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  1. This really isn't the space for this. If you want to have a discussion about the current trends of gaming then open one in the appropriate board.
  2. If you're into rhythm games, check out Crypt of the Necrodancer. It's a fun dungeon crawling rhythm game. It's really challenging and tons of fun.
  3. I figured haha Sure, if that's what he'd prefer to do that's totally cool. It was just an idea for something I think would be a fun way to interact with the community as well as support developers. He reads the forums, so if he likes the idea then he can do something with it. If he doesn't like the idea then that's cool too.
  4. My thought process is more along the lines of: Ross wants to play all of these games anyway, so he could let us know which game he plans on getting into and those of us who are interested in that game can also play it. I'm thinking more community engagement than being guinea pigs.
  5. Woah, this is awesome Ross, thanks! I think it would be really cool to do some kind of "book-club" style game conversation. Every month or so you could pick out a game from the list and those interested could buy it, play it, and then there could be a forum post where we discuss it. As always, Ross comes through and gives me something I never knew I wanted. This right here is why I've been a fan for so long.
  6. I grew up in Seattle, and I gotta say, they made the roads HUGE. Seattle's roads are infamously tiny and difficult to navigate. I would have loved to see that in a racing game, a sort of puzzle map. I just chock it up to people who've never been to Seattle wanting to base a game there. I don't think I've ever seen Seattle accurately portrayed in a movie or videogame. But then, maybe they just wanted to make a racing game fun, as I doubt it would be any fun racing around real seattle.
  7. It sounds like you're in a pretty tough situation right now, but I'm glad you're looking to move out and that some progress has been made. I stand by my previous post about moving out because your apartment will need to be torn apart to really fix the problem. The severity of the mold will fluctuate based on a lot of different things including weather and the interior conditions of your apartment. I wouldn't be surprised if it got bad again in a few weeks. I still think that there is stagnant water trapped in your walls and ceiling, and fixing that will take much more work than just a basic renovation. Still, I'm glad things are moving forward, thanks for the update.
  8. I don't really have a horse in this race, but his comments came across as a little troll-y. Or at least, too aggressive to be seriously considered as arguments. I feel like this whole thread got kinda off track though. It turned from trying to help Ross find a new place to live, into a geopolitical breakdown of Eastern European countries and their relation to each other. I understand that those things are slightly connected, but I doubt that Ross and his partner have any desire to move to countries that are currently undergoing political or social upheaval.
  9. Hey Ross, I'm by no means an expert, but I've been going to school for safety and industrial hygiene. Mold is, as you've already noticed, a pretty serious issue. As others have said, it seems like you live in a pretty humid apartment, so maybe a dehumidifier would be a good temporary fix. My concern is that if you're getting electrical interruptions and the smell of mold after cleaning, you've probably got mold inside of your walls. The first place that your landlord should look is the roof. That crack on your wall is probably due to the building settling as it gets old, and isn't in and of itself a huge concern. The concern is if those settling cracks have appeared on the roof and haven't been sealed or patched. My guess is that water is collecting on the roof, seeping through cracks and dripping into your walls and ceiling, and then growing mold in the spaces between your interior wall and the exterior of the building. There's basically nothing that you personally can do about that. Having water near electrical wires and stuff is obviously a pretty big fire hazard, and having stagnant water in your walls will lead to enormous mold growth. I think moving is the best option; getting to that mold means tearing out walls, and potentially fumigation if the case is severe enough. Basically, I don't think that you can fix this problem yourself. Your landlord needs to deal with the issues of an aging building and that will be a long process that I don't recommend you stick around for.
  10. Ross, I'm totally with you on this game. I pushed through the cringe at the beginning, and it really only gets marginally better. I'm 22, I'm only a little older than this generation and have plenty of friends who only recently graduated high school, NOBODY talks like the characters in this game. Nobody. I'm blown away by the fact that people listened to the dialog and thought "Yeah, that sounds like something a human would say." I wrote a steam review saying similar things to what you said, and ended up getting pretty railed in the "helpfulness" category. My biggest issue is that there are so many better graphic adventure games than this one. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Ether One, to name a couple. Hell, I even played a short indie game called A Wolf in Autumn that had a better plot, despite its roughness. I would LOVE to see your reaction to the ending of this game, which, . Also, in Highschool I listened to Mastodon a hell of a lot. They're a fantastic band if you like old norse lore, metal, and some mixed in silliness when it comes to their music videos. But yeah, you're not alone, this game is a slog of bad taste and wonderful visuals.
  11. In the US there are usually only three levels, green circles, blue squares, and black diamonds (There are also double and triple black diamond runs, but this generally depends on the mountain, and these are usually accompanied with a sign that basically says "If you break your legs, we won't save your ass."). The issue is that these rating are usually relative to the overall difficulty of the mountain. For instance, Snow Bird, in Utah, has one of the steepest green runs in the US, simply because every run on the mountain is very steep and difficult. People who grow up on the east coast, where mountains are generally less steep, consider themselves able to ride blue/black runs, but are often caught by surprise when they come to the midwest and west coast, mostly because our mountains have much steeper inclines. Source: I've taught snowboarding for several years and been all over the US for snowboarding. Also, Ross, if you liked this game I think you would like Amped 3. It's a little dated, and significantly more ridiculous than this game is, but there is a game mode where you need to rack up the largest hospital bill that you can. I think you'd like it.
  12. Hey Ross (and others, I guess). So I've played Last Door, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Sunless Sea. The last door is free online, if you didn't know. You can play it basically at any large flash game website (e.g. Newgrounds, kongregate). I've give a quick review of The Vanishing: I give this game a "buy on sale". Don't go in expecting a fully open world. Yes, you can walk around anywhere at any point, but there's not much to do. Think Fable open world, where - sure - you can wander hither and thither, but the game WANTS you to go somewhere, so that's where you're gonna go god dammit. It's along the same lines as Dear Esther, where basically you're just taking a scenic walk while a story plays around you. Unlike Dear Esther, however, there are a few puzzles that need solving (this is where the open world comes in, you can actually miss some puzzles COMPLETELY and still finish the game. Although nice in theory, it's kind of annoying, because I'm not quite sure where the puzzles I missed are). Some of the puzzles don't make much sense, but overall they were entertaining and helped me get more involved in the story. All that said, it sounds like it might not be exactly what you were hoping for, but it is fun and gorgeous. It actually ran surprisingly well on my [shitty] computer, so I doubt yours would have much trouble. I can't say I think this game is worth the full price tag, but I also rushed through it and it would probably be fair to go ahead and play it again to get a better feel for the game. Sunless Sea is great. At least, I think so, but the creators have a very strange sense of humor that a lot of people probably wouldn't appreciate. I highly suggest playing Fallen London for a few days before deciding to buy Sunless Sea. It's free anyway, and it give a really good taste of the world that Sunless Sea is based in, which is the oceans outside of Fallen London. The world of Fallen London is really interesting, I'll give them that. Also, if you end up liking Sunless Sea, I also suggest keeping an eye on Darkwood, it's a similar concept (top-down exploration) just on foot and a whole lot darker. Definitely wait for Darkwood to get out of alpha, though, because right now its kind of... rough... Hope this helps a little. (I really like using parenthesis)
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