Idle Thumbs 107: GiantBomb.com
May 22, 2013 - As the lights fade and the noise recedes from yesterday’s Xbox One announcement, the space left in its wake fills with ideas and dreams, yes, but also… loss? A gnawing unfilled place inside you, left wanting. When you’re finally sure you’re alone, at the quietest point of the night, you turn to your TV, whisper “Xbox… show me J. Allard,” and hope. Giant Bomb’s Ryan Davis joins us as we unpack the Xbox One reveal, venture beneath Moscow in Metro Last Light, and gaze into the eyes of Allard one final time.
Things Discussed: Xbox One, Slender: The Eight Pages, Metro: Last Light, Metro 2033, Dishonored, StarCraft II, J. Allard# | Posted May 22nd, 2013 at 2:49 pm. It has 11 notes. Played 145 times.
- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (about 1 3/4 ounces)
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar (14 ounces)
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons (about 10 1/2 ounces)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter to melt; set aside for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large (18 by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. In shallow baking dish or pie plate, mix granulated sugar and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, rubbing between fingers, until well combined; set aside. Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in medium bowl; set aside.
Add remaining 1 3/4 cups brown sugar and salt to bowl with cooled butter; mix until no sugar lumps remain, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula; add egg, yolk, and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined, about 1 minute. Give dough final stir with rubber spatula to ensure that no flour pockets remain and ingredients are evenly distributed.
Divide dough into 24 portions, each about 2 tablespoons, rolling between hands into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Working in batches, toss balls in reserved sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart, 12 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but it will take 3 batches.)
Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are browned and still puffy and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone; see photo below), 12 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Do not overbake.
Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes; using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature.
Source: Cooks Illustrated# | Posted May 10th, 2013 at 1:47 pm. It has 44 notes.
From Idle Thumbs 105: XCOM Obama; the Gondry video Sean mentioned.# | Posted May 10th, 2013 at 1:42 pm. It has 13 notes.
Idle Thumbs 105: XCOM Obama
It’s Discovery Week here at the Thumb, where we play a bunch of games whose fun comes from learning how to play them. We finally sit down and play our first campaign of Risk: Legacy, Chris falls into CandyBox and Starseed Pilgrim, and Sean takes to the stars to face the nation’s most formidable foe.
Games Discussed: Risk: Legacy, CandyBox, Starseed Pilgrim, XCOM: Enemy Unknown# | Posted May 10th, 2013 at 1:41 pm. It has 5 notes. Played 60 times.
Idle Thumbs 103: A Person Shaped Thing is a Person
April 24, 2013 - In the darkness of space it becomes hard to tell friend from foe. It seems landing a crew safely in unknown territory is harder than you thought. You realize your mistake: “I’m low on fuel; need to load up.” Without getting up, a simple gesture is recognized and your display flickers to life. “One 16-pocket crazy crust cheese pizza, please. Extra olives.” Satisfied, you lean back and wait.
Games Discussed: Neptune’s Pride 2: Triton, Pizza Hut for Xbox 360, Kerbal Space Program, Papers Please# | Posted April 26th, 2013 at 1:25 pm. It has 10 notes. Played 182 times.
Idle Thumbs 101: Introduction to Video Games
April 10, 2013 - There’s an old saying in video games that when one door opens, there’s probably another door inside of that one that looks sort of the same, and you have to open it, too. We complete BioShock Infinite, Nick and Chris take their first delicious bite of StarCraft 2 in a long while, and Jake’s intro stock plummets.
Games Discussed: BioShock Infinite, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing, Injustice: Gods Among Us# | Posted April 12th, 2013 at 5:35 pm. It has 8 notes. Played 88 times.
You shiver as you swim, though the water is not cold. Up ahead, Goldblum laughs at you. You sense his derision; feel it in your dermal denticles. He’s too fast - you cannot hope to catch him. But maybe, just maybe, you can steal his shoes. This is BioShark Infinite.
After finishing their game inFlux (Steam Greenlight page), a couple of the guys at Impromptu Games decided to do the inadvisable: spin out a ridiculous Idle Thumbs joke into a playable game. They posted about it in our forums. Enjoy.
- Swim left: A
- Swim right: D
- Jump: Spacebar
Idle Thumbs 100: King Chromin’ For a Day
April 3, 2013: Break out the fireworks, giant creepy parade floats, and ominous presidential statuary: it’s the Idle Thumbs centennial! In honor of this, our 100th episode, we talk about one game for the duration. But how could you not when that game is the new BioShock?
Game Discussed: BioShock Infinite# | Posted April 3rd, 2013 at 6:46 pm. It has 9 notes. Played 40 times.
Happy Dishonored game of the year celebration!Sean’s wife Amelia
# | Posted March 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm. It has 16 notes.