I learned a little about quarks this week. Quarks are small constituents of matter that make up the things that make up atoms and they're acted upon by all four important forces. Did you know there are six types of quarks, known as flavors: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top?
I didn't. I learned this because I wanted to make a joke: "hahaha trying to argue for a constituent of matter model w/ elementary particle being acted upon by FIVE forces? talk about jumping the quark."
It wasn't well received, but I enjoyed it, and I learned. What efforts of yours went unnoticed this week? What did you learn?
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Accomplished anime-hater Steven "Hates Anime" Hansen wrote about how Sony's aggressive acquisition of indie games is helping to bring living room consoles back to their past identities as local co-op machines. He probably snuck in a jab at Senran Kagura in there, too.
Sportsfriends, which includes the local multiplayer Barabariball, Johann Sebastian Joust, Super Pole Riders, and Hokra, just hit PS4 and PS3. It perfectly encapsulates the feel Sony seems to be trying to bring more of. Johann Sebastian Joust doesn't even require you to look at the TV, let alone try to impress with polygons. It impresses and impacts with fun.
Jonathan "Must Love Dogs" Holmes is not impressed with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Why? Advance Wars has already done it better. #sixgamesandamovie
Advanced Warfare's boss is a creepy Ken-doll version of Kevin Spacey. Just like the real Kevin Spacey, he's over dramatic, anti-heroic, full of himself, and known for making sadistic sexual advances on production assistants on the sets of his films. Unlike the real Kevin Spacey, he's entirely made from plastic. If you were to rub him really fast, you would generate very little heat, as plastic Spacey is too smooth for friction. If regular Kevin Spacey is like a banana, Advanced Warfare's Kevin Spacey is like a banana wearing a condom, except the banana also is a condom.
Patrick "Huckster" Hancock understands Dota so you (or I) don't have to. There are a lot of pictures and details I dota-nderstand.
A new update just hit Dota 2, and it brought with it another slew of balance changes in the form of the 6.81 patch. Buffs and nerfs abound, and the future of the game has changed once again. Many have claimed that the 6.80 version of the game was really damn good, and I would certainly agree. Changes had to be made to certain Heroes though, and Icefrog is not one to keep us waiting for long.
Dale "Virginia Slims" North makes my Vita-apologist self look like a downright Vita-hater. He (and I) already thinks you should get a Vita, but he says that if you're buying one, the slim model is the way to go. He makes a compelling case. I'm still going to lord my OLED screen over ya'll that do.
I don't even count the screen change as a tick in the negative box. It's not as nice as the original screen, but it's still great. The rest, though? Come on! The new Vita is lighter, sleeker, easier to hold, more comfortable to play, has better buttons, a better charger port, and looks great to boot.
Chris "Probably a Cylon" Carter has this weird condition wherein he doesn't like music, but I guess if you digest that music through a videogame bird mama and throw it back up, he digs it, because he's all kinds of excited for Amplitude. I'm hoping for at least three Cibo Matto songs. Did I use "cylon" right? I've never watched Battle Star Galactica.
But Amplitude didn't just influence my musical tastes, it also scratched that hardcore rhythm game itch that I get from time to time. On higher difficulties, the game was tough -- so tough that I'd sit there for hours mastering one song. Before the era of plastic instruments, sitting there hitting buttons like a DJ was more than enough for me. To top things off, it had a remix mode, as well as local and online multiplayer -- in 2003!
Steven "Anime Racist" Hansen mused weirdly on MLB 14 The Show in its PS4 debut, talking about elbow fetishes, $11 beer, and Hunter Pence's terrifying eyes (see Featured Comment).
With these updated visuals comes a trek into the uncanny valley, but you can't fault some misses when you are trying to faithfully model hundreds of real people. And why spend days modelling George Kontos when he'll get optioned back down to the minors anyway? I wonder if there's some sort of priority list the team goes through and then hopes someone at the bottom doesn't explode onto the scene. What's the return on investment for nailing Giancarlo Stanton's chin stubble? I guess when the base game is good, you run out of things to change year over year, barring Blernsball additions (multiball, multiball!).
It's the end of the week which means that it's time for another episode of Reviews in Review. This week a TON of games came out, so if you missed any of our reviews just check out the video for a quick recap. Seriously, what else are you going to do for four minutes? This week I use some really bad accents.
Max and I were having a laugh at all of the stupid garbage comments on our recent breakout Call of Duty video, and thought it would be a good idea to share the laughter with our not stupid garbage viewers (you).
Call of Duty: Advanced Manfare, Halo with Boobs?, and a Lot of Beverages - Tuesday Newsday - Max Scoville
Lots of things happened in the game-o-sphere this week. Kevin Spacey scored the manliest name for his character in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We found out the Halo TV series may be produced in conjunction with Showtime, so there has to be boobs in it, right? Sunset Overdrive launched a fake beverage campaign, while Mountain Dew decided to bottle Baja Blast for some reason. We've also had a lot of rumblings out of the world of the Oculus Rift, and seen a whole new side of Disney Infinity.
Surely you remember PS2 beat-matching games Frequency and Amplitude. Classics, right? Harmonix told us that they've been waiting to create a new title in the series, and they're announcing a Kickstarter today to do just that. They're hoping to fund a new version of Amplitude for PS3 and PS4.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg that they plan to develop new game consoles for emerging markets. Instead of discounting existing Nintendo systems, they will "make new things, with a new thinking." Iwata told Bloomberg in an interview, "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."
Epic Games made its "future of Unreal Tournament" announcement and it's actually promising. There is, in fact, a new game in the works -- starting today with "a small team of UT veterans" -- that'll be developed in open collaboration with series fans and Unreal Engine 4 developers. It's going to be free when it's released for Windows/Mac/Linux, although that won't be anytime soon.
Malthor Dear Lord, I think I've stumbled over the most bullshit boss fight I've seen in a long time. "Here, let me summon 2-3 mnions each turn. They inflict all of the status effects btw, as do I. Have fun!"Pixie The Fairy Bought FF Explorers and downloaded Soul Sacrifice Delta last night. SSD is faring better than FFEx so far. What is it about this genre that makes SE go to crap on lore and world building? They're usually great at it. Also no 3D :/MeanderBot Yeah buddy!Niero Desu Isnt it better to ignore someone than post nasty stuff in their quickpost/blog comments? I hope so! Discuss this upcoming site feature hereSeymourDuncan17 So, I've decided to take my first big foray into creating original music! For my first venture, I did up some tracks heavily-inspired by Persona 3. I plan on making videos of them when they're 100% complete. Link in the comments. Sir Shenanigans Ahhh GameStop demo... Now I want Street Fighter...CJ Andriessen Don't have a date for V-Day weekend? Why not fill that void in your life by making a Super Mario Maker Level for this month's Dtoid Designs Contest? http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/CJ+Andriessen/dtoid-designs-the-wacky-wiggler-challenge-338301.phtmlSarah Jane farron So uh, my dream was interesting. Travel somewhere to get furniture, protests going on, police lock us behind a gate so we go round and blow up their car to escape. Now apocalypse time with city on fire and zombies and then I get a girlfriend.Quite varied!ikiryou I watched the movie Flight with Denzel Washington last night. It got especially good once John Goodman appeared and it turned into a sort of fun, surrealistic drug comedy. But then the ending undid every bit of enjoyment it gave me up to that point.ChrisHannard Putting together the Valentines Day edition of Gaming's Beautiful People and finding it surprisingly hard - ooer, missus etc - to find a male couple to put in the list. Any suggestions? All I can seem to find is the guards from Undertale. JohnSmith123 The story in Destiny seem kind of crummy. I feel like I'm missing something here. It doesn't really click. Taken King however seems pretty good though. OrochiLeona You know how after years and years of constant truckin' Truckers are known to get one permanently sunburned arm?OverlordZetta Quick note for Soul Sacrifice Delta: Sony designed it weirdly, and so while most of the updates should come in by downloading the newest update, other stuff you might not get unless you hit this on the main menu. Don't miss out!Retrofraction Getting my Ninja on for a selfie in the Bathroom for the contest:Donald J Trump Found this image of myself on Ted Cruz's computer, disgraceful! Further proof he isn't natural born, no true American would have a disgusting image like this! (Censored by some idiot's ugly face)Solar Pony Django That moment when your dog eats one of your figures but don't notice until it's to late. 10/10 Dog. Yah fuck.Alphadeus Love, Lost, Live, Lost (2014) - Yesterday was me and my girlfriend's 16th year anniversary together, so I decided to share this song. It deals with being in love, losing that person, moving on, and learning to love again. It's 9 minutes long, too :Pgajknight I have done my part. Thank you Niero. Question: Does blocking someone also remove their front-page articles too? iam16bit I've been on this site for sometime and for some reason I've never done a quickpost until now.TheKodu So I'm hearing the UN called Japan in to discus "Banning the sale of video games or cartoons involving sexual violence against women " Which by Anita's standards = any Violence able to be done. Japan sent a 40 page long NO back to the UN in reply.