Evening Reading

I've had a headache for the better part of a week. This crazy fall weather and its agonizing pressure systems will be the death of me.

In other exciting news, I bought a pair of Sennheiser PC 350's for gaming. I like them, though I hadn't anticipated the deafening effect of air-tight, closed-ear headphones while voice chatting. I can't shake the feeling that everything coming out of my mouth is unintelligible garbage.

News:

From The Chatty
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    October 19, 2009 6:00 PM

    Ok I'm firing up borderlands and making a new char. Who wants to join me?! gamertag same as shackname

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      October 19, 2009 6:03 PM

      What store is breaking the date?

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      October 19, 2009 6:03 PM

      did you beat it already?

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        October 19, 2009 6:04 PM

        nope i'm about halfway i guess, taking my time and gonna enjoy it. on my third char now and i don't mind going back through the same content - its fun!

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      October 19, 2009 6:28 PM

      I want to start a new character too but I don't want to level him can't I just convert my current one to a new guy? god I hate RPGs >:(

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        October 19, 2009 6:38 PM

        sad - well we can play together i guess if you want? my soldier is 22, we can do the gladiator rings and stuff if you ahven't or clean up on old missions.

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      October 19, 2009 6:30 PM

      A review from GameTrailers is up.

      http://www.gametrailers.com/video/review-borderlands/57869?type=flv

      8.4

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        October 19, 2009 6:33 PM

        when can age gates go away. please.

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          October 19, 2009 6:38 PM

          talk to the ESRB

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            October 19, 2009 6:43 PM

            The thing that bugs me about that, though, is that I'm registered with GT and my birthday is entered into the site.

            Surely they could do something with that?

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              October 19, 2009 6:48 PM

              depends on how the gate is coded. Is it just a method being called, and is that method public?

              They'd have to take the birthdate from the database, convert it to something the age gate method reads, and then send it over.

              So, as long as its not badly designed, probably easy. If it isn't designed for it though, probably not worth the hassle.

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              October 19, 2009 6:49 PM

              well that's just a coding issue. lots of sites I imagine had to wedge it in after the fact so you end up with some half-assed implementations.

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              October 19, 2009 7:42 PM

              I thought I remembered a post by someone, a dev maybe? That said it was ESRB's doing that you had to enter you birthday in every time registered or not.

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            October 19, 2009 7:00 PM

            So many people born on January 1.

            Seriously, this is the kind of thing Facebook is for. Why not just check my logged in profile and see if I'm 18.

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          October 19, 2009 8:28 PM

          meh, it takes about 0.5 seconds to enter 1/1/1900. I got to imagine that birthdate is pretty popular.

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        October 19, 2009 7:23 PM

        WAY BETTER THAN FALLOUT 3, RIGHT RANDY?

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        October 19, 2009 7:38 PM

        Oh finally.

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          October 19, 2009 7:39 PM

          Oh shit, and they finally upgraded their video player to have real full screen! That is amazing.

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            October 19, 2009 7:55 PM

            Yeah. Pity that the HD version doesn't play on iPhone, just the SD (which is good enough, to be fair).

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      October 19, 2009 6:44 PM

      I really think its unfair how you flaunt your early copy in our faces. Low blow bro.

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        October 19, 2009 6:52 PM

        not flaunting! just dont have real life friends :(

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        October 19, 2009 7:13 PM

        Sheriff Lobo's Low blow bro blowout

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        October 19, 2009 7:14 PM

        he sent me a game invite on live. :( update: still crying

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          October 19, 2009 7:22 PM

          See what you do Multisync? Does this make you happy?

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        October 19, 2009 7:30 PM

        I think it's great that he's giving us his opinion on the game.

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      October 19, 2009 6:54 PM

      Another thing I hate
      -no hotbutton to use a healing item - menus are such shit to try and heal in battle

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        October 19, 2009 7:01 PM

        You'll only use the healing items in the early part of the game. Eventually, the special power you unlock at level 5 will be the primary way you heal yourself. Also, with high level perks, the soldier can shoot bullets at you to heal you/reload your ammo.

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        October 19, 2009 7:57 PM

        I imagine that van be a real pain in the ass to navigate menus on a console. (no flame intended)

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      October 19, 2009 6:55 PM

      it must suck if you have to come here and get enjoyment out of us

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        October 19, 2009 6:58 PM

        nope, still awesome! just hit 14 with my hunter. Head Shots are awesome

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          October 19, 2009 6:59 PM

          yup and youre still here not playing...

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      October 19, 2009 7:00 PM

      jealousy hijack:

      here are the builds I am thinking about trying out when the PC version finally arrives, most are geared for coop.
      grenadier/support soldier
      http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/roland/#01505005005505050505000
      bloodwing/extra loot sniper
      http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/mordecai/#11000000055050555005505
      phase lilith
      http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/lilith/#21505055000000005505055
      berzerker brick
      http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/brick/#31550505555050050000000

      Thoughts, yours?

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        October 19, 2009 7:03 PM

        i think you just made me want to respec my hunter. the rogue tree is sweet - i just went sniper since i was supporting the siren from afar.

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          October 19, 2009 7:08 PM

          yeah, that looked like it might be fun. I probably wont start with a hunter though, since I have watched so much of people playing him on feeds that I feel like I already have. think brick or lilith will be my 1st.

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            October 19, 2009 7:20 PM

            just respeced $2400 at level 13. ROGUE TIME

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              October 19, 2009 7:22 PM

              yeah, let your bloodwing do all the hard work.

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              October 19, 2009 7:22 PM

              Melee weapons y/n?

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                October 19, 2009 7:35 PM

                no, but some weapons have melee damage modifiers

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              October 19, 2009 7:35 PM

              wow the first bloodwing ability rocks - they drop extra items on ATTACK not on death. so badass

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        October 19, 2009 7:04 PM

        Here's my level 46 Lilith tree. It's really good, and it's worth going down the middle tree far enough to get the shock damage when phasewalking perk. It destroys shields. Also, you'll find gear that adds points to these skills, and they don't seem to let you go above level 5, so you can spread the points around.

        The good news is respecing is cheap.

        http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/lilith/#21323232250050005005053

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          October 19, 2009 7:12 PM

          huh, thought the devs said gear could take you over 5. that may change things for me, but I was gonna try spreading points out vs concentrating anyway. like that build, looks fun, and I bet the daze is useful. I was sad to leave that out of mine.

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            October 19, 2009 7:23 PM

            I haven't done extensive testing, so I could be wrong.

            With Lilith if you specialize in SMGs (as seems to be intended), you fire so many bullets that a 10% chance to daze is really all you need to keep everything dazed all the time.

            Dazed enemies move slower, shoot slower, and even their projectiles are slow. It's dead useful.

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            October 19, 2009 7:42 PM

            you can get more than 5 points in a skill from a class mod. you can't, however, get points from a class mod that you haven't already invested a point in.

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              October 19, 2009 7:51 PM

              ahh, that is a good reason to spread the points out some.

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              October 20, 2009 2:29 AM

              good info, thanks

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          October 19, 2009 7:27 PM

          In my experience, the skills you want are the ones that let you jam that power as much as possible. The turret, hawk, punchyness, and phasewalk are all incredibly powerful.

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      October 19, 2009 7:06 PM

      I wanted to be excited for this game but after looking at the skill tree I lost a lot of interest. No additional skills? A weak, very general skill tree that offers only a little bit of focus in certain areas seems so boring.

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        October 19, 2009 7:10 PM

        you guys should check out UT2004 RPG Invasion its pretty fun and has alot of skills and stats

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        October 19, 2009 7:14 PM

        The skilltrees are indeed quite lame compared to other RPGs like WoW or Diablo II, but the gameplay - the shooting - is fun and rewarding enough that you probably won't be bothered by that too much. Also, the guns are kinda like abilities by themselves because they're very different in the way you fight with them.

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        October 19, 2009 7:20 PM

        it works out really well actually

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        October 19, 2009 7:55 PM

        It looks like good fun. Kind of like a Serious Same RPG....wait, that might be really fun too. Croteam, get on that stat!

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        October 19, 2009 8:40 PM

        it's a console game, what do you expect

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      October 19, 2009 7:46 PM

      Goddamnit stop doing this fuck.

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      October 19, 2009 7:53 PM

      I want to play with you, but I cant! ARGH! I want to wait for the PC version.

      Damn you dirty apes at Gearbox for doing whatever you did to cause the PC version to be delayed. >:(

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      October 19, 2009 8:17 PM

      i wish these stupid collection missions didn't bug out so often (can't find last piece and even exiting game doesnt help)

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        October 19, 2009 8:38 PM

        you are going to be so sick of this game by the time we actually get it!

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        October 19, 2009 9:23 PM

        Is it a bug or you just can't find it?

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          October 19, 2009 9:24 PM

          bug, it's happened with 3 of them so far. i think it has to do with picking up the items out of order or something. SO SO FUCKIGN ANNOYING. no way to drop quests I dont know how you fix it.

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      October 19, 2009 9:43 PM

      Just started: http://www.justin.tv/evilgamer

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      October 19, 2009 10:00 PM

      Is there a bank or someplace to put weapons? Also are you still playing, I can join up!

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      October 19, 2009 10:07 PM

      Still a week for me on PC. Gah.

      This is the pistol build I'm going for because it seems like much fun: http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/skilltree/mordecai/#11505500500000005505055

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      October 19, 2009 10:08 PM

      for those craving, like me, this guy http://www.justin.tv/s1ayer has a real nice HD steam up. no voice commentary like some of the others though. 2nd play through on a siren.

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