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2015 Arbiter Elections

Posted by STR-MS on Friday, September 25 2015

Just a quick post to let you all know that this years Arbiter elections have now begun. Please head on over to the members forum when you have a moment. Cheers!


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STR Store Updated

STR Store Updated

Posted by STR-MS on Wednesday, July 15 2015

Just a quick note to say that several new designs have been added to the STR Store since it opened at the weekend. These new designs are available across a wide range of products from t-shirts to iPhone cases, mugs, bags, stickers and lots more. On top of these I've also spent the week designing a snazzy new STR poster!

Got any design ideas or suggestions? Spotted an issue with a current design? Let us know on the forums.

Final note: It would be lovely to see some pictures if any of you happen to buy anything from the store. Mock-ups aren't always a true representation of the final product so it would be great to see what they look like once printed and this will also help us identify any potential issues with text, gradients etc on existing designs.

Happy shopping and stay tuned for future stuff! ;)


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STR Store

STR Store

Posted by STR-MS on Saturday, July 11 2015

Seeing Messiah wearing one of his custom embroidered caps (which a few other members have as well) made me think of something we once had, many years ago. A store.

Now, this place doesn't sell caps but if you've ever fancied a t-shirt with the Shattered Star on it, a mug, journal or maybe even an iPhone case. We have you covered!

Keep checking back (and in the forum thread linked) as new designs & items may become available in the future too.

Without further ado, I bring you the STR Store!


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Sony kills it at E3

Sony kills it at E3

Posted by STR-MS on Tuesday, June 16 2015

Well, what can I say? Ubisoft put on a great show themselves with a solid lineup of titles to look forward to, many of which came out of the blue and were a complete surprise to us all. Best conference of the day by far.

Not for long though!

Sony dropped the bombs shortly afterwards and delivered arguably the best E3 Conference we'll probably ever see. When they open with none other than THE LAST GUARDIAN, you know you're in for ride, and that we were. If they're opening with this, surely those other rumours can't be true as well, I asked myself? I had a good feeling about TLG this year and strongly believed it would show, but I fully expected it to be the show closer. Nope!

What was the next bomb to drop? How about the much requested remake of Final Fantasy VII? Oh hell yes! OMG. I still can't believe it now.

They didn't stop there though. Oh no. Pretty much straight after that they went into... Shenmue 3. Holy Crap. This is something I have waited half my life for right there. Words cannot describe...

On top of that we got a stunning gameplay demo of Uncharted 4, the beautiful reveal of Horizon and the list goes on. What an amazing, amazing show. Well done, Sony and thank you for listening to your fans! <3

Apologies if this post is a little all over the place btw. Still on a high right now :D


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E3 2015

E3 2015

Posted by STR-MS on Thursday, June 11 2015

The biggest gaming event of the year is nearly upon us and is sure to be packed full of exciting live demos, reveal trailers and surprise announcements.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, The Division, Fallout 4, Mad Max, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Mirror's Edge 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End & XCOM 2 are just some of the many games confirmed to be there, and those are just the ones we know about.

What are you hoping to see at this years E3? Persona 5, perhaps? Maybe Quantic Dream's next game? If reports are to be believed we may even get to see The Last Guardian resurface too!

The main event actually starts next week but as far as conferences go, those begin THIS evening. Kicking off with the Oculus livestream tonight at 6pm BST (10am PDT / 1pm EDT) - Same time as the Steam Summer Sale is due to begin.

Following that we have Bethesda's conference on Sunday. Fallout 4 and DOOM are a given but I'm really hoping we get to see a reveal of Dishonored 2 as well. Fingers crossed!

Monday covers the usual main 4 - Sony, MS, Ubi & EA, whereas Tuesday we have Nintendo, Square Enix and the new PC Gaming Show.

Excited? I sure am! - For a full list of conference times and stream links please see my forum post here

Hope you enjoy the shows! ;)


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The Steam Summer Sale starts tonight!

The Steam Summer Sale starts tonight!

Posted by STR-MS on Thursday, June 11 2015

Just a quick reminder that the Steam Summer Sale is due to start tonight at around 6pm BST.

As always - wait for the dailies or buy on the last day of the sale if what you're looking for doesn't get one. They may go cheaper!

Personally, I'm not looking to buy very much this year but I'll probably keep an eye out for the Homeworld Remastered Collection, Kholat, Black Mesa and maybe Dying Light too depending on price. Then see what else catches my eye. - That is unless any of you have any specific recommendations? Drop them on the forum here if so, I'll be sure to give them a look too!

As for recommendations from me? If you don't already own these I'd consider picking them up during the sale if they get a good deal:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Life is Strange

Grand Theft Auto V

Ori and the Blind Forest

Cities: Skylines

Grim Fandango Remastered

Invisible, Inc.

These are (imo) the best PC releases of 2015 so far. Every single one of those is worth buying so give them a look if they pop up. We have videos for a few of them on our YouTube channel too.

Here are a few older titles to look out for as well:

The Wolf Among Us

This War of Mine

Transistor

Happy shopping and god help our wallets!


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STR Fantasy Premier League 2014/15 Concludes

STR Fantasy Premier League 2014/15 Concludes

Posted by Anubis on Thursday, May 28 2015

As the 2014/15 English Premier League season draws to a close, so too does the annual STR Fantasy Premier League season.

As usual, this year saw a vigorous and highly competitive battle for supremacy (ahem), and a highly typical outcome. Congratulations to our winner - the only man to hold the coveted STR FPL trophy in its six years of existence - Isileth. Said the man himself:

"I had a dream.

I vowed not to rest until I saw this dream fulfilled. And so with the sun glinting off my five Fantasy Premier League trophies and the wind whipping at my hair making me look both handsome and a little bit dangerous I set off on my long hard quest,

I prepared for this, trained both body and mind. I climbed the to the highest frozen peak, braved the cold and the perilous heights. Cut my way through dense jungle, battling exotic beasts and poisonous creatures. Travelled to far away lands to consult the wisest masters. Fought the strongest warriors from all corners of the globe.

Then I left it to last minute to make my team and took the lead in game week 2 and never let it go.

The sixth Fantasy Premier League trophy was mine!"

We'll be back in August to kickstart another vain attempt to deprive Isileth of silverware, as the new season gets underway - new participants always welcome!


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It's all the same, only the names will change

It's all the same, only the names will change

Posted by STR-MS on Friday, April 10 2015

After a month of discussions and votes, this week has marked the change of something quite important to our group and a topic we have revisited a couple of times over the years - our name.

For many years we were known as the Shattered Star Confederation, or SSC for short. The points of our Shattered Star logo symbolizing each of the 5 ideals we were founded with and lived up to as a group and as individuals; Freedom, Equality, Honor, Integrity & Friendship. Back in 2004 however and due to indifferences within the group and some of its upper management, a group of us splintered off from the Confederation and founded our own community. Still identifying ourselves as Shattered Star members whilst keeping the ideals and trying for a more relaxed and fair way of running things, we became the Shattered Star eXiles. SSX.

Two years later in August of 2006 the Shattered Star Confederation, the group in which we originated from when we split off and became eXiles, closed its doors for good. Leaving us (the Shattered Star eXiles) as the only remaining group of the Shattered Star.

We have talked about our Exiles name a few times over the years as it is something we have all felt very differently about but after several discussions and votes, this week marks a move towards changing that. We remain the same group of friends flying under the Shattered Star banner like we have since '97 but from this point on we will no longer be identifying our community as the Exiles. We are and always have been The Shattered Star.

The Shattered Star


Our YouTube Content - March

Our YouTube Content - March

Posted by SSX-MS on Sunday, April 5 2015

Star Citizen and Rocksmith 2014 make appearances again here but there are several fresh faces as well as some music vids I recorded at an awesome Aussie Floyd gig.

Bloodborne, Ori and the Blind Forest & Cities: Skylines are 3 of the best games I've played so far this year and absolutely brilliant. Bloodborne being my current GOTY runner. - Be sure to give them a look if you haven't already!

Anyhow, here's a rundown of our YouTube uploads covering March:


Non-Game Related - The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Non-Game Related - The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Posted by SSX-MS on Sunday, March 15 2015

For something a bit different (who said we were just restricted to games chat?!), I saw these guys on Friday night:

"The Australian Pink Floyd Show, more frequently referred to as the Australian Pink Floyd, are a Pink Floyd tribute band formed in 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia. Their live shows attempt to recreate the look, feel, and sound of Pink Floyd's later world tours, employing visual aids such as lasers, inflatables and a large display panel similar to Mr Screen. The Australian Pink Floyd Show play venues worldwide.

The band are noted for replicating the nuances of Pink Floyd's work. The guitar rig of Steve Mac closely resembles David Gilmour's set-up, and includes elements custom-produced by Pete Cornish, who has worked extensively with Gilmour. The band associates itself with individuals who have worked with Pink Floyd over the years, including Colin Norfield (who has worked as a sound engineer for David Gilmour in his solo career and for Pink Floyd during their 1994 Division Bell Tour and Clive Brooks - Nick Mason's long-time drum technician.

The show includes a round screen with intelligent lights arranged around its perimeter. During a concert, movies and animations are displayed on-screen, complementing the band's light show. Inflatables (such as the pig used by Pink Floyd during the Division Bell Tour, and Skippy - the band's own giant pink kangaroo and named after the Australian TV series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo) are frequently employed in the band's shows."

All vids recorded by myself. Enjoy! :)


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