Morning Discussion

That's the new PSP announced, then. Considering how long we've all known about it, it's a shame that Sony neglected to mention a price. Do check out out all our coverage from the PlayStation Meeting 2011 as there's plenty of interest if you're one for portable gaming. Me, I prefer a good book when I'm in bed or on the train so go on, get off my lawn. Right off. That's it. Keep on walking. And stay away from my bins!

Games writer Tom Abernathy, who's worked on titles including Halo: Reach and The Saboteur, launched a rant on Twitter yesterday about the terrible state of female characters in video games. Inspired by seeing his daughter get so excited about the few female characters that are out there, it's pretty passionate and interesting. The whole rant was collected by Border House.

From The Chatty
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    January 27, 2011 5:15 AM

    Monday Night Combat
    Good Game Edition!!!!!!!!

    Hiiyooooooooooooo

    360 Shackbattle Wednesdays @ 10 PM EST.
    ShackMNC <- Please add this gametag if you would like to play.

    PC Shackbattle Wednesdays @ 10 PM EST and pretty much nightly whenever
    Servers: Shacknews Shackbattle 1 & 2
    Password: maarten
    Teamspeak: ts.shackbattles.com:9987 Password boxcar

    Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/shackmnc

    MNC info: http://shackwiki.com/wiki/Monday_Night_Combat

    Hiiyooooooooooooo

    Good games last night!

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      January 27, 2011 5:24 AM

      Did you manage to finish that encoding work?

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        January 27, 2011 6:01 AM

        Original DVD Video ISO: 2.4GB
        Handbrake using normal profile: 1.2GB
        Convert that over to WMV using Windows Love Movie Maker: 1.6GB
        FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU

        Converted original video again using Handbrake and target file size of 500MB running overnight: Success!

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          January 27, 2011 6:03 AM

          I'm uploading the 500MB file to Vimeo right now and will probably try to convert it over to WMV one more time to see what results I get. Thank you and jimmylegs for all your help!

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      January 27, 2011 5:26 AM

      Questions regarding endorsements:

      I want to make a custom assassin class but I'm not sure about endorsements, do the critical hit, accuracy and attack speed ones affect the dagger in any way? A grapple doesn't do crits, right?

      Also, does it matter in what order I pick them? Will the gold endorsement do more than a bronze one?

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          January 27, 2011 5:34 AM

          Thanks but there are no user submitted assassin builds and the articles doesn't say anything about endorsements

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            January 27, 2011 5:39 AM

            I... linked you to the section... It's right near the bottom.

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              January 27, 2011 5:44 AM

              It took me to the default page so I thought you meant to send me to the endorsements section, I found the tips section eventually though, thanks

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                January 27, 2011 5:47 AM

                To answer your question, I prefer to use Armor Gold, Critical Hit Silver and the juiced one Bronze. The Assassin is fast enough that boosting speed is kind of a waste in my opinion and the critical hit makes the shruiken a lot more viable.

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        January 27, 2011 5:54 AM

        Attack speed does for sure, not sure about the others. It does matter which order in which you pick them :http://www.uberent.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1157 has some good info on that.

        The most common setup for assassin that I've seen is Gold armor, Silver RoF, and Bronze skill regen.

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        January 27, 2011 6:21 AM

        Attack speed, effects sword/dagger/shuriken

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        January 27, 2011 11:34 AM

        You want Rate of Fire for Gold and Armor for Silver, Bronze is more up in the air. I go with Health Regen personally, as it really decreases the amount of time you need to run and hide when you must heal.

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          January 27, 2011 11:35 AM

          I used to do Gold armor, but the number crunchers say Silver is the sweet spot for armor, while RoF is an excellent choice for Gold.

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      January 27, 2011 6:03 AM

      Man that last map last night blows donkey balls. Steel Peel or whatever it was? Yeah, fuck that map.

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      January 27, 2011 6:21 AM

      Should I set up another server due to the increase in players?

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      January 27, 2011 6:26 AM

      So... reading what your abilities do is helpful!

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        January 27, 2011 6:39 AM

        I prefer you learn under fire, that way Merc gets mad and rage quits.

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          January 27, 2011 12:10 PM

          SUPPORT! SUPPOOOORRRRRTTT!?!?!?!! *rage-quit!*

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      January 27, 2011 6:56 AM

      i just played a fun round. top of the leaderboards, pushed in the bots, had ~1k cash more than anyone else. enemy money ball is about to die, and a tank drops on me and kills me. soon as that happens, i'm told YOU LOSE, and its apparent that i've just been team swapped.

      need to balance that shit more }:(

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      January 27, 2011 9:11 AM

      Paging Foo, you need to get this game. You would have enjoyed it last night!

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        January 27, 2011 11:29 AM

        I don't think they make it for Mac, do they?

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          January 27, 2011 11:37 AM

          Damnit, when is foo going to get a real gaming computer?

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            January 27, 2011 11:38 AM

            Lets get 1000 shcakers to give him $1 for a real gaming computer.

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            January 27, 2011 11:42 AM

            I have enough parts to build him one. I think all that would be missing would be a video card. Anyone have an old 8800GT we could slap in there?

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              January 27, 2011 11:44 AM

              He'd probably just put linux on it and call it a day.

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                January 27, 2011 11:55 AM

                Id send it to him preloaded with Windows 7. Hopefully he woudlnt wipe it

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                  January 27, 2011 12:37 PM

                  You know he'd atleast bounce it and set-up dual-boot linux

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          January 27, 2011 11:38 AM

          He has a 360 doesn't he? I don't know why he hasn't picked it up and played with us though.

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        January 27, 2011 12:09 PM

        This game that i am going to write about, has robots and guns. I'm going to tell you about the churros, too.

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          January 27, 2011 1:53 PM

          I chuckled when rudds did that on the bombcast this week.

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      January 27, 2011 11:32 AM

      Meh, something like a 10+ K/D last night.

      You guys aren't very good at killing stuff or pushing lanes.

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        January 27, 2011 11:46 AM

        WTF are talking about

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        January 27, 2011 11:51 AM

        Please stop playing. Thanks.

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          January 27, 2011 11:55 AM

          I like shooting Shackers in the face over the internet. Shame they can't put up much more of a fight outside very few anymore though...

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            January 27, 2011 12:07 PM

            WTF are you talking about?

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            January 27, 2011 12:08 PM

            You talk a lot of shit.

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              January 27, 2011 12:10 PM

              Was this tool even playing?

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              January 27, 2011 12:11 PM

              Was funny seeing the other team run like 5 Assaults a round last night. They promptly got annihilated.

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                January 27, 2011 12:13 PM

                Too bad I wasn't there to drop a can of whoopass on your money ball and render your fighting useless. I would've enjoyed that.

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            January 27, 2011 12:48 PM

            Let me repeat. Stop playing then.

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            January 27, 2011 12:56 PM

            I agree with Alco.

            Just go to another server.

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            January 27, 2011 1:12 PM

            Don't bring that weak ass stuff up in this humpty-bumpty!

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        January 27, 2011 12:02 PM

        Slightly lower than my normal KD--about 7 to 9 on Shack server last night versus 11+ on pubs.

        Shackers seem to underestimate territory control. Gotta control the center as soon as possible.

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        January 27, 2011 12:03 PM

        Can someone please explain this to someone who just started playing. In particular the part where 10 k/d isn't good

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          January 27, 2011 12:30 PM

          It is just gibberish.....

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          January 27, 2011 12:40 PM

          30-0 or else you are useless.

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          January 27, 2011 1:00 PM

          No one is taking the game serious except alias as per usual. Because according to alias, if you aren't pro you aren't really playing.

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            January 27, 2011 1:02 PM

            don't you assholes know how to have fun right? jesus.

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              January 27, 2011 1:06 PM

              Oh hush, I was just explaining.

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              January 27, 2011 1:18 PM

              Ah, the good old "having fun" excuse. How I miss it.

              So very dumb. You can't define it at all, and the moment anyone actually tries to play within the rules to try and win (you know, the whole point of the game) they are instantly labeled as a "ruining my fun" guy.

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                January 27, 2011 1:38 PM

                You're ruining the fun not because you try to win and play within the rules of the game. You're ruining the fun because you spend all the time in between rounds whinging and bitching about how the game is unbalanced. Your bitching wears thin.

                !Votekickban

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                  January 27, 2011 3:55 PM

                  ^^^ exactly this, plus the arrogance that your opinion is incontrovertibly correct

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            January 27, 2011 2:32 PM

            Pros only.

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        January 27, 2011 12:28 PM

        hahahahaha

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          January 27, 2011 12:30 PM

          I saw you spamming shurikans at the money ball from way up top!

          Not much good in that game though from my team sadly.

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            January 27, 2011 12:39 PM

            rate of fire gold shuriken launcher is best. i need to do sniper smg rof gold next.

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              January 27, 2011 12:41 PM

              Do you do Gold Rate of Fire/Silver Clip Size?

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                January 27, 2011 12:58 PM

                i dunno, whatever shoots the most bullets the fastest. i'm being completely sarcastic if you couldn't tell. if im not playing gunner or assault then im most likely not trying very hard.

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                  January 27, 2011 1:20 PM

                  I figured. Still won though as it is pretty damn hard to defend an open money ball from Assassins.

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        January 27, 2011 12:39 PM

        alias post

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        January 27, 2011 12:53 PM

        i had fun the one round i had time to play last night. i'll make sure to `quit when i see you playing, however, if you're going to be all pissy like this. :|

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          January 27, 2011 12:55 PM

          We have 4 servers.....so just move. :)

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            January 27, 2011 1:02 PM

            i need to add them to my favorites still. and if a linux dedi comes out, i'll be throwing one up, myself

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        January 27, 2011 12:54 PM

        Must of picked gunner

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        January 27, 2011 12:54 PM

        Stop playing with us. No pros allowed.

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        January 27, 2011 1:48 PM

        Looking into the future I see the following.

        alias has connected to Shacknews Shackbattle #1.

        Server empties, #2 fills.

        alias has connected to Shacknews Shackbattle #2.

        Server empties, #3 fills.

        etc.

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          January 27, 2011 1:50 PM

          I'd rather you just stay and attempt to win (on the other team especially), but whatever.

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            January 27, 2011 2:04 PM

            You should probably realize by now that we don't give a fuck what you'd prefer.

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              January 27, 2011 2:14 PM

              Which is pretty sad considering all I would like to see is people legitimately trying to win.

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                January 27, 2011 2:17 PM

                Maybe they are trying to win.

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                  January 27, 2011 2:19 PM

                  Sorta. They try to win while already winning, then instantly claim "stop ruining our fun" to the people that are beating them.

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                    January 27, 2011 2:21 PM

                    on the occram's razor side of things, it could be much more likely that you're just being a dick about internet video games.

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                      January 27, 2011 2:27 PM

                      INCONCEIVABLE

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                      January 27, 2011 2:31 PM

                      Perhaps. However this type sentiment: http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?id=25087931#itemanchor_25087931 appears in a lot of posts leading me to think otherwise.

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                        January 27, 2011 2:37 PM

                        maybe, maybe not. the thing that still hasn't changed is that you're being all serious business about a video game, and talking shit to the community you should be enjoying the game with.

                        if you don't enjoy playing with them, for whatever reason, you should probably disconnect and find another server. or maybe you could try saying "fuck it", not worry about it, realize its a game, and just relax.

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                          January 27, 2011 2:41 PM

                          Dude, it's alias, the very concept that some people may not play games all SERIOUS BUSINESS is like me proposing to you that Earth actually has 2 moons

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                January 27, 2011 2:49 PM

                But that's not always fun.

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      January 27, 2011 12:23 PM

      Guys, how big is the download for this game? Either PC or 360.

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      January 27, 2011 1:14 PM

      are there dinocopters in this game

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        January 27, 2011 1:18 PM

        Yes.....more than one.

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        January 27, 2011 1:23 PM

        jon you should check it out I'll give you my daypass, you'd own as sniper I think, dont even need to charge the shit like tf2 just aim for head

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      January 27, 2011 1:21 PM

      Dear Crabs & Duffman (and whoever else I forgot): Love you guys. Hearing you rage makes my night.

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        January 27, 2011 1:24 PM

        /signed

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        January 27, 2011 1:54 PM

        haha yea

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        January 27, 2011 2:41 PM

        SN, you should try making them rage, it's just as fun. Join the BC2 shackbattle tonite and gustav duff, only takes 2 times at most and he'll be raging.

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      January 27, 2011 1:57 PM

      After focusing more on the bots and less that the pvp, I did much better!

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        January 27, 2011 2:05 PM

        People tend to not worry about bot-killing very much, but the cash-flow for the two major lane-pushing classes (Assassin and Tank) is simply insane when they're played right.

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          January 27, 2011 2:11 PM

          One of the nice things about lane-pushing as the tank is that you typically collect a lot of those 'speed up' prizes that drop off the bots, overcoming one of his main disadvantages and freeing up a sponsor slot if you want.

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          January 27, 2011 2:14 PM

          You need the bots to pull the moneyball shield down, so clearing out enemy bots is kinda vital.

          Unless you're in Overtime, when anything goes. Like donkeys and curler irons. Hiyooooo

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          January 27, 2011 2:17 PM

          I love me some bot killing action.