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61  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: Latest Movie You've Seen on: March 08, 2016, 09:09:22 am
In theaters, Deadpool.  Pretty good but be warned, it's a hard R.

On Netflix, Ant Man.  I kind of wish I had seen it in theaters now.
62  Forum Community / Introductions / Re: I'm back on: March 02, 2016, 07:54:57 am
Welcome back Kraven!
63  Forum Community / Introductions / Re: Newbie on: January 15, 2016, 05:20:12 am
Welcome aboard!
64  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: January 13, 2016, 09:32:27 am
Nothing since her last FB update a few weeks ago.
65  Art Discussion / Writing / Re: New Zombie novel sample on: January 04, 2016, 02:44:31 pm
If you're a real living and breathing person, welcome to the forum, we've had a shortage of those around here lately.  (There's been a long comic hiatus due to health issues of the comic creator.)  I was worried you were a bot who made it through the spam filter and was going to delete the account if I didn't get a reply from you.  But since you passed my (admittedly abbreviated) Turing test, please meet and mingle with the rest of the crazies.  They mostly don't bite... mostly...
66  Forum Community / News / Word from Jenny on: December 15, 2015, 02:15:36 pm
I'm not sure how many of you also follow Jenny's TZH page on FB but yesterday she posted the following update:

"Hey! just letting everyone know that I'm not dead and neither is the comic, there have been mental health shenanigans going on and I have been working hard to get help with it. I will update everyone on whats been going on at a later date."
67  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: December 12, 2015, 10:24:27 pm
So much Fallout 4... I will probably post a review in a few days.
68  General Discussion / Webcomics Discussion / Re: Other Web Comics we read on: December 08, 2015, 08:10:26 am
Something positive and questionable content are both good reads.
S*P has been a long time favorite of mine.  Fun fact, I originally found The Zombie Hunters because Randy linked to it in its infancy.  QC can be hit or miss for me but it feels like it's been on an upswing lately. 
69  General Discussion / Webcomics Discussion / Re: Other Web Comics we read on: December 07, 2015, 01:20:05 pm
Is anyone else reading Drugs and Wires?  I found it a month or so ago and it quickly became one of my favorites.  Cyber Punk inspired fiction set in an alternate history mid 90's with quirky characters and a solidly realized fictional word.  It's still relatively new so the archive can be binge read without having to devote a ton of time to and it also has an unusual (though good) prequel that's best described as "unorthodox."  Good times.  (If you're prone to seizures avoid the prequel, it has a lot of jarring animated gifs.)
70  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: December 07, 2015, 08:53:37 am
This topic has been moved to Webcomics Discussion.

I know it's all but dead here but I still try to keep the place cleaned up in case Jenny and Greg come back.  And no, I haven't heard anything from them either.
71  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: November 19, 2015, 08:53:07 am
Well, I remember a few years back when the forums were a bit livelier. This must have been 2008 or 2009. There were some RPG sessions in progress and there always seemed to be people on. Then the forums crashed for a prolonged period and everything got wiped. Things weren't the same after that.

You can pretty much graph the ascendancy of social media like Facebook and Twitter with the overall slow withering of forums in general.  The great wipe you're referring to certainly didn't help things though.  Greg spent a great deal of time pulling his hair out (probably literally) trying to recover the lost content but it sadly never worked out.
72  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Is there a problem with the account registration system? on: November 19, 2015, 08:49:43 am
A LOT of registrations get weeded out by the spam filter and never go any further.  I stop in two or three times a week to see who's made it to the final "pending approval" stage.  I can report that none have made it that far this week.  In very rare cases people will email the mod team to challenge why they were screened out by the spam filter in which case we'll usually approve them.  But most actually are spam accounts so they give up and go elsewhere.
73  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: November 16, 2015, 12:11:58 pm
No, actually it was just a missing comma, as in "Damn, people." Y'know, using 'damn' as an exclamatory part of the sentance structure. And, no again, I meant nothing towards Jenny, which is why I made my post about posting on the forum without mentioning Jenny at all.

You, however, being little more than the smartest person in this little room (but, only when you're here alone, right?), I'm not at all surprised you were'nt able to see either point (until I got in the room anyways).

PS: Cthullu (praised be his name) wants me to tell you he's seen your mom's boobs too and invites you to do your own math from there.

You're seriously going to slam my intelligence for not having the psychic wherewithal to know you made a typo?  A simple explanation regarding your intent would have been one thing, I've been in the same boat myself where an accidentally left out word or other typo completely changes the tone of a message.  But no, you went above and beyond to be as douche like as possible.  I appreciate the passion for wanting to reinvigorate the forum but that does not give you free reign to be an ass.  Consider this your first warning.
74  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: November 15, 2015, 10:55:23 am
Damn people?  Really?  Are you damning Jenny and her husband for maybe having something more important to do? (Her aforementioned medical concerns) or maybe damning the rest of us for not wishing to indulge in idle speculation?  I'm sure the forum will liven right up just to cater to your sunny disposition.
75  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: TZH Game Reviews II: Sins of the Reviewer on: November 11, 2015, 10:20:45 am
Not really a review, this is more or less just my initial impressions of Fallout 4.  It will probably become a review after I get more time invested in it.

So... Fallout 4 released yesterday (or Monday depending on your time zone and/or abuse of VPN's) and I've got a few hours under my belt already.  I'm sure there is already someone out there who's beaten it but I play open world exploration games as a marathon, not a sprint so most of my playthroughs are aimless wandering with occasional sidequests where I put off touching the main quest for as long as humanly possible.  This post will have some minor start of the game spoilers so if you are trying to avoid having any aspect of the game spoiled for yourself feel free to skip it.

First off, when I played Fallout 3 I had initially sworn off reading/watching/listening to anything about the game before it came out and I actually managed to hold myself to that until about a week before the game released at which point my resolve broke and I proceeded to gorge myself on every scrap of information I could find about the game before it was released.  So there weren’t many surprises available to me when I actually played the game which I later regretted when I was playing through it.  This time I watched one trailer (the one where it flashes back and forth between pre and post war imagery and showed off Dogmeat and this games protagonist) so other than knowing that Dogmeat would be in the game (just like every other Fallout game ever made) and that the vault would be number 111 I knew nothing about it.  Absolutely nothing.  And so far I’ve liked it that way.

The game starts with kind of a cool mechanic.  A husband and wife are preparing for their day and fighting over the use of the bathroom mirror, which is actually how you choose whether your character will be male or female, and it’s also when you can customize them.  Now at this point it’s obviously pre war. The nukes haven’t been dropped yet and I was actually assuming that neither of these characters would be the character I would play for the rest of the game.  I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, I guess I was expecting that these two would enter the vault and that hundreds of years later (210 years to be exact) one of their great great etc. grandkids would exit the vault and I would play as them.  So I didn’t put a ton of time into customizing how either looked.  You can swap back and forth and customize both before settling on your gender of choice and the changes remain which I thought was kind of cool.  And I think it also helped fuel my expectation that I would end up playing some generational offspring of theirs, sort of like in GTA online where your player character isn’t exactly customized but instead generated based what their parents and grandparents looked like.

After I was done fighting for the bathroom mirror I finished my morning routine, met my baby and robot butler and very shortly thereafter I fled for the vault which is conveniently located within easy walking distance of my house because crap, today is the day the bombs drop!  The townsfolk who aren’t licensed vault dwellers are shockingly well behaved, letting me through with no protest and not doing things like mobbing the guy with the clipboard who’s checking the list and in no time I was in the vault, handed a vault suit and ready to live life with my new found vault mates.  Or was I?

I want to point out that as I’ve documented elsewhere I am a completely selfish prick when I play video games.  I am 100% vested in my characters survival and I have done horrible things to video game people for the sake of continuing my characters survival.  If I’m being nice to a character it’s because I’m after an achievement, or they serve a purpose such as pack mule, bullet sponge or (rarely) competent fighting buddy.  In this case, between the house and vault I lagged behind my electronic wife as she carried our electronic baby because I was convinced that little bundle was the key to my future game self.  In a moment of honest self-reflection I noticed how uncharacteristic it was for me to be doing this instead of sprinting for the vault myself and hoping they would be able to keep up.  I was ready to take a bullet (or a nuke to the face) for my little electronic family I had known for about ten minutes (longer if you count the length of time electronic wife and I fought over the bathroom mirror together.) 

Keeping that in mind makes the upcoming events that much more shocking.  I put on my newly issued vault suit and was all ready to settle down for a long stay in the vaults, ala the opening to Fallout 3, more or less expecting to see generations of my electronic family flourish before one of them would finally leave the vault.  Nope.  What I got was lied to by Vault Tec (tm) where I was cryogenically frozen against my will after being told I was being decontaminated before I got to go into the vault.  And I fell for it.  At some point I was thawed out long enough to watch raiders rip open my electronic wife’s cry tube, shoot her in the face and steal my electronic baby, then I was refrozen again.  At some unknown point later I eventually thawed out again, ready to face the world and try to find my lost kid (who might have already died of old age, I have no freakin’ clue how long ago he was stolen).

As story hooks go this is a decent one and because I hadn’t binged on prerelease materials this time I didn’t see it coming.  I won’t delve any further into the story though I will say another side effect of actually playing as the character I created vs. him becoming the epic progenitor of a future protagonist is that I’m playing as a character using my actual name vs. my gaming handle which pretty much never happens.  It is cool that a result of this is that my robot butler (who is still kicking around) addresses me by name in spoken word as well as text which is cooler than it sounds to be honest. 

So… the game itself…  Graphics are an obvious improvement over Fallout 3 which was built on the Oblivion engine (F4 uses the newer Skyrim engine) but they really don’t seem that much improved over Skyrim despite being on a next gen console (PS4 vs PS3 in my case.)  The game world is visually consistent with Fallout 3, in fact I think many props got reused or received minor upgrades at best.  The biggest notable difference is the vastly upgraded crafting system.  Those who played Fallout 3 will remember there were a handful of items you could create provided you found blueprints to do so.  For instance I fondly remember the nuka coloa grenades which led me to treat tin cans and abraxo detergent like gold (not to mention the scarce as hell Nuka Cola Quantam sodas.)  Fallout New Vegas expanded on the crafting and this game takes both of those plus the house building DLC from Skyrim together into a big pot and liberally added steroids.  The crafting is ridiculously in-depth which is both good and bad.  Good because I generally like the idea of crafting.  Bad because now pretty much every piece of crap you run across has SOME use so I’m literally hoarding garbage and killing people over things like plungers because I need the wood from the handle.  (True story.)

The armor system is  a throwback to Morrowind (which is a good thing, believe me) in that you can now wear layers, one of the most versatile of which is of course the vault suit as an underlayer.  My wasteland wandering avatar is an unlikely looking Frankenstein-ish monstrosity of vault suit and mismatched armor pieces (some modded some not) that would strike horror in the hearts of the fashion police everywhere.  At least until he bludgeons them to death for their cigarettes and leather belts (not even joking kids.)   

In a shocking turn of events you get a suit of power armor VERY early in this game.  Which is as awesome as it sounds.  At least until you realize that power armor in this game runs on batteries…  So my epic raider killing spree was fun while it lasted but will probably be the last time I use the armor for the time being until I gather more supplies.  I will be interested to see how this twist to the previously standard “now I have power armor therefore I am now a god” gameplay mechanic turns out.  Being a battery powered god kind of sucks.

And speaking of sucking…  Let’s talk about the PIP Boy.  First off, the radio stations in Fallout 3 were kind of a neat idea even if the song choice was sort of limited.  (The webcomic “Does not play well with others” had a strip devoted to how the players goals twisted from survival in the wasteland to trying to construct a time machine to go back and kill Danny Kaye before he and the Andrews Sisters could record the song “Civilization.”) I could relate because spending hundreds of hours listening to the same handful of songs gets old.  Imagine my delight when the first song I heard over the radio in Fallout 4 was “Civilization” by Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters?  I laughed nervously, immediately thinking back to the aforementioned webcomic strip.  Song number 2?  “Butcher Pete.”  Don’t get me wrong, I like “Butcher Pete.”  It was one of my favorite songs in Fallout 3 but I had pretty much burned myself out on it back when it was on the pre order soundtrack for Fallout 3 BEFORE THE GAME WAS EVEN RELEASED.  I haven’t turned the radio back on since.  Reusing songs from the previous title is nigh unforgivably lazy, even Fallout New Vegas had a healthy selection of new songs.  And one more slam on the PIP Boy.  The independent PIP  Boy app is retarded.  Why would I use an app to do the exact same thing I can do from the game?  So I can experience the inconvenience of looking at a second screen plus the added inconvenience of not having the game pause while I do so?   Sounds great, sign me up.  The only plus side I’ve found with the app is that it does allow you to play the new unlockable PIP Boy mini games from your phone/pad /whatever without having to actually be playing Fallout 4. 

Fallout 4 so far is not a bad game.  But it’s also not the quantum leap forward for the series that I think many of us were expecting.  Verdict?  Buy it anyway, open world games with this sort of depth are pretty much the biggest bang for your gaming buck you’re going to find.  See you in the wastes. 
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