Chatty: Dota 2, Doom 3

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Now that Dota 2 is confirmed as a free-to-play game, complete with an early access bundle anxious non-beta players can purchase, DM7 wants to know the best heroes to play for first time characters. Chatty, being the kings and queens of all things Dota 2, weigh-in with their selections. Alco23, a tad late to the party, drops some knowledge to the Chatty starting off with an article titled "Welcome to Dota, You Suck."

Doom 3 BFG is just over the horizon, but DarkDeus had a hankering to head to the depths of hell early. Using high-resolution textures and Sikkmod to update the visuals to modern standards, Doom 3 is looking mighty fine. Check out his screenshots in the Chatty thread. What do you think Doom 4 will look like? Rage? Whatever it is, let's hope there isn't a multiplayer horde mode. Stick to scarring me for life, please!

BioWare released the Extended Cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 this week. Shackers at work took to their favorite video sites to watch the different endings, with Nitrium the first out of the gate. Given a bit of time to watch all of the endings, bradsh goes into some more detail discussing the finer points of the future of the universe. Did you play the Extended Cut DLC? Did you like the new endings?

gydot gets a bit of a surprise while playing through L.A. Noire this week in the Silk Stocking case, prompting a curious thread on 'shocking' games. The usual suspects all make appearances, including Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Quake 4. Nothing has quite scared me more than Resident Evil 2 on the Nintendo 64 when a Licker jumping through a one-way window came close to giving me a heart attack. We had the surround sound cranked up, lights off, and my parents were out for the evening. That scene still makes me cringe.

Need something to play this weekend? Pick any one of these titles, and you're sure to be entertained. tr0mblyj provides a rather large image featuring classics that shaped the PC gaming industry, including games like Duke Nukem 3D, Wasteland, Syndicate, and Day of the Tentacle. Now if I could manage to get Grim Fandango to work on a modern PC....

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Cats. They're everywhere. Sexpansion Pack finds an article that discusses how Google has a neural network of 16,000 computer processors that taught itself to recognize these felines on Youtube. Clearly, humanity as reached its apex. Next task is to identify political posts in Chatty and nuke them from orbit.

Hungry for pizza? You are now. Class is in session as the chefs of Chatty deliver their best home-made pizza making advice, all thanks to mancide. Did they miss anything? No, going to Little Caesar's for a Hot-N-Ready pizza instead doesn't count as a tip. Unless you want to deliver to me. Then maybe.

Start your weekend off with a gorgeous timelapse of the horizon with dodob. Maybe play some Explosions in the Sky, too.

The Euro 2012 Soccer Championships gave Finchypoo some fodder for a Tumblr site. Check it out; many laughs are in store. Check it out before you head to the thread by Wisp! discussing the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, or you might find yourself making similar expressions.