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Bit of an Easter Egg I found in Shadowrun Returns... can you catch all the allusions?

Just did a wipe and reinstall of Skyrim, so I've been re-modding it. I find it frustrating how badly Nexus modders deal with new versions. They often don't leave the old versions, and when they change the name of the mod, finding the new one can be a pain in the ass. Sometimes you want the old version, too. "Realistic Lighting With Customization" became "Realistic Lighting Overhaul". Considering there is no longer any customization, including the preset I liked, it's not the same freaking mod. Worse, even though I have the old version in my mod manager, I'm having trouble getting it working. Guess I'll have to try SweetFX or some other option :/

How awesome my Skyrim looked before they f*cked up the lighting mod.

I've mentioned the new GTX 760 by Nvidia a few times here, which currently holds the mid-range crown in terms of price/performance (around $260).  A friend picked one up Friday and loves it (upgraded from a 560ti). She's playing Fallout 3 with it, modded out like crazy with an ENB enabled, and still getting 55-60fps. So it sounds like a pretty great card if you're building or upgrading right now. I'd recommend the EVGA version I linked (her version) or the Gigabyte one – the models with custom coolers. They run quieter and cooler, plus they are factory overclocked.

Fallout 3 on the GTX 760.

I started playing around more with Super Mario Galaxy in Wii emulation... I have a pretty good config for kb/mouse, but I think I'll need a Wiimote/Nunchuck to play some sections properly because of the pointlessly weird controls. I typically get 50-60fps at 1080p on my fairly modest gaming PC. I bought a new copy of the game, btw, because I want Nintendo to get their money for the game - even though I refuse to play it on their hardware.

Super Mario Galaxy on PC. Shiny.

The whole Nintendo situation just frustrates me. They have some great games, and I've been a fan since the NES days. But I would take a great game running smoothly in HD with a regular controller over the same game running at low res poorly with motion controls or a GamePad any day. So far I've found nothing in Super Mario Galaxy that couldn't have been done as well or better with a regular controller, aside from some bits that feel tacked-on to justify the motion controls. The more I play it, in fact, the more I feel Nintendo's need to integrate the Wiimote/nunchuck hurt the game's design more than anything. The game in general just doesn't feel as "meaty" as Mario 64, which I recently replayed a lot of on my netbook.

But, Nintendo will be Nintendo. On to your Recaps...

* - The Big Blue - Arkonviox shares a nice article about the failed Kickstarter for The Big Blue - a project by Ecco the Dolphin's original creator.

P - Scary Granules Ep 18 - Another week another podcast! This time covering a mix of games and issues including Warframe, Metro 2033, Still Life, Dragon's Crown, and boobs.

P - Go For Rainbow podcast - Their new podcast should be up Monday, and they'll be critiquing another podcast - Mega64 - on their own.

P - Neshoba Talks About Video Games - Neshoba78 is starting a new podcast - welcome to episode 1!

R - Gone Home - TokyoChicken gives us a great little review of Gone Home, which is sounding more and more like a title I have to try.

T - Racing Games - Sean takes a look at the genre, considering what makes a compelling racing game and where the genre might go in the future.

T - Reboots - Fenriff considers what makes a good reboot vs a bad reboot, giving some examples of each.

T - Disney Infinity - Crackedbat has some criticism for Disney's new game - particularly that some of the best gameplay modes aren't included in the base game, forcing players to shell out even more money for the complete experience.

T - Animal Crossing - Dappermouse askes why the hell people - including himself - can't seem to stop playing this game.

T - League of Legends - Retrofaction talks about how best to learn from losing in LoL and the psychology behind losing streaks.

F - Kick Ass the Game? - Greshhy proposes that a game based on the Kick Ass movies could be great (but something bigger and better than the mediocre PSN title)

R - Dafuq? - Humorous video/fanfic related to the kids cartoon Arthur and masturbation. I'm not sure why it's here, but... there you go.

C - Tweet? - Yuri Addict tells us how long he/she's been playing games. That's it. One sentence. Nice but maybe elaborate a bit more next time?

I'm... really not sure how to feel about this scene...

Good Night and Good Gaming!

- Jinx

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