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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 08:33:03 PM
The developers of Divinity: Original Sin say they've wanted to make a traditional turn-based RPG for many years, but they couldn't find a publisher willing to finance development.  No matter how the final product turned out -- and early impressions seem universally positive so far -- I'm glad Kickstarter gave them the opportunity to at least try.

-Autistic Angel
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 01:57:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 30, 2014, 01:00:21 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 30, 2014, 04:07:36 AM

Sniper Elite 3 maybe for the XB1

Aren't those games terrible?

I haven't played it myself, but the last Sniper Elite game seemed reasonably well received.  Looked like a neat mix of assassinations, trap-laying, and run-for-your-life escapes through some fairly open level designs.  Also, x-ray kill cams.

Personally, having never even heard of Divinity: Original Sin before this morning, reading all the excitement here enticed me to get educated and make a purchase before the Steam sale ended.  Looks pretty neat!

-Autistic Angel
163  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 09:27:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 01:50:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 27, 2014, 11:51:24 AM

You can keep going around like this, Isgrimnur, but I'm telling you now: criticizing Barack Obama for disarming the Syrian chemical weapons program because it was too peaceful is on par with complaining that the Special Ops forces didn't obtain visitor visas on their way in to kill Osama bin Laden.  Find a different avenue of attack.

-Autistic Angel

I am not criticizing the president for anything, merely exploring the actual events that occurred.  And I will ask you again to stop putting words in my mouth. 

I had no role in assisting these words to flow from your mouth to your keyboard:

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 26, 2014, 09:05:43 PM

We have interests in the Middle East.  If we lose credibility there like we did when we backed down from bombing Syria because they surrendered their chemical weapons, we lose the willingness of those governments in the region to take actions on our behalf or to our benefit that expose them politically against opposition in their own countries.  Especially if they feel that our word carries little weight.

Emphasis added.

See that part where you casually remark that the Syrian disarmament agreement represented some sort of net loss in credibility for the United States?  With no citation, so it's presented entirely as your personal opinion?  That criticism is the centerpoint of this conversation.  And it's nonsense.

You can call it a value judgement, an analysis, an assessment, an opinion, or a free-wheeling exploration of actual events that occurred, but it is your injection into this topic and it is nonsense.

Negotiating the peaceful disarmament of WMDs from an otherwise hostile foreign power, at no cost and with no strings attached, is a success of historic proportions.  There were no downsides.  It was literally the best conceivable outcome, where all the players got what they wanted, and no matter how many individual Saudi princes or Republican cranks you can find to complain that the United States "lost credibility" in the balance, you will simply be compiling a list of people who have been proven unmistakeably wrong.

If you want to make the point that the Obama administration has lost credibility in the Middle East, pick something else.  Like, anything else.  Claim that his profligate spending has rendered the national coffers too empty to wage another war.  Say that his amnesty program for illegal immigrants has weakened the national spirit beyond the ability to morally prevail overseas.  Toss out the idea that his pitiable bowling skills have made him the laughing stock of Tehran. 

Choosing one of the most widely acclaimed foreign policy successes of his presidency to throw back in his face is simply a non-starter.

-Autistic Angel
164  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 11:51:24 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

Do the Syrians still have weapons of war?  Then they didn't "unilaterally" disarm.

"Unilateral disarmament" in the context of foreign policy refers to a policy whereupon one military power agrees to renounce some weaponry without the promise of similar concessions from other military powers.  In this case, Syria renounced their chemical weapon stockpiles without condition that the United States, Russia, the Syrian rebel groups, or any other international power give up any military capability in exchange.

You may be confusing it with the policy of "General and Complete Disarmament" which at least sounds like it means what you think it means.  You would still be wrong, however -- even that is defined primarily as the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, along with a general drawing down of military power in ways which do not sacrifice national security.

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

Regardless of what he said, the expectation of just about everyone was that crossing that "red line" would result in some punitive action.

Yes, and in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Syria is a signatory, punitive action would have been legally sanctioned by international treaty.

If you would like to make the argument that Bashar al-Assad was secretly planning to turn all of his chemical weapons over to OPCW for destruction all along, and that the timing of his announcement in the face of looming military action by the United States was just an astonishing coincidence, I would like to see you try.

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

And it's not my assertion that it resulted in a credibility loss.  It's a lot of the media and the Saudis themselves.

I generally support the idea of the United States working to help its allies and foster good international relations.  That support ends when it would require us to take actions that would be plainly counter to our own national interest, such as jumping into a *third* combat theater to intervene in a civil war.

The United States' goal here was to end the use of chemical weapons, as agreed by international treaty.  We achieved an unprecedented success, and if a Saudi prince is disappointed that we didn't pitch away billions of dollars and hundreds of American lives to overthrow one of his regional rivals in the process, I find his position uncompelling.

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

When you posted:

The United States threatened to bomb Syria unless they gave up their chemical weapon stockpiles.

you were demonstrably wrong.

On September 9th, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked what, if anything, might avert U.S. air strikes on Syria.  That's when he "flippantly" remarked that they could choose to divest themselves of their entire chemical arsenal.  Hours later, Syria announced their intent to take him up on that deal.

Threat, condition, capitulation.

By comparison:

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 12:21:55 AM

We didn't threaten to bomb them if they didn't give up their chemical weapons.  We threatened to bomb them if they used them, which they did.

That emphasis-added bit I highlighted actually is demonstrably wrong, as demonstrated in the article you link to yourself.

You can keep going around like this, Isgrimnur, but I'm telling you now: criticizing Barack Obama for disarming the Syrian chemical weapons program because it was too peaceful is on par with complaining that the Special Ops forces didn't obtain visitor visas on their way in to kill Osama bin Laden.  Find a different avenue of attack.

-Autistic Angel
165  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 01:55:16 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 12:21:55 AM

We didn't threaten to bomb them if they didn't give up their chemical weapons.  We threatened to bomb them if they used them, which they did.  Then Kerry got all flippant when someone asked him what would prevent us bombing them, and he shot his mouth off of them giving up the weapons.  They agreed to do it when the Russians came calling, and the Saudis got pissed.

Going to war with a country offering to unilaterally disarm because overthrowing the current power structure would please the Saudis was a big feature of the Iraq War.  That turned out poorly.

You're arguing we should have followed exactly that same track in Syria, launching a completely voluntary war solely because...why, exactly?  According that first article you linked, it's because President Obama repeatedly said that Syrian use of chemical weapons would "change his calculus" on whether or not to engage military force.  

Quote from: President Barack Obama
“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation.  But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical.  That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel.  It concerns us.  We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.  That would change my calculus.  That would change my equation.”

It did change his equation.  He consulted with congress about launching air strikes, at which point the Assad regime offered to surrender their stockpiles.  It's literally everything the United States was demanding, without billions of dollars in military operations or sacrificed lives, and you're disappointed we didn't insist on going to war anyway.

More baffling is your assertion that this resulted in a credibility loss.  As if other signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention watched the Obama administration strongarm the Assad regime into peaceful disarmament and sneered, "Oh, I heard from someone that he promised to start a war no matter what, so now Obama is just a big LIAR!"  Generally speaking, if the only reason you can think of to pitch the country into a *third* active warzone is to satisfy theoretical dignitaries with reasoning abilities on par with an average five-year old, it's probably a bad idea.

-Autistic Angel
166  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 11:04:41 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 26, 2014, 09:05:43 PM

If we lose credibility there like we did when we backed down from bombing Syria because they surrendered their chemical weapons....

The United States threatened to bomb Syria unless they gave up their chemical weapon stockpiles.  The Syrian government immediately capitulated.  At last report, they have surrendered all of their chemical weapons, and we have not bombed them.

In what way did that result in the United States losing credibility?

-Autistic Angel
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 25, 2014, 02:13:20 AM
The thing is, his posts have basically amounted to, "I'm not only generally okay with racist expression -- I find it personally entertaining."

That isn't stirring the pot.  It's more like jamming your bare arm into the pot and then laughing all the way to the burn ward about the crazy looks people gave you.

-Autistic Angel
168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 23, 2014, 08:21:42 PM

Quote from: Rip on June 23, 2014, 05:26:24 PM

If I owned the team I would just rename them.

Ladies and gentleman please welcome your Washington Coons.

"I can't believe liberals are trying to paint 'Redskins' as a racist term!"

"I know, race has nothing to do with it!  Looney Leftists gets so riled up about everything.  Getting offended by simple words is so ridiculous, we should come up with a bunch of fake names to show that name-calling never hurt anyone!"

"Like 'The Washington ConservaTurds?'  Or 'RepubliCan'ts.'"

"No, I really hate those for some reason.  Let's pitch a bunch of thinly disguised racial slurs instead.  It's hilarious the way they get riled up when we insult minorities!"

"Hah!  Oh, on a totally unrelated note, are those "End the War on Christmas!" bumper stickers going to be ready in time for Black Friday?"

"Absolutely!  Gah, is there any form of hate speech more offensive than 'Happy Holidays?!'"

-Autistic Angel
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: June 22, 2014, 10:52:30 AM

Quote from: naednek on June 22, 2014, 04:08:33 AM

well, I did it.  I bought it.  Birthday came around, and I sold my xbox 360 a month back, and figured, I have nothing else I want to buy, and money has a hard time sitting in my wallet.  Updating now.  Picked up Wolfenstein for $39.  Want to get MLB the Show, but it's not on sale.  So I'll wait on that.  And I'll wait for the games that are supposed to hit next year. 

For what it's worth, Target has The Show for PS4 on sale this week for $47.99.  Kmart also has Killzone: Shadowfall for $19.99, but you may want to check reviews and impressions to see if it would suit your tastes.

Did you get the bundle with the Vita?  If so, remember that logging into PlayStation Plus on the PS4 does not show you the free Vita games you can download, and vice versa.  You'll want to connect online and jump into Plus on each system.

By the way, I finally set up my Vita for remote play on the PS4.  Took all of three minutes and it works *perfectly!*

-Autistic Angel
170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 11:05:58 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 20, 2014, 04:48:55 AM

According to my Facebook friends, the new argument is that Oklahoma means "red people," so we better change the state's name now too.

Are they trolling, or are they misinterpreting other people's trolling as a sincere initiative?

I have a friend who misunderstands trolling all the time.  For example, something like this:

Quote from:
While we are on the subject of how ‘offensive’ the name of the football team is, do we have to change the name of Oklahoma too to not ‘offend’ people? The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase okla humma, which literally means red people. Obviously, this must be offensive.

This is really obvious trolling, but somehow it gets entered in his head as, "Wow, some people are trying to force Oklahoma to change its name!  These liberals are out of control!"  It's practically a weekly thing where he'll come around with some new outrage, and I'll have to methodically show him that it's completely fictional.

I recommend asking your friends to Google variations on "Oklahoma means red people" or "change name of Oklahoma" and see if they can find any examples of people who aren't knocking down strawmen.  If so, they're having more luck on the internet than I am.

-Autistic Angel
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 20, 2014, 02:05:22 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 19, 2014, 09:18:37 PM

Does anyone know what the setting in Graphics "GPU Max Buffered Frames" does or should be set at? I have a GTX 780 and I've tried it at "1" and up at "5" and I can't tell a difference. Is it only for lesser video cards or something like that?

I can't speak to how Buffered Frames affects Watch Dogs specifically, but broadly speaking, it's intended to smooth out frame rate stutters.  A higher number of pre-rendered frames will diminish frame rate drops, but also introduce more input lag and a "floatier feel" to the game.

If you cannot perceive any difference in the settings, you should keep it at "1" or even "0."

-Autistic Angel
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 05:02:48 PM
I don't think anyone here expects to change Zekester's mind.  We've all seen him circle this drain before.  He'll continue making LULZsome zingers until it finally dawns on him that everyone is laughing AT him, at which point he'll melt down, claim he's leaving forever, and then pop back up in a day or two like nothing ever happened.

No one can educate Zekester...but engaging him this way might just educate anyone else who reads the thread.  ATB, for example.  He was full of piss and vinegar when he started this thread, but after three pages of watching someone flail around to defend the casual use of an unmistakable racial slur for no material reason, it's possible he's changed his mind.  Who knows how many undecideds read through, as well.

"Redskin" had been employed as an ethnic slur for something like 200 years, and the only explanation supporters of the current Washington NFL brand can give to seems its continued use is that they chreish tradition.  The best possible way to counter that is to make them say it over and over again until the sheer idiocy of their position finally sinks in.

By the way, I'm posting from my phone so it's too cumbersome to quote here, but maneuvering Zekester into claiming that federal enforcement of trademark laws is an example of -less- regulation by a -smaller- government deserves a special forum badge. thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 14, 2014, 10:10:58 PM
Oh, where did you find it for $45?  It seems to be $60 most places.

-Autistic Angel
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 14, 2014, 08:08:30 PM
Yeah, Gratch is really making me want to give Wildstar a go.

What server / faction / class / path did you guys pick?  I think I'd be most interested in playing a healer or support character, if those roles aren't already taken!

-Autistic Angel
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 13, 2014, 11:09:28 PM

-Autistic Angel
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 13, 2014, 08:53:40 PM
Did you get the new update that allows you to launch directly into the last game you played?

-Autistic Angel
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 13, 2014, 06:32:14 PM
It looks like Brandon Cackowski-Schnell will also be doing a live stream of the Destiny alpha tonight.  From his Twitter:

Quote from: MisterBinky
Sorry Watch_Dogs but Chicago has to wait for a little bit as I dip around the Destiny Alpha.

And yes, I will be streaming the fuck out of it tonight.

His streams usually begin about 7:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm Pacific and last for one hour.  His Twitch channel is here.

-Autistic Angel
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 12, 2014, 07:27:18 PM
Courtesy Joystiq:

Quote from: Joystiq
Senior Producer on the console version of Diablo 3, Julia Humphreys, confirmed that the game will run at 900p on Xbox One; the PS4 version had previously been confirmed to run natively at 1080p. Both versions will run at 60 frames per second.

Unlike the jump from 720p to 1080p, I can't imagine most people would even notice dropping to 900p.  Gamers will be far better off picking up whichever version will give them access to the longer Friends List.

For the record, though, there is technically a difference between the upcoming versions.

-Autistic Angel
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 11, 2014, 06:12:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2014, 12:10:23 PM

Nintendo never compared it to Skyrim.  They only were mentioning how you could visit the mountains in the distance when referencing how big the world is (which is something that triggers thoughts of Skyrimfor a lot of people, I think).

My mistake.  I did not see Nintendo's conference, so when so many different people started making the same comparison, I thought Nintendo itself had cited the Elder Scrolls as a reference point.

-Autistic Angel
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 11, 2014, 11:16:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2014, 04:29:59 AM

There was also a comment about not needing the right tool  to progress.  Not sure how that'll work and keep the Zeldaness.

Isn't that more or less what they did with the 3DS game A Link Between Worlds?  Offer item rentals so that players had more flexibility in how they wanted to progress through the game?

That's an earnest question -- I'm only relaying what I've read about that game.

As far as the WiiU game, I'll go on record right now that I'll be shocked if it meets the expectations people are forming after hearing Nintendo compare it to Skyrim.  I bet their goal is to make the world a lot bigger, with more distance between destinations and lots of little secrets and challenges to complete as you explore.  Unfortunately, the comparison point they've chosen also implies it'll have hundreds of quests, crafting systems, and lots of freedom of choice -- all RPG mechanics which Nintendo has zero experience implementing and, frankly, would fit a Zelda game very poorly.

Let me be clear: I own a WiiU, Zelda is one of my all-time favorite game franchises, and I would probably slide-tackle Destructor-kun out of the way to get my hands on this game even a few seconds earlier.  In fact, I'll probably go out of my way to make sure that exact thing happens.  I just don't think the finished product will make anybody say, "Wow, comparing this to an Elder Scrolls game wasn't ill-conceived at all!"

-Autistic Angel
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gaming Thread on the irrelevance of Unions on: June 10, 2014, 10:32:33 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 10, 2014, 09:18:23 PM

If the VW union wasn't looking after the needs of its employees appropriately, then by all means, vote them out.  But, as with everything else in public life, it has become a political issue as much as anything else.

Eco-Logic's statements about the UAW vote in Chattanooga are so far removed from the actual events, I have to consider the possibility that he's thinking of some other, very different, event.

1) The unionization vote took place in February of 2014 -- not "last year."

2) The UAW was not an existing presence that was "voted the FUCK out" -- the plant held a vote to decide whether or not they were going to join the UAW for the first time.

3) The UAW dropped its appeal back in April.  As far as I can tell, it had not progressed beyond a single filing with the NLRB back in February which notified the board of their intent to appeal.  Hardly a cause for "millions in legal fees," much less a bunch of "ass rubbing."

4) The reason for the appeal was that the vote -- which Eco-Logic is so vocally proud of -- was tainted by the Republican state legislators threatening to block millions of dollars in tax incentives if the workers voted to unionize, effectively terminating a planned expansion to the plant and putting the workers' jobs in jeopardy.

Quote from: USA Today
Not only are Republican legislators accusing Volkswagen of backing the UAW, some of their leaders on Monday threatened to withhold tax incentives for future expansion of the 3-year-old assembly plant in Chattanooga if workers vote this week to join the UAW.

About 1,500 workers will vote from Wednesday through Friday in an election that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct.

The company plans to expand in Chattanooga or at a Mexican plant to produce a midsize SUV. Overall, Volkswagen intends to invest about $7 billion in North America over the next five years to achieve a goal of selling more than 1 million Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the U.S. by 2018.

"It has been widely reported that Volkswagen has promoted a campaign that has been unfair, unbalanced and, quite frankly, un-American in the traditions of American labor campaigns," State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, said in a statement sent to the Free Press. "Should the workers choose to be represented by the United Auto Workers, then I believe additional incentives for expansion will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate."

But here's the real kicker: at the same time that state Republicans were threatening to punish VW workers if they voted to unionize, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was promising them Volkswagon would grant them a massive new manufacturing contract if they didn't.  The problem?  Volkswagon disagreed.

Quote from: Automotive News
CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded statement on Thursday, said a vote this week on UAW representation at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant would have no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle there.

The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker's announcement on Wednesday that he had been "assured" that if workers at the factory reject UAW representation, the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.

"There is no connection between our Chattanooga employees' decision about whether to be represented by a union and the decision about where to build a new product for the U.S. market," said Frank Fischer, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

Corker, a Tennessee Republican, made the assertion, which ran counter to previous public statements by VW, on the first day of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers on UAW representation.

This is what Eco-Logic is so proud of: Tennessee Republicans telling bald-faced lies and threatening the jobs of a bunch of blue collar workers if they voted to join a union for better representation with their employer.

But again, maybe Eco-Logic is thinking of some other, unrelated VW - UAW unionization vote that occurred in Chattanooga..."last year."  Anyone know if Volkswagon has recently struck up some sort of game development or publishing deal that might make this thread at least *theoretically* relevant to the PC / Console Gaming board?

-Autistic Angel
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 05:15:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 10, 2014, 04:45:34 PM

Like everyone else, too many games coming in 2015.

As others have pointed out, this really does seem to be the running theme this year.  I'm getting the feeling that major developers have been caught off-guard by the fact that AAA development on these new consoles is not only substantially more expensive, but also way more time-intensive.

On the plus side, with games like The Witcher 3, Persona 5, Arkham Knight, Zelda WiiU, Uncharted 4, The Order 1886, Halo 5, and others that I'm surely forgetting, 2015 is going to be a freaking incredible year for gaming!

-Autistic Angel
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 10, 2014, 11:18:35 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 02, 2014, 09:57:03 PM

Also, Oblivion was a really good movie. One of my more pleasant movie surprises from last year.

Oblivion was a good movie provided you didn't see the trailer.  I looked it up *after* seeing the movie and was astounded at how much of the plot it gave away.

-Autistic Angel
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 11:13:48 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2014, 11:08:00 AM

Might pick-up Mortal Kombat X...  Just don't have the time to put into fighters anymore

Personally, I really liked the story mode NetherRealm created for Injustice and the last Mortal Kombat.  They were worth the price of admission, even if I'll never be skilled enough to compete in those games.

-Autistic Angel
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 09, 2014, 10:58:44 PM
Sorry to post off topic, but I'm getting together with my four professional voice actor friends in 8-16 months.  Does anyone know any games about hostage extractions we can play while reading a script aloud?

-Autistic Angel
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 06, 2014, 05:54:43 PM
The Witcher 2 is a much different game than the first one.  I liked it a lot more, and whatever story points I might have missed by bailing on the original game midway through, it didn't impact my experience one bit.

-Autistic Angel
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 06, 2014, 01:30:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 05, 2014, 09:22:40 PM

I don't think it's possible to use the Xbox One controller wirelessly with the PC at all, since it uses a unique new wireless communication.  I think you're stuck using it through the USB connection only, unless they release a wireless adapter at some point.

Okay, thanks!  Fortunately, it looks like the "Play & Charge" cable that comes with the full controller package is about eight feet long.  That would be plenty long enough for my needs.

-Autistic Angel
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 05, 2014, 08:56:29 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 05, 2014, 02:49:24 PM

PC Driver now available for XB1 controller

I wouldn't mind replacing the well-worn wired 360 controller I use for PC games with a new XB1 controller.  Does anyone know the steps to make one of these talk to a PC wirelessly (I do have a bluetooth transmitter on my motherboard, if that's relevant), or does it only operate while connected via USB?

-Autistic Angel
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3 on: June 05, 2014, 08:52:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 05, 2014, 07:11:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2014, 04:43:25 PM

I'm not really sure it matters much this long after the game's original release. Those who were willing to buy an Xbox One for this game have probably already done so.

Certainly, the people who would buy the console solely for that game already probably did.  But for those holding off it all comes down to the tipping point where there are enough games that you want to play to make it pass your mental purchase barrier.  Having one less exclusive game for people looking to pick up an Xbone (or any console) makes it slightly less appealing.

This describes me exactly.

I have long believed that Dead Rising 3 would be the first game I'd play on the XB1, once there were enough other games to justify the purchase of a separate console.  I want to play it quite a lot, but not enough to keep around while I wait for the likes of Halo 5 and Sunset Overdrive.

Now, I have every expectation that I'll be able to play a smoother, higher resolution version of the game on equipment I already own.  The PC versions of Resident Evil 5, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Remember Me were all technically flawless.  I can't guess how many other people share my circumstances, but for me, this news means there's one less reason to buy the console.

-Autistic Angel
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: June 02, 2014, 08:55:46 PM
I admired Revolution's ability to intelligently expand the focus of the show, turning established relationships on their head and steadily pushing back the boundaries of their world.  There were some consistent problems -- Charlie and the actress who played her were terrible detriments to every scene in which they appeared and it never seemed credible that sixteen years has passed since the blackout -- but where most TV series will find a comfortable groove and wallow there forever, Revolution was all about opening up new territories to explore.

Season 2 was much better than the first.  I don't know if another round of episodes would have managed a similar leap in quality, but I would have liked to find out.

-Autistic Angel
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 02, 2014, 05:04:44 PM
You could easily get the "Normal" ending in about half that time, and if I were to rerun the game from scratch, I could surely knock a huge chunk of time off that total.  Some of the tools Bravely Default gives you to expedite grinding are so potent, you barely even need to hold the system.  It's super respectful of the player's time in that respect.

Still, I wanted to give this game the full Gratch and get all the jobs, finish all the subquests, find all the hidden goodies, and get the True Ending without relying on a strategy guide.  It really is that good! nod

-Autistic Angel
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 02, 2014, 10:43:25 AM
I got the true ending in Bravely Default with a completion time of 98 hours, 27 minutes.  I might write up something more detailed in the game's thread, but I really loved it!

-Autistic Angel
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: June 01, 2014, 06:20:06 PM
The unresolved loose ends mostly concern plot elements you have not yet encountered.  Suffice it to say that a lot of the drama between the main characters and their antagonists is resolved, while the central plot element of the global blackout itself enters into a new phase that would have set up Season 3.

-Autistic Angel
194  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: May 31, 2014, 08:55:37 PM
Well, I think I'm almost near the end.  I've unlocked all the job classes, mastered each of them with at least one character, gotten everyone up to Level 99, and completed every side quest in every chapter up through the eighth.  There's just one more beastie to beat, and then I should be off to the final encounter.

Anything else I'd have to say would need to be cloaked in spoiler tags, so I'll just finish for now by saying that I'm really, really glad Gratch pushed Bravely Default as hard as he did.  I don't play many JRPGs because just staring one up is such a big time commitment, but I've really had a blast with this one all the way through! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Nations - Extended Edition on: May 31, 2014, 10:08:27 AM
Rise of Nations is one of my all-time favorite RTS games.  Territorial control, army formations, supply lines and attrition, great wonders -- it took concepts that had been introduced in games like Age of Empires and Empire Earth and refined them to levels those games hadn't reached after multiple iterations.  It had a wonderful skirmish AI, as well as a dynamic Risk-like global domination campaign, plus a bunch of really inventive modes I haven't seen replicated anywhere since.  One of my favorites was called "Assassination" in which every faction was limited to attacking one assigned enemy until they were exterminated, forcing everyone to press forward on one front while securing their rear from whoever was after them.

I just hope the woefully under-appreciated Rise of Legends is waiting in the wings next.  It's actually quite a different game, full of steampunk technology, Arabian magic, and ancient alien revenants, but I loved it just as much!

-Autistic Angel
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 29, 2014, 10:24:42 PM
The first "next-gen" feature I can remember from the 360 era was Kameo's ability to render hundreds of fantasy trolls you had to wade through between levels.  That game was a childishly simplistic and linear platformer with zero replay value, so it wasn't for another ten months that the rendering technology was put to worthwhile use in Dead Rising.

I don't remember any specific technical feat being touted by the PS3 when it launched, but the first game that really wowed me was Uncharted.  It shipped one full year after the system launched.

The PlayStation 4 has been on the market for about half that time, and I have both Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son in my collection.  If not for a free-on-PC voucher, Assassin's Creed IV would be there too.  I don't have any effective way to debate whether or not these games "feel next-gen enough" to other people, but I can say that I'm pretty happy with how the new generation has been going so far.

-Autistic Angel
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 08:52:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 29, 2014, 07:23:46 PM

In areas like mine, DFW, there are plenty of plots of farm and ranch land inside an overall perimeter that anyone would be ill suited to define as "rural".  And yet there are still issues in and around this urban area with things such as feral hogs and other such pests, including predatory animals.  So for someone involved in management of open land, the ability to carry a weapon for their use without running afoul of 30 jurisdictions for having a rifle on him when he makes a trip across town to the local Bass Pro Shops is a reasonable expectation.

Who do you see here -- or *anywhere* -- that is arguing otherwise?  Two of the articles you linked indicate the exact opposite, reporting tens of thousands of dollars in grant money to licensed hunters willing to help cull the feral hog population.  The count in Feburary 2012 was over twelve thousand feral hogs dead.  

Unless your local CBS affiliate has really buried the lead about porcine refugees seeking asylum inside the nearest fast food joints, I'm having trouble seeing the connection between, "I want to secure my firearm when I go out hunting and no one objects to it," and "I also want to wield my gun inside Starbucks because an armed society is a polite society."

-Autistic Angel
198  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 07:16:24 PM
That's possible.  Then my question would be, "Who are the idiots on the anti-open carry side of the issue?"  There must be some, or the "both sides" part of his statement wouldn't apply.

I've lived my whole life without immediate access to a semi-automatic rifle, and somehow I've been able to do everything from ordering fast food to renewing my driver's license to confronting a snide shop clerk without ever needing to demonstrate my preparedness to project lethal force against whoever stood in my way.  Perhaps that's why I only perceive idiots on one side of this particular issue.

-Autistic Angel
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 05:44:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

And that jack in the box story just illustrates that there are idiots on both sides of the issue...just like every issue.

You'll have to be more specific.  Who are the "idiots" on the other side of the issue in the Jack in the Box story? 

Is it the employees who retreated to a secure location-

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 02:53:53 PM

All I know is that if I walk into a restaurant and see a gun, I'm turning around and walking out.

-because they reasonably feared for their safety-

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

Guys come in en masse with weaponry displayed, how TF do they think people are going to respond?  And then say '2nd ammendment?'  Forget that. They're causing a panic.

-and called the police about the pack of people brandishing firearms?

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

At a minimum they should be rung up on disturbing the peace and fined to cover the cost of the police's time.

That seems at odds with every other sentiment you've posted so far.

-Autistic Angel
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 10:11:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 29, 2014, 03:14:04 AM

These guys were bringing loaded rifles into a burrito restaurant. If I was a patron the first thing I would probably do is call 911 and I doubt I'm alone in that.

You're not.

Quote from: Forbes
Imagine this: you’re working your shift at Jack in the Box, serving up chicken nuggets and shakes behind the counter, when a group of men carrying assault rifles walks in. What do you do?

In Fort Worth, Texas last week, employees took to the fast food outlet’s freezer, hiding among the frozen burger patties until squad cars arrived at the scene.

“Officers spoke with Jack in the Box employees who reported that they feared for their lives and believed they were being robbed,” said the Fort Worth Police Department in a statement.

“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them.”

But these men weren’t robbers. They were demonstrators from a branch of pro-gun group Open Carry Texas, who told local media that they entered Jack in the Box armed in a display of their constitutional rights.

-Autistic Angel
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