And We’re Back

Oh. Ah. Erm. Cough. Hello?

After two weeks of festive recovery time in our brine tanks, we have returned. Normal, daily service on Rock, Paper, Shotgun resumes at last momentarily. How was your Christmas/New Year/deflating return to normality?


  1. Olderman says:

    Sleepy describes it pretty well. Happy New Year to all and to all a good night.

  2. baby snot says:

    That thing is bending me to it’s will.

  3. AmateurScience says:

    Oh so very deflated. I am lethargy personified.

  4. Meat Circus says:

    Just in time for the “future of gaming”:

    link to


    • f1x says:

      The future is quite ugly

      On the other hand, if the PSVita didnt really break any records why should this horror suceed?

    • The Dark One says:

      The input lag in that video is atrocious

    • frightlever says:

      I’m assuming the Ouya will morph into a handheld eventually (either officially or not, and assuming the Ouya ever gets a general release) and expect it would be hard-pushed to look any worse than that.

      How does a project like that ever get greenlit? Nobody that plays games on a handheld could have been involved in the decision.

      • El_Emmental says:

        How does a project like that ever get greenlit?
        -> the usual greenlighting process in a multi-millions dollars company.

        The engineers made the Tegra 4, and the clueless executives put the stupid managers in charge of finding a device to receive the new chip.

        Since: the gaming notebook market disappeared in 2010, the notebook one is dying, the netbook one is gone, the smartphone one is so 2012, the tablet one is already taken by the Ipad (Apple) and Nexus (Google) giants, while the Wii U is introducing the tiny-tabletTV system. How are they going to be “unique” ?

        => Release a new Gizmondo, hoping the Tegra 4 will save the day. Also, add a useless touchscreen (how are you going to naturally reach for it when the pad is in the way ?), and probably show off some WiiU-like functions later.

        The funniest will be seeing how nVidia forgot to get some serious killer app right on launch, resulting in slow sales, making the device a risky bet for devs, thus less audacious games, thus no sales growth recovery, thus falling into oblivion.

        • f1x says:

          The “good” part about this “thing” is that is supposed to be able to stream the games from your PC, therefore you dont need the developers doing special things for the device

          on the other hand, it sounds a bit stupid that a handheld requires wifi to your PC to play games, because then you might aswell just play on the PC

          Other than that you have android games, which you can certainly play better on your Galaxy Something

          So, indeed a pointless expensive gizmo that nobody will buy

    • Lars Westergren says:


      Speaking of which, anyone have any thoughts about the “Steambox will be shown this year and running Linux” rumours? If it is remains an open platform and you can build your own, then I’m all for it. Or at least I don’t mind. If it will be locked down, with proprietary APIs, then it will be just another console to me.

      • LionsPhil says:

        build your own

        …get some kind of HTPC/Shuttle-alike platform of your choosing, install Ubuntu*, install Steam for Linux, enable Big Picture Mode?

        * Or perhaps something like Xubuntu, or if you’re feeling really minimalist Ubuntu Alternate and then only pick something like evilwm for a “desktop” “environment” and put Steam in your xinitrc.

        • HothMonster says:

          Hopefully they release their own free OS build at the same time as the actual hardware unit. Steaux or Lieam or something. So then we have the option to buy a steam box or just install steam box OS on our own existing system.

  5. Ertard says:

    Current mode: ohgodohgodohgodohgodohgod

  6. MOKKA says:

    Food, so much food.

  7. olemars says:

    New years eve was food and fireworks. New years day was mostly about this:

  8. AbyssUK says:

    I’ve had a great start to the new year… got myself a nice new job which requires me to move to germany from the uk. Handed in my notice today… only to be told they actually want me to work my 3 months notice period (I work in research so that is pretty strange!)… God damit after the steam sales I have a long list of unplayed games I need to play….

    Anyway… so I am moving to Munich any nice Munchen’s in the RPS building ?

    • f1x says:

      I can see quite a difference, wow, 3 months? Here in Spain sometimes you say you leave and they tell you to finish the day and don’t come back ;D

      Anyway congrats on the new job

    • MondSemmel says:

      I live 30 min away from Munich, but do in fact study physics at LMU Munich. Of course, attending lectures is optional, so I’m not actually there all that often…

    • Fatrat says:

      I moved to Munich about 6 months ago for a job, which turned out to be terrible. But i found a better company and have been working (as a SysAdmin) for them for the past 2 months.

      I’d say you’re picking a good time of year to come to Munich as March will be when the cold starts to disappear and the long, sweaty summer starts. If you like sun that is, which is a rarity among gamers i guess. :)

      Are you going to be working/living near the centre? I live very central and work in one of the nicer areas also. I’ve actually found a fair few gamer buddies over here, including one of the top guys working with Planetside 2 (whom i won’t mention, out of fairness).

      Also, is a great place for English speaking ex-pats. It’s actually how i found accomodation and some buddies at first.

      Viel spass! ;)

    • Herzog says:

      Local here. Also not living directly in Munich (having worked and studied there) but a bit outside. But you should visit my hometown as it features the worlds first concentration camp! If you come to Dachau make sure to visit the castle! Nice daytrip!

      On another note the Starkbierfest ath the Nockherberg will start in the beginning of March which is a good place to practise for Oktoberfest later in the year :)


      An introduction to bavarian comedy


  9. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    Stressful. No holidays for me, except the three days around christmas. I still spent a shitload on the sales.

  10. Rao Dao Zao says:

    I have been playing Fallout: New Vegas: Ultimate Edition since the 28th of December.

    So. Much. DLC.

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  12. adonf says:

    I’ve almost caught up with the RSS feed. Could you guys take another week off? Please?

  13. Shockeh says:

    Welcome back RPS, and Happy New Year. :)

    My New Year focussed on seeing family, and overly concerning myself the company I work for has been bought out by a competitor. Will I still be employed in 3 months? WATCH THIS SPACE.

  14. Jams O'Donnell says:

    I played some games in the Christmas break! I finished Dishonored, played through the whole of AssBro (a 60% sync — screw the 5000 tiny sidemissions), and discovered that I truly suck at XCOM.

    Also, I painted many orks and grots.

    I did not spend any time learning how to make things in Unity, which had actually been my goal. :/

  15. Xzi says:

    I began a new relationship, had sex a few times, and then we broke up. So all in all, pretty good holiday season.

    So, how ’bout dem vidja gaems?

  16. sonofsanta says:

    Yet again I did not have as much time to play games as I thought I would. Sometimes I wish I could put my children on pause so I could get back to videogames, just for those two weeks of the year, just once a year, please? No? Oh well.

    Still managed to finish ME3 and then think “that wasn’t that bad, what was everyone whinging about?”, and then play To The Moon and think “that wasn’t that sad, what was everyone on about?” and then a few hours later all the relevant points clicking in to place as I realised what was special about the blue & yellow rabbit, why she kept asking him, why she was upset about his story of the “first” time they met… :(

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      phuzz says:

      I played and finished ME3 over the holidays as well, and my biggest disappointment with the ending was that it was the end. I was upset that my Shepherd will never get to save the galaxy again, will never get to hear Mordin sing again, Garrus will never get to finish calibrating the main guns etc. Basically I was upset that the trio of games that I’d massively enjoyed had come to an end*.

      I wonder how much of the initial disappointment on the internets came from that sense of loss?

      *(mind you, I did pick the 4th, ‘fuck everyone’ ending, and couldn’t be bothered to redo the 20 mins of staggering around from my last save to see the other ones, so I watched them online)

      • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

        I have this recurring whimsy that sees Garrus finally snapping and roaming the corridors of the Normandy with a Carnifex pistol in one hand, looking for that one guy who is walking around with magnets in his pocket that throws off his calibration.

  17. Bassem says:

    I got two and a half job offers and accepted them all, and now I’m spending as much time fooling around (mostly gaming) as possible before I have to bury myself in work starting the 15th.

  18. Cross says:

    Finally! With RPS returning and my exams coming to a close, i might get something resembling a stable life again. Woooo!

  19. serioussgtstu says:

    I finished the Witcher games and started learning Russian. счастливого Нового Года! Hooray!

    • KenTWOu says:

      Спасибо, и тебя тоже с праздником!

  20. Guvornator says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone! I did a foolish thing. I bought a new PC at xmas (that’s not the foolish thing, obviously buying a new PC is awesome*). Due to the fact I knew I was buying a new PC I bought lots of games in the months preceding it, that my old laptop can’t handle. As a result I am working my way through Skyrim, Deux Ek, Witcher 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, GTA IV, Rage, Saints Row 3 and Hard Rest, all at the same time – so…much…questing! Also, my girlfriend might have left me, but with all the gaming it’s hard to tell…

    EDIT:*Although this one turned into bit of a trauma. Basically, it showed up with totally fucked memory sticks (6912 errors on memtest, lovely). Not sure what Chillblast’s much vaunted “stress-testing” tests, but it would seem it ain’t the memory. So, being a total butter fingers, I sent it back to be fixed. This involved a lot of pissing off work because, even though I paid extra for a Saturday delivery and it was their mistake, they insisted on collecting and then returning it on a weekday. When it was returned (by a man I suspect was reggae legend Bunny Wailer), it was in a massive rainstorm. Instead of, say, giving me the package and THEN letting me sign it, Bunny decided to put it in what appeared to be a small mountain stream that had developed on the pavement. An argument ensued. Fortunatly, athough much of the cardboard was sodden, it didn’t reach the PC. Unfortunately, when the desk for the PC showed up, it was missing parts…bastard Argos…

  21. Lars Westergren says:

    I had a nice relaxing holiday until yesterday morning, when I was checking my mail over breakfast and almost choked when I saw that an automated “Your ship is on fire or sinking” alarm SMS had been sent 2.30 that night.

    It turned out that it was in fact sinking, just very very slowly, water is just seeping in. The stopped bilge pump has been fixed now, but I didn’t sleep very well tonight.

    With regards to vidya games, I’ve been playing Rocksmith like crazy, I love it and have signed up for evening guitar classes now. I also played a little bit Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition. I like it, except for the DAMN PATHFINDING. Especially in the labyrinth below the bridge – click 5 meters ahead of the team, watch the mages at the rear decide to take a 1 km detour and get killed by a swarm of kobold commandos because the corridor ahead was occupied for 1 second by the other characters.

    • El_Emmental says:

      You’re managing ships with an automatic sms alarm system ? :O

      I have to say it: this is awesome.

      Technically speaking, I know it’s not *that* hard, but for some reason companies don’t seem to understand how useful is the fact that everyone (more than 90%) have a SMS-compatible device on them at all time, they just refuse to use that technology.

      I mean, look at these:
      – house alarm
      – fire alarm
      – children leaving an area (GPS or even the nearest GSM antenna sync (with a f/p prevention system of course)(function only available for mobile phone contracts for minors)
      – old people falling/having an emergency health problem alarm system (sms to neighbors + relatives)
      – house electricity/water/gas consumption (total + current consumption for the last 1/6/12/24/48 hours)
      – transport (car & co): when the alarm is triggered + GPS tracking coordinates ever x min until user order it to stop ; accident (send report to relatives + authorities unless cancelled by users) ; fuel left in the tank/battery charge level/tires pressure on a regular basis ; opened/closed car confirmation ; traffic congestion/accident recently happened nearby.
      – heating and A/C control through SMS (to save energy)

      Too bad the carriers are preventing all that stuff from happening :/

      • Lars Westergren says:

        > Too bad the carriers are preventing all that stuff from happening :/

        They are? Where do you live? In Sweden it is pretty simple, you just get a pre-paid SIM card and plop it into a device you can get in any electronics store and then connect the alarms you want to its inputs. I just have to remember to occasionally load new credits onto the SIM because otherwise the carriers have a tendency to inactivate the SIM.

        Yeah, all your examples are good. There are plenty of companies doing stuff like that with “smart homes” and similar initiatives. Lots of companies I work for have Nagios monitor servers and message sysadmins if something goes wrong. I signed up to “Lifesavers” after I attended a CPR course. If an emergency call about a possible cardiac issue near my current location goes to the 911 service, I might get a message about the address. Not obliged to go there of course, but if the ambulance is delayed, it might save someone’s life.

        • El_Emmental says:

          I don’t live in Sweden :(

          Here (a country in the EU famous for its many cheeses…) the 3 telco formed a cartel since the late-90s and kept the entire market under full control.

          Hopefully a new carrier, after breaking the cartel in the ISP market, broke the cartel in the mobile phones sector by cutting the prices in half and offering true unlimited plans (at affordable prices), but it’s still very recent.

          ps: the Lifesavers idea is really brilliant, thanks for sharing it :) I’ll contact emergency services (at their offices) about that, that kind of network requires months if not years to be build, the sooner we start the better it is.

  22. Wooly Wugga Wugga says:

    Feeling rather depressed, actually. Thanks for asking.

  23. McDan says:

    Well RPS is back on my birthday so it’s a good year thus far. And as I’m sure is the case with most people I bought too many games in the various sales that I’ll never have time to play anyway. Let’s have another great year RPS.

    • The Random One says:

      Get out of here! Today is my mom’s birthday!

      Happy birthday to you! And her! And any RPS member reading this on or near their birthday! And their extended family!

    • Xepter says:

      Man, so many people who buy games because of sales, but then don’t have the time to play them… sadly I’m also guilty of this fact D:

      And a (maybe already late) Happy Birthday to you! :D

  24. Dozer says:

    Go provoke some grumpy emails from the cretins, RPS! Happy new year!

  25. Spider Jerusalem says:

    visited the parents for the holidays, got drunk, ate a lot, and bought a bunch of games from gog that would run on their shit computer.

  26. yogibbear says:

    Played about 80 hrs of DOTA 2 and another 10 hrs of Legend of Grimrock. And spent a few hours with the family.

  27. Gwyddelig says:

    In a word, sh*tty.

    Norovirus, albeit mild – the Irish version is all from one end apparently, followed by a tooth abscess the size of a tolerably large marble (required lancing, which I don’t recommend). And now t’missus rings to say our small lad has a nice whacking fever and explosive diarrhoea.

    Oh and my PSU up and died. On Christmas Day.


    • Lars Westergren says:

      Ouch. “When it rains, it spurts”, as the old saying goes.

      • Gwyddelig says:

        The plus side, were one said to exist, is that we’ve an entire larder full of Christmas fancies (After Eights, tea cakes and most of my Special Christmas Beer) still to be tackled. Once my course of antibiotics is done and Gwyddelig Óg is feeling better, I’m hitting the Devil’s Butter Milk like Shane McGowan at a wedding.

        • Asurmen says:

          Doctor gave you antibiotics for the norovirus? :/

          • Ergates_Antius says:

            For the tooth abscess I’d wager…

          • Gwyddelig says:

            Not a chance, no – for the abscess. That required a pretty hefty course of some very strong penicillin.

          • Asurmen says:

            Reading comprehension fail! Completely missed that bit.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      Which end? (if you don’t mind me asking) I had a random, and extremely unpleasant, bout of vomitting a few days before Xmas (it was nearly a week before I could eat properly). Obvious initial suspect was norovirus, but as I didn’t have “the other symptom” and no-one else in the house got it we thought it might just have been food poisoning. Sounds like it could just be this milder form.

      • Gwyddelig says:

        T’other end. Couldn’t even have so much as a slicín of toast without events moving south with an uncomfortable degree of alacrity. from what I can tell though after talking to friends and colleagues who were similarly prostrated, the severity and style of symptoms varied. I’d just count yourself lucky that you didn’t turn into a double-ended slurry spreader!

        • Ergates_Antius says:

          I do. Even as I was dry-retching and wishing for death there was a voice at the back of my head saying “at least you’ve not shat yourself yet”

  28. The Random One says:

    Don’t you give me that talk! We were all so worried! Never do anything like that again young lady*!

    *While all members of RPS are male, RPS itself is female. This conundrum has occupied anthrontologists for centuries.

  29. bit.bat says:

    After getting many games on all the sales going around (too many sales) I kinda feel deflated on gaming… nothing seems to be doing it for me for some reason currently.

  30. nebajoth says:

    Glad you guys are back. My morning newspaper time begins and ends with RPS, and I was just starting to really miss it as the holiday madness died down. You guys are awesome.

  31. Shadowcat says:

    So that’s what happened to HAL.

  32. Steed says:

    Good to see you’ve started the new year with a vicious intake of scotch eggs. The hivemind seems to be throbbing like never before!

  33. Ergates_Antius says:

    2 weeks off? Goddam pinko commie hippies.

  34. LionsPhil says:

    Played SR3 until every non–co-op achievement was mine. And doing that was fun. It’d be my GOTY for 2012 if it hadn’t actually been released in 2011.

    Then someone bought me FTL and everything that’s not FTL since has been a blur.

  35. El_Emmental says:

    Christmas: family stuff, pretty good, got interesting presents.

    Been the “helps everyone, clean all the plates and provide all the necessary bowls/platters/settings” person during the big sumptuous dinner, everyone was really nice. So much good food, so much peaceful lives, we’re really living a miracle.


    New Year: at the seaside (all in a tiny appartment), with old friends from highschool. Some fun and some meh moments, good time nonetheless. Even if we’re now more and more different, we can still gather around the same table and have fun – so far we’re doing good with adulthood imo.

    Stayed on the pier for a while, enjoyed being progressively drenched by the falling water of the unrelenting heavy waves hitting the rocks jetty. Walked on the sand after a little rain shower, felt a little like walking on roasted marshmallows. I liked these moments, so empty of any effort. No meaning, no value, simply peaceful.

    After that, we were in 2013.

    And I had to work for final exams of that semester: beside a little bit of Chivalry, no games.


    Got 3 or 4 games on Steam, 1 on GoG. I’m starting to run out of good games to buy on discount and try to play in the next 5 years. Already reached the point of buying an indie game I already owned in a bundle, for the third time now. 2013 will be my year of the backlog, and backlog only.


    Currently “playing”: Quake I, Doom II, Vietcong. Mafia, again. + some GoldSource/Source mods I have installed for a few years now and never launched.

    Next games: rest of Quake series. Doom 3. Vietcong 2 (quick run). Mafia 2 (quick run).

    Next next games: FEAR series. Serious Sam 1 FE+SE.

    Then, retro style: Dark Forces, ROTT, DN3D, Blood, Marathon, Heretic, Hexen.


    PS: there is no need to accelerate the rate of articles publishing for 2013. I’ve still 30 of your (long) papers from 2012 to read and can barely keep track of all the news articles :O

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    Hodge says:

    I had a lovely time indeed.

    (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  37. Squire says:

    Over Christmas I had a couple of semi-panic attacks and cried for half a day so today my doctor thinks I might have anxiety/depression. Which is also the cause of my IBS/Stomach problems. And he didn’t give me any medication for it! Woo-Hoo! Feeling better now though…

    Anyway, the two [2] people I started playing D3 with haven’t logged in in 36 days :rollseyes: or they play console games mostly instead now :rollseyesoutofhead:

    So come to Glasgow, RPS! I want to meet other PC gamers and slag off console graphics. In fact I would be willing to set up the whole meeting and even pick somewhere we can get nice food and drink and won’t be stabbed with hammers. I forsee no danger but that’s what people seem to think Glasgow/Scotland is like ha.

    Email me if I can help set up a gathering. I would even be willing to have people round for some small scale LANning/General game playing but if anyone slags off my Q6600, then I’ll kindly ask them to leave lol.

  38. Gap Gen says:

    Strangely, that header image reminds me I should get back to work too.

  39. captain nemo says:

    Was a technical Christmas ; My own pc died (HDD total failure, does not even power up) so bought new SSD/HDD combo and re-installed everything, & set up a wifi hub for my old folks, so they can finally use the interwebs/e-mail

  40. Xepter says:

    I had like the best New years eve party I ever had :D So this year started of fantastic, with even more games to play than last year :3

  41. Vinraith says:

    Nice to have you back. I can only contemplate the irony that during those few times of year when I have time to properly read RPS, there’s no RPS to read!

  42. Grobmotoriker says:

    I cut off my fingertip with a broken beerglass while I was working in a club and spent the new years night in hospital watching the lady suturing it together in one piece again. Now I hope I´ve got all slapstickaccidents for this year behind me. (Which will probably not be the case). Now I have plenty of time to play games but I can´t. :(

  43. j3w3l says:

    I just want to say I really missed the Sunday papers. Waking up early on Monday morning with a nice cuppa and flicking through these was one of life’s simple pleasures.

  44. Josh W says:

    Pretty lovely, chilled out with family, got a gamepad for my pc, and finally got a chance to play braid. And I can now look forward to all the other random gamepad-heavy games I’ve picked up in bundles and sales, it’s like I got 15 games in one present!