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General Video Game Discussion Thread
I just unlocked everything in Poker Night 2. On the XBL leaderboard, the top spot is up 81 FUCKING MILLION.

Cover me. I'm going in.

Persy and Naft's Excellent Critique Adventure
We thought that we'd show you guys what you're all in for, so here: NotAnUnPersona presents:

Critique: Adonis Alba

Welcome to the first Fusion criticism! Naft will speak in this colour!

Fuckin A. There we are. Purple.

Okay! So, Adonis. Adonis is pretty neat, and also something of a good development for me, because heís an example of a character that most people knew to be an asshole in pregame, but when he got on island, turned out to be not that much of an asshole whatsoever. Now, where this becomes cool is that it doesnít feel like Aura forced the story into a place where it wasnít ready.

Right. Adonis is definitely a guy a lot of people think of when they first wake up on the island, and thatís great, showing the infamy he has made for himself. But again, heís only a jerk, not a serial killer, and Aura does something that I really love in that he actually makes Adonis realize what heís doing wrong before the island, and comes off a lot more mature and sensible then many of the other kids when heís actually on it.

A great example of this can be found in his first thread (I love how easy it is to quote kids like this), where heís confronted with both Mallory and Hansel, twoÖ well, not so reasonable individuals. Immediately, this encounter sets the tone for Adonis being the rational one - quite a switch from his pregame showing!

Exactly. Itís especially nice in that itís all very natural. The pacing is great, the timing is just right, and you can believe that the Adonis on the island and the Adonis off the island are the exact same person, even though itís still amazingly odd how you could show someone those threads and say they arenít the same character, and people would totally believe you, or at least I would.

However, while I like Adonis a lot as one of Auraís kids, I do think that AMF does tend to lean a little too heavily on the interior dialogue - many times throughout Adonisí posts, I see italicised internal conflict. While thatís great for the reader and the narrative, in a roleplay setting itís generally more useful to the scene as a whole if youíre able to convey those inner thoughts with facial expressions, shifted weight - basically giving the characters and handlers around you some stuff to play off of, just to keep the scene fresh.

This is the part where we become Siskel and Ebert. By that, I mean Iíll have to disagree with Naft here right quick and say I didnít mind the italicized thoughts at all. Adonis has a lot of personality to convey and is great with the emotional simplicity he carries. We can, or rather I can, see a lot of things from his point of view when heís on the island and itís relatable because heís not subtle or mysterious. Itís on a point where I can see him as a good, or rather reasonable, person rather then a good character, but heís that too, so itís a nice bonus.

If weíre Siskel and Ebert, dibs on the handsome one.

Favourite Quotes:

Naft:
Quote:
 
During his burst of laughter, Adonis tried to calm himself down enough to say something to the guy, maybe give him a fine greeting. Unfortunately, whenever Adonis looked at him, he only saw the lightsaber in his hands, and he started laughing all over again. Eventually, Adonis stopped laughing and looked at the poor bastard. He could only muster up a few words, still chuckling a bit from the sheer absurdity of the situation.

"Dude... what the fuck?"

The reason I love this quote so much is that here, AMF displays a nice little talent for the absurd. The scene itself is also really good - from Adonisí hurried explanation about the Mallory/Hansel/Adonis three way of douchery to Biancaís confused attempt to sort it all out. Here, when Luca unveils his toy lightsaber, we get this delightful reaction. Glorious!

Persy
Quote:
 
"Can I get back to my game now?"

Such a simple marks such a magnificent turning point for a character. This is his from his pre-game thread ďHow I Spent My SuspensionĒ and itís great because from up until this point, Adonis has only showed us his asshole side because thatís all there was to him. But here, we see him thinking, evaluating the troubles heís put himself through and what heís done to others. Yeah, he got in trouble for good reasons, but can a man just play a game without getting kicked while heíd down? Itís great.


Final Grades:

Persy: A-
Naft: B+

Persy and Naft's Excellent Critique Adventure
Everything he says is correct. Results may be completely ridiculous but should prove somewhat entertaining, if not always helpful.

Also, let us know if you want it handled in private, since we're likely to be posting the public critical analysis here.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
Kalopsia
Nov 25 2013, 07:39 PM
Imehal
Nov 25 2013, 07:25 PM
Should we be looking at people who have pushed for Flare to be lynched, given that there is a high possibility he is Town?
Ime is clearly mafia and is pushing for examination of the bandwagon to slow us because Flare goofed revealing his NK-proof-ness.
Reading this more of a goof up. I'm inclined to believe the vig story more than the BP story, though I can on some level buy both.

Listen, guys. Five people voting in a game of over twenty? Use your votes.

Vote: Flare

General Video Game Discussion Thread
I apparently bought Rogue Legacy sometime in the past few months or so. I started playing it today.

Game's really fun!

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
Kalopsia
Nov 25 2013, 08:19 PM
NotAFlyingToy
Nov 25 2013, 08:13 PM
I definitely can see BP in this game, and I'm unsure as to why that's considered odd/uncommon from BRO.
bulletproof townie is SUPER common scumclaim
Bulletproof townie is not an uncommon role, though - hell, on Mafiascum its literally an option for newbie games. Hence my suspicion of Bro calling it uncommon.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
I'll brainspew later tonight.

General Video Game Discussion Thread
The most interesting parts about New Vegas isn't New Vegas. In fact, New Vegas is incredibly underwhelming to me. It turns out to be a place with four locations, overall, and it doesn't justify this beacon of light that has been your guide for the first portion of the game. Speaking as someone who did almost everything before going to New Vegas, expecting it to be this spiraling, engaging place filled with wonder and amusement, it really disappointed me when I actually arrived. So the game didn't even really live up to its own hype.

I love Fallout: New Vegas for all the reasons I thought Fallout 3 was underwhelming, but the actual physical location of New Vegas makes me frown a lot. Getting closure on Ain't That A Kick In The Head was good, but the whole 'hey remember that vague goal you had that you just completed? Here's twelve more' aspect didn't really do it for me.

General Video Game Discussion Thread
Posted Image

(Source: http://imgur.com/gallery/ILr2q)

Worth a look. Some funny stuff.

General Video Game Discussion Thread
I think the quality of the game in regard to New Vegas declines steeply when you actually get to NV, personally.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
I definitely can see BP in this game, and I'm unsure as to why that's considered odd/uncommon from BRO.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
It just refreshes your browser. Every time I refreshed, a new post appeared.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
When Toben posts I like to pretend that pressing ctrl + R summons his thoughts.

New V5 Reduced Activity Notices
No computer again!

Waiting on a part ordered. My unemployment means that I have ample access to a computer throughout the next week or so when everyone's gone, but not with any real schedule.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
MW
 
I'm going off a theory that scum is playing like I do when I'm scum. This is what suggests an experienced member within their ranks to me. Scum does not need to kill big names. They need to kill people who can catch them, and they need to get their kills to stick. This usually means avoiding prime targets in the first couple phases unless they can pierce protection. This also provides cover if a big name is on the side of scum; when I was mafia a few games back, we didn't kill anyone notable on purpose just so I could go "Well, they're alive too, so clearly it can't be said that I'm scum just because I'm still standing."

This makes sense to me. Thank you for clearing this up.

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
EBWOP: Doc <3

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
Weasel of Murder
 
I think scum is trying to not kill activity, so the game can actually end.

Curious phrasing you've used here. Personal gripe bleeding into this read? Why would you consider this a viable scum strategy?

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
I hit reply before I was ready to, and I'll hit you guys wiyh the full extent of my rationale later, but I'm incredibly supicious of Slam right now due to his "suspicion" based around a key player living longer than normal. Its a well known scum strategy to keep big name players around to increase paranoia, so blowing the whistle on it and calling attention to it on day 3 makes me raise my eyebrows hard.

MW, I'm not taking Flare off my watch list. Un pushed on him when things were getting hot and its reads to me as a well thought out bus.

Slam, do you have any actual leads this phase?

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
vote= Slam

Buffy Mafia Game Thread
Slam
Nov 23 2013, 01:59 PM
I find it highly suspicious that several people who are normally dead by now aren't dead.

TOBE.
Aren't you in that category too?