Category: Coffee Talk
Posted on August 12th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 20 comments
There's a fine line between a satisfyingly difficult game and a game that's so annoying that you want to hurl your controller through your television. Some titles have tough sections that adequately reward your Herculean efforts. Others are just difficult for the sake of being difficult. In my mind it's the difference between something like Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man 9. It's so tough to do it right.
In yesterday's Coffee Talk, we had a fun conversation about our favorite superheroes. Let's take a stroll on the dark side today and talk about our favorite super villains! In comics, games, movies, etc., heroes are only as good as their villains. Threats seem much more epic when they're executed by a devious mastermind. The fictional world needs great villains!
My friend and I were talking about comics last week (this is not unusual) and the topic of our favorite heroes came up. Most of my comic-book reading friends are straight up DC/Marvel fans. They're favorite characters are almost always Batman or Spider-Man. My choice is a little bit different -- Nightwing.
Posted on August 9th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, Today's Specials, Videogames. 42 comments
RPadholic smartguy brought up a fantastic idea for Coffee Talk, so let's use it today! What's the worst console you've purchased? Surely some of you have been burned by the likes of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, Nokia's N-Gage, or Tiger Telematics' Gizmondo. Now's the time to let your frustrations out and totally trash the one gaming system you wish you never spent money on! It'll be cathartic. Give it a go.
Posted on August 5th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Comics, Movies, Today's Specials. 35 comments
After failing to find it at Best Buy last weekend, I finally watched Batman: Under the Red Hood last night. It was frickin' brilliant! DC's animated movies have been rocking for years, but Under the Red Hood raises the bar. The art style is fantastic and the voice acting is first rate (I thought I'd miss Kevin Conroy more, but Bruce Greenwood's fine performance ensured that I didn't). Most importantly (to me, anyway), the story was fantastic. It took a great plot from the comic books, tightened it up, and got rid of some of the convoluted twists that confused readers.
Posted on August 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 12 comments
After E3 2010, I vaguely remember an article by some guy I can't remember saying that videogames have desensitized people. The premise was that gamers have spent too much time shooting enemy soldiers, decapitating villains, and blowing buildings up that it no longer seems shocking. I started thinking about the issue again after the excellent people at Gamasutra started discussing it.
After installing FroYo on my Evo 4G, I decided that I was going to commit to the phone and reactivate it. This is a big deal for me as I have all sorts of commitment issues. I figured A) it's a great phone that was free, B) I'm eligible for an upgrade straight away, and C) I get a service discount as a Google I/O attendee. After 25 minutes and three CSRs, I was unable to activate the phone with the discounted plan.
So I'm still thinking about Apple's Magic Trackpad (way more than I ought to). It's more than that though. I'm thinking about the evolution of input methods. Games started with Pong paddles, moved onto joysticks, which gave way to gamepads, which are currently being overshadowed by the dawn of motion controls. Phones had rotary dials, eventually started using digital keys, and now use touchscreens.
Posted on July 30th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, Movies, Today's Specials, TV. 34 comments
Last week a few of you started a fun Star Trek fight debate. It started with The Original Series vs. The Next Generation, moved onto Kirk vs. Picard, and even touched on Spock vs. Data. I was thoroughly entertained and hope you're up for it again! This time around let's include all of the Star Trek shows -- even Voyager (Come on! A woman captain and a black vulcan?!?). Let's start with the poll:
Posted on July 29th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, PC Gaming, Today's Specials. 43 comments
RPadholic smartguy brought up an interesting conversation starter yesterday: how often do you change PCs? Some of my friends get new machines every year. Others have had the same system for more than five years. It's really all over the place with the people I know and I'm sure it's the same for you guys.