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Throughout the show we've seen Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash come a very long way and are well on their way to realizing their goals and ambitions.

Rarity rose from being an unknown, small-town tailor to a rich and famous fashionista.

Rainbow Dash is swiftly rising as a new Wonderbolt and is impressing the bigwigs at every turn, she's clearly got an amazing career Wonderbolt ahead of her.

And of course, Twilight rose from being an everyday commoner to a princess based entirely on her own merit, not genealogy.

But when it comes to Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, well...they're just sort of there. What have they accomplished in the last 5 years in terms of their own lives? They never really seemed to have any life ambitions like Twilight, Rarity and Rainbow Dash did, being more content with their own lives as they already are. It feels like half the main cast is being pushed to support roles, having little in the way of their own goals.

Applejack in particular I have to sympathize for. I mean, she had originally wanted to make the rural flight and see more of the world than the farm she was born on. She went on a pilgrimage as a child to the city to get a taste for more of the world, but then here cutie mark was just like "LOLNOPE" and sent her right back to the farm, and there she's remained. She seems like her life goals like with family rather than wealth or fame, but if that's the case then she and Big Mac are doing a pretty terrible job of keeping their lineage going. I mean, Applejack is in her late 20s and Big Mac is like 30. If they want to continue their bloodline then one or both of them better start looking for a mate soon.

Regardless, these 3 are sorely lacking in personal character development. I feel like they're unfortunately getting sidelined in favor of the other 3. I hope season 6 addresses their personal stories...or lack thereof.

Video Games Archive / The Long Dark
« on: 2015 Feb 27, 06:45:16 »
The Long Dark is a promising new survival game that's available for early access on Steam. It's currently half off so now would be a good time to grab it up. The game is set in rural Canada following a global power loss due to a geomagnetic disaster. You play as a lone survivor looking to survive and bring some order to the chaos. Currently only sandbox mode is playable, the story mode is still development.

the game has an Amnesia-y vibe to it, but less linear. The game looks really good for alpha, even has quality voice acting for the protagonist. I'm interested in seeing if this game spawns a multiplayer mode, it would make a really good deathmatch game.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECHnqMklU1A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECHnqMklU1A</a>

I pretty much spend all my time in GTA Online racing but it's so hard to get a good races in randoms. I'd like to find some communities of people who want to actually race instead of just spend the whole time trying to crash me and block me into a corner. It seems without fail there's always at least one person who completely ignores the race and just trolls everyone. Anyone in or know of some crews or groups that specialize in clean racing?

Video Games Archive / Anyone play The Crew on PC or Xbox One?
« on: 2015 Jan 01, 15:29:42 »
I'm going to get The Crew soon but I'm on the fence about weather I should get it for PC or console. Anyone got any insight as to the communities of the two platforms and which would be more enjoyable to play in?

Video Games Archive / Civilization: Beyond Earth
« on: 2014 Aug 22, 23:07:08 »
At last, we have a Civilization game based on the future of humanity rather than the past. In this game humanity has exhausted Earth's resources and must leave to found a new civilization on a new planet.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2grKk4Fv0k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2grKk4Fv0k</a>

Gameplay Demo:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIri5gWKy4A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIri5gWKy4A</a>

As a technophiliac I'm pretty stoked about this. That tech web looks pretty sweet. Rather than racing technology in one direction like in Civ 5 you now choose which direction human technology will develop. Here's hoping there's the tech victory is more involved in this game. The space race in Civ 5 was just uninteresting and anticlimactic.

Off-Topic Archive / Globetrotter - Cities of the World
« on: 2014 Jul 18, 00:35:16 »
Globetrotter is a geography game where you try to locate specific cities of the world as fast and accurately as possible. As you advance in the game it will start to give you more obscure cities in larger countries, making it harder. By level 7 it will completely take away the country boarders.

See how good you can do! I fail on level 10 every time.

Off-Topic Archive / How fast can you type?
« on: 2014 Jul 15, 00:40:08 »
You can use 10fastfingers.com to quickly test your typing speed and accuracy.

Show your results!

Off-Topic Archive / The Two Minute Geography Challenge
« on: 2014 Mar 03, 18:45:27 »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2og0JUxkAI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2og0JUxkAI</a>

Can you do better?


Video Games Archive / Plague Inc. Evolved
« on: 2014 Mar 01, 12:49:36 »
Once of the most popular mobile games of 2013 is moving to the PC in the form of Plague Inc. Evolved. The PC game is still in heavy development, but is available for purchase on Steam for those who want to take part in the interactive development stage, where fan feedback will help shape the final product.

The new features include co-op and competitive multiplayer modes. Modding tools that allow the creation of custom scenarios, disease types, and even planets. As well as a completely rewritten stat and AI system that will make the game more strategy-based and less linear. Oh, and a mega-brutal difficulty for those who found brutal too easy.

The launch trailer, narrated by Dr. Kleiner Ndemic Creations lead developer:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSat_gLDXPc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSat_gLDXPc</a>

Video Games Archive / Banished
« on: 2014 Feb 06, 22:25:10 »

Banished is a new town-builder strategy game created by a one-man indie developer, Shining Rock Software. The game will be released on Steam later this month for 20 USD.

The game begins with a group of 20 or so people who have been banished from society and must build their own township from scratch in order to survive. In this game, your townspeople are born, grow, and die over the years. You assign your people jobs and direct the growth and evolution of the town over the generations. You must ensure that the society survives natural difficulties such as famine, winter, and disease.

Anyone else think this game has potential to be something big? The next Minecraft, perhaps?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0oxBJPiq4k <== Beautiful montage video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq4aiygUhTk <== Gameplay overview.

With the release of Elder Scrolls Online looming on the horizon, I thought I'd get some statistics as to the makeup of you guys.

As for me? Redguard dragon knight, no question.

Tamriel Foundry contains all publicly available information on the game. If it's not on this site then it is NDA protected information.

Video Games Archive / Elder Scrolls 6: High Rock
« on: 2013 Nov 09, 13:21:58 »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw4_9s9fDB8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw4_9s9fDB8</a>


Only Penn Jillette...

Imagine that in the finale of each season from here out a new pony is made an alicorn and given a royal position in Twilight's court.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sghncnGkFAo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sghncnGkFAo</a>

Video Games Archive / SteamOS
« on: 2013 Oct 26, 01:16:18 »
Official Site

Valve, the leaders of the PC gaming industry have revealed recently that they are developing a new Linux-based operating system. To my knowledge, this will be the first operating system built specifically for gaming.

Valve is designing this OS with their future console; the Steam Machine, in mind. However, it will be freely available for download to PC. Compared to Microsoft charging 200 bucks a pop for their home operating systems, this is good news indeed.

I've been very pleased with what I've heard on the OS, as had the gaming community at large. Many prominent game developers; including Markus 'Notch' Persson, have praised it as amazing news for the gaming industry. My one concern thus far is that, if this OS catches on and becomes the new standard for gaming machines, it means that Valve will have a monopoly on the gaming industry. Such a situation could lead to some real trouble for the industry down the road, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with a single corporation have such power.

Off-Topic Archive / Personal Heroes
« on: 2013 Sep 29, 20:41:47 »
If there is one person in recorded history that you admire the most, who is it and why?

Benjamin Franklin

While not necessarily genius by definition of the word, I consider Franklin to be one of the smartest men who ever lived in terms of using his intelligence. He was an expert in many fields, not just one. From science, to engineering, to politics, to philosophy, Franklin led the pack. It's a real shame that he was never elected president; I consider him the single greatest American to ever live.

Who are some of your personal heroes?

Please try to avoid controversial heroes such as religious figures.

Video Games Archive / Guy loses 9000 USD ship in EVE.
« on: 2013 Sep 20, 16:00:24 »
Forbes reports of a player loses a very valuable limited edition ship worth approximately 9000 USD. It is so valuable because there are only three in existence (well, two now.). That's more than half of what I make in a year.

In a game like this where things have such staggering real-world values it makes me wonder if I should take EVE up as a second job. I know that one of my best friends from my first job sold his EVE account for 4000 dollars; enough for him to quit his job and become a full-time college student.

Video Games Archive / Amnesia: Machine For Pigs
« on: 2013 Sep 10, 19:39:29 »
If you're going to get this game, no need to wait for the price to drop...because it's already only 20 USD.

I finished the game in 5 hours of playtime. Definitely a downgrade from Dark Descent. There is no health, sanity, or even an inventory anymore. All interaction with the game world is done in real time. By extension to the lack of sanity, darkness is no longer a hindrance besides obvious visual impairment. If you're feeling cheap you can crank the gamma way up and play the game without ever raising your lantern.

BTW, your lantern is electric and requires no oil or anything. You can keep it up indefinitely.

You will know when enemies are around because when they are nearby all electric lights (including your lantern) start to flicker....it's never explained why. Not that it really matters, since most of the time enemies are just ambiance behind locked doors and junk. I think I came into contact with 6 actual dangerous enemies through the whole game.

The story is very confusing, though that's forgivable because the game is supposed to be about being confused and not knowing what's going on. The ending I did not see coming at all...it seemed really illogical and very anticlimactic.

All in all a very dumbed down game from the first. I'm glad it was only 20 USD, I'd have felt very ripped off if it was released as a full priced game. I would suggest that people not buy it and instead just watch a playthrough on Youtube if you want to see the story.

Off-Topic Archive / When Was I Conveived?
« on: 2013 Sep 06, 02:49:29 »
For those of you who aren't satisfied with one birthday a year, this interesting website allows you to find out your likely conception week, as well as some of the most popular media of that week. This can result in some rather unfortunate implications.

For example, this was the movie that may have inspired my parents to conceive me:

Video Games Archive / Unwritten: Echos of Twilight
« on: 2013 Sep 01, 19:43:22 »

Official Game Website

This ambitious project shows what a gateway modding can be. Several of the best Bethesda community modders have joined forces and formed their own indy game company. They are currently starting work on this new game. Clearly inspired by The Elder Scrolls, EOT is an open world-RPG taking place in the land Midengard. The world is destined by fate to end. You play as a hero known as the Unwritten; an individual who is not bound by the wheel of fate as others are. Thus, his or her actions can change destiny.

The game is currently in very early development. Without corporate funding, it's debatable as to weather or not the game will actually be finished. Then again, look at Minecraft. The Persson brothers went from nothing to being multimillionaires.

So what do you guys think? Vaporware, or the next Bethesda?

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