Morning Discussion

By Chris Faylor, Dec 12, 2008 5:20am PST Damn Friday, way to represent.

First, I wake up to a snow-covered winter wonderland and blue skies, which are much nicer than the grey overcast and its soggy "don't worry, I'll only freeze at night" rain.

And then, Tim Schafer's latest, Brutal Legends, finally gets a new publisher.

Plus we get the first in-game footage of BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic today.

In conclusion, Fri-to-the-day knows what is up. Let's keep the good times coming, eh?

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    If you haven't played the new game from Flashbang studios, check it out at (these are the guys who previously brought you Off-Road Velociraptor Safari!)

    Anyway, I'm enjoying it a lot more than their previous games, as it nicely mixes casual gaming with utter destruction and a score that can be hard to maximize. My top score today was just over $1.3 million, which I was going to take a screenshot of and then accidentally went back to the title screen to make sure I had the address correct... =/

    Anyway, I believe I ended up 334th overall and 187th today, try it and post your scores!

    My strategy: Pure agression. I played it to serve the customers originally, but could never break $800k. Now I start off by maximizing inventory (never click one circle at a time, it's always cheaper to get more than one upgrade at once) and then work on getting my insurance and strength up before getting whirlwind and bristle. Charge is the only other attack I like, and I don't find it necessary until you get to 4+ inventory. Also, for the first two days, try to stop breaking stuff and just run around when security shows up until you calm down, until the store is about to close. Oh, and always get to rage insurance by alternating punches in mid-air BEFORE hitting the merchandise, otherwise you're losing money.

  • On the bright side, which looks more like a faint glimmer, there should be a big push for banking reforms by special interest groups to prevent this economic debacle from getting out of hand like this again. All of the people imprisioned in their securitized bank loans that won't get unbundled because an investor is collecting a 1/10th of 1% (or more) on the aggregate will eventually get their say, albeit at a great loss to their personal welfare.

    All of the legal maneuvers and manpower that it takes to help people, to refinance corporations and balance the books will take it's toll. Taxpayers bankrolling the bailouts and suffering the losses will want to be vindicated.

    The bright side? The slate has been swept clean in a manner. Now the unfortumate stand side-by-side, the line a richer blend of America.