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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/29) on: September 29, 2015, 01:58:45 PM
I grabbed the expansion for Eador: Matters of the Broken World on Steam since it was only eighty cents.

Otherwise,  I'm passing on Lego Dimensions for now because it seems a little too advanced for the kids in my life and like a huge cash sink for the adults in my life.   Everything I've read indicates it's effectively the same style Lego game we've been playing for years, except everything is three times more expensive and will require physical storage in perpetuity.

I think Jeff Cork made an interesting observation that it'll develop into a good collection of licensed properties that probably couldn't support full Lego games on their own (Wizard of Oz, Doctor Who, The Simpsons), but I'll want to see how well the experience holds up once some of those $30+ expansion sets have come out.

Anyway,  nothing else for me this week.

-Autistic Angel
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 26, 2015, 11:18:54 AM
What is "SS:SE"?

EDIT: Oh, never mind.  I just Googled "Exotech Larva" and found out it's Serious Sam.

Anyway, I'll probably play some more Heroes of the Storm, Lego Batman 3, and Diablo 3.  There's another narrative game I've been playing as well that may be finished this weekend. paranoid

-Autistic Angel
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 10:41:26 AM
Boy, if someone had told me I'd enjoy Scream Queens more than a TV series based on Minority Report, I'd never have believed them.  Every preview looked absolutely dreadful, and having no affinity for either nip/tuck or American Horror Story, there was no fall premiere I was going into with lower expectations.

But that was actually pretty good.  It's dumb, but in a supremely self-aware way that winds up channeling the parts I liked most about Jennifer's Body and Hell Baby.  The stunt casting with Ariana Grande wasn't as grating as I expected and Jamie Lee Curtis was really great...I'm definitely on board for more!

-Autistic Angel
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 22, 2015, 02:24:24 PM
I agree with Purge.  TV pilots need to strike a delicate balance between setting up the premise of an entire series and creating a good individual episode, and there are plenty of examples of great shows that had rocky starts (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Firefly, Agents of Shield).  But even keeping that in mind, the premiere episode of Minority Report was distinctly terrible.

Half the episode was spent trying to isolate why it looked so terrible.  CGI was splashed over every scene -- to a degree they can't possible hope to keep funding -- but rather than slick and impressive, it somehow made everything look super chintzy, like a Universal Studios amusement park version of the future.

The other half was trying to figure out why everyone was dumping out their lines as quickly as possible.  Is everyone in 2065 hooked on speed, or was this written as a two hour premiere and then filmed in forty minutes flat?  Some of the scene construction was just bizarre, with characters expressing unprovoked mood swings from one moment to the next.

"Hey man, cool birds."


"Precrime took everything from you YOU'RE THE REAL KILLER!"

"I'm scared or something and running awwaaaaaaay!"

My favorite scene was when the precog said, "I can't help you anymore, here's my sketchbook, solve these crimes, I've got to go!" and then walked all of four feet before continuing the conversation like that the lead from Memento.

I'll be real interested to see what episode 5 of this is like.  Based surely on the debut, it had better improve a lot by then.

-Autistic Angel
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 01:25:40 PM
Yeah, I've played a bunch of Lego Marvel Super Heroes with a friend.  Any level where he becomes Lego Hulk means I'm going to be spending a bunch of time pulling my character back together, but it doesn't matter because at most you just lose a handful of monies.

Things are different for a five year-old.  The fact that Skylander food heals both characters matters less than the fact that "My guy is hungry and she didn't share!  Pout poutty pout!"  The kids know, abstractly, that they're both benefiting from the teamwork, but they still individually want to be the one who solves the puzzle or physically picks up the special hat.

Superchargers may be a fine game for a couple adults who enjoy leveling up the new characters.  For younger players who still occassionally spend a full minute running towards opposite edges of the screen in a debate about which way to go, the idea of splitting entire levels where one has little to do while the other races around and has fun just sounds like a bad time.

-Autistic Angel
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 11:09:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 21, 2015, 05:38:43 PM

Where are you seeing that the new Skylanders is being labeled as the worst in the series?  Everything I've read about it made it seem like a good version of their game (and certainly better than Trap Team) and the metascore is currently 84, which is far from bad.

Here is Game Informer's review:

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
Concept: The worst entry in the Skylanders series. The vehicle segments sap the fun and personality from the experience, and are usually light on challenge.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
By the third level, I would grimace whenever I saw an icon telling me I needed to place a car on the Portal of Power for a vehicle sequence. The cars are the weakest part of the campaign, and most are tied to the critical path. These tracks are overly wide and are largely free of any challenge. The most excitement usually comes from turning slightly to hit jumps and nab coins along the way. Pop-up barricades are introduced in later sequences, but again, the abundantly wide track gives you more than enough room to maneuver and removes the intensity from the challenge. The cars deliver further headaches in the arena battles, which end up being a test of overcoming cumbersome controls to drive in circles while firing at opponents.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
The other vehicle sections in the campaign fair just as poorly or worse than the cars. The side-scrolling submarine sequences, which push the player to squeak by mines and other dangers, are maddeningly boring. The aerial dogfighting and overall flight mechanics are moderately enjoyable, but run into the problem of the vessels taking up a little too much real-estate on screen, which often leads to targets being blocked from view.

Reiner and Jeff Cork also recorded a Test Chamber to show it off in action.  The submarine section is especially rough, with Player 2 relegated to jamming on the Shoot button to blast torpedoes in whatever direction Player 1 happens to be driving.  Vehicle sections like those comprise about half the game, and considering my niece and nephew already have disagreements over which way to explore and who collects the treasure, divvying up which one basically has to sit and watch the other one play an entire level sounds like pure anti-fun.

I will probably pick up Superchargers for them during some steep sale in the future.  Until then, they've always had a good time exploring the different Lego demos on XBox Live so I'm hoping Lego Dimensions will be a fun co-op experience for them.  A major question will be whether or not "friendly fire" can be disabled.  Whether there's a death penalty or not, being killed by a careless sibling at their ages would not make for a fun experience.

-Autistic Angel
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 21, 2015, 05:34:24 PM
I'll be watching the reviews for Lego Dimensions.  I have a young neice and nephew who traditionally love the Skylanders games, but since Superchargers is being labeled as the worst game in the franchise, they'll need to look elsewhere for their toys-to-games entertainment.

The irony is that nearly all of the licensing will mean nothing to them.  Back to the Future?  Ghostbusters?  Lord of the Rings?  Even Batman and Scooby-doo will probably be kind of foreign to kids this young...but they still love beating up bad guys and unlocking new stuff!

Nothing for me, though.

-Autistic Angel
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2015, 12:15:14 PM
Purchasing The Taken King will give you Destiny and all previously released DLC.  It's the complete "Year 1" package.

EDIT: Specifically, the "Legendary Edition" physical disc is the complete package.  There may be some way to buy just the Taken King pack online for a discount, but that would be a big loss if you don't already own the rest.

-Autistic Angel
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2015, 11:04:07 AM
Wait, Gratch is going to play co-op with people?  When is this happening?

-Autistic Angel
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] I am Cait on: September 18, 2015, 08:08:08 PM
I watched a documentary several years ago that followed four transgender people for approximately one year.  The title escapes me, but I remember there were two transitioning from male-to-female, and two from female-to-male.  They were also from completely disparate backgrounds -- one had the unconditional emotional and financial support from her grandparents as she counted the days to the final surgery, while another was completely ostracized from his entire community and was working two jobs to cover a minimal amount of hormone therapy along with the basic necessities of living.

Four people is not a representative sample size, but with that documentary, the inescapable takeaway was that they were pursuing their transitions because of deeply ingrained biological imperative.  Each of them, plus all of the other transgender people they interacted with, felt from a very young age as though they'd been born in the wrong body and had been grappling with it ever since.  They were also acutely aware of the extreme health risks associated with gender transitions, particularly from aggressive cancers resulting from the hormone replacements.  Nonetheless, it was something they needed to do.

I think about that documentary every time I see someone handwave a publicly transgender person like Caitlin Jenner, as though she subjected herself to months of invasive and painful medical procedures as some sort of publicity stunt.  Not one of those four people was having a good time with the process -- they just wanted it to be finished so they could live their lives like they'd always felt they should.

I won't be watching I Am Cait personally, but if it helps bring a similar understanding to a broader audience, I hope it does well.

-Autistic Angel
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 15, 2015, 08:48:28 PM
Polygon says the save corruption bug has been patched on PS4 and PC:

Quote from: Polygon
The "Quiet Bug" in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has been fixed for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC editions of the game, with other platforms following soon, Konami

-Autistic Angel
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2015, 06:47:02 PM
The Legend of Guardian Beaners

The Taken King does not know her name. icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 14, 2015, 11:47:56 AM
In addition to the games listed above, I also finished the final Episode of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us which I enjoyed very much.  It's a shame they haven't shown any momentum towards producing a second season as the murder mystery vibe provided a distinctive feel from the Walking Dead games, but with all the other projects on their plate, I suppose I can understand the need to prioritize their more high profile licenses.

I don't want to go into much detail about TWAU because, like most narratively-focused games, there isn't a lot to discuss about the mechanics and everything else would be story spoilers.  It has more in common with Season 2 of The Walking Dead than the first, in that there's less emphasis on solving environmental puzzles than on engaging in conversation and letting your behavior color the tone and direction of the story.  It's amazing to me how broad a range of reactions these games can illicit from people -- I played it at about the same time as a couple friends and they each had much different thoughts on some of the major events which made for some great conversations.

-Autistic Angel
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 12, 2015, 02:36:37 PM
I'll be playing some more Lego Batman 3 and Diablo 3 on the PS4 (TheGrue and GamingTrend have soooo many gifts from me in their mailboxes!), along with more matches in Heroes of the Storm.  That really is the perfect game when you've got 15-20 minutes to grab a little more gold and XP.

I'm also looking for time to get back to Dying Light.  I was having a great time with that before getting sidetracked with some other stuff and haven't had a chance to get back to it recently.

-Autistic Angel
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2015, 02:21:54 AM
If you enjoyed combat encounters in the Halo games and are looking for that style gunplay, then yes: Destiny has steadily gotten better with time.

If you wanted to like Halo but got irritated by weird, half-explained story beats, Destiny might actually drive you blind.  It's not a game you want to play for the storyline.

-Autistic Angel
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 10, 2015, 03:50:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2015, 08:32:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 09, 2015, 08:28:08 PM

Here's mine.  High Immersion score; moderately low importance on everything else.

-Autistic Angel

Yours and mine are very close.

I still don't know how I scored so high on the "Achievement" component...that generally isn't a big determining factor for me.

I wrote about my profile more extensively in the podcast thread that kicked this whole thing off, but the survey presumes a few things that skewed my scores somewhat lower than I would have expected.

1) The survey treats completionism as a quest for Achievements or Mastery over the game systems.  That's true sometimes, but when I go out of my way to complete every side quest in a game like Dying Light or Dragon Age: Inquisition, I'm usually exploring the world for the sake of Immersion.  

2) Everything in the survey is measured by its "importance" to you.  That's a weird and arbitrary descriptor to me, implying that a game without Achievements or optional content would be less enjoyable to me than one that was stuffed full.  It's also hard for me to ascribe much importance to games in relation everything else in life, so my answers came out more ambivalent than I actually feel.

3) Some of the questions seemed oddly worded.  "Do you enjoy being an agent of chaos and destruction?" really stuck out at me.  Are we talking about Just Cause 2 or Red Faction Guerilla where that's literally the point of the game (and I loved them!), or a Bioware RPG where the options to inflict cruelty and suffering on others is usually pointlessly vicious?

It's a fun idea, but I think the execution could use a couple tweaks for greater accuracy.  Changing "How important is..." to "How enjoyable is...", for example.

-Autistic Angel
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 09, 2015, 08:28:08 PM
Here's mine.  High Immersion score; moderately low importance on everything else.

-Autistic Angel
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 08, 2015, 10:19:26 PM
Game Informer reports that a save file corruption bug has been identified, possibly destroying your progress under specific conditions:

Quote from: Game Informer
If you use Quiet as your buddy in mission 29 or 42, there is a chance that your game progress will be inhibited entirely.

Konami says a patch is already in development, but has no estimate on when it might be released.  

-Autistic Angel
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 08, 2015, 10:08:35 PM
I can sincerely say you didn't miss a thing.

-Autistic Angel
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 08, 2015, 07:46:45 PM
If this were a new franchise, or a stand-alone story within the existing franchise, it looks like something I'd be all over.  I like open world games, stealth games, and base building / resource management games, so everything about this would be right up my alley.

Metal Gear Solid lore, however, seems completely impenetrable to half the people who've played the games, much less those of us who haven't.  I got Ground Zeroes free from PSN earlier in the year, so maybe I'll give that a shot and see if the mechanics are strong enough to hold my interest in the absence of a story I would comprehend.

-Autistic Angel
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/4/15 - US Labor Day Edition on: September 08, 2015, 10:16:07 AM
I played some more Lego Batman 3 which continues to be pretty great, several matches in Heroes of the Storm, and a bunch of Diablo 3 on the PS4.  My Demon Hunter is pretty comfortable running solo rifts and bounties on Torment 6, but it turns out anything more than a glancing blow on T7 knocks her dead.

-Autistic Angel
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: September 04, 2015, 05:55:45 PM
My understanding is that the base would work and that the characters would all be available for the various toybox events.  There are reportedly many more challenge modes you can undertake with any character in your collection.

The mainline Star Wars content, however, is still locked down to the new Star Wars characters.

-Autistic Angel
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - (late) 8/28 edition on: August 31, 2015, 08:32:10 PM
After finishing Lego Lord of the Rings, I started up Lego Batman 3.  It's so good!  The current-gen Lego games look fantastic, and the writing in Traveler's Tales' original stories is much funnier and more entertaining than their retellings of existing movies.  Lego Robin's earnestness in particular is laugh-out-loud material every time.

Lego Batman 2 is probably my favorite game in the whole series, and this one is shaping up to be a big hit as well.

-Autistic Angel
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 30, 2015, 01:27:32 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 16, 2015, 03:53:33 PM

Lego Lord of the Rings is easily the buggiest game I've played in the franchise.  I jumped back into the 360 version this past week and was quickly reminded why I'd stepped away: I don't think there's been a single session with it that hasn't been marked by some sort of technical failing.  A small sampling....

I almost quit Lego LotR on Saturday morning.  One of the mithril bricks in the overworld was suspended behind a ludicrous traversal puzzle which required me to

1. Run up a pathway that arcs halfway around the room.

2. Hold down 'Y' and go to the full character roster to select Lego Gollum.

3. Climb up the Lego wall.  If Lego Gollum disconnected from the wall for any random reason, or inexplicably failed to clear the edge of the cliff, I'd have to climb it a second time.

4. Hold down 'Y' again and switch to Lego Legolas.

5. Jump up onto a small rock outcropping and walk slowly across a tightrope stretched high in the room.  If Lego Legolas failed to transition into his tightrope walking animation, he would fall into the center of the room and I'd need to start again at Step 1.

6. From the tightrope, I'd need to jump to a pole jutting out from the wall.  The length of the jump and the position of the camera made exact positioning very difficult to judge, and even when Lego Legolas made it onto the pole, it always *looked* like he was going to miss it.  If he did, I'd start again at Step 1.

7. After swinging from the first pole to a second, I'd then need to swing-jump out into the center of the room to grab a dangling vine.  The positioning for this jump was straight up impossible to gauge since the camera was locked halfway across the room at this point, so when Lego Legolas passed slightly in front of or behind the target vine, he'd fall all the way down and I'd start again at Step 1.

8. In the rare event that I grabbed on to the vine, I'd then need to swing back and forth and jump off the vine at exactly the right trajectory to grab the mithril brick.  Again, the camera is showing this from a low-angle locked position from the opposite wall of the room.  When Lego Legolas jumped over, under, behind, or in front of the mithril brick, I'd need to start again at Step 1.

I allotted myself one hour to pass this sequence, and said that if I failed, I would delete my save file and permanently quit the game.  I said several other things during the following forty minutes too, but the most important one was, "OH THANK CHRIST I'll never have to do that again!"

Then I collected all the other minikits, mithril bricks, red bricks, hidden treasures, Achievements, and characters to 100% Lego Lord of the Rings.  I do this with (almost) all of the Lego games, and it's a long-standing tradition at this point to quit out to the main menu and watch the original game trailer that runs when it idles into "Attract Mode."  It's fun to see the scenes they used to sell the game with the hindsight of how they into the experience.

Instead of returning to the title screen, Lego LotR hardlocked my system and went "BLLEEEEEUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRHHHHHHH" through the speakers.  No progress was lost -- to the game's credit, it autosaves with every collectible in the overworld -- but it was one final kick in the shin on the way out.

My final verdict on Lego Lord of the Rings is that 80% of the time it's one of the best games I've played in the entire franchise, with great variety and neat designs and really fun setpieces, and the other 20% it's the WORST.  It actually makes me really curious to see how Lego The Hobbit turned out, if they were able to polish out these many rough edges and expand on the truly great stuff, but I think I'll play something else for a while.

-Autistic Angel
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: August 30, 2015, 12:12:22 AM
Game Informer is reporting that a Collector's Edition has been announced:

Quote from: Game Informer
You can find the contents of the special edition below:

  • The game
  • A 100 page art book
  • A USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a 10 music tracks from the game’s soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

MSRP is $90, US.  There's nothing about retailer exclusivity, so it can probably be preordered anyplace the regular edition will be sold.

-Autistic Angel
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: August 28, 2015, 10:24:43 PM
I'll mostly likely wait until November, then.  One extra month isn't much of a sacrifice for the sort of quality upgrades the PC version usually has over the console editions.

If it gets delayed into 2016 for whatever reason, though, I'll go PS4.

-Autistic Angel
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to get a new TV with wife approval on: August 23, 2015, 09:04:52 PM
Have you considered a projector setup?  Depending on your setup, you could position the projector somewhere unlikely to take damage from an airborne toy.  A nice fabric screen would also be less likely to take incidental damage and *much* cheaper to replace when needed.

I have a couple friends who've gone with HD projectors in recent years and they've been really happy with the results!

-Autistic Angel
108  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 on: August 23, 2015, 10:59:48 AM
I recommend completing the tutorial hunt with each of the available weapon sets and finding one you enjoy.  There were some I immediately took to, like the Charge Blade and the Insect Glaive, and others I found completely foreign.  The game doesn't immediately tell you this, but you have one of each in your house chest so you can immediately begin hunting with whichever style you enjoy most!

After that, start hunting monsters that drop the crafting materials you need to begin upgrading your armor.  Don't fret too much about the individual stats -- just look for something with better defense ratings and the rest will come as you play deeper into the game.

-Autistic Angel
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 16, 2015, 03:53:33 PM
Lego Lord of the Rings is easily the buggiest game I've played in the franchise.  I jumped back into the 360 version this past week and was quickly reminded why I'd stepped away: I don't think there's been a single session with it that hasn't been marked by some sort of technical failing.  A small sampling:

- Samwise is afraid of dark caves and tries to back away from them.  Unfortunately, depending on where he's positioned when he realizes he's near a dark cave, it's possible for him to shuffle backwards into the dark cave where he is doomed to freak out forever.  Since you can't change characters during his fear animation, this forces you to restart the level.

- Treebeard is afraid of fire.  See above.

- Jump attacks are by far the most efficient way to smash up environmental blocks.  They are also the most efficient way to get your character locked in a mid-air slide from which they may never come down.

- Multi-character puzzles are challenging to solve when the game randomly disables your ability to change characters.

- One level requires you to smash five hidden spiderwebs to earn a minikit.  I got four of the five; the fifth was woven by a ghost spider and was completely immune to sword, axe, arrow, and fist.

- Certain levels occasionally forget you're playing in Free Play mode and limit your character selection to a random subset of the wheel.  On one occasion, the three random characters it assigned me lacked the required skills to progress through the level.

- Swapping to a different character in Free Play will also sometimes arbitrarily shift control over to the other playable figure.  This is super annoying when that second AI character is nowhere near where you need him to use the chosen skillset.

- If someone ever asked me to define "screen tearing," I could simply load into the open world segments of this game.

- Lego Lord of the Rings is one of only two...maybe three? which have hard-locked my 360.  And it's done so multiple times now.

These issues are *constant.*  Previously, the most irritating bug I remember from a Lego game was when Batman wouldn't get out of his go-kart.  The difference is that Lego Batman wasn't a particularly good game while Lego LOTR is otherwise pretty goddamn great.  I particularly liked how the levels use a lot of different gameplay styles to expand on scenes in the movies.  The character animators did a superlative job of making the main cast feel distinct from one another -- Aragorn and Gimli not only hit hard than the hobbits, but their combat animations are faster and more efficient too.

Lego LOTR is one of the most expansive and ambitious games in the franchise, but the technical issues I've encountered would make it impossible to recommend to others.  Maybe the other versions fare better; I know the PC version was delayed by several months.  If I weren't so deep into the 360 edition now, I'd be tempted to jump to that one just for the framerate boost.

-Autistic Angel
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 12, 2015, 08:36:44 PM
Wow, nice!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 08:19:29 PM
Same here.  I own an XB1 and I'm waiting to buy the PC version.  In the unlikely event that both the PC and PS4 versions are cancelled, I will either borrow it from a friend to play for free or give it a pass altogether.  My opinion of this exclusivity fiasco hasn't changed from this time last year:

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 14, 2014, 11:24:29 AM

Microsoft had the option to spend their money in any number of ways.  Just off the top of my head, they could have made the XB1 version of the game more appealing by picking any one of these:

- creating a cool Collector's Edition just for the XB1 version,

- directly financed the creation of additional DLC content just for their customers,

- paid for all XB1 pre-orders to get the first DLC for free, and discounted the Season Pass accordingly,

- given away $10 in Marketplace money with all Day One purchases, or

- straight-up discounted all pre-orders.  I bought the PC version of the first Tomb Raider on release day for $45; there's no reason consoles have to be locked to $60 price points.

All of these options *add* value for Microsoft's consumers.  You *could* buy the game anywhere...but look at this extra incentive if you do business with us.

Instead, Microsoft leveraged their wealth to take competing versions off the market.  They didn't add any value.  They didn't create any new art or produce any extra game play.  Their version of the game isn't any better -- the XB1 gets the same game it was always going to get, except with less direct competition to incentivize price drops, and everyone else has to wait for the contract to expire.

I would gladly have bought the XB1 version if Microsoft had invested in creating the best version.  They've chosen instead to dump money into taking my options away.  If they think that's going to earn them my $60, they have severely underestimated how many other ways there are to spend that money.

-Autistic Angel
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 10, 2015, 07:44:18 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 09, 2015, 01:19:44 AM

World of Warships. Grinding XP in the SC battleship is taking a while. I want the U.S.N. carriers. I'm taking the IJN on the destroyer side, which was lucky, as they have the better torpedoes.

What happened with your air conditioner?  At last update, it was brand new and barely keeping up with the heat wave. icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 08, 2015, 11:16:06 AM
I have been having a lot of fun playing Heroes of the Storm lately.  The community has been great for the most part, and characters like Azmodan, Sylvanas, and Chen have just been a blast to play.

I'm also something like 40% through Dying Light.  That game is incredibly good -- the developers really took all the lessons and criticisms from Dead Island to heart, and I've been having a great time free-running through the city.

-Autistic Angel
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 06, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
Modifying the original campaign so that your ghost celebrates arriving on the moon by performing the entirety of Jedi Rocks seems a bit over the top, though.

-Autistic Angel
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015- Up Next EA - Tomorrow 4 am est on: August 05, 2015, 04:54:37 PM
I hope the smaller number of posts in this thread compared to the E3 threads isn't misinterpreted as a lack of interest.  I'm really enjoying the summarized coverage Caine and Soulchilde are adding, especially since I won't have a chance to watch any of these events live.  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 01, 2015, 02:57:14 PM
Detective Inspector Gratch is on the case!

-Autistic Angel

117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 24, 2015, 09:06:38 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 24, 2015, 12:29:56 AM

You've limited the scope of your rhetoric to the tyranny of the conservative movement, but I've not seen you show the same passion toward other movements that share some of the same apparent perspectives on a much grander, and far more violent scale. As one example, Islam in general, and radical Islam in particular, fall squarely into that category. Angst toward Rush Limbaugh but not Anjem Choudary or Abu Qatada? All three are conservatives by your definition.

The Rush Limbaugh Show is the highest rated radio talk show in the nation.  It airs on hundreds of radio stations, as well as the Armed Forces Radio Network which is broadcast to military personnel around the world, and is tremendously influential over Conservative politics in this country.  Since 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Republican Governor Mark Sandford, Representative Phil Gringey, and Representative Darrell Issa have all appeared live on his show, while serving in those offices, to ask forgiveness from him and his audience for daring to criticize his behavior.  As George Will observed in 2012, "[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush's language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that's inappropriate. Not this stuff.  And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they're afraid of Rush Limbaugh."

The specific "inappropriate language" referenced there involved Rush Limbaugh calling graduate student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified about importance of access to the birth control pill for women.  He also frequently refers to women he does not like as "feminazis," claims the feminist movement exists solely to validate ugly women, and mocks the idea that women deserve equal pay because of all the maternity leave they get to take.

Guess how he talks about women in the military.

Quote from: Rush Limbaugh, Jan 25, 2013
So if we have women in combat, there's an easy way to do it. Now, here's what we know. We know that women who live together, or who are housed together -- in dormitories, for example, in sororities -- after a certain passage of time... This is one of the marvels of creation. No one can explain it, but it happens.

Menstrual cycles happen to synchronize.

You can get mad at me all you want for saying it, but it happens to be true. It's not a put-down, and it's not taking away from the individuality of any women or woman. It just happens. So what we do is we create a force. We call it the All-American First Cavalry Amazon Battalion, and we segregate women enough in various bases and barracks so that you have synchronized menstrual cycles.

They're timed in such a way that on any day of the year, you are guaranteed to have a fighting female force all in PMS, all during premenstrual syndrome. You can do it because they synchronize the cycles. So you house them together. It wouldn't take much of a computer program to figure this out. No matter when you need them, you're always going to have a combat-ready battalion of women on PMS. Pregnancy problem solved -- and, and they're pretty damn good during combat at the same time.

Talk to any man about it. I'm not being sexist here. We're just dealing with reality.

I reference Rush Limbaugh in a conversation about Women In Combat thread because he is tremendously influential on right-wing politics in this country and he denigrates women as weak, emotionally compromised baby incubators at every opportunity.

I do not reference Abu Qatada or Anjem Choudary because I have absolutely no idea what they have to do with this topic or what sort of sway you think they hold over the American political process.  We might as well discuss the civil rights opinions of Egon Spangler and Darkwing Duck.

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 24, 2015, 12:29:56 AM

And let's not be too revisionist in our history of the country. Conservatism, which more closely aligns with Republicanism, was not on the wrong side of Emancipation.  Abraham Lincoln was a Republican president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.  Furthermore, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it. And while I will agree that Abraham Lincoln would be considered a moderate or liberal Republican by today's definition, a large number of the Republicans that voted YES we're quite conservative.

You may also wish to look more closely at the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the voting record, and some of the conservatives and conservative philosophies involved in that.

Does anyone else want to walk Dante Rising through the fact that the Republican and Democratic parties swapped social ideologies midway through the 20th century, beginning with the New Deal and culminating with the Civil Rights Act?  He seems reasonable and earnest enough to be worth the effort but I'm trying to finish off a couple daily quests before tonight.

-Autistic Angel
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 23, 2015, 01:20:22 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 23, 2015, 09:26:34 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 27, 2013, 06:15:52 PM

Emancipation, women's suffrage, desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, anti-semitism, gender discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act, sexual harassment law, hate crime legislation, the Fair Pay Act, gay rights -- every time America raises the idea of expanding the rights and protections for the voiceless members of society, the Conservative movement has been there to represent the losing side of history.  Many of the popular ones still do it: Ann Coulter will happily explain how women lack the intellectual capacity to responsibly vote, both Senators Paul are on record opposing the Civil Rights Act, and Rush Limbaugh's daily show has a daily three-hour show dedicated to telling "real Americans" how their moral Christian lifestyles are being endangered by the blacks, the feminists, and the gays.

-Autistic Angel

"Losing side of history" ?  Do you mean American history?

Yes.  The entire paragraph is discussing elements of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, but I've also gone ahead and boldfaced the part from your quote where that's precisely what I say.

You must absolutely detest Islam, along with a variety of other cultures and institutions around the globe.


Out of curiosity, is it my support for Civil Rights in America in general, or my specific support for allowing women to pursue military combat roles that you've...decoded as "anti-Islam?"

-Autistic Angel
119  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I think my 360 is dying on: July 20, 2015, 12:35:50 AM
You could try unplugging the power supply, holding the power button in for a few seconds, then reconnect it and see if it'll power on properly.  That sort of electrical reset can sometimes jog things awake again.

There's probably a hard reset of some sort triggered by holding the power button in for 10 - 15 seconds.  I know the PS3 has a feature like that.

-Autistic Angel
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/17/15 - Ant-Man Edition on: July 19, 2015, 12:03:45 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2015, 03:34:36 AM

First I've seen it.

Sounds fine, not too terribly different than the original though.  They didn't do anything special with it, arrangement-wise.

Interesting.  I'm not familiar with the song, so I wasn't sure how it compares.

Now that the Witcher 3 patch is out to improve Geralt's movement, are you going to give it another go?

You should also report back on the X-Wing miniatures game.  Matt Thrower over at No High Scores has been really hot on it and the various expansions.

-Autistic Angel
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