
So a very subtle and subdued woo-hoo from me.
F-in one game playoff bullcrap infield fly call BULL***.
(It's a six. After two updates, it's still a six.)
Congrats, TG! You raised TWO THOUSAND SIX dollars for the Children's Miracle Network during Extra Life on October 20.
A hearty thank you to all of the organizers and participants!
If I've missed anybody, don't be shy and let me know. Stand up for your awesomeness.
Bonus pic: dead Duck