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mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Do you know how to change the background color and/or add a thumbnail to the thread? I have not found where those options are.
I don't know how to change it, that being said we are working for a "community background" the community mangers have got some cool ideas for the "blue screen". For now tho I love the blue screen because for me it says "yeah this is a TNE or community's post".
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Do you know how to change the background color and/or add a thumbnail to the thread? I have not found where those options are.
We don't have that yet, we're trying to get that specifically sorted out soon, because yeah that blue background is atrocious. Alternately if you post an "article" type post you'd actually be able to choose an image.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
And like that my time with @Shoulder has passed. He was both a scholar and a gentlemen, he respected me and my home. The Costello family loves Shoulder it was fantastic. It makes me excited to meet more Wonderful Ones with this whole experience being so positive.

I'll let Shoulder tell y'all what we got into. :mthumb:
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
I'm gonna go buy FF today and join you in this lazy endeavor.

Shoulder is leaving today let me say this. It has been amazing meeting him in person and having him in my home. @Shoulder ive enjoyed every minute of it my friend:mhug:
And like that my time with @Shoulder has passed. He was both a scholar and a gentlemen, he respected me and my home. The Costello family loves Shoulder it was fantastic. It makes me excited to meet more Wonderful Ones with this whole experience being so positive.

I'll let Shoulder tell y'all what we got into. :mthumb:

Alright. I pm'd @EvilTw1n but now I'm just pegging him.

Can confirm, when COV ain't braining expect to get picked up and thrown down a pit because he thought you were ET instead. And then he does it again not two minutes later.

praisegrima
And to anyone who never played TriForce Heroes - this is why it's so charmingly awesome.

(...and damnit, I've been the one who has stopped us from finishing the DLC. Gotta do that soon.)
 

Roy Kappa

Kirbyfan391 from IGN
If you don't see much of your main character, how does it affect the game?

And no it doesn't. I mean, how can a short grunt ruin the entire experience of the game if you don't see him much?
You see the other people you're playing with in chibi-fied form. Or even in single player, all the enemies are chibi-fied regardless. You see a lot of that.
 

Socar

Active Member
You see the other people you're playing with in chibi-fied form. Or even in single player, all the enemies are chibi-fied regardless. You see a lot of that.
So what? My point that I'm trying to make is that that simple thing like that can't ruin the entire game one bit. I mean seriously, I wouldn't mind a game called Super Mario Land 3 where Wario's the main character and not Mario.
 
So what? My point that I'm trying to make is that that simple thing like that can't ruin the entire game one bit. I mean seriously, I wouldn't mind a game called Super Mario Land 3 where Wario's the main character and not Mario.
It also wasnt your initial point, you specifically said "no one will see it", which is just wrong.
Its not a simple thing, its the entire graphical base and artstyle of the game. This aspect of games has become more important in the modern age and it within reason to not want to play a game due to how it looks.
I mean, would you mind playing Wario Land if every art asset was made up of phalluses?
 
Well, I'm a man of my word...sometimes...when I can get off the couch. Maybe.

Earlier the summer @DarkDepths took some pictures of a hiking (?) trip he did. I told him I'd take a few pics throughout August of Newfoundland. With my job, I often go to other communities and around the capital city, so snapping a few of these were easy. I'll break them up into categories.

These first batch were of a small town called Petty Harbour.

http://i.imgur.com/WjZ7vrm.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LmcmVph.jpg These aren't the full town, but it gives you an idea of what it's like.
http://i.imgur.com/pOfTL1L.jpg To the left of the last two pics is just water as far as the eye can see
http://i.imgur.com/puJmb65.jpg More to the left. If I kept panning the camera left, there's more houses


The next few pics are from my dad's house when I visited not too long ago. The four pics were taken from the patio, going from left to right. Again, not the whole town, but gives you an idea of what it's like

http://i.imgur.com/PDqtWNI.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/50wZZp0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/SoHEGMy.jpg


In Chapel Arm still, this is behind a school, a baseball field, and a 10-15 minute walk in the woods. We call it Big Tunnel and it's a nice swimming hole.

http://i.imgur.com/oKWbpD7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/GWpNcSV.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/nGMkP3o.jpg These three are on top of the cliff...probably, 15-20 feet high? I'm terrible with guessing heights
http://i.imgur.com/VTNPwMj.jpg The swimming hole itself
http://i.imgur.com/1IZStw3.jpg Behind the swimming hole, eventually leading to the ocean


Finally, today I went up to Signal Hill. A lookout used in old war times.

http://i.imgur.com/Mvl8Rzc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Lj7Bukp.jpg

These are overlooking a part of St John's
http://i.imgur.com/jXuyjfb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JDXebY4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sl9lJI0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/jYJVWoE.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/E3QKdF5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IBSw0WI.jpg

Enough of that, time for the beautiful scenery. Fun fact, the most eastward point in all of North America.

http://i.imgur.com/NEPvZq2.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/239mmlt.jpg A zoom in of our lighthouse in Cape Spear

These next three are probably my favorite. It's the mouth to get into the harbour for downtown St. John's. Panning from left to right getting into the harbour. If Godzilla had to attack, he would come in from here.

http://i.imgur.com/z8V5Jhh.jpg A zoom in: http://i.imgur.com/K2IXnpb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/vUIkIlt.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AB9UJ1h.jpg

As I was taking pics, a boat was slowly coming in to port. I really wanted to grab a pic of it in the mouth, but my friend's were all sitting down playing Pokemon Go while I was running around grabbing pics. Once they were done we left instead of, y'know, enjoying the view and shit. FUCK

http://i.imgur.com/9N9SVxF.jpg

edit: There's a walkway to walk around all the cliffside. Very nice walk. You can see apart of it in the last pic



Sorry, I kinda went a bit crazy with Signal Hill pics, but I appreciate a good view and I think it's important to take in the beauty of where you live, despite it being "old news" from living here my whole life.

Hope you guys enjoy the pics
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
And like that my time with @Shoulder has passed. He was both a scholar and a gentlemen, he respected me and my home. The Costello family loves Shoulder it was fantastic. It makes me excited to meet more Wonderful Ones with this whole experience being so positive.

I'll let Shoulder tell y'all what we got into. :mthumb:


:msrs:


But in all seriousness though, I'll break it down for you. Let's cue the music:


Finding Matt's house was a lot like finding the Princess in Mario. Just when you think you have it, it's not quite where you'd expect, so after a few minutes on the phone with Matt, I pulled up, and parked behind his riding lawnmower that was sitting in the garage. I got out of the car, Matt came outside, and it felt as though we stood there motionless for a beat. I then did what I said years ago that I'd do, gave the big guy a big hug that seemed to last about as long as a Super Mario speedrun. The first 2 minutes or so after were slightly awkward since we know each other, but have never seen each other in person. It's a lot like seeing someone you know naked for the first time. At the least, you hope to put on a good show.

Anyway, within the next five minutes, I'm lending a helping hand with the biscuits and gravy that Matt's wife was preparing, and he's showing my around the homestead (which is tight as hell, I must say), and discussing his potential plans for improving the house in the future. Dinner was delicious, I had a Kentucky Ginger Ale (quite good actually), and we sat on the couch all evening, just chillin', and watching the Olympics.

The next morning, Matt takes me out to breakfast at one of the local restaurants, and an orgasmic omelette and some fluffy pancakes to finish it off. After breakfast, Matt showed me around, where he grew up, his first apartment with his wife, and the fencing that his HS friend hit with his Ford Explorer as Matt was riding shotgun that mysteriously had no dings or scratches to speak of. His friend simply said, "That was pretty crazy."

Not long after, I got to meet the parents as well as some of Matt's co-workers, and everyone is about as chill/crazy as Matt is, so I knew right away I felt right at home with his family and peeps. Even his longtime friend and colleague, Juicy J, complimented on my handshake and facial hair, so I past the first test. Matt later on then showed me the stonework that his company is so well known for, and let me tell you, any of the photos you've seen here don't do it justice. These guys have some tremendous talant and skill in what they do, and even have their own little tricks of the trade which I won't reveal to you. Want to know? Go visit Mattavelle.

One of the more interesting things about Matt driving me around in his personal/company truck is he does get a lot of attention. I swear he has friends at every stoplight who want to chat while driving. Talk about a very popular dude who is very good with his hands shaping things that are always rock-hard. Even briefly got to meet his pastor who looks and sounds as crazy as Matt is. Is everyone in Matt's neck of the woods like this? Well...maybe not the guy who was standing and glaring at us when passing by his old apartment from years back. I swear we thought he was either an axe murderer, a methhead, drug lord, or all of the above. Quite strange indeed...

After picking up the kids, Matt and I headed back to Mattavelle Villa, and like before, just chilled. Had Chinese for dinner, and then I had the idea of reinacting the scene from Risky Business in their Foyer (which I for some reason confused it with Footloose. Something was obviously loose about me...). I fucking owned that shit. :msrs:We watched more of the olympics, getting ourselves chilled, I finished my bottle of wine, and then got to watching Matt play some Mario Golf. Not quite Happy Gilmore, but it'll do. Suck my white ass, ball!!!

I was then asked if I wanted to play some F-Zero GX. I never say no to F-Zero, so I tried my hand at the AX Cup, and those were some fun courses, especially the final one since it took me three tried without flying myself off the course. Now, Matt has never finished the story mode in F-Zero, so I decided I'd try my hand again, and after several failed attempts, I beat Chapter 6 for him (You're welcome!), and then backtracked to Chapter 5, where I set my sights to beat Chapter 5 on very hard which I had never done. I warmed up by beating it on hard, and then spent the next hour trying to beat it on very hard.

So here's the thing: You have a limited time to escape the tunnel before the door closes and you explode (Must be Matt's Super Exploder perhaps), and in this case, 40 seconds. After an hour of failed attempts, I cleared the mission in 40.117 secs. So for all intents and purposes, I broke F-Zero GX. In other words, so much awesome was happening, it forgot there were only 40 seconds. Matt then played a little bit of F-Zero before we all went to bed.

The next morning, Matt and I headed out to get some locally made Donuts, and some anti-freeze for my car (the night before, I noticed there was hardly any coolant in the expansion tank, so I bought a gallon of coolant). Damn, those donuts were fucking tasty as well. Took one for the road, got myself packed and loaded up in the car, said my final goodbyes, and gave my final hugs and kisses. :mkiss:

So yeah, Matt and I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything we both could've hoped for. I am welcomed back anytime at the Mattavelle Villa, and definitely felt as though I became part of the family. Almost feel like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.


Does that explain enough for ya? :mhand:
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
If you are in need of musical accompaniment this evening, The Tragically Hip will be performing their last concert tonight. You can watch it here:

So tonight there was a food truck festival literally right outside my front door. 90 food trucks all along the street. And at the far end, a 30 foot screen suspended from a crane streaming the Tragically Hip.

I think they aren't well known/appreciated outside of Canada (except maybe some of the border states) but they are a fairly quintessential Canadian band, and it's really something to see public viewing events springing up in support of them all across the country tonight.
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
@CitizenOfVerona if there is one thing I would have never accused you of, it is being a man of your word. And yet you prove me wrong!

Cool photographs. It's always interesting looking out at the ocean. If there is nothing on the horizon, you feel like you could see forever, if only you didn't have puny weak human eyes.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator


:msrs:


But in all seriousness though, I'll break it down for you. Let's cue the music:


Finding Matt's house was a lot like finding the Princess in Mario. Just when you think you have it, it's not quite where you'd expect, so after a few minutes on the phone with Matt, I pulled up, and parked behind his riding lawnmower that was sitting in the garage. I got out of the car, Matt came outside, and it felt as though we stood there motionless for a beat. I then did what I said years ago that I'd do, gave the big guy a big hug that seemed to last about as long as a Super Mario speedrun. The first 2 minutes or so after were slightly awkward since we know each other, but have never seen each other in person. It's a lot like seeing someone you know naked for the first time. At the least, you hope to put on a good show.

Anyway, within the next five minutes, I'm lending a helping hand with the biscuits and gravy that Matt's wife was preparing, and he's showing my around the homestead (which is tight as hell, I must say), and discussing his potential plans for improving the house in the future. Dinner was delicious, I had a Kentucky Ginger Ale (quite good actually), and we sat on the couch all evening, just chillin', and watching the Olympics.

The next morning, Matt takes me out to breakfast at one of the local restaurants, and an orgasmic omelette and some fluffy pancakes to finish it off. After breakfast, Matt showed me around, where he grew up, his first apartment with his wife, and the fencing that his HS friend hit with his Ford Explorer as Matt was riding shotgun that mysteriously had no dings or scratches to speak of. His friend simply said, "That was pretty crazy."

Not long after, I got to meet the parents as well as some of Matt's co-workers, and everyone is about as chill/crazy as Matt is, so I knew right away I felt right at home with his family and peeps. Even his longtime friend and colleague, Juicy J, complimented on my handshake and facial hair, so I past the first test. Matt later on then showed me the stonework that his company is so well known for, and let me tell you, any of the photos you've seen here don't do it justice. These guys have some tremendous talant and skill in what they do, and even have their own little tricks of the trade which I won't reveal to you. Want to know? Go visit Mattavelle.

One of the more interesting things about Matt driving me around in his personal/company truck is he does get a lot of attention. I swear he has friends at every stoplight who want to chat while driving. Talk about a very popular dude who is very good with his hands shaping things that are always rock-hard. Even briefly got to meet his pastor who looks and sounds as crazy as Matt is. Is everyone in Matt's neck of the woods like this? Well...maybe not the guy who was standing and glaring at us when passing by his old apartment from years back. I swear we thought he was either an axe murderer, a methhead, drug lord, or all of the above. Quite strange indeed...

After picking up the kids, Matt and I headed back to Mattavelle Villa, and like before, just chilled. Had Chinese for dinner, and then I had the idea of reinacting the scene from Risky Business in their Foyer (which I for some reason confused it with Footloose. Something was obviously loose about me...). I fucking owned that shit. :msrs:We watched more of the olympics, getting ourselves chilled, I finished my bottle of wine, and then got to watching Matt play some Mario Golf. Not quite Happy Gilmore, but it'll do. Suck my white ass, ball!!!

I was then asked if I wanted to play some F-Zero GX. I never say no to F-Zero, so I tried my hand at the AX Cup, and those were some fun courses, especially the final one since it took me three tried without flying myself off the course. Now, Matt has never finished the story mode in F-Zero, so I decided I'd try my hand again, and after several failed attempts, I beat Chapter 6 for him (You're welcome!), and then backtracked to Chapter 5, where I set my sights to beat Chapter 5 on very hard which I had never done. I warmed up by beating it on hard, and then spent the next hour trying to beat it on very hard.

So here's the thing: You have a limited time to escape the tunnel before the door closes and you explode (Must be Matt's Super Exploder perhaps), and in this case, 40 seconds. After an hour of failed attempts, I cleared the mission in 40.117 secs. So for all intents and purposes, I broke F-Zero GX. In other words, so much awesome was happening, it forgot there were only 40 seconds. Matt then played a little bit of F-Zero before we all went to bed.

The next morning, Matt and I headed out to get some locally made Donuts, and some anti-freeze for my car (the night before, I noticed there was hardly any coolant in the expansion tank, so I bought a gallon of coolant). Damn, those donuts were fucking tasty as well. Took one for the road, got myself packed and loaded up in the car, said my final goodbyes, and gave my final hugs and kisses. :mkiss:

So yeah, Matt and I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything we both could've hoped for. I am welcomed back anytime at the Mattavelle Villa, and definitely felt as though I became part of the family. Almost feel like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.


Does that explain enough for ya? :mhand:
:mcry::mlove::mhug:

Man we had a rockin good time for sure! I apprecaite your perspective and I'm so happy you felt at home.
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
So... I've been out of the "Enthusiast" loop for awhile. In the past 2 years I've visited the front page maybe 4 times, and 3 of them were accidental. And now there is this enthusiast.gg thing.

Can someone fill me in on the state of things here? I feel like Nintendo Enthusiast is being left to die a slow death but maybe that's just because it hasnt been relevant to me personally in recent times.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
So... I've been out of the "Enthusiast" loop for awhile. In the past 2 years I've visited the front page maybe 4 times, and 3 of them were accidental. And now there is this enthusiast.gg thing.

Can someone fill me in on the state of things here? I feel like Nintendo Enthusiast is being left to die a slow death but maybe that's just because it hasnt been relevant to me personally in recent times.
EGG is currently in Beta, so there are lots of bugs and features being worked out right now. At some point (no clue as to when that could be, but not anytime soon), TNE will likely die, and the end of an era will happen. But then the start of a new era will commence.

It's going to be a slow process, yes, but all good things take time.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
NE has been dead for a while tbh. Now TNE forums, on the other hand...
Yeah, I should've been more specific. The Front page is dead, or if it's not already, it will be. TNE Forums though are still hopping, albeit with a small community.

Doesn't matter though, TNE Forums are like our version of Seinfeld's Monks, or How I Met Your Mother's McLaren's Pub. A place for all of us to TNE and Chill. :mthumb:
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
Moderator
@Shoulder - Thanks for sharing all of that, man. Very happy to hear that you and Matty had a good few days.
Kind of sad, I guess, but not altogether unexpected.
There's no tombstone picked out with an epitaph for TNE. It just depends on how things work out with EGG (which is still in development). I can see TNE's front side living on with the forums, but it'll have to evolve again, probably something closer to what @theMightyME does with TV Enthusiast, with one or two people running it and (hopefully) getting enough money out of it to make it a part-time passion project (not a full-time job, but enough to make it worthwhile as a hobby). Because it can't keep going with a dozen writers who make nothing; even with the site getting on Metacritic and everything, it's not sustainable to have people writing for very small stipends and inevitably burning themselves out. At least I think that's how it shakes out...


So tonight there was a food truck festival literally right outside my front door. 90 food trucks all along the street. And at the far end, a 30 foot screen suspended from a crane streaming the Tragically Hip.

I think they aren't well known/appreciated outside of Canada (except maybe some of the border states) but they are a fairly quintessential Canadian band, and it's really something to see public viewing events springing up in support of them all across the country tonight.
@repomech got me into them very recently. We were talking music and The Ramones and honest rock 'n roll, and he mentioned that I should check the Hip out. So I did some online listening and realized "oh wow, I know a chunk of these songs from hearing them play on college radio and the like years ago." They were a band I had always liked, but I never really knew who they were. So the past few days have been like discovering an old friend who was invisible, and finding them at the last possible moment.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
@EvilTw1n I know you were busy and whatnot, but don't you worry, I'll come to visit the next time I'm on this type of road trip again, because I WILL be back. The Appalachians hold so much in roads, scenery, and fun times.




You could say I'm already going to plan more trips that involve meeting up with some more Wonderful Ones. Don't know when or where I'll be, but in time, it'll happen.

Btw, as a little factoid, I drove 3,443 miles for the entirely of this trip. The Mini never skipped a beat, and all I had to do was really add some motor oil, and also add coolant. Other than that, zero issues. :mthumb:

I got footage to sort through, photos to edit, and that's only this trip. I still have my photos from EAA earlier this summer, as well as some photos during an evening with friends. So lots to accomplish yet. I'll be in touch. :mflirt:
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
There's no tombstone picked out with an epitaph for TNE. It just depends on how things work out with EGG (which is still in development). I can see TNE's front side living on with the forums, but it'll have to evolve again, probably something closer to what @theMightyME does with TV Enthusiast, with one or two people running it and (hopefully) getting enough money out of it to make it a part-time passion project (not a full-time job, but enough to make it worthwhile as a hobby). Because it can't keep going with a dozen writers who make nothing; even with the site getting on Metacritic and everything, it's not sustainable to have people writing for very small stipends and inevitably burning themselves out. At least I think that's how it shakes out...
I think my biggest problem with the TNE front page is that it has always felt a bit too amateurish. I realize that part of the draw was meant to be "we aren't media company, we're just normal people talking about what we love." But, and I hope I don't unintentionally put my foot in my mouth here, there has always been a lack of proper editing. I don't mind reading the opinions of non-professional journalists, but so many of the posts that I have read on the front page are riddled with spelling errors, grammatical errors, and frankly just poor writing style, that I just could never get into reading them. Not to say some of the posts haven't been great, but the majority aren't readable, in my humblest of opinions.

So I did some online listening and realized "oh wow, I know a chunk of these songs from hearing them play on college radio and the like years ago." They were a band I had always liked, but I never really knew who they were. So the past few days have been like discovering an old friend who was invisible, and finding them at the last possible moment.
I'm sort of similar actually. I've always been aware of them, and I know one of their songs when I hear it, but I've never been a massive fan - never sought out their music. The last couple of days have sort of been spent reminiscing about things I once knew, I find myself just randomly googling a Hip song and listening to it while make pasta, for example. More than anything, it's just really almost surreal to me, the way that the country came together to suppor them. I don't know how many people were viewing the CBC live stream, but the actual viewing figures must be far higher. There were 10's of thousands of people out on the street in front of my building last night watching the stream, and I've seen photos of similar events all over the place. Really remarkable, in my opinion.
 
I think my biggest problem with the TNE front page is that it has always felt a bit too amateurish. I realize that part of the draw was meant to be "we aren't media company, we're just normal people talking about what we love." But, and I hope I don't unintentionally put my foot in my mouth here, there has always been a lack of proper editing. I don't mind reading the opinions of non-professional journalists, but so many of the posts that I have read on the front page are riddled with spelling errors, grammatical errors, and frankly just poor writing style, that I just could never get into reading them. Not to say some of the posts haven't been great, but the majority aren't readable, in my humblest of opinions.



I'm sort of similar actually. I've always been aware of them, and I know one of their songs when I hear it, but I've never been a massive fan - never sought out their music. The last couple of days have sort of been spent reminiscing about things I once knew, I find myself just randomly googling a Hip song and listening to it while make pasta, for example. More than anything, it's just really almost surreal to me, the way that the country came together to suppor them. I don't know how many people were viewing the CBC live stream, but the actual viewing figures must be far higher. There were 10's of thousands of people out on the street in front of my building last night watching the stream, and I've seen photos of similar events all over the place. Really remarkable, in my opinion.
We had one person who was suppose to edit all articles before going up. Even after her approval I re-read my article and still notice errors.

I haven't wrote in a long time, I wonder how much I'd cringe if I go back and read some of my stuff. Oh well, game journalism all around these days is pretty terrible. I cant even call it journalism cause your not suppose to inject subjectivism into it.
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
We had one person who was suppose to edit all articles before going up. Even after her approval I re-read my article and still notice errors.

I haven't wrote in a long time, I wonder how much I'd cringe if I go back and read some of my stuff. Oh well, game journalism all around these days is pretty terrible. I cant even call it journalism cause your not suppose to inject subjectivism into it.
I'm sure yours were mostly fine though. There are some people here who can actually write quite well... I don't mean to be an ass to them. But there are others whose writing is really hard for me to read all the way through.

I can forgive a few errors here and there. What I'm talking about is more like a long, run-on sentence that loses track of where it started by the time it reaches the end. Or more accurately, a post filled with them.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
We had one person who was suppose to edit all articles before going up. Even after her approval I re-read my article and still notice errors.

I haven't wrote in a long time, I wonder how much I'd cringe if I go back and read some of my stuff. Oh well, game journalism all around these days is pretty terrible. I cant even call it journalism cause your not suppose to inject subjectivism into it.
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! And a lot of it is the truth, it's not journalism. Rather, it's an Editorial, or since we're all non-professional here, a blog post.

The "articles" that I got published would be considered editorials because I do provide my own take on the matter. I don't consider them at all really "journalistic."

And perhaps, that is what people should do when writing articles. Make it clear what the intention is, but then they wouldn't be able to engage in the usual click-bait for the extra views and lolz.
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
I know this is for an infomercial, but damn, man. That shit is fucking funny!

https://i.imgur.com/z5IUlsb.gifv
Everytime I see one of these, I can't help but imagine it's Kramer trying to do some mundane, everyday task.

Kramer is the ultimate infomercial stooge.

One of my favorite infomercial moments:



What possible thought process could lead to this?
 
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I think my biggest problem with the TNE front page is that it has always felt a bit too amateurish. I realize that part of the draw was meant to be "we aren't media company, we're just normal people talking about what we love." But, and I hope I don't unintentionally put my foot in my mouth here, there has always been a lack of proper editing. I don't mind reading the opinions of non-professional journalists, but so many of the posts that I have read on the front page are riddled with spelling errors, grammatical errors, and frankly just poor writing style, that I just could never get into reading them. Not to say some of the posts haven't been great, but the majority aren't readable, in my humblest of opinions.
Back when I would write the occasional article for TNE, we actually had a solid team of quality writers, and I remain very confident in the quality of my work, and that of Mike, Alex etc. Even Danielle was a professional proofreader, and she did a decent job for TNE (although I really feel that her heart wasn't in it, and she tended to skim over and miss things sometimes). The real dive in quality came when the decent writers and editors were replaced by kids and a semi-literate editor-in-chief. That killed the front page for me, and yeah, most of it is just such low quality writing as to be unreadable to me too.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
We had one person who was suppose to edit all articles before going up. Even after her approval I re-read my article and still notice errors.

I haven't wrote in a long time, I wonder how much I'd cringe if I go back and read some of my stuff. Oh well, game journalism all around these days is pretty terrible. I cant even call it journalism cause your not suppose to inject subjectivism into it.
To that person:

 
Thanks to Capcom's sale on steam I also picked up RE Revelations 1 and 2.

I'm impressed with 1. Nice to see it not as over the top as 5 or 6. That said, the writing and voice acting...phew lad.

I wanted to play Revelations 2 more since it has Barry Burton, but that'll wait. I usually make a list of movies to watch in October and a couple of horror games as well. This year I'm starting things off with Infamous Festival of Blood. I plan on also playing RE HD and Condemned 1. Perhaps I'll save Revelations 2 in there as well.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
If you guys have never done an "Escape Room", you should definitely do it. We had the best time as part of Steve2's birthday extravaganza. We have two in town, so we'll be trying out the other one and its rooms as well as going back to this one to try out its different rooms. This was our first time doing it, and the room I wanted to do "Cabin in the Woods" was fully booked for a week, so we did "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party".
The rooms are decorated extremely well, and as you're going through, you aren't sure what is a clue and what is decoration. At one point, we thought we were done, but the code we entered opened a door in a tree which took us to another room. There's a lot of searching, riddles, clues, puzzles, etc. A great group activity, and it really makes you think outside the box.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
Moderator
Thanks to Capcom's sale on steam I also picked up RE Revelations 1 and 2.

I'm impressed with 1. Nice to see it not as over the top as 5 or 6. That said, the writing and voice acting...phew lad.
I meant to ask you what you thought of Revelaitons since I saw you playing it at the same time I was.

I thought it was super mediocre tbh. I actually liked RE6 better, and that wasn't even a good game. Revelaitons felt like an endless stream of small rooms and corridors, with the occasional horde mode section. The camera's field-of-view is like 5 degrees and you can barely see anything past Jill's back, the controls were clunky compared to RE6, and shooting enemies is completely unsatisfying as there's little feedback as to whether you are hurting the enemy or not (compared to RE 4-6). I was glad to be done with it, but I still might get Revelaitons 2 eventually since that probably has some of the improvements of RE6 as well as more open level design due to not being designed for the 3DS.
 
I meant to ask you what you thought of Revelaitons since I saw you playing it at the same time I was.

I thought it was super mediocre tbh. I actually liked RE6 better, and that wasn't even a good game. Revelaitons felt like an endless stream of small rooms and corridors, with the occasional horde mode section. The camera's field-of-view is like 5 degrees and you can barely see anything past Jill's back, the controls were clunky compared to RE6, and shooting enemies is completely unsatisfying as there's little feedback as to whether you are hurting the enemy or not (compared to RE 4-6). I was glad to be done with it, but I still might get Revelaitons 2 eventually since that probably has some of the improvements of RE6 as well as more open level design due to not being designed for the 3DS.
I'm at chapter 4 or 5 I think. I'm liking it but it's not a must play or anything. It's worth remembering though that this was a 3DS game so small rooms and hallways are a result of them I'm thinking.

I thought there were parts of 6 where the character litterally took up 40% of the screen so I'm fine with the camera in this one

First boss had too many normal enemies thrown in there.

Overall, I'm liking it. To me, it's nice to see the series calm it's tits for a game like this after 6. Maybe that's why I'm going easy on it. I'm also playing it "classic" instead of "shooter" in the gameplay options, so it plays like 4. Again, maybe my boner for 4 makes me overlook the problems it does indeed have.

I'll be sure to let you know when I finish it.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
If you guys have never done an "Escape Room", you should definitely do it. We had the best time as part of Steve2's birthday extravaganza. We have two in town, so we'll be trying out the other one and its rooms as well as going back to this one to try out its different rooms. This was our first time doing it, and the room I wanted to do "Cabin in the Woods" was fully booked for a week, so we did "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party".
The rooms are decorated extremely well, and as you're going through, you aren't sure what is a clue and what is decoration. At one point, we thought we were done, but the code we entered opened a door in a tree which took us to another room. There's a lot of searching, riddles, clues, puzzles, etc. A great group activity, and it really makes you think outside the box.
I did an escape room, it was fun, but I wish it was more than 1 room... which sounds like the one you did was... it is kind of like a real life video game... finding clues, entering codes, unlocking things... some of the stuff was really cool, some not so much... I think it would be very cool if there were like 10 rooms and you had to progress and even backtrack
 

Socar

Active Member
I feel depressed that I donated cash for La-Mulana 2. I don't even know why I even did that.... Did I do it to feel sorry about the developers who were affected by the earthquake? Or was I curious to just try out this sequel hoping they will fix all the issues that the original had (as well as the Remake which has its OWN problems)? Or was it that I wanted the staff to go buy themselves some curry?

I feel like I'm a sucker here. As long as I'm stuck with autism, I just never will understand or get to live life better at this point........ Its ok to love some game like La-Mulana but its not ok to love a game like Super Mario Bros: The lost levels. Its ok for Persona Q to have split paths but its not ok for Fire Emblem Fates to have split paths......
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
I feel like I'm a sucker here. As long as I'm stuck with autism, I just never will understand or get to live life better at this point........ Its ok to love some game like La-Mulana but its not ok to love a game like Super Mario Bros: The lost levels. Its ok for Persona Q to have split paths but its not ok for Fire Emblem Fates to have split paths......
WHAT?! Who said anything about any of that?
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
I feel depressed that I donated cash for La-Mulana 2. I don't even know why I even did that.... Did I do it to feel sorry about the developers who were affected by the earthquake? Or was I curious to just try out this sequel hoping they will fix all the issues that the original had (as well as the Remake which has its OWN problems)? Or was it that I wanted the staff to go buy themselves some curry?

I feel like I'm a sucker here. As long as I'm stuck with autism, I just never will understand or get to live life better at this point........ Its ok to love some game like La-Mulana but its not ok to love a game like Super Mario Bros: The lost levels. Its ok for Persona Q to have split paths but its not ok for Fire Emblem Fates to have split paths......
If it's any consolation, I "donated" money for someone who was raising money for college. My reward? A 3D picture of a Wolf on it. I don't even know why I bought it considering it's still in the packaging. SUre, it looks nice, but what the hell am I going to do with a picture of a majestic wolf on it?

Then again, it is majestic. Anyone want a majestic wolf 3D picture?
 

DarkDepths

Your friendly neighbourhood robot overlord
I just stumbled across an article that addressed something I mentioned earlier, so thought I would follow up.

Apparently 1/3 of Canadians watched the Tragically Hip concert live. Crazy.
 

simplyTravis

"A nice guy, but looks like a f'n Jedi!"
Without going too far into it, my short foray into writing with TNE staff and my E3 experience has neither been welcoming nor glamorous. I've pointed out some issues and passed them along so I won't go into much detail. I've found a few people I enjoy working with when I get the desire/time to and stick with them. There is a reason why I'm writing more for PC/VR than anything else and it is not because they are my platform of choice. If you have known me for long then you will know I'm a pretty diehard Nintendo Enthusiast through and through.

The nice thing about e.gg is that there really is a push behind the scenes to make it more of a community base than a newsmill. I'm finally starting to enjoy myself on e.gg since the site has become more workable. Behind the scenes I am trying to be as helpful as I can because I want the place to work out and become successful. TNE has really been my only home online. In fact I was talking to @Koenig recently about how my first great online experience was with him, @mattavelle1 , and others in MHU3 when I normally wouldn't even bother. I lurked for nearly a decade in IGN without really getting involved. Here I felt welcomed and like a part of something. I'm really hoping that transcends into the e.gg format. Or at least, that is the whole point of the thing even if it doesn't look like it on the surface yet.

I'm sure TNE will stick around but if things really work out for e.gg the way things look they are going....there would be no reason for TNE to be around other than nostalgia. I might just be drinking the Kool-Aide but it is nice to finally see some of the hard work the guys have been putting in finally come into fruition. I'm hoping by the time NX comes around we'll be hanging out in the e.gg Nintendo chat (with sounds!), commenting on everyones posts for the day (whether they be good eggs or bad), having something notify me when someone I follow clicks "Playing Now" on Smash/Splatoon for instance, and making random posts in the inevitable CT-style thread that will need to come around. At least, that is how I envision it.

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Even my German Shepherd drank the Kool-Aid!
 

EthanGK

The blunder from down under
I know this is for an infomercial, but damn, man. That shit is fucking funny!
I love this kind of thing. I remember seeing one that used to always make me laugh. It was an old woman watering her plants with a spray bottle, but when she squeezes the trigger she sprains her wrist and looks like she's in agony.

Not it, but this is a good one too:
 
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