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"Steamoticon" Is (un)Officially Officially a Word.

"Shorthand for the tradeable, game-themed emoticons added to Valve's Steam PC game delivery service along with Steam Trading Cards. Many aren't "emoticons" in the traditional sense; rather, they are just little icons related to a game's theme. Their relative uselessness in this sense can lead to "Steamoticon spam" - the practice of popping a couple Steamoticons at the end of every post a player makes, probably unrelated to the post itself. As "items", Steam users can display them in galleries on their profiles as well, though, so the less emotive icons are of some practical value."

It's all my fault. But seriously, go give it a couple upvotes on Urban Dictionary, will ya?


Hynix Factory Fire and Flimsy Justifications for Upgrading My Video Card.

There was a bit of a scare about one of Hynix's factories burning down. They make a lot of the RAM and SSDs on the market, so for them to be out of commission would have a huge impact on the tech industry - including the gaming industry. They are claiming it wasn't as bad as it looked and that they will be up and running soon. Lucky for MS/Sony, as a RAM shortage or price increase would cost them dearly right now.

I might have overreacted a bit to the news. I've had my eye on the GTX 760 for a while now. It's a great card, but I wanted more than 2GB of RAM on my next card. Well, I freaked when I heard about the Hynix plant fire, and when I saw there were 4GB GTX 760's now, I jumped on it and ordered one :x


$300, and omg worth it so far. I'll do a little unboxing/review thing later this week maybe, but this thing is a beast. Based on framerates, it's 2-3x's as powerful as my old HD6870, and it should pair nicely with those new 1440p monitors that are just getting affordable.


Craphole of Illusion.

So yeah, the PC version of Castle of Illusion is a pretty bad port. Basically it is locked at 720p/31fps, which is a big no-no for PC games. There was a lot of fighting on the Steam forums between people like me who were frustrated/angry, and people who said we were just being elitists to want the game to, you know, fucking run right. There were also control lag issues etc. connected to the framerate cap, so it was hardly just an aesthetic thing. Also, as someone else put it, it's like buying the Bluray and getting a shoddy VHS copy.



I'm a little tired of the framerate argument - I can tell a big difference, and anything below around 45 starts to bother me. This game was literally making me ill, as the wonky 31fps cap was causing strange lag and blurring for me - I think it was messing with the monitor's refresh rate. I also think framerate, like resolution and fov, might be something you notice more sitting very close to the screen.

Anyway, there are player-made fixes, check out PC Gaming Wiki for more info. I can safely recommend picking up the game now, as it looks incredible at native 1080p/60fps. The difference floored me, and put to rest any lingering doubts in my head that I was being elitist/shallow/petty to want the game to run properly like that. And the controls are much smoother with the fixes as well.


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Enough of the Jinxisms. On to the recaps!


Nothing quite "topsaucy"... but there were quite a few very good blogs and reviews today, so take a look below!

P - Scary Granules ep 19 - Graceful, Gravity, Gurren, Gainax, and Glowbear. Get some.

P - Pocketoid ep 40 - On the discussion menu today: Pax, Pokemon, and Spelunky.

P - Zero Cool ep 75 - Look forward to a discussion of Phil Fish, Pikmin 3, Papers Please, Oculus Rift, and a ton of other topics!



I - Alice-Alive introduces herself to the Cblogs!

D - Spark Rising - John would like us to check out a prototype build of his indie studio's new voxel-based game. Download link provided!

T - League of Legends - PortablePlatypus talks about striking a balance between fun and winning in LoL.

T - Game Stores - crackedbat shares his impressions of game store employees, from the view of a shopper.

R - Ni no Kuni - Troy reviews the PS3 version of this classic-style jRPG.

T - Go Fish! - voex talks about fishing in games, and how there should totally be more of it!

T - Review Scores - Ryoma talks about the importance of detail in reading and writing reviews, vs just going by the review score.

N - Persona - Nanbu reports that Youtube videos with anything Persona-related are being taken down for some confusing reason.

R - Shadowrun Returns - Capitalist pig reviews the new RPG, finding a lot to love in it.

T - Collectibles - Marche talks about the different ways games handle collectibles, and the woes of being a completionist.

F - Games-as-TV - Edwinjoe speculates as to which videogames might make good television series.



Didn't go on Google Image Search looking for Ponies? Don't worry, you'll find them anyway.

This recap is already late, mostly because
a) I can't shut up
b) I spent all day screwing with my new video card instead of recapping or studying
So we'll call it a night, eh?

Have a good week, me little droogs.


-Jinx

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