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  1. Just want to thank Droo, Grey Fox, SMD, Keyboard Koala, radlord and others for their support. Brian McNeely (Senior Executive Producer) was kind enough to post a picture of one of the members creating the Cobra Staff weapon (on the Facebook page recently), so thanks again guys - I at least know that I wasn't crazy lol. Hope everyone has a great New Year's and manages to play Death Tank at some point in their lives (https://www.youtube....h?v=noUFYvOH9j4) https://www.facebook...2&type=1&ref=nf
  2. It's been a while since I last posted here, but just wanted to point fans (or prospective fans) to Lobotomy Software's upcoming Anniversary in 2013 since their founding in 1993. I've also created a history video which I felt was way overdue, and this was created with help from Ezra Dreisbach and Brian McNeely (and which may be published separately at a later date). The reason for this whole initiative is not only to celebrate their work and to bring those who enjoyed their games together into one place, but to introduce them to a new generation of players who may have missed them for whatever reason - Exhumed/PowerSlave is still amazingly playable even today. There is one slight error in the video regarding the release of Tomb Raider, but this has been corrected in one of our facebook posts as follows: Facebook page here: https://www.facebook...386374664766482 History video may be found here: Cheers.
  3. Toops

    Where to now?

    Though slightly off-topic, I was once a GM (Grand Marshal) on my server and wondered what it would be like to combat other GMs of other servers. Imagine having a special WSG/AB/AV battle only for those who have reached GM or maybe FM (Field Marshal)? Relevance of post? Once GM has been achieved what next for we already have some of the best weaponary in the game? ----------- Tatsumakisen lvl 60 Night Elf Hunter DB server
  4. McDonalds= American Burger King= British Enough said. Toops
  5. Well I'm doing an MA in Computer Games Studies over at Northumbria in Newcastle. Some may laugh but who here can truly explain our pastime without being derided by those who remain ignorant, even by those who partake in the activity? Toops
  6. Toops

    Drum & Bass

    Whilst I can relate to several of your points here, it strikes me as kind of elitist in the extreme. Another alternative would be that, yes, though your favourite artist will become more popular thanks to mainstream attention, the quality of their work will inevitably start to dwindle. Following on from this, once the mainstream get sick of the product they will then abandon it/jump ship in favour of other music genres with which to sink their dirty teeth into. Though what may result is the artist having no market to sell to at all: their original fans may well have been upset by the very fact that they turned their backs on them to pursue greater market success and thus stopping their support, just as the mainsteam will do likewise. It's effectively the end of them...look at the Prodigy. So I am not really condemning the casual market on the basis that the music is more widely available, but on the basis that the quality of that artist's music will diminish as a direct result of having been tarnished by the mainstream attention. I do however understand your point of view. Toops
  7. Toops

    Drum & Bass

    Apologies. a misunderstanding... Toops
  8. Toops

    Drum & Bass

    And that is precisely my point - that the mainstream do not care as much as dedicated listeners (or the original avatars of such music genres) when it comes to an artist's survival. Yes, when such 'underground tunes' inevitably 'do' reach the mainstream, who will pick up the pieces once the casual stampede has run its course? You couldn't care less, well what's new? Toops
  9. Toops

    Drum & Bass

    Who here's pissed off with the huge number of programmes that are now playing the likes of DJ Shadow (Entroducing) and stuff like that? I've heard loads of stuff on the TV lately from Ninja Cuts: Funkungfusion too (Ninja Tunes) and it really pisses me off how these advertising cretins turn a blind eye to such artists when they first appear only then to cling onto them once they hit the mainstream...it's pathetic really. I remember listening to that stuff (UK Hip Hop) years ago and now there's an explosion - everywhere I turn it's being played by chavers...pisses me off let me tell thee... Toops
  10. Mind you, I wouldn't have thought the game would do well in Japan...the game wasn't even released in the US was it? I heard it wasn't... Toops
  11. Yep, the guys over at Revolution forum couldn't quite believe their eyes either... Toops
  12. Agreed. Elder Scrolls + Online = No no. I'm excited too. Mind you having said that, the game will be out on next gen consoles...but how long will we have to wait this time? Oh and do you Cassius Cosades? My Xbox Morrowing crashes alot now, struggling it is...so much inventory...need more power!!! PC one's find though... Toops
  13. This is the kind of response I have come to expect from people who have no hope of understanding the need for some sort of explanatory power - the fact you point out the 'Tellytubbies' goes some way in reinforcing this. A number of people, bereft of any knowledge about not only gaming but media in general, seem to run under the impression that media as an academic pursuit is a total waste of time and effort. Will such academic endeavour affect gaming? No, though nor did Theodor Adorno's evaluation of popular music do likewise, but the point of the matter is in realising it actually exists at all and in identifying it... Toops
  14. Well I think his work is very inspirational, especially in consideration of the fact that he singlehandedly instigated mainstreamist discussion on videogaming theory. Toops
  15. Got that one right on the money mate as I have just played Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life on GC and what a downer it was. It doesn't explain a thing to you (for example you have to actually BUY an item in order to find out when its season is - and the fat bitch farmer doesn't tell you about the seasons proper until much later (why couldn't they have explained this to me at the beginning?), even then you hear that melons should be grown from Summer to fall (er Autumn) without mentioning whether it actually 'included' Autumn or not. Another one says that you simply MUST find a wife and keep a dog - if it were Morrowind I would have killed it long ago...stupid things like this that grate). Morrowind is such a breath of fresh air. Toops
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