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  1. The gaps in my Zelda lore knowledge are starting to show. I wasn't aware of this, thank you. Even so, if that sort of reference is the extent of the mentions of Ganondorf, then it doesn't really change the fact that Ganon is the one always referred to when talking about the evils of the world, not Ganondorf. To the people, Ganondorf would likely just be the origin of Ganon and not regarded as a great evil to be feared in his own right, if only because of the contrast between the two's effects on the world. Again, it's just speculation, but I do believe there's a contrast being made in these ga
  2. Noted. Really, for as much as I loved Wind Waker, I should have remembered those instances. Still, the correlation is there for my hypothesis, I think. But now I'll counterpoint my own argument: 'Ganon' could be the moniker used by the people for any ill-defined, sufficiently large evil they encounter. As I mentioned before, the name Ganon is primarily used to refer to him in his monster form, and what better way to describe a huge unknown force of evil than to call it a monster? So it could be that the name of Ganon has become the name for great evils in whatever timeline this falls
  3. There's a lot of speculation running along the line that this game comes after Wind Waker. Not surprising, really, since there's a fair bit of circumstantial evidence supporting it. But let's back up a bit. The "Calamity Ganon". We don't know much about it, really, but consider its name carefully: 'Ganon'. Pretty much anyone that knows about the Zelda games will know that name. We've seen it in the early games up to and including Ocarina of Time, and it's always been associated with a dark monster of some kind. But then in that game, we're presented with a new name: 'Ganondorf', associate
  4. Welp, scratch the hope it was the hard drives (at least the ones I unplugged, anyway). Time to test some other stuff like the GFX card and the DVD drive.
  5. Thanks for the offer, but it's actually not that computer. The parts are from the same time period, though! It's an i7-920 rather than the Core2 Quad Q9550. When my old workplace was shut down I salvaged the parts from the computers they were tossing. I still have the computer you built for me, but these days it serves as a makeshift file server. It's only a little better in performance, but when it's that old, every little bit counts. Anyway, after I posted I decided to pull out some of the hard drives I had in the computer to see if something relating to them was the issue. Something li
  6. I may be getting that new computer sooner rather than later, due to an annoying problem with my current one, unless I can figure out what the problem with it is. When I boot up my computer for the first time for the day, there's a very good chance of it BSoDing within the first few minutes due to some unknown error. However, on subsequent restarts it doesn't have the problem until the next day (presumably it's more of a 'after it's been off for a while' situation). The BSoD usually presents itself by first freezing the Windows UI for a few minutes (but not the mouse, oddly enough) before
  7. Well, the MSRP for a 6700k is $350, while the price for one these days has been around the $410-420 range for a while now. I haven't seen a sale price for it dip below $370 since the shortage started last year. But since you bring it up, what's the significant differences between the Haswell-E series, like the 5930k, and the Skylakes? I can see the additional cores on the Haswell, but also a lower single-core clock rate. I've heard they don't overclock as nicely, too, but I don't actually know all that much about either.
  8. Any idea when the Skylake line of CPUs might come back down in price from the highs they've been at lately? I've been planning on upgrading my computer for a while now, and now that I have the income to support it, I'm starting to look at what I need. I'm on an i7-920, so it's not like I can just swap out to a more modern CPU since the socket is different, so I figure this upgrade is the time to go all-in on a complete hardware refresh: new mobo, new CPU, new RAM, and eventually new GFX cards. But with Skylake being so jacked up in price, I'm not willing to shell out for it yet since I can sti
  9. Now that I'm thinking about it, with RBY getting a re-release, I wonder if there's any chance in the world that we'd get Pokemon Stadium as well. I think I spent as much time in Stadium as I did in the main games, and the thought of reliving that with online functionality... The nostalgia is strong tonight.
  10. Oh man, I might just pick one up for the nostalgia alone. It's been so long since I played the originals. Hell, might get all of them just because, but Yellow might be the first. Something about having that little yellow rodent following behind you still makes me grin a little to this day.
  11. I've started streaming games on my channel recently. I'm not looking to make it a big thing, just something I can sit back, relax, and chat with people while playing. I'm currently finishing off a run through Mechwarrior 4: Mercs (and may do a second salvage-only run afterward), and previously played through Valkyria Chronicles for the very first time. I'm already planning on playing things like Fallout 4, X3: Albion Prelude, XCOM, and any number of other games as well. But I play what I want to play and if people want me to play something specific, I very well might. With the unveilin
  12. Hm... depends on what exactly you're expecting. The X series, and more specifically X3, has more replay value in the breadth of options and the freedom you have when playing. You'll certainly have fun finding sectors and stumbling upon different factions and bases and such, but it's the freedom of action that is the main draw. Want to fly as a solo wares trader across the universe? You can do that. Thinking about flying as a pirate hunter, you against them all? Yeah, go ahead. Itching to manage a fleet of traders to gain dominance over the universe's economy? Yup, that's fine. Fancy
  13. Wonderful! You can get Freespace and Freespace 2 on GOG together for cheap, and I highly recommend you get the totally free Freespace Open mod/upgrade to pair with Freespace 2. It adds a lot of graphical upgrades, features and mods and campaigns to Freespace 2, including the ability to play the original Freespace game's campaign within Freespace 2. You don't have to miss any of the upgrades in the sequel in order to still play through the entire campaign! I'm going to be playing through the two campaigns fairly soon in addition to getting my X3 run going. Long live the space sim.
  14. Oh boy. And here I was thinking about starting another X3 run soon anyway. Perfect timing. Have you played any sort of space sim game? X-Wing, Freelancer, Freespace, anything of the sort? Those games are much more focused in scope compared to the X series, so it might be worth it to play one or more of them before jumping into the X series. In fact, they're worth playing regardless. I personally recommend Freespace 2 So, right off I'll tell you that I've only ever played the X3 games. I haven't played X1 or X2. Couldn't tell you much about them other than "they're much older and are a
  15. This was one of the bigger game showings for me this year. Done right, it could be an absolutely wonderful experience. I wonder how they're going to handle the urban ruins areas, though. Most of the aesthetic in the video was centered around this cross of technology and nature in more natural lands. That won't remain the same for the ruins. Not that that's bad thing, it could be great, but if we're expected to spend time in both, the meshing of the two needs to be done carefully. But from what I've seen so far, I'm optimistic.
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