Dave Riley, The Asshole, On A Mission of Peace
What is a Lees in California? Here in PA we have Lees hoagie shop, they sell hoagies (subs), cheesesteaks (Philly) and wings. Their hoagies and cheesesteaks are bomb, and they look like a place you could get stabbed in.

jeffgerstmann:

It’s a crappy Chinese buffet place with a serviceable deli. I think it’s just a San Francisco thing with a few locations, not really a proper chain.

AYO, LEES IS THE BEST. When I went back to Philly last time I was mega-sad because the Lees on 40th street got replaced by some bougie place with a bougie name that seemed better suited for some Brooklyn bougie-trap.

Google maps still thinks it’s alive. :(

Graz is pretty into the California Lee’s for the iced coffee alone. But that’s got nothin’ on a cheesesteak.

I also used my super hi-res scan of a Bubblegum Crisis DVD to recreate this simple wallpaper I made in, like, college.
Since I’m often frustrated by lack of hi-res art for making poor quality wallpapers, here’s the scan I did.
Reminder: if you want previous stupid collagey wallpapers I’ve done, I tag them all with #wallpaper. In case you thought there wasn’t enough Liberation Maiden or Etrian Odyssey stuff.

I also used my super hi-res scan of a Bubblegum Crisis DVD to recreate this simple wallpaper I made in, like, college.

Since I’m often frustrated by lack of hi-res art for making poor quality wallpapers, here’s the scan I did.

Reminder: if you want previous stupid collagey wallpapers I’ve done, I tag them all with #wallpaper. In case you thought there wasn’t enough Liberation Maiden or Etrian Odyssey stuff.

I spent some small percentage of this morning making a Kill la Kill wallpaper. I hope you don’t mind.
(original source)

I spent some small percentage of this morning making a Kill la Kill wallpaper. I hope you don’t mind.

(original source)


artist | Ryuuko x AKIRA | beneath the tangles


http://youtu.be/m0AKJMGxwpE
Yeah, they really fucked up the economy in Warframe for new players early on in the beta. It was okay at first with a bunch of weapons being buyable with just credits, and not that pricey either. Then they decided to just fuck it and raise the prices a ton, and put the rest behind the crafting system (which still costs a ton of credits + resources) and/or paywall. The grind has always been terrible though, but fun enough to be able to help when you and Graz streamed it! Mre nonds2 strmpls - Nine
Anonymous

Just doesn’t seem like there’s a way to do FTP microtransactions (besides aesthetic purchases) that feels clean. The best I’ve ever had with games like that is “this is mostly unobtrusive.” Though I don’t play many FTP games; in almost all cases I would rather play a game in which you pay a determined price, so the specter of microtransactions isn’t there to cast doubt on the balance in the first place. 

Hi Nine!

Pre-patch my roommate had a similar situation to the broken teleporter/oxygen thing. He had just finished fighting a slaver ship and got a crew man back as an event. He sent it to repair the oxygen and it died before fixing it, but then the game glitched and he got another event/crew, which then died because no oxygen. This kept happening until he got a rockman who could tank the damage and fix the system (also the entire rest of the ship). Then he died at the next jump.
Anonymous

Personally I’m a fan of clone bay + broken oxygen. Keep churning out  clones until one gets through.

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Good to know. I had no idea how that would turn out.

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Oh, but…………………

Medbay 1 healing seems to be equal to suffocation damage, so my guys are just suffering eternal asphyxiation.

So Dave, since it seems like you're on an expert on these things, is the order a rabbit?

I google this.

I think I am owed damages.

Hey Dave, I'm going to go visit my online girlfriend irl in a month, and I'm pretty excited. I wanna bring a game to play couch co-op with her, but all people recommended was Rock Band/Guitar Hero and lego stuff, and I don't think she'd be into that. Any suggestions for PS3, Wii, or 3DS co-op games?

First I would have you refer to this post, just to be sure there’s nothing applicable on it. I will bold the first reference to each game on this list so you can just scan it and not waste tim with my bullshit.

If you got a PS3 and a Wii on hand you got access to the whole virtual console/PSN library. That’s a lot of games! Get on that Secret of Mana

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There’s a little-known game for PS2, available on PSN, called Cookies and Cream where you both control pastel rabbits. It’s pretty cool co-op. You can also play it one player with both analog sticks if you’re a weird savant or something.

On Wii you’ve got access to a bunch of light gun games like House of the Dead 2 and the Resident Evil Chronicles games (the second one is more fun than the first).

You can also play Trauma Center: New Blood and Trauma Team! Both are really great co-op if you’re eager to make your partner hate your guts because you can’t figure out how to defibrillate a 10 year old girl with a heart condition and you’re stuck on the same level for two hours. If you guys are long distance then I assume your relationship is still young, in which case maybe you don’t wanna test your love so soon because WHY DOES SHE ONLY HAVE TEN HEALTH THAT’S NOT FAIR.

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Truly the life of a doctor is hard work; I understand now the lesson Trauma Center was teaching us…

BUT ANYWAY. New Blood is traditional Trauma Center just with two players, very fun! Trauma Team kind of screws the pooch by removing almost all simultaneous play from the co-op, but it’s much more varied, and also you get to play as a Japanese heiress with her family heirloom, the resplendently lacquered endoscope she sticks up people’s butts. Trauma Team also has investigative bits if you’re like Graz and me and like to play Phoenix Wright-style games together.

So there’s like a dozen Phoenix Wright-style games, if you want to try that (Ghost Trick!) If you’ve got two 3DSes on hand there’s always Monster Hunter if you feel like sinking an entire weekend (or your entire life). There’s also Resident Evil: Revelations, which my wife won’t play with me because she’s a hater. :( But also it’s just a bunch of time trials, so it’s kinda not the -most- engaging game ever. But also it’s got Russian Hat Jessica and her idiotic axe kicks, so it’s not a complete waste.

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Dragon’s Crown is unthinkably fun. I’ve recited its baggage like a hundred times, so you probably know the caveats I would lay out already. Every time Dragon’s Crown comes up I think “you know, we really ought to play some more Dragon’s Crown.”

I think this is a good start? It certainly makes me want to dive into a Trauma Center/Dragon’s Crown hole, or maybe find a way to combine the two with Phoenix Wright-style visual novel segments and oh I just figured out what game I’m going to program that’s going to make me rich.

On the cheap tho, check out that virtual console stuff. Maybe you will bond over long nights of River City Ransom.

Thoughts on Warframe?
Anonymous

Decent Mass Effect methadone, but Mass Effect multiplayer still exists, and is better, despite its flaws.

If you’re a college kid with no money Warframe is probably rad-ass. When I was a college kid with no money I played games like Hoshigami and convinced myself they weren’t terrible because they sort-of, kind-of looked like Final Fantasy Tactics. But since I got okay money, and value time more than that, Warframe fails on a few key points.

The grind is insane. Graz and I played for a dozen hours and I only just almost had enough money to unlock my first new gun. Mass Effect had its own problem with grinds and unlocks (random unlocks is like an eagle cry of “we’re being pricks about this so you’ll spend money”), but you could come out of an hour or an hour and a half with something new, even if it wasn’t something you exactly wanted.

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But even if the grind was okay, Warframe is too loose. Movement feels super floaty, collision detection is all over the place, melee is a total crapshoot, and the guns feel like you’re shooting paper mache bullets. One of the first characters you use has a teleport stab and has not even 1% of the satisfying crunch of slamming into a dude with a Vanguard charge. Games tend to be better with weight, because heavy things tend to require less precision. If you want something agile and acrobatic then it needs to be way more consistent; it needs to be at least on the level of Symphony of the Night’s jumps and back dashes.

Still, there was a lot I liked about it. I liked the way you leveled up gear and equipped mods, and how every weapon/armor had its own individual mod slots with different affinities, and how equipment gained more mod slots as you became more proficient with it. I liked how each class had pretty unique powers, even if a lot of those powers felt very Mass Effect inspired. I liked that they were going for a much more complex upgrade system than Mass Effect and there was some give and take in what powers you could equip, where in ME3 multi there’s a perfect spec for just about every class. I liked that it had more concrete and much more varied objectives than Mass Effect. I pretty much hated the mucky brown art style, but I liked the adorable masks on the enemy spacesuits that you could shoot off, but then they just looked like dumb space marine guys. I liked my customizable Hostuma ninja scarf that I bought with the pittance of real-money currency they give you for free. 

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It’s an okay game with some cool ideas, but the reality of time is that you’re best served by excising as many “okay” games from your life as you possibly can. Play the good ones! 

If the controls were a little more tight and the systems a little more clear I wouldn’t mind playing it a lot more and spending some money on it. As it is, they give you garbage guns in the beginning, which is pretty much normal for free to play, but giving someone garbage stuff at the start of the game isn’t a great way to make people like your game. I could see Warframe being a lot more fun and a lot more complex a few dozen hours in, but who has a few dozen hours to devote to something like that when they’ve only played Dark Souls eight times through in the last three years?