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  1. I wonder where this is gonna be posted. 

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      I just created my own stream so I can see your status!

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      If anyone needs me I'll be in the bathroom,  creating my own stream.

  2. I started playing Spirit Tracks a few days ago on my Wii U. I like the music, the fact that it’s a direct sequel to Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, and having a Zelda that possessed shit with me instead of some generic fairy. Immediately became one of my favorite Zeldas (the character, not the game) I’ve met in the series. 
     

    The game is one of the easiest Zeldas I’ve played so far (not sure how much more difficult it’s gonna get as I progress, but it’s far easier than some other games in the series that are complicated from the get-go) and the touch controls can take a while to get used to. Oh, and playing on the Wii U is more than a little annoying, as the gamepad is a tad heavy to hold in one hand and use the stylus with the other, and it’s difficult to try to watch what’s happening in both your gamepad and the TV in scenes that utilizes both of them. 
     

    All in all, despite being really easy, everything else (minus the graphics) sort of make up for it. Particularly if you’ve played WW and PH you’ll recognize characters or mentions of characters that you’ve met in those games. 
     

    So yeah, here’s my 13 years too late quick review of this game. 

  3. TIL Walter Rohrl, the German rally driver who famously raced for Lancia and Audi in the Group B era, raced at Le Mans in 1981 in a Porsche 944 LM and finished first in class.

    1. Hwlngmad

      Hwlngmad

      If only we all could be as good at driving as Walter Rohrl. 

  4. Been watching some Olympic short track skating the past few days. Exciting sport ruined by biased judging and naughtiness of Chinese so called “Olympians”. The men’s 1500m finals (lacking any Chinese athletes) were really exciting, though. Hooray to all athletes who had to put up with China’s bullshit and still performed fantastically. 

    1. wongojack

      wongojack

      It is a weird sport.  It's like they TRIED to invent a racing sport that included a way to create controversy.  I think that every 4 years when the Olympics rolls around.

  5. Well, I did it. I beat Sonic 2. Fine, I played on my Switch and used savestates, but whatever. Maybe I'll try to beat it on my actual Genesis sometime later.

     

    Meanwhile, I've started Sonic Mania. Really digging the remixed tunes.

    1. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Congrats!

    2. masschamber

      masschamber

      if you're having fun save states don't matter, if they ruin the fun, then they're a problem

  6. Second attempt at Sonic 2 brought me to Metropolis Zone Act 2. For fun, I decided to try it on my Nintendo Switch, and thanks to better controls and savestates I managed to get to Sky Chase when I decided I’d had enough for the day. Looks like I’ll be beating this game tomorrow!

    1. Steven Pendleton

      Steven Pendleton

      Wait until you see the final stage. No rings lol. Metropolis Zone has some awesome music, though. You're making me want to play this game again! Drop dash on Switch Sonic 1 and 2 is amazing, by the way. After Mania, I keep forgetting that drop dash didn't exist aside from in the Sonic 3 beta before it got cut, and I am very glad that they put it in Sonic 1 and 2 on Switch.

  7. I played Sonic 2 seriously for the first time today. I went as far as Mystic Cave Zone Act 2 until I ran out of lives and the one continue. Damn, how am I gonna beat this without saves?

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    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      Oh, so those chimes and flashing Sonics were extra continues? I had no idea. I first thought they were extra lives, and was rather confused when I didn’t end up with any. I shall try to acquire as much of them as possible on my next attempt, thanks for the tip. 

    3. The Usotsuki

      The Usotsuki

      The 1up sound is a loud fanfare, the continue sound is a chime.

       

      I've only gotten as far as the final boss, and then, only once.

    4. Steven Pendleton

      Steven Pendleton

      You know how the game's physics engine works? If you don't, take a look into it, as the way it works is really cool. Sonic's gameplay, in Sonic 1, 2, CD, 3&K, and Mania, is extremely heavily reliant on the physics engine, which was something perhaps revolutionary at the time in a home console game. Sonic is defined by slopes, and these are the most important parts of the level design, as they are what affect your jump height to a massive degree. With enough speed, which you get from practice, and an upwards slope, you can jump insanely high and far. This is how you master Sonic. Speed is your reward for being good, not something that is or should be given to the player without earning it, and this is why the 2D games have a relatively high skill ceiling for platformers.

  8. I was reminded today that if Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were still alive today, they’d both be 93. Turns out the past is more recent that I thought. 

  9. I’ve been dabbling with Kerbal Space Program recently. Nice game if you want to rip your head off trying to be a rocket scientist. I’ve so far managed to land a few kerbals on the moon and bring them back, but I can’t do it consistently nor do much more than that. Still, it’s definitely something to check out if you like tinkering with… anything. 

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      I played with it as well a while back.  Fun game, but the time it would take to really figure it out was just more than I have available.

       

      Then I turned it into, "build the least spaceworthy ship possible and see how long your Kerbals last."  The goal isn't to necessarily have it just blow up, but to fail in novel ways and with as great a casualty count as possible.  Bonus points if it actually makes it into space for a time.

    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      Building spaceplanes now. I’ve managed to reach orbit then drop back down, but I don’t have fuel to go any further. Plane is heavy enough as is. I have no idea how people build interplanetary planes. 
       

      In response to your challenge, I built a satellite covered in an ungodly amount of small solid fuel boosters and put it in orbit. I made a rocket with a crew of about 10 kerbals and put it in orbit, making sure the two have intersecting orbits. I sped the game up until the two finally collided. It took way too much time and effort, but I think it’s a pretty spectacular way to kill a dozen kerbies. 

  10. Happy birthday @SlidellMan
     

    Have an Alfaholics GTA-R. 

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    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Happy Birthday SlidellMan!

    2. SlidellMan

      SlidellMan

      Thank you very much, it means a lot. Oh, I happen to be around 6'3", so the GTA-R is rather cramped.

    3. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      @SlidellMan: Happy birthday!

       

      Seeing that makes me regret ever selling my 1973 GTV.

  11. Spent the first day of winter break reading Ready Player Two from beginning to end. It's probably the worst of his three novels. Instead of Ready Player One's epic adventure going through various phases of twists and turns, Two is just one big phase that drags on and on and on. Two had 2/3 the pages of One but had a tenth of its content. What should have been major characters only get like 2 pages' worth of content on them, and the book's idea itself isn't what I'd call novel. I liked the ending though, but it was really predictable. The few subtle references I caught ("Don't spend it all in one place" and Norton the warden) were kind of fun too.

  12. 27 years ago today, my grandfather (dad’s side) passed away in a car accident. He was in his late 40s and my dad was 21. My dad, well, he isn’t the nicest person in the world, but I respect him for what he managed to accomplish in his life after losing his father at such a young age. 

  13. Installed Debian and KDE on a spare laptop. I'm actually liking it so much that I'm considering using this on my main laptop too.

  14. It’s snowing.

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    1. Steven Pendleton

      Steven Pendleton

      Super jealous. I miss having 4~6 feet of snow on the ground in October. It only snows like once every 2 years in Tokyo, sadly.

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I wish it would snow here!  Almost nothing's really added up this year!  We could use it badly...

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      I feel you guys, having lived in Southern California for 2 1/2 years. Very nice to see actual snow piling up on the streets for once. 

  15. My new Tetris personal best: 188880 points. I know it’s a far cry from the actually good points, but I guess it isn’t terrible either. 

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    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      Once when I hosted a retro gaming expo, we had a for-fun Tetris competition (SNES). Out of the blue arrived a professional Tetris player from Israel who happened to be in the country, to show off his skills.

       

      Also I read last week about that AI which had broken Tetris on NES or something like that.

    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      I’ve seen the YouTube video. Tetris froze at 700 something thousand points iirc. 
       

      Never played SNES Tetris actually, I should try it; see if I’m any good at it. 

  16. I was notified that I had to take another COVID test because I came in such close contact with the infected individual. Queue was longer than the last time, but at least I got a nice view of the Lotte Tower. 

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    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Looks like in Korea,  Every car is white.

    2. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      @GoldLeader My car is white as well Johnny. I would blend easy with the rest. :)

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      They really aren’t kidding when they say every car in Korea is black, gray, silver, or black. Apart from taxis, Hyundai N line cars, and the occasional person who actually cares, everyone just buys grayscale cars cause they’re worth more in the used market.  

  17. Some kid who goes to the same hagwon that I go to was tested positive for COVID. School immediately made me go home and I’m required to have a swab stabbed up my nostril again. Good thing I’m vaccinated I guess, although I probably won’t be allowed to go to school until I’m confirmed negative. 

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I've been sick lately and I got a COVID test today too.  I guess I'll have  a few days off while I wait for results.

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      They send a text to everyone who got the test on the following morning at 8AM showing the results. If I’m lucky I might make it to school tomorrow. 

    4. bluejay

      bluejay

      Tested negative, went to school. 

  18. No more CAPTCHA, yay. 

    1. The Usotsuki

      The Usotsuki

      I get the feeling that before long CAPTCHAs will have become countereffective.

    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      Yeah, there’s even a video on YouTube of a robot completing a CAPTCHA (which I assume is totally a setup anyways). 
       

      I was getting a CAPTCHA whenever accessing Atariage, but it appears that it’s gone now. 

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Hmmm.   Never got one here.

       

       

      (They know I'm a robot.)

  19. Korean Air used to have a bunch of games in the entertainment screen and they have since disappeared. These weren’t just chess  and soccer either, there was a rally game (which oddly had a terrible handling WRX and an excellent handling F150), a first person shooter, and some really fun strategy games. I wonder if any of these were preserved or if they’re lost forever. 

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      There was some talk a few years ago about adding them as consoles in MAME, but I don't believe that it ever really went anywhere.  From what I remember of the (relatively brief) discussion, obstacles included:

       

      • Obtaining the units, which were mostly on lease to the airlines and maintained under contract by the manufacturer
      • Some may have worked on a VDI / thin client model, so could be relatively hardware-intensive to emulate
      • Software would have to be extracted from units that weren't taken back by the manufacturer, which would make it as difficult to find in the wild as the hardware
      • Potential for whole-disk encryption, security keys / dongles, etc.

       

      It wasn't so much that there was any opposition to the idea or that they were considered unreasonable to emulate, but that the practicalities of obtaining a working setup to reverse-engineer and emulate were very significant.

    2. IntelliMission

      IntelliMission

      Semi-related: What I would really love is some emulator of those 3D non-textured driving simulators that driving schools have been using for decades. I googled like crazy, but I had no luck. I remember being hypnotized by those machines as a kid. Computerized visual tests are interesting too.

       

      It's sad that some programs/games/books are lost forever. And let's not talk about songs created thousands of years ago, as we only have the instruments for those.

  20. Got my second dose of Pfizer this morning. It’s 10pm now and I’m still totally fine. Hope I don’t feel like a wet rag tomorrow. 

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    2. john_q_atari

      john_q_atari

      Most symptoms with the initial 2 shots of Pfizer are mild. No one I know had much of any symptoms on the 1st shot, and if they had symptoms on the 2nd shot it was only mild achy, headache, fatigue symptoms. Nothing lasted more than 12 to 24 hours.

    3. Albert

      Albert

      I've had three shots of Moderna now, relatively mild symptoms for all three.  The second one was probably the worst on this front, but even then it wasn't terrible.

    4. Giles N

      Giles N

      Here in Norway I got my (my age-groups) second vaccine 17th Sept. (older and more sickly got it earlier).

       

      I didn’t really bother about concerns as to vaccine side-effects… but, you know… got this phobia to blood… blood-talk… and some associated parapharnelia…

       

      And she asked… ‘Do you use blood-thinning midications…’

       

      And … on and on…

       

      Then the shot… with all the blood n’ needle phobia in my mind…

       

      I almost blacked out + puked.

       

      But got through it.

       

      As for worries concerning the vaccine-content and possible side-effects …  just wasn’t there at all.

       

      Hope we can get at those offshot-Covid-variants spreading.

       

      Anyway… we - Humanity - should take some lesson as to what we directly or indirectly ‘import’ into our societies, into our crowds. It’s hardly a secret it came from one certain province on the face of the planet. Why not be a little more careful about what agents of nature we interact or meddle with…?   And why shouldn’t anyone concerned with such issues be alert to the dangers of such things?  In any run-of-the-mill YouTube video about bats, or about virus-research, its inherent in the content that such things pose an actual danger…

       

  21. I found an abandoned Mitsubishi FTO on my way to my grandma’s. Wonder how long it’s been there. 

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Those were a neat looking car,...Wish they were RWD.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Quick question which side of the road do they drive on in Korea?

    4. bluejay

      bluejay

      I think these were perfectly fine as nimble, lightweight, front wheel drive sports cars. If you wanted something with more oomph and more whee you got the GTO.

       

      We drive on the same side as the US here, that is, opposite from UK and Japan. 

    1. bluejay

      bluejay

      Embed is still not working right but at least the video should work. 

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    1. bluejay

      bluejay

      It appears that embedded videos require you to press it, press the right arrow button next to it, the click “view”, at least on iPhone. Dunno about other devices. 

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      IMG_1729.mov ?

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      Thanks for letting me know. I tried on a bunch of devices and it only seems to work on my iPhone. I’ll upload that video to YouTube and post another status update later. 

  23. Anyone like to take a guess as to what they were trying to say here?

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    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      Premium Crabs (name of the seafood restaurant) is selling king crabs and lobsters at wholesale prices. Salad bar is not included. (Suggests that they are having to charge extra for the salad bar because they’re selling the seafood for less.)

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      That was a somewhat crabby... I mean crappy translation from their side.

    4. Max_Chatsworth
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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Here's a story;  Once I thought I saw a face in the urinal...I didn't want to be pissed off,  so I made sure it was (ahem) pissed on 

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      My grandfather still had his encyclopedia set on his top shelf of his (admittedly small) bookshelf. I should take a peek sometime :) 

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      They're kinda like the internet, but with no porn...Careful now, ya might learn something. ;)

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