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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 11, 2017, 05:05:41 PM
If anyone is interested in earning some extra credits, the next Elite update will include support for multi-crew ships.  This will allow other players to take control of weapon turrets, advanced sensors, and fighter craft launched from large vessels, boosting combat power while earning a full share of the profits.

The last time the Skinypupy went mining in a designated Resource Extraction cluster, she earned 600k in bounty vouchers in under an hour just defending from would-be pirates...not to mention the mining profits.  If anyone's interested in coming aboard for some part-time shifts, it could be a good way to earn some extra credits!

-Autistic Angel
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 08, 2017, 11:09:43 PM

Quote from: Starshift on February 05, 2017, 04:00:37 AM

Just need to purchase the Horizons upgrade and Iím good to go.  I watched so many Youtube videos of landing on planets and I want to do that!

Planetary outposts and colonies bring a whole suite of new goods to trade and missions types to pursue, including combat and scavenger hunt quests you can complete in your buggy.  Orbital approaches take a bit of practice to get right -- I still have occasions where I'll come in too hot and need to loop around for a second pass to glide in correctly -- but the videos you've seen have probably outlined good techniques.

Just be sure to always check the local gravity conditions as you're coming in.  0.1 or 0.2 Gs is barely noticeable, but I've visited worlds with up to 1.7 Gs where you need a deft touch with your maneuvering thrusters to keep the ground from coming up too fast.

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2017, 07:17:31 PM

Of course, if the PC launcher keeps locking up every time I try to update it, that might make the decision a little easier.

I had that issue at one point too.  I backed up the game files to an external hard drive, deleted the entire game and the launcher, rebooted, reinstalled the launcher, and then dropped the game files back into the destination directory.  Haven't had a problem since, so maybe those steps can help out!

-Autistic Angel
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 04, 2017, 04:39:58 PM
I've completed a fairly significant refit of the Skinypupy.

Major features include:

1) A new Class-8 bi-weave shield generator.  Sacrificing overall strength for a *greatly* improved recharge rate, only sustained, high-yield fire has a chance to collapse the field.  This is massive improvement over the previous Class-6 generator.  It was rated for a maximum ship mass of 1,000 tonnes, which was kind of a problem for a freighter that weighs 1,700 tonnes under load.

2) Custom engineered weaponry.  The twin Gatling guns have been independently upgraded for improved fire rate and expanded magazine capacity to help ensure they're never reloading at the same time.  Hostiles overhead fly into a relentless hailstorm, and I keep materials on hand to superheat the rounds for improved armor penetration.  Additionally, the beam turret in the belly has been overhauled for 35% improved range and tracking, ensuring jerks within 4.5 kilometers have a real bad time.  It can also be re-modulated to boost the shields of friendly craft which is super helpful for....

3) The fighter bay.  Replacing a Class-5 cargo rack, the Skinypupy now features a self-contained fabrication plant which can build, maintain, and store a sublight fighter craft.  The Little Bee sports twin pulse lasers and a heatsink ejector, and comfortably accelerates to speeds greater than most ships reach under maximum boost.  She's piloted by a SYSEC veteran who earns 12% of the Skinypupy's profits and is worth every credit.

4) Customized power distributor.  It may not be the sexiest thing on the list, but all this stuff needs juice to operate.  An expert engineer has upgraded the original Grade-A distributor for superior storage *and* charge rate so everything stays lit.

5) A first-class passenger cabin.  The Skinypupy has built up quite a reputation in Federation space, so ambassadors, CEOs, and celebrities know they'll get where they need to be in style and comfort.  She's also been known to transport aid workers and refugees free of charge, while war criminals and slave traders are turned away no matter how much they offer.

All of these changes have effectively transformed the Skinypupy from a dedicated freighter reliant on high security systems into a light capital ship capable of traversing ungoverned space without an escort.  She isn't impregnable -- an Anaconda with its own fighter support can still drill down her shields and start carving into the hull, but fortunately the effort consumes so much energy that I'm able to jump away before there's too much damage.  Hopefully some shield optimizations and an upgrade to reinforced plating will help with that!

-Autistic Angel
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/6/17 on: January 07, 2017, 05:21:29 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 07, 2017, 04:00:41 PM

I reinstalled XCOM: Enemy Unknown since I never finished it, and with the Humble Monthly Bundle featuring XCOM 2 I'm weighing whether to pull the trigger on it.

Speaking as a fan of the previous XCOM game, I found that XCOM 2 outclassed it in every way.  It's one of the best games in 2016, and I can see myself returning to it for years to come.

I also recommend springing for the DLC content.  The cosmetic options aren't the most compelling, but the addition of SPARK soldiers, unique weapons, and alien Ruler encounters flesh out an already-great strategic campaign with even more options.

-Autistic Angel
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: December 31, 2016, 01:53:00 PM
I knew nothing about The OA when I started watching it, so there were no expectations to exceed or dash.  My friends had never even heard of it, so I decided to chronicle my impressions of each episode via text message.

My friends were unsure if they were going to watch the show themselves, so these are spoiler tagged for length only.

Episode 1

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
Now I'm watching the first episode of The OA.  It's unremittingly weird so far.

45 minutes later

Quote from: Me
I have just the barest idea of what this is about.

Quote from: Friend
The OA?

Quote from: Me
Yes.  I won't share my guess in case you haven't finished the premiere, but beyond the premise there are lots of odd choices.

Quote from: Friend
Never heard of it.

Quote from: Me
Well, I was wrong anyway.  I'll try to watch the second episode tomorrow.

Episode 2

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
Okay, beyond the general oddness of the story, a character just commented on the vivid blueness of The OA's eyes.  They are plainly green.  Why is that in here?

Quote from: Friend
Hahaha apparently just to mess with ya.

45 minutes later

Quote from: Me
Things can be weird because they're incompetent, masking a dearth of interesting ideas, genuinely doing something original, or just for the sake of being weird.  I still don't know which one of these I'm watching.

Polygon posted an article headlined, "The OA's finale is problematic, disrespectful, and a perfect example of bad television."  Can't wait to see more!

The next day

Quote from: Me
{FRIEND 2} pointed out that the adult version of The OA does have blue eyes; the girl who plays the younger version has green.  Maybe they intended to have her wear colored contacts and she couldn't?  But then, why do so many closeups of her eyes right after that line?  I think I dislike this show.

I won't be able to watch another episode of The OA today.  Went to see Rogue One instead.

Episode 3

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
I'm going to watch the third episode of The OA now.  It's got Rosalind Chao, so that's a good start.

1 hour later

Quote from: Me
Not enough Rosalind Chao.  Lots of OA.

Episode 4

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
One of the characters in The OA is watching Stranger Things on their television.  Never embed a good show inside your pretentious show.

One day later

Quote from: Me
By the way, I hope you're not showing your family The OA.  Don't do that to them.  Not on Christmas.

Quote from: Friend
Lol.  Nope I'm not.

Episode 5

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
Now it's time for the fifth episode of The OA.

3 hours later

Quote from: Me
Turns out my prediction from the very first episode actually was correct.  It's just taken this long to come out because this show has the forward momentum of a balled up tissue.  The plot advancements are unrelated to character decisions and the central mystery is a complete fraud.  But time for bed....

Episodes 6 & 7

Note: this section does include some plot details.  Do not read it if you intend to watch the series. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: Me
It's possible that the next time we speak, I will spend entirely too much time complaining about The OA.  I just can't think of another show that exuded so much undeserved self-confidence.

The OA and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend each star the woman who created, produced, and served as lead writer for the series.  The difference is that where Crazy Ex is self-aware and occasionally reflective to the brink of becoming autobiographical, The OA is positively basking in how Deep & Meaningful it is.

If you're ever filling every creative role on a production, don't write yourself a bunch of special powers and profound insights so everyone becomes mesmerized by how awesome you are.  Under the best of circumstances, it's still going to feel like a big ego stroke.  And these aren't the best of circumstances.

I can't believe there's another episode of this.  It makes me so angry, I think I'll go talk a drug addict into turning his life around through my otherworldly empathy, then knit together someone's spinal cord with the power of interpretive dance.  God, I'm so enigmatic; someone give me a signing bonus!

Quote from: Friend 3
What the hell is the OA?

Quote from: Me
The OA is a Netflix original series in which Brit Marling plays Cosmically Awesome Brit Marling, the ethereal blind woman with blue eyes which are sometimes green when she forgets to put in contacts, who doesn't have to answer questions from the FBI if she doesn't feel like it, and also isn't blind.  She knows what darkness lurks in the hearts of men, shapes your dreams like taffy, and can hear people scream in space.  When Aliens fight Predators, she wins, and she isn't afraid of Virginia Woolf even a little.

Quote from: Friend 3
Well that cleared it all up! biggrin

I'm about to watch the first season finale right now.  It's the episode Polygon called "problematic, disrespectful, and a perfect example of bad television."  Let's see how it goes.
6  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: August 26, 2016, 01:41:17 PM
After 88 hours, 53 minutes, and 5 seconds, I finally beat the true end boss in Bravely Second yesterday. I did follow Gratch's advice to collect the hidden bonus Jobs, defeat all the secret bosses, and then level a bunch of the baseline Jobs up to Legendary to unlock their super abilities.  I didn't go so far as to level every character up to Legendary in every job, though - people will still want to Abilink with Gratch for that level of completion.

I absolutely adore the ways this series chooses to break the fourth wall. Anyone can have a Deadpool moment where a character gets hyper-referential here and there. But dating back to the demo of Bravely Default where the cast suddenly turns around and starts addressing the player directly by name, the developers have some really clever ways of playing with the relationship between our world and the game's.  That said, I do think the payoff for that was somewhat stronger in the first game.

And I hope other people who finish the game will remember to come back and check out Gratch's impersonation above - well played!  High five!

For anyone who's curious, my final team configuration was

Spoiler for Hiden:
Edea - Knight / Exorcist for the survivability and time regression powers,

Yew - Black Mage / White Mage for maximum spell power,

Magnolia - Performer / Astrologist for stat boosts and attack nullification, and

Tiz - Dark Knight / Hawkeye for maximum physical and Dark attack power

Those class sets included a lot of passive abilities from an array of other Jobs too - like I said above, the Design Your Own Character Class system in these games is really fantastic!

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Bravely Second, and while it doesn't -quite- hit the same heights as the first game, it's probably a more steady experience overall. Definitely recommended for fans of the least, if they got the True Ending. thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 27, 2016, 02:45:07 AM
The Connecticut Fox affiliate, Fox 61, just ran the Fox 40 segment on this.  Wouldn't surprise me if a lot of other markets aired the piece too nod thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 7/8 edition on: July 09, 2016, 11:21:40 AM
This weekend finished Grand Theft Auto V on the PC which was pretty good.  Now I'm starting to learn Offworld Trading Company and continuing to make progress in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

I'm also considering starting up something like Twilight Princess HD or Pikmin 3 on the Wii U.  Kind of in the mood for a lighter console game at the moment.

-Autistic Angel
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: July 09, 2016, 10:40:47 AM
Is there going to be a GamingTrend group for this?  I wouldn't mind learning the ropes with a crew of other newbies.

-Autistic Angel
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: June 29, 2016, 01:00:25 PM
36-hours...holy hell! When people talk about you blazing through games at Gratch Turismo speed, this is what they're talking about, FYI.

To put that into perspective for people who haven't yet played Bravely Second, my pre-New Game + save was about 56 hours.  Then the New Game + content was another few hours, and my current End Layer save - which is more or less where Gratch is - clocks in at about 83 hours.

It's also worth noting that my characters have been Abi-Linked with Gratch's pretty much all along, and he has somehow been constantly power-leveling them to be higher in virtually every profession.  I have been taking the most direct route through all the same optional quests and hidden challenges as he has, yet he has literally accomplished twice as much in half the time.

I think it's pretty clear at this point that Gratch has somehow obtained A Kind of a Stopwatch from The Twilight Zone and that one episode of Duck Tales and has decided to use it for something other than robbing banks!  icon_eek

-Autistic Angel

11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/24/16 Can't believe they did it editiion on: June 26, 2016, 11:31:54 AM
I'm continuing to follow Gratch's lead in Bravely Second.  I don't think I'll be able to get 100% completion the way that he does, but I have finished my New Game + run and picked up all the optional and hidden summons.  I've also taken his advice to max out my Chompcraft skills and acquired the Growth Egg so I can start working everyone towards max level in all the jobs.  Earning 999 JP from even incidental battles makes the leveling process fly by!

I'm also playing some Grand Theft Auto V and Heroes of the Storm since all the heroes are open for everyone to play.

-Autistic Angel
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 15, 2016, 04:23:53 PM
If I were your friend, or someone with enough basic empathy to be interested in the general well-being of a stranger, I would recommend waiting for the Scorpio model to be available. You've already waited this far into the console cycle, and a little more time will either score you a much more powerful console -or- an even better price on the obsolete models. Today's money seems better dedicated towards a top-line Windows 10 gaming PC where you'll be able to play most of those good games anyhow.  That's what I've been doing.

But I am sustained by consuming the tears of bitter regret so, by all means, buy yourself an XBox One today.  Get thee to an electonics outlet this morrow!

-Autistic Angel
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 14, 2016, 10:48:16 AM
Folks considering the revised console should know the XB1-S will not have a port for the Kinect:

Quote from: Polygon
"In order to make the Xbox One S as compact as possible and make all of these updates, we removed the dedicated Kinect port from the back," said Matt Lapsen, general manager of marketing for Xbox devices, in a post on the Xbox Wire.

It will still be possible to use a Kinect with the white console, although you'll need an adapter in order to plug the Kinect into one of the Xbox One S unit's two USB 3.0 ports. The accessory in question, the Kinect Adapter for Windows, regularly costs $49.99. Microsoft will be offering the adapter for free, but only to Xbox One S buyers who already own an Xbox One and an Xbox One Kinect.

Eligible customers will be able to order the free adapter on this page once the offer goes live. For now, Microsoft is recommending that interested parties ensure that the serial numbers for their current Xbox One and Kinect sensor are registered with the company's device support site.

I don't have a Kinect myself, but I know some people like using the voice commands.  Best to register for that free adapter while you can!

-Autistic Angel
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/10/16 on: June 13, 2016, 02:01:17 PM
After finishing Just Cause 3's campaign story and uninstalling it out of general disgust for its rampant technical issues and lousy anti-aliasing, I finally committed to a real playthrough of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC. I've probably played the first few missions 6 - 7 times on the various platforms, but this time I want to see it through.

It's interesting that the more realistic these games get, the less interested I am in going on crazy shooting sprees. In the Vice City days, I liked getting into high-speed chases with the police and looked forward to unlocking rocket launchers that could bring down their choppers. In GTA V , I'm much more likely to spend 40 minutes driving passengers around the state in my taxi, collecting fares, and buying new custom rims for Franklin's car.

The game charts my current completion at about 50% -- which may or may not include some of the impossible "Collect All The Hidden Packages!" side stuff I'm not going to do -- and I've been having a good time.

I'm also nearly finished with my New Game+ run through Bravely Second on the 3DS. I don't think the game will achieve quite the same narrative peaks as the first game, but boy is it a great game!

-Autistic Angel
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: June 11, 2016, 11:47:49 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 31, 2016, 09:08:18 PM

I'm confused. You are nearing the end of the game, but it forces you into beginning a new game+ ?   I know you are probably trying to avoid spoilers, but is this some weird Metal Gear-esque strangeness where the game is trying to outsmart the player?

There's a point in the main adventure where the characters realize they can no longer progress and the NPCs start heavily hinting that you should save and quit to the title screen.  Once there, the screen itself gives you instructions on how to advance.

I thought about it, but ultimately decided to take Gratch's advice to replay the entire game first.  I'm glad I did: since New Game+ imports all your equipment, jobs, and experience levels but doesn't scale the enemies at all, you can effectively one-shot every boss in the game.  It's basically a chance to run through and collect all the jobs you didn't take the first time around.  Turn off random encounters and skip the dialogue sequences, and you can finish half an Act during a TV commercial break.  The only small disappointment is that there's no new dialogue where the characters comment on how enemies that *should* present a challenge are falling over dead at the first attack.  That's the sort of meta-commentary the first game did really well.

I'm already 75% finished with New Game+ and should be back to advancing the story proper within the next few days.

-Autistic Angel
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER FANTASY! on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 24, 2016, 08:09:13 PM

So this launched today.  Anybody picking it up?

I had a special voucher from Green Man Gaming that took 27% off the price, so I decided to give it a go.  I started a "short" Dwarven campaign because they're ranked as an Easy Start and the Total War games are filled with mechanics I don't really understand.

So far I've won a few tutorial battles, recruited a second Lord who can act as a general for his own army, and found some unique magical gear to enhance my Lords' attributes.  My special helmet, for example, gives a hefty bonus against Fire damage and a nice boost to his Leadership skill in combat.  I also won my first Quest Battle in a huge underground cavern where retreat was impossible and I still got all my units out to resupply.

Dwarves start out with access to Quarrellers for ranged attacks, Axemen for melee fighting, and Miners for...more melee fighting.  They're cheaper to recruit, so I think they might be the equivalent of a Peasant brigade from the earlier Total War games.  My leader also has a battery of catapults with him that really mess up enemy forces, so the orcs have needed to close distance at maximum speed to avoid getting bouldered to death.  I also like the fact that Dwarves don't cast magic spells -- it's one less mechanic to learn while figuring out the basics of provincial management.

I don't yet have a good enough sense of the economy or enemy AI to comment on those things, but at least in the fights I've seen so far, the enemy will fan out to attack your flanks and charge in if you don't maneuver defenders to intercept them.  First impressions are pretty solid.

The world map and units are nicely detailed and the game runs great at Ultra settings, but the lighting seems really flat.  The lack of shadowing during battles really stands out, though I suppose it's a necessary cost of animating several hundred character models at once.  I think I encountered a weird graphical bug where shadows weren't showing during my first session -- when I played again last night, there was normal shadowing during the battles.  It'll be interesting to see how the experience evolves once I get access to some more exotic unit types.

A few things I don't understand yet:

  • a pop-up informed me that I've acquired a retinue guy who will increase empire-wide research speed by 10%.  It suggested I could assign him to one of my leaders, but I haven't found where to do that yet.
  • I also acquired a Hero by winning a Quest Battle.  Heroes can act independently on the strategic map or be attached to a military unit to enhance their capabilities, but I haven't had time to experiment with his skill set yet.
  • An Orc Hero tried several times to hinder the progress of my armies.  He failed every time, but although I could see his position on the strategic map, I wasn't able to attack him directly.  It's possible I needed a Hero of my own to chase him off, but he seems to have left of his own accord.

My first impression is: if you like the idea of the Total War games but haven't felt up to educating yourself on ideological gradients driving the power struggle feudal Japan, Warhammer might be right up your alley.  "We're Dwarves.  We don't like Orks.  Kill the Orks!"  Sure, man: works for me!

-Autistic Angel
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 19, 2016, 07:00:29 PM
And although the entire run of 364.xx nVidia drivers were prone to relentless crashing in Windows 10, the new 365.xx revision -- including the one optimized for Doom -- has been working flawlessly for me.

-Autistic Angel
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 12, 2016, 06:12:37 PM
Not that I know of, but I've been playing at the base speed and haven't ever sped it up. Stellaris is my first big Paradox strategy game, so I'm learning their language from scratch.

I did research the ability to produce robotic workers, followed by a Rare Tech upgrading them to droids. Their limited AI still makes them lousy at research, but they can work a mineral mine like nobody's business and don't care about operating in hostile environments. It's really unlocked a new tier of colonization and resource production!

Colonizing more than five planets necessitated the establishment of Sectors so a governor could take on some of the administrative burden.  Now I have the Sirius Sector where everyone seems pretty happy...and the New Roanoke Sector where a sessionist faction seems to be establishing roots. Their support is basically non-existent at the moment, but there are a few more members every time I check.  Definitely something I'll need to keep an eye on.

-Autistic Angel
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 10, 2016, 04:13:38 PM
I figured out you can get a breakdown of your Influence modifiers by hovering over the number. Turns out it costs a certain amount to maintain Frontier Outposts and alliances like the one I recently made with some nearby monkey monsters. I decommissioned a couple Outposts which had been supplanted by colonial settlements and that got things back on the right track.

Completing the autopsy on that Space Amoeba also opened up a pretty cool Rare technological track. I won't spoil the details in case it isn't randomized, but it was well worth the effort!

My next goal is to establish an observation post in the orbit of a pre-warp planet I found nearby. Also more Orbital Research Stations. If there's anything my people enjoy more than watching live feeds of industial-era aliens, it's moar research stations!

-Autistic Angel
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 09:52:08 PM
Stellaris for me! 

I started up a game as regular humans, only to discover that Earth is close to a nebula where Space Amoebas like to breed.  I researched what I could about them from a respectful distance and they seemed mostly content to leave my remote outposts alone, but then a juvenile went and blew up an orbital research station.  Luckily, I'd scored a pretty nifty flagship from an ancient shipyard with an advanced corvette in the berth, so my admiral was able to handle things before they went any further.  Now a science vessel is enroute to autopsy the corpse and see what else we can learn.

My next priority is to learn more about generating Influence, since that seems to be the main bottleneck to expanding my sovereign borders.  I've discovered a pre-warp civilization nearby that would be cool to study, except it's outside my normal supply lines.  There was also an encounter with an automated mining station protected by aggressive drones, and some space pirates who tried to raid one of my mining outposts.  I doubt I'm playing any of this well, but it has been fun to see what happens next!

-Autistic Angel
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 09, 2016, 09:30:09 PM
Yes, that's me.  I've been leveling up my characters semi-evenly with the different jobs, so if you want early access to any of their abilities, you can probably AbiliLink to my team and get at least their Level 4-5 skills.

I also finished rebuilding the moon and have been trying to build up my space pod as frequently as possible.  It's usually white, but I also have a secondary 3DS which can repaint it purple if you need that color.

-Autistic Angel
22  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Sudden PC Problems (Won't finish booting) on: May 01, 2016, 05:06:21 PM
My motherboard BIOS has a settings for "Win 8 / 10 Secure Boot" and "Fast Boot."  If I turn them on with my old PS/2 keyboard attached, the computer flips out in ways that sound very much like what you're describing.

As Punisher says, you should be able to access the BIOS by unplugging your SDD.  I recommend verifying the drive itself is set to "ACHI" and any other special boot options are Disabled.  That does not include fast POSTing options -- you don't need a full RAM check on every single power-up, for example -- but don't allow the BIOS to skip the detection of USB peripherals or anything.  This adds about five seconds to my computer's boot time but has kept it working perfectly.

-Autistic Angel
23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Sudden PC Problems (Won't finish booting) on: April 28, 2016, 04:41:06 PM
I recommend narrowing down the potential failure points by disconnecting all you HDDs and SSDs except one and attempting a clean Windows 10 installlation.  Start with the drive you've previously used as your boot drive, and if that fails, replace it with any other drive and try again.

If one of your drives reliably fails its Windows install but another one is successful, you've probably isolated the culprit.

If two different drives fail to install Windows properly, the odds are very good you're facing a memory or CPU failure. There are a few other possibilities like a bad SATA cable or a motherboard problem, but my experience has been that those are less common.

-Autistic Angel
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/22/16 Death of an Icon Edition on: April 22, 2016, 04:26:14 PM
I just finished the demo for Bravely Second and will definitely be starting up the main game either tonight or tomorrow morning. Holy hell, do I love the Create Your Own Character Class system in this series!  The demo is really worth the download for anyone who's curious, by the way: my clock is about 8 hours and there's a couple meta-tasks I haven't pursued.

I've also been playing some Endless Legend with the latest expansion. I like to be the carrion bugs who can't farm very well but enjoy eating piles of bodies. They've learned that using adamantium claw implants to rip apart other races creates lots of bodies they can stack into delicious piles.  The Shifters expansion also added Pearls which can be collected and spent to affect the climate or something, but since they neither rot nor accept brain parasites from the feculent maw of the Proliferator slugs, I don't know much about that.

Then some Far Cry 4, I expect. It's gotta end eventually.

-Autistic Angel
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: April 21, 2016, 11:57:43 AM

Quote from: shon on April 21, 2016, 01:14:58 AM

I do have to have reading glasses but I didn't need them since the lenses project the screen far away.  I did try wearing my glasses just to see how hard it was to put on the Rift and it wasn't easy. 

This is something I've been wondering about VR headsets: if you normally wear glasses, and you just adjust the focus of the screens so they look clear? Do you even need to if you're near-sighted? As you say, the screens are right up against your eyes...but would distant objects in the 3D environment still be blurry because they're rendered as being "far away" where your eyes don't focus?  And are far-sighted people just screwed without their glasses?

-Autistic Angel
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: April 21, 2016, 11:50:25 AM
Bravely Default was one of the top two games I played that year. I went the full distance, too: maxed out all the job levels, defeated the optional bosses, and got the True Ending with one of the most disconcerting fourth wall-breaking things I've seen in any game. What a fantastic finish!

I just finished the Bravely Second demo to get the play bonuses and extra story content, so I should be starting the real game between now and Saturday. I'll need to check if Skinypupy is on my friends list, and also pressure Destructor-kun to play. His game was one of the ones I got to visit in Bravely Default and I want to see how things are going for him in the sequel.

-Autistic Angel
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 09:50:56 PM
I'm working my way through the demo of Bravely Second so I can unlock all the starting bonuses and see the additional story content.  I liked the stuff they did in the demo for the original game a lot, and the sequel is every bit as good.

Otherwise, probably my random assortment of Far Cry 4, Just Cause 3 and Pillars of Eternity.

-Autistic Angel
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: April 11, 2016, 01:22:55 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 10, 2016, 08:32:44 PM

Ready to..... (kids enter the room distracting me and I just notice a day later that I screwed that up)

Ready to play a full year with a plan in mind. - what I meant to say

Oh, thank god!  Based on the context, I had no idea if the sentence would end "...clear out the rest of the brush" or "...swallow a live puppy on my Twitch stream."  I probably shouldn't have made myself so much stupider by watching Batman v. Superman in the movie watching place.

Otherwise, I played little bits of Far Cry 4, Just Cause 3, Pillars of Eternity and a bunch of Heroes of the Storm because there was a cool XP boost event where everyone could play all the characters.  Still not really settling into one "main game" after The Witcher 3.

-Autistic Angel
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/8/16 edition on: April 10, 2016, 11:24:28 AM
Ready to....?

-Autistic Angel
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 09:58:53 PM
I played about 16 hours of Starpoint Gemini 2 and, unlike Elite: Dangerous, it seemed perfectly optimized for mouse and keyboard.  Combat is centered on managing shield facings and firing arcs rather than lining up precise shots, and the interface is really well laid out for whatever extra tactical options you might have available. If give it a shot as-is and then decide if a more elaborate control scheme is worth the effort.

-Autistic Angel
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/18/16 on: March 21, 2016, 01:39:36 PM
I finished Assassin's Creed: Syndicate with 100% Synchronization for all the bonus objectives and collectibles.  It's the first time since Revelations that I was engaged enough with the mechanics and mission structure to do it all.

The ending lacks the epic climax that characterized so many of the earlier games, and it's further minimized by the inclusion of a very odd epilogue which has you playing through a series of very basic missions for no clear reason. Nevertheless, the moment to moment game play is as good as the series has ever been and they really outdid themselves with the assassination missions, so this is absolutely in the top tier of Assassin's Creed games.

I also played bits of Just Cause 3 and Far Cry 4 on the PC. Those have been good games to switch between since they tend to bounce between Spectacularly Chaotic Badassery and I Need To Go Where Next, Oh Never Mind This Just Got Tedious Maybe I'll Do That Tomorrow.  I highly doubt I'll have a very high completion percentage in either game, but they're entertaining in short bursts.

Otherwise, I got to watch my first ever footage of Grim Dawn with Gratch, inspiring me to finally redeem my Kickstarter key, and a bunch of Stardew Valley on Jason McMaster's live stream.

-Autistic Angel
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: March 13, 2016, 02:30:03 AM
I finished the main story this afternoon.  Along with completing every available side quest I could find, my final play time was ninety seconds short of 81 hours.  Unfortunately, if the game tracks things like "Monsters Killed" or "Miles Traveled," I'm unable to find it.

If anyone's curious how my story ended and doesn't mind EXTREME ENDGAME SPOILERS, here's a brief summary of how all the major characters wound up:

Spoiler for Hiden:
After the death of his wife and disownment by his daughter Philip Strenger (the "Bloody Baron") hangs himself from a tree outside his home.  His men decide to toughen things up and begin running a violent protection racket around Velen.

Dandelion remains with Priscilla as she recovers from her savage assault.  Her voice is said to have recovered, and although they haven't married, I suspect they will.  He and Zoltan presumably remain owners of The Chameleon.

Doppler Dudu takes over the identity of Whoreson Junior and successfully reforms his old criminal enterprise into an honest import / export business.

Following the siege of Kaer Morhen, Keira Metz decides she needs a fresh start and takes off with Witcher Lambert for parts unknown.  Eskel abandons the fortress and heads east on his own.

Skellige remains a confederation of free isles under the general jurisdiction of Queen Cerys an Craite.  They cease raiding the mainland and begin on a path of more peaceful domestic development.  Cerys' brother Hjalmar enthusiastically supports her reign.

King Radovid of Redania was assassinated by Philippa Eilhart as revenge for cutting out her eyes.  Dijkstra is slain by Geralt for attempting to betray Roche and seize the Redanian throne for himself.  The war is then decisively won by Emperor Emhyr as Nilfgard seizes control of Novigrad and all territories to its north.  Emhyr honors his agreement with Roche and Ves to free Temeria as an independent state so long as it pledges its allegiance to Nilfgard.  He then begins the process of abdicating his throne to quash the threat of an internal civil war.

Ciri successfully ends the threat of the White Frost and returns to Geralt for a few more months.  She then reveals that she has agreed to take over the throne from Emhyr, reasoning that she can do far more good for people as their empress than as a hired sword.  She reportedly has the royal bearing inherited from her father and the moral compass of a decent human being as imparted by Geralt.

Yennefer, Philippa, Margarita, and Fringilla and surprisingly not mentioned at the end.  Absent other information, it's likely that Emperor Emhyr makes good on his promise to grant the reconvened Lodge of Sorceresses amnesty within the Nilfgardian capital.

Geralt and Triss marry and settle in Kovir, where she accepts a position as Sorceress Royal Advisor.  Geralt is said to take an occasional witcher contract out of habit, but it's heavily implied that they live out the rest of their days in peace together.

Not too shabby, I'd say!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 3/11 edition on: March 12, 2016, 08:58:28 PM
I *believe* I'll be finishing the main plot in The Witcher 3 this weekend.  I know some people will want to say, "No, that's impossible!  Your game clock is only at 78 hours.  Just what the hell are you trying to pull here?!"  But it's true: although I played most of the game Gratch-style, manually traveling everywhere I had to go, the ease and convenience of the fast travel stations eventually won me over.  Now I've completed every side quest, monster contract, and treasure hunt beneath my level, and I'm pressing ahead with the story.

This game is astoundingly good.

-Autistic Angel
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 09, 2016, 11:03:38 PM
PSA: when visiting a Safe House, it's probably a good idea not to let yourself get boxed into a corner.  Groups of griefers are using the always-on collision detection to wall people in.

-Autistic Angel
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 06, 2016, 12:31:53 PM
I'm making major plot advancements in both The Witcher 3 and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.  I've been playing them both pretty steadily through the last several months, but a lot of it has been completing side content, making money, and crafting new gear.  Now I've completed *almost* everything that's available and will be moving further in the main stories.

Also some Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright on the side.

-Autistic Angel

36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 14, 2016, 06:29:56 PM
Finished my first campaign.  And I do mean my *first* campaign -- I started with the intention of learning the systems by playing until I lost, and although I came really close a couple times and suffered a few devastating setbacks, I managed to squeak out a victory.

Here are my final stat screens.  There are no story spoilers, but since they cite a couple technological milestones, I'll tag them just in case:

Spoiler for Hiden:

I somehow forgot to screenshot the last stat screen, but you can see them if you look carefully:

Radio Relays Built: 9
Alien Facilities Sabotaged: 4
Supplies Collected from Supply Depots: 6701
[SOMETHING?] Earned from Black Market: 281
Intel Collected: 1137
Intel Paid to Black Market: 440

And here's a screenshot of my "A-Team" from a save shortly before the final mission.  Again, no story spoilers, some people might not want to see what late-game equipment looks like:

Spoiler for Hiden:

From left to right, they are:

Ranger Eighty Bea - 23 Missions, 83 Kills
Operative Adam Miller - 16 Missions, 29 Kills
Sharpshooter Locke Downne - 32 Missions, 73 Kills
Specialist Corbin Miller - 8 Missions, 15 Kills
Grenadier Jaye Z. Templetoo - 24 Missions, 44 Kills
Grenadier Dawn Tae Wrysing - 11 Missions, 24 Kills

-Autistic Angel
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 13, 2016, 11:28:56 AM
I will be continuing my first campaign in XCOM 2.  Most of you have died horrific deaths and those who haven't look like they narrowly survived an encounter with Leatherface but *I* am having a fantastic time!

-Autistic Angel
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 06, 2016, 02:14:52 PM
I would just like to say

you're all really letting me down.

-Autistic Angel
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 26, 2016, 01:13:33 AM
I have the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider prepurchased.  I also bought the PS4 re-release of Dark Cloud 2 on sale yesterday, which technically makes it this week as well.

-Autistic Angel
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 19, 2016, 07:52:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 19, 2016, 02:38:40 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 19, 2016, 01:10:35 PM

Just an update - I did finish Grim Dawn (normal difficulty) so yay me! First game finished in 2016.

I'm really interested in Grim Dawn, but am going to wait until it's out of Early Access status before jumping in.  Has there been any info on when they're planning an "official" release?

The game is content-complete, but is still undergoing final balancing.  Final release is tentatively planned for February.

-Autistic Angel
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