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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 23, 2013, 12:30:34 PM
Quote from: The Atlantic
Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance, and acceptance is not the same thing as an endorsement. The message A&E’s decision sends is that there is zero tolerance on television for Christians who are conscientious objectors to homosexuality. More than that, it implicitly suggests that the campaign for tolerance has advanced to a campaign to pressure 45 percent of Americans to recant their beliefs and endorse a lifestyle to which they are opposed, conscience be damned.


A&E did a quick cost-benefit analysis and concluded that publicly distancing themselves from Robertson was less costly than catering to the ever-shrinking percentage of people who agree with him.  That's not zero-tolerance political correctness -- it's capitalism.

-Autistic Angel
122  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 22, 2013, 01:06:54 PM

Quote from: Rip on December 22, 2013, 09:24:39 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 22, 2013, 04:13:52 AM

Quote from: Rip on December 21, 2013, 10:45:06 PM

My grandfather lived through it and he told me he never witnessed anyone mistreating any black people.  I am quite sure he was being truthful. was he a liar, racist, or maybe just maybe he didn't witness any. That is a stretch from saying it didn't happen and IMHO in no way minishes the events of mistreatment that DID happen.


In the segregationist South, black people were frequently barred from commercial establishments and were subject to all manner of arbitrary restrictions in places they were allowed to enter.  "Coloreds" were only allowed to drink from that water fountain, sit in those seats, attend that school, apply for that job or earn that fraction of the money a white person would get for the same work.  Every facet of those communities were engineered to ostracize black citizens and emphasize their second-class status.

I consider that mistreatment, and that's before we get to the parts with the fire hoses, attack dogs, and public lynchings.  Where, specifically, was your grandfather when he "lived through it" and can't recall anything black folks might have found upsetting?

-Autistic Angel

Farming his land in central Indiana. Of course he was probably lucky if he saw more than a dozen people a month.

You have to remember how much area was rural back then and not everywhere was filled with negro hating, cross burning former slave owners. A lot of those farmers and poor uneducated white folk had ancestors that fought for the union in the Civil War and were just as repulsed by the actions and opinions of the numerous racists that existed at the time.


Then my answer to your original question is that I do not believe your grandfather is a liar, it sounds entirely plausible that he never a direct eyewitness to the mistreatment of a black person, and that there is insufficient information to say whether or not he is racist.  My default answer would usually be, "Of course not!" but if there's one thing I'm learning from this whole Duck Dynasty fiasco, it's that there remains a surprising percentage of good old-fashioned hate mongers anxious to rally behind a new spokesman.

Ask your grandfather if he agrees with Phil Robertson that black people were happier, more productive, and more Godly during the Jim Crow era of the deep South.  If that becomes a springboard for stories about the glorious summer he spent traveling down to Alabama just to volunteer for the George Wallace campaign, you'll have your answer.


Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2013, 05:49:11 AM

I wish I had the full context of the quote to see what it was in response to.  He seems to be inferring (especially when you take into account the last part about entitlements turning African Americans "ungodly") that everything was just fine prior to the civil rights movement and that he didn't see any reason for change.  I mean, everyone was so happy, right?  Never mind the social implications at that time of a black person publicly expressing their frustrations...

His statement strikes me as stunningly ignorant, at best.  YMMV.

I agree, assuming those statements were not in response to questions like, "You grew up in pre-welfare, pre-entitlement Louisiana -- did you ever see employed black people who were Godly and not, at that specific instant, singing the Blues?"

Otherwise, Robertson's comments draw a clear line between the Segregationist Era when blacks were happy, holy, and hard-working, and the modern "Entitlement Era" when, by implied contrast, everything has changed for the worse.  He wasn't just reminiscing about generic "good old days" -- his nostalgia was specifically focused on a socio-economic environment in which black people were relentlessly persecuted, concluding that everyone was better off.

We all have gold-flecked stories about fun times growing up.  It's just that most of us would never imagine going out our way to frame them with, "Yeah, back in the day, those gays / blacks / Asians / Jews sure knew their place...."

-Autistic Angel
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 22, 2013, 04:13:52 AM

Quote from: Rip on December 21, 2013, 10:45:06 PM

My grandfather lived through it and he told me he never witnessed anyone mistreating any black people.  I am quite sure he was being truthful. was he a liar, racist, or maybe just maybe he didn't witness any. That is a stretch from saying it didn't happen and IMHO in no way minishes the events of mistreatment that DID happen.


In the segregationist South, black people were frequently barred from commercial establishments and were subject to all manner of arbitrary restrictions in places they were allowed to enter.  "Coloreds" were only allowed to drink from that water fountain, sit in those seats, attend that school, apply for that job or earn that fraction of the money a white person would get for the same work.  Every facet of those communities were engineered to ostracize black citizens and emphasize their second-class status.

I consider that mistreatment, and that's before we get to the parts with the fire hoses, attack dogs, and public lynchings.  Where, specifically, was your grandfather when he "lived through it" and can't recall anything black folks might have found upsetting?

-Autistic Angel
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 21, 2013, 05:22:41 PM
Guys, I think Arclight might be posting to the internet from inside an active blender.

Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

So belittling a man for speaking what he reads in his Bible, is better than the "sin" you're calling him up on?


"Stop attacking Phil for homophobia when it's coming directly from the Christian holy text!"


Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

Its another excuse to jump on Christians and make us sound like we're all whacko's.


"Stop attacking Christians as homophobic wackos, Strawman-Who-Is-Doing-That, despite what I just said about those beliefs coming directly from the Bible!"

Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

And I'm not saying Phill is either.


"...not that anything Phil said was crazy.  He had some good points, apparently."


Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

Self-righteous posts aside, search your self and see what you're really upset with. Or is it the cool thing to do?

You're not being any better than the man you're slinging arrows at. Yours is just covered by the status-quo.


"After all, who are the real haters here?  The man who uses his national platform to preach that homosexuality is sinful; Islam, Shintoism, and all other non-Christian belief structures are on par with Nazi-style fascism; and that black people were happier and more productive in the segregated South?  Or anyone with family, friends, or even acquaintances in any of those groups who now says, 'Those views are abhorrent and I'm going to choose not to do business with that guy or his sponsors.'  Eh?"


Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

Do I as a Christian condone what Phill said?


Well, you seem to think it's in the Bible-

Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

I only have my Bible to go by.


-so yes, since it's "all you have to go by," you evidently do condemn gay people.

Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

But I don't judge anyone.


Oh.  Never mind, then.


Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

Hollywood has done a wonderful job of exploiting the Christian faith by putting ALL Christians in the same barrel when all they are doing is showing a fringe element of our Faith and claiming its the norm.


"Stop painting all Christians as homophobic!  That's just a outlier belief voiced by those fringe Christians who read and believe in the Bible...."

Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

Here is my stand on issues like this. stand-by cliché incoming......................I love the person, and hate the sin.


"...like me."




Quote from: Arclight on December 21, 2013, 03:11:23 PM

But again, that's my belief. How can I be judged on that?


Like this: your life is entirely unaffected by the existence of gay people.  Whether they're holding hands and watching a movie, getting married and sharing insurance benefits, or enjoying raucous carnal relations in the privacy of their own homes, their happiness costs you literally nothing.

When you choose to denigrate their "lifestyle" as aberrant and sinful, it makes you seem petty, hateful, and small.  Couching it as an article of your faith reeks of cowardice as well.  The Bible prohibits lots of things, from mixed-fabric garments to shellfish to drinking alcohol in holy place -- hope you've never taken communion! -- yet you've cherry-picked one prohibition to claim it was *really* serious about because, if God said so, your bigotry magically becomes moral.

It isn't.  Waving the Bible around to oppose emancipation, racial integration, anti-miscegenation, and women's liberation wasn't moral either, but it made the people raging against those basic human rights issues feel better about themselves for a while, too.  Those arguments seem monstrous to us today, but who knows: maybe Jesus Christ Himself had a hearty handshake ready for all those generations who arrived at the Pearly Gates hating all the right people.

I hope not.  For your sake, I mean.  Otherwise, He's going to be mighty disappointed in your lifetime of not-slave trading.

-Autistic Angel
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 20, 2013, 12:27:26 PM
I've played something like 40-hours of Black Flag, plus another two with the latest patch.  The PhysX-enabled smoke clouds from pistol and cannon fire have exactly the same size, opacity, and duration as the previous Volumetric Smoke effects, but have three noticeable differences:

1) Smoke clouds are now subject to real-time lighting by the sun and local light sources.

2) They react to moving objects, making characters obscured by smoke easier to see as they billow and break through obscuring particles.

3) There is no longer a momentary framerate dip when two ships unload full broadside barrages against one another.  It's the only event that used to cause a noticeable drop from 60fps to about 30 on my system.  Now it's seamless -- the PhysX smoke seems more efficiently rendered.


Volumetric Smoke and PhysX Particles are still separate settings in the Options, so you retain options for reverting to the old effects or even removing nearly all the smoke and mist effects in the game.

-Autistic Angel
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 19, 2013, 06:52:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 05, 2013, 08:16:41 PM

I can wait.

I want PhysX volumetric everything. Volumetric pants even. I think I can handle em.


Your wait is over: the PhysX patch has been released.

Quote from: GeForce.com Ad Copy
As demonstrated in the above video, PhysX adds realistic particle effects to firearms, smoke bombs, chimneys, torches, and camp fires throughout Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, enhancing image quality and the believability of the action by a considerable degree. And as with other recent appearances of PhysX in top titles, like Batman: Arkham Origins, each PhysX particle is further enhanced by our new Particle Shadow Mapping technology, enabling particle effects to cast shadows and self-shadow one another. This is particularly beneficial for thick, heavy smoke effects, such as pistol and musket fire, instantly emphasizing their density to the viewer, and further increasing image quality.

Together with updates to Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows and DirectX 11 tessellated light rays, the new NVIDIA PhysX effects in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag make one of the year’s best games look and play even better, further cementing the PC version’s status as the definitive edition. To enable PhysX, merely download the new game update through Steam or UPlay, and select the PhysX option in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag's graphics options menu.


Finally, here's direct link to the YouTube comparison video in the article.

-Autistic Angel
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: December 16, 2013, 02:31:37 AM
I have read elsewhere that you can be signed into the same Live account simultaneously on a 360 and an XB1, but I can't vouch for that myself since I don't own the new console.

-Autistic Angel
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 15, 2013, 10:24:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 15, 2013, 08:36:25 PM

One thing to keep in mind about harpooning: It's one of two areas in the game where the developers completely failed to normalize the sound. I had to turn down the volume every time I started harpooning. There's only one area of the game that's worse, and that's the Subject 0 recordings. They are so loud that you'll be throwing yourself at the volume control when they begin playing.


Which platform are you on?  I've been playing the PC version and haven't had any weird volume spikes.

EDIT: I just read higher on the page and saw you're on the PS4.  icon_redface

-Autistic Angel
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish could be remade.. or would have been better. on: December 13, 2013, 01:29:11 AM
I also wouldn't mind a remake / sequel to Evil Genius, the Dungeon Keeper-esque base building game with a really cool mix of deception, interrogation, and trap-laying mechanics.  The pacing could be seriously uneven and there were a couple significant bugs that require fan-made fixes to address, but the fundamentals were strong enough to make me pine for a sequel.

In a similar vein: Startopia.  Much less sophisticated, but it was in space!

-Autistic Angel
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish could be remade.. or would have been better. on: December 12, 2013, 10:29:47 PM
I'd love to see the original Mass Effect remade to bring it in line with the other games in the series.  All of the environments and skill sets would need to be completely rebuilt to support cover-based shooting mechanics that actually work, but that story deserves better game play than it got.

Alternatively, I'd also love to see Dragon Age 2 be un-made by having DA: Inquisition start with the protagonist waking up from a nightmare.

"Maker, what a dream!  I was trapped in a nearly-empty city where nothing ever changed, despite being trapped there for years at a time.  The whole world was made up of slightly different versions of the same musty cellar, and no matter what happened, I was compelled to behave like the most insufferable jackhole in all the kingdoms!  Anyway, let us never, ever speak of that horrid delusion again.  Now it is time for me to go out and explore this new dragon age...two!"  [TITLE CARD]

-Autistic Angel
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 10, 2013, 11:48:26 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 10, 2013, 03:42:15 AM

Ok, so I'm playing the Xbox One version when all of a sudden WHOOOOOSH the camera spins around 360 degrees and I crash into walls, cars, etc.  It does it almost every race and it seems to be at the worst possible times.  As a racer I usually end up busted, and as a cop I usually lose my suspect.  Seems that others have had the same problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gvQ8nzDq6Q

Are any of you seeing this?   Between NFSR and Battlefield 4, I couldn't play a damned thing today that wasn't aggravating.   Both of those are EA products too.  Rushed to hit the launch date?  Seems so.


In the comments section of the video you linked, the author writes that its a Kinect-related bug that also afflicted the 360 version of Most Wanted.  I'd be curious to know if the camera spin still happens if you play with the Kinect unplugged.

-Autistic Angel
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: December 06, 2013, 02:28:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2013, 07:31:31 PM

dammit, need to stop reading this thread, it's making me want to get this game early  @#$(*&%


You obviously haven't watched Giant Bomb's Quick Look for Starbound.  No one who heard Brad Shoemaker's laser-like dissection of this game would give it a second look.

It's practically impossible to know what you're supposed to do.  For example, the quest log advises you to find some iron ore and smelt it in the furnace to create an anvil...but as soon as you close the window, that advice is gone.  You literally have to remember it, and if you can't, the only option is to open up the quest log and read it again.  Expect to be doing that a lot: if Brad Shoemaker, who was being paid exclusively to sit there and pay attention to the game, was repeatedly stymied by this Gordian memory quiz, I hardly think the rest of us stand a chance.

Also, can anyone explain why a game set in space does not start your character at the end of the tech tree, with cold fusion particle weapons that can effortlessly vaporize every enemy in the game?  Starbound actually starts you at the *beginning* of the tech tree and expects you to work your way up to those things over the course of the entire game!  What the hell kind of game is this?!

Thirdly, did you know there's a star with a diameter as wide as Saturn's orbit?  NEAT!

Starbound is easily the worst Terraria-like game since Terraria which, as I also learned from Brad Shoemaker, was also unplayably terrible.  He critiques games and translates them into worthwhile advice for a living.  If he was that stumped after that many minutes of having his face pointed towards a live play session with people actively answering his extremely coherent questions, none of us has a prayer.

-Autistic Angel
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 05, 2013, 12:33:28 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 05, 2013, 09:29:01 AM

Anyone have word on whether the PC version is playable? I had heard it was buggy and I should wait.


I'm about 35-hours into the PC version of Black Flag, using my wired 360 controller, and it's great!  Not a single crash, the rare load times are barely 2-3 seconds, and it's looks wonderful.

That said, the release version was *very* poorly optimized.  Without V-Sync enabled, if suffers from horrific screen-tearing.  The game also suffers the ironic problem of completely ignoring the Triple Buffering setting in your video card's driver settings, so activating V-Sync causes the framerate to bounce wildly from 60 to 30 to 20, with no increments in between.  Many people have been using D3DOverrider to force Triple Buffering on and completely solve the problem.

Personally, I use the quick and simple work-around I found here:

1. Start Black Flag and enter the game.

2. Ctrl-Alt-Del and open Task Manager.  (Alt-Tab is not sufficient.)

3. Close Task Manager and use Alt-Tab to un-minimize Black Flag.

For the rest of that game session, I can have V-Sync enabled, with no screen tearing and no apparent frame rate drops.  Why does this work?  I have no idea, but pending an official fix from Ubisoft, I definitely recommend it!


A few other minor graphical glitches have been patched out this week.  Previously, using Eagle Vision would automatically reset the "God Rays" setting to 'Low,' even if your system could handle higher.  That was fixed earlier this week.  There's also some debate over whether the latest nVidia beta drivers are better than the most recent release set.  Some people claim there's a 5-10 fps drop in performance on single card systems, but I'm using them and the game is running perfectly.

I have a GeForce GTX 780.  I do not know how ATI cards fare with Black Flag.


Finally, Ubisoft has said they'll be adding PhysX support in an upcoming patch, which they say will greatly improve both the appearance and performance of things like ship combat and the volumetric fog.  There is no time frame on when this patch might be released -- I fully expect to have finished before it does.

-Autistic Angel
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Answering a message on XBL from a stranger on: December 03, 2013, 01:22:21 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 03, 2013, 12:38:23 AM

The other day(Friday) i got a message saying "Somebody wants to report u"

thats all,nothing else

I didn't know the guy who sent it,so i just left it,the only online game i play is COD with MIC off,so if someone really does want to report me,i can't really imagine why,i don't cheat or glitch on COD(as my score so often shows)

A few years ago,my account sent out bogus COD beta details to a lot of people on my friends list,so i had to change all my details..so its why i am a bit iffy about replying to strangers,as i think that's how i got hacked last time

Today the same guy sent two more messages

"Do u have Fifa 14?"

(No i don't)

and 20 minutes later

"Did you make a video for MW3 and Black Ops?"
(Yes one for Black Ops 25 seconds long and one for MW3 10 seconds long)


The gamertag in question does not look suspicious,but i don't know any of his friends

What would you do?,would you reply?..am i being over cautious?


Even if there's no harm in replying to this person, what benefit could there possibly be?  The person spamming your account with vague warnings and inane questions is not a lonely billionaire looking to give away a free island to the first person who engages him in an Xbox Live conversation.

There is nothing to gain here.  Ignore it.

-Autistic Angel
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving Weekend Playlist - What are you playing? on: December 02, 2013, 11:33:25 AM
One of my favorite things about a good gaming community is when I get inspired to play something I wasn't necessarily keen on starting and it turns out to be awesome.  That's how I came to spend the entire weekend playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.  I'd been feeling pretty burned out on the series after Revelations and III turned out so poorly, but when folks like Gratch started evangelizing for the new game, I decided to jump in and give it a try.

Boy, am I glad I did!  I'm at the 30-hour mark now, about 2/3rds through the game, and it's turning out to be the best game in the entire franchise. ninja thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3ve on: November 30, 2013, 10:46:02 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 30, 2013, 08:50:30 PM

So, in the first two (or at least the first one) if you got killed, you had the option of starting over without losing your kill count or PPs. Is that no longer the case?  I started in nightmare mode because I loved the first two but it is significantly harder. Its also hard for me to play when my wife is around so I've probably played the first 15 minutes a half dozen times. Which wouldn't be so bad if I could keep my character progress. Where is the first real save point?  I need to know how long I need to set aside to play this game.


Experience points and upgrades for *do* carry forward to other game modes in Dead Rising 3.  The trick is that you have to save the game first, which you've been unable to do in Nightmare mode.

That's because one of the major differences in Nightmare mode is that it only allows you to save in safe houses, bathrooms, and porta-potties, similar to the first two games.  These points are not marked on the map -- part of the added challenge is that you're supposed to locate them on your own.

If I owned the game, I would post where you can find the save point closest to the start of the game so you can at least get started.  Instead, maybe someone else here can help out?

-Autistic Angel
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 30, 2013, 12:00:26 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 29, 2013, 11:04:23 PM

really wish they had made the cutscenes for boarding and the repairing/freeing/commandeering options skippable though. 


These are definitely skippable on the PC.  Seems odd they'd be mandatory on the consoles, unless they're masking drive access.

-Autistic Angel
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 26, 2013, 11:23:25 PM
I'm at about the same point in the story as Ridah, but I think there's something wrong with my copy of the game.

Why do all the characters keep addressing that pirate woman with her hair tied back and some soot on her face as "James?"  At first I thought I was just mishearing "Jane," but they even use masculine verbage like he, him, and his to describe the things she does.

Is this some sort of purposeful glitch in the Animus, or is Ubisoft going to release a patch to fix the profound blindness and deafness that would be required for anyone, anywhere, in any period of history, to mistake "James" for a man?

-Autistic Angel
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 10:03:55 PM
I don't think I understand the offset sticks vs. not-offset sticks debate, possibly because I have no preference on way or another.  I just put my thumbs on the sticks wherever they happen to be.  The angle difference just never registered with me, and the 360 and PS3 controllers always seemed equally comfortable.

What is it that people are debating exactly?  Is it a matter of wrist comfort, directional accuracy, or just an issue of habit?

-Autistic Angel
140  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann Considers Suing Obama Over Canceled Plans Fix on: November 25, 2013, 09:24:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 25, 2013, 08:49:53 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 22, 2013, 07:49:12 PM

As for what to do about Obamacare..... its a bad law in its entirety, there are some good ideas that could be kept but the whole individual mandate is what I have the biggest problem with.


Well you can thank your precious republicans for the way the bill turned out.


This has been pointed out to brettmcd in the past but he just ignores it.  I can't quite figure out if he has some sort of legitimate memory problem that causes all of his political knowledge to center on the most recent right-wing talking point he hears, or if he's training for an Olympic medal in Purposeful Self-Delusion.

Either way, don't take it personally when he repeats this exact same talking point in...oh, about 1.5 Outrages from now.  It's not you; it's him.

-Autistic Angel
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 23, 2013, 07:48:57 PM

Quote from: Travis on November 19, 2013, 06:02:44 PM

For AC, I briefly played the first one but was turned off by the Sci Fi concept.  Silly, I know, it was just my reaction.  How are the stories once get into them?  Is the out of body part a big portion of the games or just an excuse to constantly move environments/settings?  I haven't followed the series at all.  I see AC4 was released today.  Would that perhaps be a good place to start?


My time with the earlier chapters of AC4 suggest it would be one of the best points for a newcomer to jump in.  It basically tosses you in and says, "You're this guy.  Go be a pirate!"  If not for the number in the title, you might not know it was a sequel at all.

The sci-fi framing around the Assassin's Creed games is pretty low key in most of the games.  II, Brotherhood, and Revelations barely pushed it on you at all - you could play practically the whole game without visiting the modern day if you didn't want to.  The third game had more than most, partially because it was wrapping up the main story arc, but it was still a lot better than how the first game handled things.  I liked seeing how they were able to incorporate AC-style parkour into current day environments.

The part that never goes away, however, is the glitchy Animus tech veneer they use to stylize the interface.  Chests will always glow with floating data bits, landscapes will always unfold and collapse like digital pop-up books between chapters, and major assassinations are often followed by a quiet chat in the Matrix.   If the intrusiveness of that veneer is the part you like the least, I might recommend Dishonored or Hitman: Absolution as good alternatives.

-Autistic Angel
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 23, 2013, 05:41:13 PM
A game could be considered bad if it's buggy, ugly, poorly laid out, badly documented, unbalanced, or just brain-dead boring.  Some rare few might even be so broken on such a fundamental level that the core *concept* of the game is unfixably bad.

In order for a game to be the Worst, I think it would need to encompass as many of those faults as possible.  I humbly submit Master of Orion III.


The central conceit of MOO3 is that running an interstellar empire would be so complicated that no single person could possibly do it alone.  Instead of managing every aspect of your civilization -- the tax rates, construction jobs, research projects, military maneuvers -- the game developers at Quicksilver decided to put all of that under the control of the AI.  "You don't need to worry about finding new worlds to colonize!  The "governors" will do that for you!"

This may leave you wondering, "If the player doesn't colonize new worlds, build up the economy, invent anything or fight anyone...what do you actually do in this game?"  Fortunately one critical element has been left in your control: you are the only person in the universe that can click the "End Turn" button.

Oh, you can *try* to do other things.  The entire game is laid out with spreadsheets nested inside of other spreadsheets, and they're all filled with numbers and sliders you can move around.  Unfortunately for you, none of your changes will take effect until you click that End Turn button, and the moment you do, the AI Governor comes along and yells, "GODDAMMIT WHO MOVED MY SLIDERS NOW I HAVE TO PUT THEM ALL BACK EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE!"

So you click End Turn.  Every time you do, new colonies are founded, technologies are discovered, and ships are built.  What do they do?  Only the AI knows, and even if it would tell you, none of it would matter because it'll all be obsolete within three End Turns.  Every summary screen is filled with new theoretical advancements that render whatever the AI was doing last End Turn completely out of date.

Sometimes there's a battle.  You'll know because the screen will switch to a black field where some beige blurs will move towards some grey smears and some buttons will appear to make you think you can somehow influence the outcome.  How unfortunate that none of them are labelled End Turn, though by the time you read them all, those blasts of hissy static from your speakers have stopped and the battle is over.  Victory over the beige blurs will be celebrated across the worlds of whichever AI was commanding the grey smears that day!


I've written a lot on this forum about how much I've disliked Fable 2, Dragon Age 2, and Assassin's Creed: Liberation.  They are sincerely three of the worst games I've played in the last decade.  But make no mistake: none of them earned anywhere *near* the level of contempt I have for Master of Orion III.  Seven years of waiting, and it is absolutely the worst game I've ever played.

-Autistic Angel
143  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Harry Reid Leaning Toward Filibuster Reform Vote This Week on: November 23, 2013, 03:20:31 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 23, 2013, 05:45:06 AM

No outrage at this?

What if the repubs had done it?


I'm not sure what question you're asking.

If you're wondering whether there would be outrage if modern day Republicans suddenly voted en masse to strip away their own ability to filibuster presidential appointments for no reason, I think Conservative voters would be absolutely livid.  These Republicans were elected on an open platform of generating gridlock, rejecting all compromise, and absolutely blocking every action President Obama tries to take.  Giving up one of the main obstruction tools would guarantee they'd be primaried by challengers even further to the Right.

Or are you wondering about the outrage level if we lived in an alternate dimension where Democrats had spent half a decade abusing parliamentary procedures to frustrate a Republican president -- repeatedly wounding the national economy in the process -- and now a Republican majority was finally taking steps to reinstate a minimal level of governmental functionality?  In that case, I'd point out that people in such a universe would say "goodbye" when they arrived, "hello" when they left, and that "outrage" would be a synonym for "euphoric indifference."  It would also be against the law.

-Autistic Angel
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 22, 2013, 12:16:26 PM

Quote from: gangeli on November 21, 2013, 03:11:32 PM

I tried 3 times to make it through AC3, but never did.  The game just didn't click with me.


Huh, that's weird.  I wonder if there any particular wet towel suffocating all the fun in that ga-

Quote from: Kotaku
Nothing typified the regression the Assassin's Creed series took between Revelations and III more than the game's star. We went from Ezio, a lovable, charismatic rogue, to Connor, who was...nothing. He was nothingness in a white hood.

Sucking much of the life out of the franchise with his solemn frown and humour deficiency, the series has swiftly moved on without him, the only people seemingly caring to remember being cosplayers and a crowd on Tumblr who immortalise him with fanart and fanfiction.1

So it's hilarious to most, and upsetting to that minority, that in a Reddit AMA earlier today, lead writer Darby McDevitt responded to the question "How likely is it that Connor's story will be continued in another game in the future?" with:

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"Not very. We want Tumblr to pick up where we left off.""

http://kotaku.com/assassins-creeds-connor-who-was-the-worst-is-done-f-1459894621


-Autistic Angel
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 22, 2013, 12:00:16 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 21, 2013, 01:55:55 PM

So the multi in this is pretty good.  The dynamics mission assignment in Classic Warzone is neat, it's cool the way a round transitions between One Flag, Team DM,  Domination, and Search and Destroy.   Classes all seem useful, and there seems to be a place for the various secondary abilities though some seem more useful than others.  Having a support with the ability to build spawn beacons helps a lot, so going all turrets is not the best option for instance.   Reminds me a bit of the F2P Ghost Recon game, the scout even has a similar radar skill.   I tend to take the Air Support drone over the turret on the out door maps, the fact that you throw it to place it like a grenade is super useful, especially when assaulting a bomb position or trying to take a contested domination zone, the downside is it only works outdoors.

Shame the Hark/Jarrod/Kato crew aren't playing this as I think they'd really like it. 


The multiplayer modes in Killzone 3 were seriously underrated as well.  I'm not typically part of the multiplayer FPS scene, but like you, I really like how the game play transitions between different game types with each round.

-Autistic Angel
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 22, 2013, 12:31:24 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 22, 2013, 12:18:53 AM

Or do this when you get your Xbox
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZdrNOaOWE


"Dear Diary,

Today I gave a multinational corporation $400 so that I could take their product out the box and smash it to pieces in front of people who were unaffected and treated my antics with unimpressed mockery.

When Shelly watches this YouTube video, she'll finally see I've got what it takes to be an internet star!  Then we'll see who dumps who!  Bitch had her chance!

-Megatronic6969"
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: November 18, 2013, 11:24:12 PM
EA briefly tried to pin the instabilities on Sony's release day firmware update, but almost immediately recanted:

Quote from: Examiner.com
Quote from: Electronic Arts
Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation 4 that is required for many features on the console. However, this update also results in stability issues while playing games on the system.

This affects all games on the PS4, including EA titles, causing crashing/freezing and non-responsive connections between the player's console and their TV Screen.

Unfortunately since it's an issue with Sony's firmware, it requires a new update to fix it. Sony is working to resolve the issue as quickly as they can. They will update their System Update page as new versions are made available, and we will keep this page updated as we find out more.


However, Electronic Arts would later remove the message that blamed the issues towards Sony Computer Entertainment, saying that it was “posted in error.”


For what it's worth: we have not played Battlefield 4 on the PS4 yet, but everything else we've tried has worked perfectly under the current firmware.

-Autistic Angel
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 18, 2013, 11:00:04 PM
A bunch of reviews went live at Game Informer today:

Dead Rising 3 - 8.75

Powerstar Golf - 8.0

Lococycle - 7.0

Crimson Dragon - 6.0

More reviews are scheduled in the coming days:

Quote from: Joe Juba
We have been having technical difficulties with Killer Instinct, preventing all of the characters from unlocking properly. As for Zoo Tycoon, we just need to play a bit longer. In short, we need more time to make sure our reviews are as accurate and thorough as possible. Look for them both later in the week, along with other reviews like Ryse.


-Autistic Angel
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3 on: November 18, 2013, 10:55:44 PM
Game Informer's review has gone live.  Tim Turi awarded it an 8.75:

Quote from: Tim Turi
Dead Rising 3 marks the most fun I’ve had with the franchise, but the impressive technical accomplishment comes with its share of problems. Items dropped onto the ground sometimes fall through the world, becoming unobtainable. Crowds of zombies can suddenly fade away, leaving you swinging at the air. Equipped weapons occasionally disappear from your hands. Despite the impressive draw distance, objects can pop-up out of nowhere. The optional Kinect options, like yelling “over here” to attract groups of zombies was cool when it worked – about one out of five times. These annoyances never stalled my overall progress or dramatically impacted the sheer joy of wasting untold numbers of zombies, but they’re enough to make me wish the developers could have spent more time ironing them out.

Capcom Vancouver’s latest entry in the Dead Rising saga is an impressive display of big, dumb fun, and a must-play for fans of the series. It’s also a great demonstration of the outstanding capabilities of next-gen hardware right out of the gate. Thinning out the undead of Los Perdidos is worth your time, but the bugs infesting the sandbox are an unwelcome scourge.


Even with the occasional glitches -- which seem to be a feature of pretty much every open-world game -- this sounds like quite the system-seller!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 17, 2013, 12:20:30 AM
So, it turns out this game is kind of awesome.

I hadn't read a word of preview coverage for Shadow Fall, so I was expecting it to be another linear set piece linear shooter just like the last two.  The first level is actually built more like the old N64 game Goldeneye, dropping you on the edge of a fairly open map with an objective and leaving you to find your own way around.  At one point, it even gives you two waypoints on opposite sides of the map and lets you tackle them in whichever order you like.

They've also done a good job of making you feel like a covert agent rather than a front-line soldier.  Killzone has never been about playing as a bullet sponge, but the character in Shadow Fall feels particularly outmatched in straight-up fire fights.  He's very good at silent takedowns however, and he's got a robot buddy who can act as a turret, a emergency shield, or zipline tether for making your way around.  It gives the game a much different flavor -- one of observing guard movements, knifing stragglers, and setting up ambushes to even the odds.

I'm not far in, but I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen so far!

-Autistic Angel
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 15, 2013, 11:21:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 15, 2013, 06:29:27 AM

I think MS has something up their sleeves with BC games. Not the game BC, though. That never came to pass. Tongue


If Microsoft produced an affordable way for me to play upscaled or otherwise improved versions of my 360 library on the Xbox One, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.  Some kind of inexpensive upgrade or replacement program, I mean -- if they're just going to start selling "Remastered" versions of last generation games for $30-$40 a pop, I'll just keep waiting for that library to build up.

In other news: XB1 discs will be clipped into the left side of their cases, and every game on the system will have 1,000 Achievement points regardless of whether it's a "regular" retail product or a download-only title.

-Autistic Angel
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 15, 2013, 11:07:32 PM
Well, so far the Playstation 4 launch experience has turned out to be melange of all the worst pre-release reports from around the internet. icon_frown

1) I had to look to see if there were any metal clips threatening to short out the HDMI port.  Everything was fine, meaning our console is in the 99.96th percentile -- common as dirt, basically.

2) The PS4 controller uses a different charging USB charging cable than the PS3, so we had to uncoil the one in the box rather than just using the one that was already out.  Would it really have killed Sony to keep that same standard?

3) A firmware update was required before we could sign into PSN.  Another ten minutes I'll never get back.

4) Killzone: Shadowfall also wanted to patch before it would go online.  It took me so long to figure out how to press the PS button and close the game that by the time I looked at the controller and pushed that button, the update had already downloaded and finished applying itself in the background.

5) PSN threw an error when we tried to activate the PS4 as the "Primary" machine.  We had to click "Retry" before it would finally go through.

6) It's true: Call of Duty: Ghosts needed a patch before it would play the campaign at a rock-solid frame rate in 1080p.  Somewhere out there, people responsible for the Arch Deluxe sandwich are high-fiving that someone finally fucked up a product launch even worse than they did.

7) The console wobbles if you stab down on the front left corner with your finger.  Basically, only sure way to prevent this is to not stab it at all.


"Clusterfuck" doesn't even do this justice.  Just...ugh.  Days like this, I honestly wonder if I ever should have given up gaming in favor of competitive grousing.

-Autistic Angel
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 LAUNCH DAY!!!! Which system are you getting? on: November 15, 2013, 12:33:52 PM
Best launch event I've been to yet!  Partly it's because everything was really well organized for prepurchasers...but mostly it's because we decided to pass the time by inventing a new game!

It's called "Say Incredibly Incorrect Things About Whatever Everyone's In Line For."  A few examples:

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"God, it's freezing out here.  What's the thing you're picking up again?"

"Playstation 4."

"Right.  What's so much better than the Playstation 2?"

"Well, it's a lot lighter, for one.  They switched to lightweight batteries so its more portable."

"Oh."

"This one also supports more colors.  It can put 1,080 colors on the screen, but the Xbox can only do 720.  It isn't that big a difference though -- most of them are shades of grey."

"And is this the one with the camera?"

"Almost.  They both have cameras, but they're mostly just used for security.  You push your thumb down onto the lens so it can read your fingerprint when you log in."

"That's what you said about the old camera one.  Can this one recognize dogs, or does Baxter have to sit out again?"

"That only works with the new Call of Duty game, but they're patching full support in later.  Sometime in May when Titanfall comes out on the PS4."


I think most people knew we were just being stupendously dumb, but that one guy four people ahead of us was obviously itching to correct everything.   ninja

-Autistic Angel
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 14, 2013, 11:58:53 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 13, 2013, 07:51:17 PM

I actually found my Vita charging cable and have it plugged in, no idea how long the Vita has been sitting around unused.


Don't forget to grab the latest firmware from the Update menu.  It'll activate the PS4 Remote Play features, as well as a few other tweaks.

-Autistic Angel
155  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: November 13, 2013, 12:24:54 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 12, 2013, 11:16:12 PM

Game Informer gave the game 10/10 in their review.  I find GI's reviews to be very hit-and-miss, but this is certainly a good sign.


Dan Ryckert revels in the persona of a fratboy doofus, but he's actually an extremely shrewd reviewer.  He's also always maintained that A Link to the Past is his favorite game of all time -- it was the subject of Game Informer's first Super Replay, and he says he's replayed the entire time at least once a year since its release.

If he gave a direct sequel to that game a perfect score, I'm willing to bet it's *awesome.*

-Autistic Angel
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2013, 08:44:25 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on September 02, 2013, 02:51:10 PM

I absolutely agree.  The roleplaying aspect of games should include consideration of what you're saying and of the decisions you're making.  You should be deciding what makes the most sense for your character to say and what the consequences of each of the options are.  Recent Bioware games don't have that.  I just started ME3.  My Commander Shepard is a good guy, continuing saves all the way from the beginning.  Every dialogue option I make in ME3 will be upper right on the wheel.  It makes thinking through your choices irrelevant, as you know in advance which one is going to be the asshole response and which is going to be the good guy response.


To Bioware's credit, that's still a step up from Dragon Age 2 in which every version of Hawke was an unconscionable asshole, and the response choices were limited to Sanctimony, Smarmy, or Dickish.

-Autistic Angel
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 12, 2013, 08:18:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 12, 2013, 07:58:30 PM

What characters are included with the PS4 Skylanders ?


Blast Zone and Wash Buckler, which have Swapforce interchangable parts, and Ninja Stealth Elf who does not.

-Autistic Angel
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 11, 2013, 11:27:26 PM
Already picked up a trio of PS4 launch titles thanks to the Target sale -- CoD: Ghosts, Knack, and Killzone: Shadow Fall.  The console itself is preordered at a local shop.

I also expect to pick up XCOM: Enemy Within this week.  That was a wait-and-see due to balancing concerns, but the early reviews say it improves on every aspect of an already-great game!

-Autistic Angel
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 11, 2013, 04:36:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2013, 04:14:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 11, 2013, 04:12:10 PM

The question would better be phrased, "How many of these people would decide to buy the $700 PC video card after being presented with consistent testimony from multiple sources that the $600 version would give them double the performance?"


Let's cut the hyperbole on both sides for the sake of a healthy discussion. Tongue The PS4 in no way has double the performance of the Xbox One.


Fair enough: I'll amend to say "significantly better performance."  I don't know what percentage greater processing power is required to allow the PS4 to play Ghosts at a higher resolution with a better, more stable frame rate than the XB1, but speaking as someone who puts a high premium on visual clarity and steady performance, I consider those to be substantive differences.

-Autistic Angel
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 11, 2013, 04:12:10 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 11, 2013, 03:34:34 PM

So tired of resolutiongate. How many of these people so worried about 180p difference every made sure they bought the latest $700 video card for their PC so they got the absolute best graphic experience possible for every PC game?


Except this isn't about whether or not people are willing to spend $700 for better graphics.  It's about whether they're willing to spend $100 *less* to get them.

The question would better be phrased, "How many of these people would decide to buy the $700 PC video card after being presented with consistent testimony from multiple sources that the $600 version would give them double the performance?"

-Autistic Angel
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