Gentlemen's Lunchtime Association

Like a book club, but with video games.

New podcast recording time: 8PM GMT, Sunday!

That’s 3PM if you’re east coast US, 12 noon if you’re on the west coast, and 9-10 in europe (I think most of our Europeans are in GMT+1 territory though). And it records this Sunday, Sunday Sunday. Don’t want to come? Too bad. I’ll message you on steam and make you feel guilty until you do.

In other news: It’s mid-october, which means it’s practically christmas! I have abominable amounts of work to do but get on the GLA whenever I have time. I also have some stuff planned for later this year. Sorry if that’s too technical an explanation for you.

Anyone wanna come to leeds yet? I have food. My room is opposite from the flat next door’s kitchen, so they throw pasta at me through my window. Joke’s on them. I’m collecting it, and one day I’m going to cook it.

Love, Cats

Rethinking podcast recording times

This blog is now my diary. I AM HAVING A FABULOUS TIME AT UNI. But it’s probably not worth £27000 (approx 9000BD) over 3 years. Thanks, British voting public. You jerks. Special relativity still doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, yeah, podcast recording times. So last podcast, we essentially made a podcast about nothing. Why was it about nothing? Well, a few reasons. Firstly there wasn’t much news, and with no big releases around, not many of us had actually been playing anything interesting either. Secondly, I didn’t do enough preparation, I was too busy faffing around with vector transformations and mechanics problems. And not understanding special relativity. Normally I have a huge stack of news posts and I pick and choose from them based on who’s in and how long I think the podcast’s going to run for. I didn’t really have such a stack.

For next episode, I’m already starting to prepare earlier, and I’m hoping more interesting stuff happens over the next 2 weeks. Jamie actually did send a good deal of stuff to my email address a short while ago, so I’m also going to have a leaf through that.

The other big thing is time. Here’s the thing – time stops for no man (although if aforementioned man is travelling at a speed close to the speed of light c, it may slow down for observers outside of that man’s reference frame). And I can’t help but feel like our standard recording time is inconvenient for many of our regulars, particularly that it often clashes with work\mealtimes. It’s also not in GLA peaktime (between about 8 and 12PM, GMT), which just seems kinda odd.

To that end, there’s a new poll on the sidebar, so I would be most pleased if y’all could answer it.

Love, Cats

Episode 12 – Worst Episode Ever

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This episode features Catsman, Debrel, Happyman, Juju, Seanie, Tacoman, Duuaaaah and Dickaok, awkwardly trying to fill silence due to this week’s lack of interesting news. Plus, Happyman reads a ‘very special’ Sonic fanfiction.

Edited by Tacoman. What a guy that guy is.

Episode X-2 – Boy Things

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This episode features Catsman, Debrel, Doddski, Happyman, MD122, Reinbach, Seanie and Tacoman discussing Steam Greenlight, Black Mesa Source, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero, and Richard Branson carrying women. Plus, Happyman reads Gay Lemons.

Hello, and welcome to GLA5

Firstly, this is the official feedback post! If you have some kind of feedback to give on the design, then please leave a comment on this post. If you have a bug to report, then please file it in our issue tracker instead. Doing so is a much better way of getting it fixed than messaging me directly.

So, yeah, here it is. Truth is, I always wanted to do a big rebranding. As I was mocking up GLA3, Digg had that godawlful redesign, so I decided to shelve some of the crazier ideas and just go with what was safe. Same with GLA4, but that time Kotaku was the tragedy. Although nobody really misses Kotaku, do they?

Anyway, here it is, in all its glory! If you don’t like how it looks, then too bad, because I posted something very similar to this design on the blog about a month ago and nobody complained. There are a few new features, such as the asynchronous theme switcher, doddskipedia section, tips bar (replaces the info bar), aforementioned issue tracker, new polling system, non-fluid, media-query based stream area, pirate bay proxy, better social media integration, and gigantic improvements to blogging, commenting and editing site content, due to the new blog system. The biggest of all, however, is probably the switch from Livestream to Twitch. Tell me what you think about twitch! I’m going to be trailing it for the next week or so, if it really doesn’t suit us then we will be switching back to livestream. But I really hope it does.

ALL of our current streamers should have received an email with a stream key that’ll let you broadcast to our Twitch channel. Make sure you check the email inbox that’s currently connected to your Livestream account. With the WordPress account you also have, you should also be able to author news posts, Doddskipedia entries and add a bio for yourself to the ‘about’ page, which I would recommend.

Try out some of the new features! Switch the theme! Resize the window and see what happens! Go nuts, really. If you’re really mad you can try connecting to our chat with an IRC client.

Finally, I’d like to thank Hexler and IronCladLou many many times. You can thank Hexler for the awesome illustrations that adorn the various pages. He seems to be a perfectionist in the same way Valve are. Mostly in a good way! You can thank IronCladLou for the site not looking like garbage, he was the person who convinced me to move away from my original (terrible) mockups, contributed a lot to the current design (particularly in the typography department) and gave us the lovely teacup logo that I now worship. You can find them both credited in the footer, and in humans.txt.

Oh, and don’t miss our podcast recording! This Sunday, the 9th of September, 4PM UK time, 11AM eastern US time, 8AM western US time, 5 in most of Europe (according to wolfram alpha).

Love, Cats

Episode 10 – X-Treme

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This episode features Catsman, Everdark, Happyman, Juju, Reinbach, Tacoman and Tzar discussing cloud gaming, Megaman Xover, Doggie Doo and Lester the Unlikely. Plus, things you’ll never be able to unhear.

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