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Bringing back the Swastika

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-09-29 1 comments

Today I had the chance to browse the internet for 5 minutes and found that when I'm stressed and inconsolable, I gravitate towards aggression. I found myself attempting to calm myself searching for Buddhist symbolism on google image search. Much was my confusion when right there next to the symbol for eternity I saw my favorite thing to shoot at, the swastika. Guess evil dictators have a way of ruining everything they touch. I can see why some people say Hitler was a genius when it came to manipulating the people.

Got a new 360 for free from my brother, let the 100 percenting commence (when I'm done with renos, and all the horrid amounts of work)

Cthulhu Needs Hugs To!

Posted by James Davie On 2010-09-28 3 comments

It's a good time to be a geek parent! The above Cthulhu Needs Hugs To! t-shirt is one of many awesome options for baby clothing offered at thinkgeek.com - any true Gnoschitter knows this website.

It's a good time to be a geek with a kid. Now, if mine would just get here, I could dress her in some of this fine, fine geek-apparel. 

Its all a matter of scale

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2010-09-27 3 comments

I am sure you have all seen video that zooms from a galactic view down to a microscopic level. This on the other hand is a little flash app that lets you manually zoom through these levels with many more points of reference than I have seen before.

Castle Ravenloft - On the Fence

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-09-25 0 comments

So, I was super pumped to pick up a copy of this:

but after seeing this video, I'm not certain.  One of the things I've always loved about Betrayal at House on the Hill is that it's NOT using D&D combat mechanics (i.e. d20).  I've played enough 4th edition to get my fill of that At-Will / Encounter / Daily mechanic.  Adding that to the dynamic board mechanism of BaHotH isn't, in my opinion, a strong reason to buy this game.

I've now had Warhammer Quest suggested to me on a BGG forum as something which might be more what I'm looking for.  Anybody out there in board game land heard about WHQ?

The Han Solo Theme Song

Posted by James Davie On 2010-09-24 1 comments

He's Han F'ing Solo - Damn straight he gets his own theme song...

Yeah, on second thought, I think one of you Schittheads could do better. What'cha say boys, you up to the challenge?

All That America Has Left

Posted by Selbonaut On 1 comments

I know things are tough for our cousins down south, but I am saddened to see that there are no more "experts" in any field that are willing to step up. Thank god we have people that love the US enough to come under the fire of the US congress and answer those hard hitting questions.

Long Live American Politics, for without it we would have anything to scoff at.

Me too

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-09-23 1 comments

Unreal Street Performer

Posted by Selbonaut On 2010-09-22 5 comments

Need Assistance

Posted by Selbonaut On 2 comments

Hey everyone. I am in need of assistance from your collective minds. I am needing some computer network support and would like to know what you all think might be my best remedy.

I have two mac laptops, one media PC (xp) and a PS3 all on my wireless network at home.

Right now I have the PC and PS3 connected to through my TV. They are talking through PS3 media server on the pc where I can stream video and music from my PC to the PS3.

Where I need help is I want my macs to be able to join the party. Mainly I want to be able to transfer files from my mac to pc and visa versa. For sure I would like it on my network at home, but if I can do it over the internet as well that would be the icing.

Ok, Go.....

teH Haloz

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-09-17 2 comments

I like this blog. It's restricted to people with intelligence. I was recently browsing some forums for a few intelligently written reviews of the Halo:Reach single player with the hopes of figuring out whether the co-op campaign was actually worth it. And after a solid hour, I gave up. It was like going to a coffee shop and asking how the cappuccino is. Only instead of an answer of "meh", "great" or "try again tomorrow", someone rushes from their seat and beats me over the head with a wooden sign scrawled hastily with hate speech and praise for "teh mocha". Followed shortly by someone else bursting through the window to beat the first sign bearer with his own sign spouting similar hate speech and praise for "teh cappuccino".

I'm so fed up with the internet enabling people to do things this ridiculous. Visualize that scenario and think about what opinion you form for both people and the camps they represent. I am done with people of questionable intelligence. So I need your help people. Tell me if you've played Halo:Reach, if you enjoyed the single and co-op campaign, and if the survival and mp modes are interesting enough for a buy. I've played a bit of H3 multiplayer and found it a bit shallow but always enjoy the single player games :) Tanks and bombs.

Xbox is questionable... going to play Dragon Age on PC instead... and you can forget about 100 percenting that game...

teh ReQuiEmZ

Boobs can sell anything (to men).

Posted by James Davie On 2010-09-16 2 comments

Just doing some research on what ads are out there at the moment (it's called "professional development" on my timesheet) and I ran across a bunch of fun Euro and Russian ads. You can get away with damn near anything over there, and a big selling point seems to be titties. Even if your product has absolutely nothing to do with breasts - like car insurance...


Redemption tastes like cake!

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 3 comments

I know it's not like the world view has gone from negative to positive when it comes to video games, especially violent ones. It is nice to see, however, people out there doing actual research to show that there are benefits to my favorite pastime. I don't know how popular the National Post is but it's good to see the media covering something over than a video game induced killing rampage. :)

Did the Q-tip trick to make my Xbox playable for a bit longer. 100 percenting commencing....

The new Great Old Spice commercial...

Posted by James Davie On 2010-09-15 2 comments

He's not on a horse, but there is a certain... something about the new Old Spice pitchman...

Extra Credit without the messy cleanup!

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 0 comments

I have to say, life as we know it is very simplistic. I just signed the final papers to buy a house that I don't have the money to pay for and it's no big deal. I have a job that frustrates me into boredom some days and drives nails of fear and deadlines into my brain the next. And yet, I get paid the same amount of money for both days worked. The reason I say this is because of the most recent video of "Extra Credits" posted on The Escapist. I love the epic questions posed by games that force the player to actually think a bit. I remember taking time to determine how I felt about the same situation they refer to in their Enriching Lives video. Watch it and ask if you cared or just swept past it.

If you haven't played Mass Effect 2 it has a few spoilers but even if you haven't it's worth a watch. These videos are intriguing to me because they make me think about the gaming medium in ways that I wouldn't have dreamed of. Watch em and tell me what you think. Do you think they're actually a good look at games or am I just easily impressed?

- Xbox broken with E-74 (single red light, lower right) so my 100 percenting is paused for now...
*mauthaphukin requiem for my xbox

WTF? The Tool Guy Makes Wine!?

Posted by James Davie On 1 comments

I'm not sure why I'm surprised (the day after Dan Aykroyd was shilling his wine and vodka at the University Heights liquor board store), but when I saw the above poster for a documentary about Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's winery it just stopped me in my tracks.

I mean, anyone who has listened to Tool knows just how emotionally f'ed up this guy is, and the thought of him actually making (with his own two hands no less) a good wine just flabbergasted me. Celebs throw their names on crap all the time, but here is a guy I never expected to go down this road.

After watching the trailer for the film I have a different perspective on Maynard, and I'm gonna track down this film to watch it and see what happens when he puts his passion into creating something other than music. 

Anyone else receive a pleasant surprise from a celebrity lately?

Wesley MF Crusher's Sweet-Ass Boufant

Posted by James Davie On 4 comments

I just saw this on Wil Wheaton's blog and it made me snort coffee out my nose.

 Right on! 
Also, Wheaton is a kick-ass writer and more-or-less the Secretary of Geekdom in the US. Worth your time to check out his blog every now and then.

Left 4 Dead 2

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-09-13 3 comments

Spent a good part of the weekend slaughtering hordes of fast moving zombies in Left4Dead and it's sequel, moreOfTheSame part 2.  I mock it a bit, but in actuality I really loved the intensity of the game play.  The sequel features more of the same good stuff from the first installment, plus a smidgen of little additions that just improve the experience.

I'm particularly a big fan of the new incendiary ammo.

I'm wondering what people think of the new paradigm of 'fast-zombies' in general.  This weekend I was also playing some Resident Evil 3 which is the exact opposite of L4D.  It was intriguing gameplay focused around problem solving rather than pinpoint shooting.  I'm going to take another crack at Resident Evil 5 on console as I had totally written it off after playing the demo on my PS3, but now I'm thinking I should return and give it a second look.

Do you have L4D 1/2?  Do you have an XBox360?  Do you want to play some online?  If you've answered yes to all three of these AND have received an "Add Friend" from a certain LincoLn ToasT which you've subsequently ignored, you're a son-of-a-bitch.

In other news: life without contractions would suck gigantic goat balls.  No, seriously.

and F* the Fan

Posted by Selbonaut On 2010-09-10 5 comments

F* the unicorn

Posted by Selbonaut On 4 comments

Hobo... With... A... Shotgun

Posted by SoulTrain On 2010-09-07 2 comments

Maybe the best part of Tarantino and Rodriguez' Grindhouse pairing is the films now being made from the fake trailers that played along with them. Machete is out now, and others are rumoured. But this is... something special.

Lost in Translation

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2 comments

While working on changes to the About page at lunch today, I was reminiscing about pictures and links from around the time GnoSchitt got off the ground.

I thought this image from was from a previous post of ours but I couldn't locate it in the history.  Thankfully, the internet is made of tiny faeries and magical creatures that can locate anything by careful keyword searching...

(she is so proud in this picture, and he has NO fucking idea)

Gears of Confetti

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2 comments

Ok, to start, I started playing 360 on a friends box. I had an account and played all his games. Hell, I even bought a few just so I could play them on his machine. Then the dreaded day arrived. University ended and I had money that I could actually spend. Crazy, I know.

So a 360 elite with headset and 250 G hard drive came my way. A memory unit purchased to transfer my existing account from my friends box to my shiny new one. And in all my blessed new-found glory I plugged in to play Gears. I am now ready to rehash all that.

Oh Gears, how you've kept me through the years. Yes it rhymes. Deal with it. Screw poetry it's time to chainsaw things. Kyro's new to the Xbox exclusives and I plan on walking him through the magic of Dom and Marcus. Woe be to everyone not us.