Monday, October 23, 2017

Woop woop new Shieldbreaker deets!

Red Hook announced the Steam page for Darkest Dungeon's Shieldbreaker DLC today, and it actually features some details on what, precisely, the character's deal is!  Woo!

$3.99 US

"Hailing from the distant windswept dunes of the east, the Shieldbreaker arrives in the Hamlet! Deadly as a viper, her iron will has been forged in the heat of the blazing desert sun. Though outwardly demure, her emancipation from the barren wastes came at a price so terrible, it haunts her dreams even now...

  • New hero class: the Shieldbreaker
  • Dynamic, tactical skill set for the Shieldbreaker featuring all new combat mechanics including: Armor Piercing, Guard Break, and Stealth
  • Shieldbreaker class-specific trinkets, including a set.
  • 3 New Monsters - frightful illusions from the Shielbreaker's origin, now slithering forward to infest the Estate
  • New Consumable Item - Aegis Scale, providing a last bastion of protection for when a hero truly needs it.
The Shieldbreaker is a powerful ally in the fight to reclaim the Estate and banish the evil that squats in the Darkest Dungeon. A highly-tactical hero with solid DPS, she truly excels when countering monsters with high protection and those who guard their allies. Her movement, speed, and targeted abilities make her a valuable ally for dismantling intractable monster groups. Though relatively low health, the Shieldbreaker is yet highly survivable in short bursts thanks to her Aegis shield."

    Shin Megami Tensei V announced - coming to Switch.

    Teaser trailer!

    ...and nothing else!

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    The Shieldbreaker comes to Darkest Dungeon this week! (On PC.)

    And that's... literally all we know!

    This tweet appeared this week, annnd... yeah.  There's a screenshot of her character page, but without knowing what any of those abilities actually do, it's not really a reveal so much as a monstrous tease!

    All it says, really, is that the Shieldbreaker is a frontline fighter - a tank of sorts - who specializes in targeting the front lines of the enemy's formation.  Which I'd already assumed, so...

    So I guess we're just waitin' 'till... what, Thursday?  Yeah, I guess we're waitin' till Thursay to find what her deal actually is.  Oh well.

    NeoGAF is down and if you've sexually assaulted folks you really just need to own up to it.

    I'm sad about NeoGAF.  It's down, if you haven't heard.

    The short version is a(nother) accusation of sexual assault on the part of NeoGAF owner Tyler "Evilore" Malka popped up, and threads about it on the site were immediately shut down by mods and bans were handed out.  Not all the site moderators were happy with this suppression, and they began to quit the site en masse.  Now (I believe) only one mod remains - or did, when I crashed out last night - and the site is 503.  Try to load it - you can't.

    Here's a short version of yesterday's events from Polygon, and here's a more detailed version from a journo who was actually involved in the most recent news about Evilore coming to light.  I'm not skeptical of the accusor(s), here - I'm definitely sad and distressed that the Internet Hangout where I actually spent most of my online socializing time has just gone "poof."

    The forum's absence hurts me, personally, in a limited way - I'm going to miss the GAF Overwatch crew if I never hear from them again.  I fucking like NeoGAF and the Overwatch thread(s) and the constant community and wealth of perspectives and knowledge it provides.  I don't want it to go away, and I certainly don't want it to be because yet another dude would rather burn his house down than own up to the fact that he's had problems keeping his hands to himself.

    I appreciate that whether there's one person paying attention or a thousand, stepping up to the mic and saying "I have done shitty, vile things, and even bragged about it, and I am so fucking sorry" is not an attractive proposition.  We're not all the President of the United States of America, and you can't anticipate a lot of support after admitting something like that - but that is the first and only step, dude.  Anything else permits your mistake, your abuses, your sins, to just hang there behind you like a shadow you're terrified someone might be able to see, and - if you're prepared to consider its implications beyond your own suffering - it fosters an environment where you're just going to hurt others again.  And that shadow will grow larger, and define you - if you don't feel it already does.

    Dialogue is what's required, here.  Lucky for you, Evilore, you own and run one of the biggest - if not the biggest - gaming community and dialogue factories on the planet.  That seems like a good place to start.

    So... y'know... start them servers up again!  Annny minute now!  Think about how this affects me you fucking asshole!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Chamberlain & Chance 94 - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

    Wiiiith Alex!   Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play

    Chamberlain and Chance - Two out of three ain't bad

    • Chamberlain has the gall to enjoy Knack 2
    • Alex is loving Battle Chasers more than I love Battle Chasers.
    • South Park: The Fractured But Whole is so smooth. 
    • And how much does everyone love Cuphead?
    You'll have to tune in to find out!

    Awesome header, right?

    Found it last night on Tumblr - here's the artist.  Oh man check out this Bloodborne comic!

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    A raven strains along the line of the road

    Carrying a muddy old skull 
    The wires whistle their approval
    Off down the distance

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Monday, October 16, 2017



    ...mmmmehhhhhhhh.  That did nothing for me.  That did watch-it-on-Netflix-maybe-if-there's-nothing-else-that's-actually-interesting to me.  Pacific Rim had a lot of problems (writing, plotting, casting), but the way it framed and blocked and romanticized its colossal fighting robos and monsters was on point.  This doesn't seem to understand that, and it is the very core of the Pacific Rim experience, to me.

    Oh well.  Ooh there's also a new Black Panther trailer!


    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Overwatch Match Highlights 14 - Feel It Still (Hanamura Tracer)

    No new Clip Show this week - tragic, I agree!  I just didn't have the time to go through last week's footage.  This is in no way due to how fun Battle Chasers is or the acquisition of a brand new Super Nintendo Classic (!!!).

    This week it's just the highlights of a very fun match on Hanamura.  I really feel like this isn't my best work, but going 35 and 4 is pretty damn good, winning without a Mercy (while the other team has one) is better, and getting the enemy team so scared of me that they completely abandon pushes to chase me?  Well, that's the best.

    I don't like using very popular songs in my vids, but I ended up falling for Feel It Still earlier in the week, and only learned it was some big hit after I'd cut the vid together and I was like "well I can either post it as-is or post nothing," and I wasn't about to let you down, dear reader.

    I know how much these mean to you.

    Of note..!

    0:00 - 0:28 : Some folks on forums like to complain about flankers who start out beyond the Hanamura choke.  This is why you don't listen to those haters.  Team kill!

    0:41 - 0:46 : I have no idea why Mercy was just standing there, waiting to get picked, but she got piiicked.  I continued trying to hold the point, but my team had abandoned hope and remained back at point B.  Then, the Zen killed me.

    I don't know why I felt the need to include every death of mine in this video.  Upon reflection, it's not actually representative of my performance in the match, as the highlights vid pretty much only includes my killing blows and none of the parts where I filled up an enemy with damage and someone else picks them (see: the fate of the Hog at the end of the video).

    Really, what I should've done was only include the two times where the Zen gets me, because there's a little rivalry narrative going on there.

    0:54 - 1:16 : The only teamfight to actually take place on point B, I've got a Pulse Bomb in the chamber with Mei's name on it, but she busts her Cryo Freeze early, so I stick it to Rein.  It doesn't get the killing blow on him, but it blows through almost all of his HP, and is easy to finish off.

    I get the killing blow on Mercy after she flies in to Rez Rein, and then I do the Tracer Hustle, blink - shoot - blink - shoot around the point until Mei blows her Blizzard.  Ana BioNades Rein, Hanzo takes him out, Ana finishes off Genji (Ana was incredible - more on that later), I finish Mei and that's all she wrote.

    1:34 - 2:01 : I honestly didn't expect half the enemy team to chase after me when I dove on their Soldier, but the fact that I'm able to run circles around them makes everything okay.  The Soldier actually kills himself!  Whether he jumped off the edge or suicided on his own Helix Rocket after I softened him up is unknown - I was already around the corner - but keeping the team occupied lets Chris get a solid pick on their Mei in the absence of the other four.  Then I bail, give 'em a cheeky wave and return to the safety of the point.

    2:10 - 2:20 : Oh come now, Zen.  It's one thing to teabag (a shitty thing), but do you really think you earned that teabag?  You killed me while being pocketed by a Mercy - who was being pocketed by you!  Both of you were far harder to kill than the av-er-age bear.

    Naw, man.  Naw, you did not earn that teabag.  You definitely earned a bit more prioritization for the rest of the match, though!  Ennnjoy!

    2:20 - 2:30 :  Oh hiiii Zen.  Ohhh did you think that Soldier would save you?  Awww nooo he can't save you Zen.  Or himself.

    2:30 - 2:36 : Oh hiiii Zen.

    2:36 - 2:52 : At this point I'd like to give props to my brother, who solo-tanked this round.  Every time I returned to the point, he was there giving me cover.  Half the times I dove on a squishy, he was already there softening them up for me - and when it went into overtime, it was Chris's Self Destruct that cleared Genji (and more importantly, an ulting Mercy) off the point to end the match.

    And that's pretty much it!  Check out what our Ana pulled off (I sent her a PSN message telling her how incredible she was), and enjoy what happened after that Roadhog hooked me earlier.

    G'night everybody!