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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 22, 2014, 02:04:22 PM
Just glimpsed a CeeKay achievement on Steam, so clearly he's playing games today, not studying.  icon_smile
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 21, 2014, 07:30:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 21, 2014, 05:30:09 PM

I do appreciate you posting these. I'll read a few after I've seen the movie and posted my son's review. 
Ha, thanks. I know it's silly, I just am pleased so far that even the most jaundiced critics seem pretty pleased with it. I've also learned there are a few hundred movie news/reviews blogs I've never heard of at all.

Here's a bit more...

Modern Myth Media
Transcendence is the point at which a superhero film moves beyond the confines of its home genre and firmly plants its feet in another. The most frequently cited example is 2008′s THE DARK KNIGHT, a modern crime drama that just so happens to star a vigilante dressed as a bat and a homicidal clown. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER makes a successful leap onto the field of the political and espionage thriller while still delivering all the expected flavors of the Marvel Studios brand.
Its ambition is exceeded only by its execution, making this CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel a credit to the genre from which it transcends and a triumph for Marvel.
Movie and Film Reviews blog
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is an excellent movie all around with only one area where it does disappoint.  Immediately after watching the film you will be asking when the next Marvel film is out.  Good acting performances from all of those involved and a great storyline, "Captain America: The Winter Solider" is certainly going to be one of the bigger blockbuster movies of the year.

It questions peoples morals and is very relatable to the world we live in today.  It is more than just a comic book movie.  It is enjoyable, exciting and has something that every viewer will be able to enjoy.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a tremendous piece of pop entertainment, smart and engaging and featuring a home run movie star lead performance by Chris Evans and the best overall supporting cast in one of the Marvel movies in terms of everybody having something significant to do and everyone being written for to a degree where they're playing people and not just types.
I'm a bit surprised Collider, which sent folks to the early critics' screening, hasn't posted a review or maybe a longer impressions piece than "Frosty" Weintrab could share on Twitter.

A lot of these sites posting early views are in the UK where it debuts next Friday. I'm actually off next Friday from work and really wish it was playing in the U.S. then.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Running With Rifles (top-down tactical shooter w/ open-world RPG elements) on: March 21, 2014, 05:09:24 PM
While I describe this as "Cannon Fodder meets Operation Flashpoint," others have their own descriptions. If you dig controlling a teeny tiny soldier on massive battlefields alongside many dozens of AI Cannon Fodder-looking troops, this is your game.  icon_smile If not, then not.  icon_smile

Official Running With Rifles site (you can d/l a recently updated, free demo version there):
RWR is an open world, top-down, tactical shooter for single player and multiplayer online, that puts you right in the middle of chaos in towns, trenches and forests turned into ruthless battlefields, controlling just one soldier in an army of several hundreds.

In a war where men die like flies and endless streams of reinforcements run to fill the void, it takes tactics and marksmanship to capture territories effectively. The open world nature of the game enables you to use a multitude of approaches to help the front line move – it’s up to you to shape your role. Experience the complete arc starting as a private hardening into a high ranking officer with a squad under command, arming yourself with a variety of weapons and vehicles on your way to glory!

Key features, so far
8x 1 km^2 maps with total of 62 bases
-hundreds of simultaneous AI soldiers
-open world: it’s up to you how you play, the war goes on without you
-not your usual “I’m the hero”-shooter: one bullet kills more often than not
-use cover, crouch and prone, move with others to increase your odds to stay alive
-emergent AI that tries hard: they too use cover and rooftops, attempt outflanking
-gain XP to get promotions to lead your own squad, unlock items & calls
-a broad variety of faction specific weapons
-grenades, bazookas, remote detonable sticky C4, riot shields, medikits, vests, rare weapons
-mortar strikes, paratrooper reinforcements, vehicle drops
-jeeps, transport trucks, APC’s, boats, tanks, patrol ships with AI driving
-deploy cover elements to strengthen your fellows’ positions or use vehicles for mobile cover
-campaign and quick matches, with Map Capture or King of the Hill game modes
-locate & destroy the radio truck/tower behind enemy lines, or steal their cargo truck and deliver it home
-Windows and Linux supported
-24/7 servers in Europe and USA supporting 30+ players
I had tried the crude earlier version of the demo over on Desura. The full version on Steam is way more fun than I remembered, though it took me a couple days to get something resembling proficient at it.  icon_smile I don't seem to be anywhere near running a squad yet.

Running With Rifles (early access)

While it supports online play, I've not tried it just yet. Still just working at getting more kills than getting killed.  icon_smile

I compared it to Flashpoint because the battlefields become massive, and you can drive it seems just about any vehicle where the driver's seat is free, or else catch a ride on an AI-driven vehicle.

You really are just a nobody grunt -- every time you die, you respawn at the nearest respawn point with another generic name. It seemed like I was respawning with my latest weapon equipped eventually, not sure if that's tied into rank or something. A backpack lets you keep extra weapons/equipment to a point (depending on rank) though you seem to lose all that when offed.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 21, 2014, 03:21:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 21, 2014, 02:57:45 PM

I woke up wondering "hmm, I wonder if Blackjack found any more reviews for CA:TWS"

then I came in here and all doubt was removed.  biggrin
What? Caine wants more?  icon_smile

Quote’s not just destined to be another solid and financially successful entry in their collection of comic book films, it’s one of the best the genre has ever seen and takes Marvel’s cinematic endeavors in a more complex, serious, and dramatic direction.
16:9 reviews (fwiw, claims to be a "spoiler-free" review)
This film feels a million miles away from its predecessor (I'll kick her ass too! icon_razz-bj); it has a sharp script, the acting is brilliant, especially from Evans and Johansson who just KILLS as Widow, and the concept of the plot feels refreshingly different.

Whilst the film isn’t ground-breaking with regards to completely smashing through the conventions of the genre and the narrative is more than slightly predictable, the storyline feels current as it concerns itself more with clever planning and execution rather than the simple SMASH and BANG antics we are more than used to (*cough*Thor*cough*).
The Fortean Times (5/5 stars)
What’s perhaps most surprising is that the Russo brothers – with a background in TV comedies like Arrested Development and Community – have turned in the best action movie I’ve ever seen.

And it’s not down to the CGI spectacle – impressive though that is – but to the fight sequences: these are astonishing well choreographed and possessed of a thumping, visceral heft that simply drags you into the fray and leaves you reeling.
SFX Magazine (UK; note that I think the movie opens there next week)
Spoiler for Hiden:
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo earned their stripes with comedy but they prove impressively muscular filmmakers. This is the most exhilarating action yet seen in a Marvel movie.

The fight scenes are tightly, slickly choreographed, brought to the screen with a sense of brutal ballet. Car chases are executed with a clear grasp of the visceral, the Russos favouring hand-held camera, slaloming through fastlane traffic. Elsewhere there are great storms of shattered glass and gunfire. It’s a rare window that nobody smashes through.
Chillidog Movies (UK movie blog)
The obligatory super-heroics and brilliant special effects combined with intrigue, tension and spectacular (and I mean spectacular) action make for arguably Marvel's most complete film yet, a popcorn epic that manages to mix big scale thrills with a real feel for character. Add a touch of 70s conspiracy thriller and Bourne style techno-paranoia and you've got a supremely entertaining movie.
Hey U Guys co.UK
Where Captain America: The First Avenger was an efficient if slightly underwhelming piece of superhero entertainment [I give up; I can't kick ALL the asses of reviewers bashing the first film icon_razz-bj], the star-spangled hero’s second solo outing helmed by Community’s Anthony and Joe Russo is an altogether different beast; multi-layered and action-packed, it’s Marvel’s best standalone film yet and easily the best representation of the character on screen thus far.

Furious Fan Boys (well, with a name like that, expect enthusiasm, right?-bj)
As someone who loved Ed Brubaker’s entire run on Captain America, so much so that I still enjoy re-reading those story lines, I was really looking forward to seeing The Winter Soldier. It’s arguably one of the best stories that Marvel has told in the last couple of decades in the comic, and it’s been realized fantastically on the big screen. It gives Cap an emotional journey, and .... The film raises the bar for action in superhero movies, and it still remains to be as fun as you want a Marvel movie to be.

It’s not hyperbole to say that Captain America: The Winters Soldier is better than The Avengers. It’s the new jewel in Marvel Studios’ crown. See it immediately.
The Movie Bit
Captain America The Winter Solider marks the half way point in Marvel’s Phase Two (Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers Age Of Ultron completes the second phase) and holy crap, does it make a mark! So much so that on your way out, you’ll buy another ticket to see it again.

And..... *dragged away from keyboard by The Red Skull*  Bring your own!

btw, have read some kvetching about the movie's length -- it's 136 minutes (2 hours, 16 minutes). Still short compared to say, The Dark Knight (152 minutes; 2 hours 32 minutes), and it's shorter a bit than Marvel's The Avengers (143 minutes; 2 hours 23 minutes). It sounds like they have a lot of story to tell so I'm glad Disney/Marvel didn't shortchange it on whatever time they felt they needed. I reserve the right to feel differently April 3.  icon_smile
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 20, 2014, 08:33:07 PM
Here be earliest reviews, fwiw. I won't put anything spoiler-y in pull quotes, promise.  icon_smile I like to make up my own mind too -- I do find if the general trend is positive, my experience tends to be too. But that's just generalizing for sure; sometimes I fall for films really lambasted critically.

NOTE: Hmmm, I find a couple things in the reviews a bit spoiler-y. I'm not upset about it, but I've put ALL the links in spoiler codes to emphasize others might be wary of it. icon_smile

Den of Geek
Let’s just cut to the chase: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is awesome.
Super Hero Hype (8/10)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may not be the perfect representation of the comic books but that's actually a good thing. Instead, it gains huge points by working as a standalone movie set in the world of espionage and world politics that's different enough from previous Marvel movies to be more accessible for non-comic fans than anything Marvel's done thus far.
The Rip Van Winkle of superheroes goes rogue in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” an impressively equal sequel to 2011’s superb origin story “Captain America: The First Avenger” that trades the earlier film’s apple-pie Americana for the uneasy mood of a 1970s paranoia thriller — a resonance underscored by the casting of “Three Days of the Condor” and “All the President’s Men” star Robert Redford in a prominent supporting role.

Chockfull of the breathless cliffhangers dictated by the genre, but equally rich in the quiet, tender character moments that made the first film unique among recent Marvel fare, “The Winter Soldier” marks a generally assured return to features for sibling helmers Anthony and Joe Russo (who’ve been in a moviemaking deep-freeze since 2002’s “Welcome to Collinwood”) and should easily keep the franchise gravy train powering through to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” due next May.

IndieWire was a bit less impressed (B-), though some of their concerns (too much action) don't necessarily sound bad, right?  icon_smile
But with "The Avengers" boosting the character's profile further, and Marvel increasingly bullish, they've gone all in for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," a far bigger and more expensive adventure for our frozen-in-time hero, played for the third time by Chris Evans. Savvily, they've played down the more patriotic aspects of the character to chase an enemy within, in a film that directors Joe & Anthony Russo have compared to 70s paranoid thrillers like "The Parallax View" and "Three Days Of The Condor."

And it's sort of worked: "The Winter Soldier" is probably in the upper tier of Marvel pictures in terms of quality, but ultimately proves too muddled and frantic to match the heights of "The Avengers."

IGN (9/10):
Perhaps more to the point, the film is one of, if not the strongest individual installment to date. One part spy thriller, one part character journey, one part visceral action movie, and one part straight-up superhero adventure film, The Winter Solider hits all of the right notes and serves as an example of the very best of what comic book movies have to offer.

The scale of the film alone is unprecedented for Marvel. If feels as though the studio has taken every lesson they’ve learned in terms of how to construct and effectively execute an action sequence and integrated it into one elaborate and gorgeous piece of spectacle. It’s all right there on the screen.

Vanity Fair
The Russos have crafted good, eye-popping scenes of explosive flurry, but it would be more interesting if it had all been leading somewhere with the same intensity as the intriguing bits of exposition. I like The Winter Soldier, as I’ve liked all the Marvel movies. But I'm eager to get to the real main event, whatever that might be.

The Hollywood Reporter
Captain America may not flex as much box-office muscle as his Marvel stablemates Iron Man and Thor, but there's a steadfast band of fans who pledge allegiance to Captain America: The First Avenger as possibly the best of all the Marvel superhero films — other than The Avengers.

These true-blue enthusiasts will not be disappointed in this second entry in the series, which takes the bold (for Marvel) step of reducing CGI spectacle to a relative minimum in favor of reviving the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense.
Screen Crush (8/10)
Despite all the explosions and ridiculous technology, you still care about Steve Rogers, whose anachronistic seriousness trying dutifully to fit in to our jaded times is as apt a metaphor for remix culture as anything else. This entry won’t win any new converts, but anyone already invested in this series is going to have a blast.
The Wrap
The first “Captain America” had a lot of great ideas, but its vacillation in tone and occasional failures to deliver the emotions for which it was clearly aiming made it one of the lesser recent Marvel movies [WHO IS THIS GUY? GONNA KICK HIS ASS!-bj  mad icon_razz]. This time around, however, it's a movie that's raising the bar on what we can expect from the ongoing adventures of these men and women in tights.
Digital Spy (UK) (4/5 stars)
... Captain America: The Winter Soldier feels tonally distinct from its Marvel forerunners, more spy thriller than superhero sequel. Trading in the lush period specificity of The First Avenger for a stripped-down, glossy aesthetic, it's a grounded and character-rich midpoint for Phase Two.
The Upcoming (UK)
What could arguably be the best Marvel film to date, The Winter Soldier truly has it all: a juicy plot, healthy sprinkle of humour, delightful characterisation, and not to mention, the most stunning fight sequences to ever be performed on screen. Characters that have already been in cinemas before – [deleted for your protection-bj] – have, indeed, turned the dial up to 11.
Telegraph (UK) (3/5 stars)
Quote can’t help but feel disappointed that a film with a relatively spicy premise becomes, in the end, so risk-averse. Is it possible for a franchise so swollen with its own success to still accommodate real creative bravery? Money, time and the four more Avengers films currently in production will tell.
Bleeding Cool
Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is Ambitious, Surprising, Exciting And Hardly Ever Too Silly
Chris Evans' third full-time turn as the star-spangled man is Marvel's darkest, most complex movie to date and largely succeeds by fitting the superhero movie into the trappings of a political thriller.
Slash Film
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an ideal middle chapter in a larger story. The performances are charismatic, the story is surprising, and the action exciting. Plot wise, there’s some complex stuff going on ,which you’ll definitely need a conversation or two to get straight. ... There are some problems, but even acknowledging those, it’s hard not to fall in love with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
OK, I know, you've got Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, you don't need BJ curating reviews. Did I break this thread yet? Indulge me just for today.  icon_smile Kudos to Twitter's search function for helping me track these down. I purposely haven't read most in depth. I think it's a good sign that out of 15 reviews or so, I couldn't find anything remotely negative. We're not talking TDK or Avengers type reviews, but certainly stronger critical kudos than the first Cap film, fwiw.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 20, 2014, 05:24:39 PM
fwiw -- we all at some point dislike games and movies critically lauded, and vice-versa -- the review embargo lifts at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern time today.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Linux/Mac/Ps3/Vita] Luftrausers on: March 20, 2014, 04:44:20 PM
I went ahead and picked this up on Steam last night. While it works fine with an XBox360 controller, I confess I find the steering doesn't always quite go in the direction I'm trying to go in. Just take some time to get used to it, I guess. Very fun though.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 20, 2014, 04:43:18 PM
I'll post the other stratagems I saw, later on. I know one is an armored personnel carrier that all four players can fit into (have seen it in screenshots I think). I'm not sure it's heavily armed, though.  icon_smile

There's also one that appears to be a "tactical nuclear weapon," which gives me a funny MDK flashback.  icon_cool

Reading about Helldivers inspired me to play Alien Swarm with a couple folks Sunday for the first time in eons. Still such a blast. On the very last map, and the last run through to the escape ship, my buddies fell, and I struggled to get a freeze gun turret placed in the last area before just running for my life. I was down to like 5 health as the escape ship finally docked. Hopefully Helldivers has some cool mission finale moments like that, too.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 19, 2014, 09:35:27 PM
Marvel released the first 10 minutes of the movie online the other day. I'd say maybe 7 of the minutes already were seen in earlier trailers, teasers and clips. I'm not inclined to link it (feel like even I've over glutted on footage at this point); if you really want to see it, just Google it.  icon_smile

Regal and Cinemark are also joining the Capital America 3-D double feature bandwagon on April 3, fwiw. Not clear if they're offering the poster and lanyard stuff like AMC, I'd assume so.

I checked on the AMC show I'm seeing, and still a lot of seats left. Someone I don't know picked a seat directly next to me. I feel a personal space violation coming on...   *Fist Shaking*  icon_razz Unless it's, say, a gorgeous, lonely librarian comic book fan lady.   Fabulous  icon_smile
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Linux/Mac/Ps3/Vita] Luftrausers on: March 19, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
fwiw, here's a Vita version review at Pocketgamer (UK):
Alongside the impeccable Spelunky, Luftrausers is - when at its best - among the most enjoyable experiences you can have on Vita.

When you're on a good run, threading through a tight weave of bullets, pirouetting in mid-air to swat a nuisance fighter jet on your tail, swooping into the ocean to dive-bomb a boat, juking to outsmart a battleship's guns, and nursing a fragile MAX combo, Luftrausers momentarily becomes the best game you've ever played.

It's a dizzying, mesmerising, frenetic dance to a death. A wicked smart balancing act of attack and defence. A white-knuckle thrill ride through the sky. And there's that catchy electronic riff.
While I don't have a Vita yet (I bought two PSPs over the years, but Vita's lineup to this point hasn't appealed much to my niche tastes), I'm edging towards one in preparation for Helldivers this summer.  icon_smile

While I know this is on Steam and all, I'm marking it down as a little something I might enjoy on Vita as well.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: March 19, 2014, 07:18:15 PM
They had a food truck distributing free turkey legs and apples at this week's GDC show.  icon_smile
The @playgauntlet food truck handing out free turkey legs and apples at #GDC2014 will be back today!
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: March 19, 2014, 06:19:36 PM
It's true there's a cool glut but I haven't at all found Diablo III, Torchlight II, Van Helsing and Grim Dawn (early access), for example, to play precisely the same. No more than the 193 first person shooters on the market are "all the same thing." You can have similar gameplay mechanics but entirely different designs on loot, skill trees or lack thereof, enemy spawning, crafting questing, etc.  icon_smile I dunno if a Gauntlet type game would have much of any of that, actually.

I can't quite tell from the vid if it's a click to move/kill type of game now (per Diablo), or something more like Shadowgrounds, Alien Swarm etc. (keys to move, mousing to aim etc.). Magicka had an unconventional control scheme I never quite got comfortable with, so I'm not sure what to expect.

Couple of my Steam co-op buds who refuse to have anything to do with consoles/handhelds, might at least be keen on this.  icon_smile

Arrowhead would seem to be a natural to do something with the Robotron property later on. They're not a big dev though and I assume Helldivers and Gauntlet are plenty to keep them busy for now.  icon_smile
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 19, 2014, 04:59:29 PM
Just noticed this one from a few days ago -- Gamespot posted about a 24 minute playthrough w/ a Sony rep (lot of cool stuff, including playing on a tougher planet in a snow/ice environment):

Helldivers: Now Playing

Some neat glimpses of the planet and mission selection screens. Almost XCOM geoscape like but on a planetary system level. It warns you if a planet has missions better suited to a full group, at least a couple players, is reasonable for a solo player, etc.

If you pause it at some points, you can read some of the descriptions for the stratagems.

I saw:
-MG-11 Minigun turret (cooldown, 120 seconds)
"Call in an automatic minigun turret to give you a bit of extra firepower or act as a sentry. The turret is capable of..." [text cut off-bj]

-Exo-44 Exosuit [the mech]
"A powerful walker armed with a MG-11 minigun, a powerful piston-punch and a grenade launcher."
*Per Gamespot's video, anyone can get in the mech and use it, not just the player who calls it in.

-Airstrike (45 second cooldown)
"A fighter in orbit diverts to your location and delivers a high speed airstrike on the designated area. Be careful not to deploy it too close. The approach vector may vary."

-EAT 17 Expendable Anti-Tank
"Calls down two one-use rockets capable of taking out heavily armored targets."

-SH-4020 Shield Generator Pack
"The shield generator provides the wearer with a powerful shield to be deployed at will. The pack is cumbersome and stops the Helldiver from..." [text cut off, on screen-bj]

-LAS-98 Laser Cannon
"A continous beam weapon that consumes no ammunition unless overheated. The weapons needs to be loaded with an emergency heat dump canister to fire."

-Airdropped Mines (45 second cooldown)
"Calls in a carpet of self-arming, self-burying mines. Anything walking over them will set them off and the mine explodes after a short while."

Lift-850 Jump Pack (ONE USE only)
"The Helldiver issue jump pack propels the user a short distance into the air and forward, allowing for swift movement over difficult terrain. The pack is somewhat..." [text cut off on screen]

Cool stuff.  icon_cool Lots more, but I guess I should go back to work.  icon_razz

Perks modify your regularly carried weapons. So like there are stun, incendiary and smoke perks for grenades; various modifiers for your personal armor; and modifiers for your firearm etc. (from what I could see).
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 19, 2014, 02:57:57 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 17, 2014, 05:38:14 PM

On one of the recent streams I swear they said there were 3 enemy factions, the bugs, the cyborgs, and one as yet to be revealed.
This list indicates you're correct.  icon_smile
- As a part of an elite fighting force “The Helldivers,” you battle for humanity against 3 formidable alien races, protecting the inhabitants of Super Earth from the ugly realities of intergalactic warfare

This is rather old, but Polygon did a feature story back in Oct. 2013 about the devs; alas, it really doesn't get into Helldivers much at all (I guess that was a bit early to get into it), except to say they found a better, less "crunch insanity" way of working together that they wanted to put into effect for Helldivers' development.

From Magicka to Helldivers: The Sharp Pain of Crunch
How the development of Magicka tested Arrowhead's camaraderie ... and sanity.
Has a pull out quote of some Helldivers interest:
Like Magicka, Arrowhead's next game Helldivers is designed to be played cooperatively, to give players a chance to enjoy each other. "It's a creation of love to an old-school game type that we haven't seen a lot of lately," says Pilestedt. As discussed in Polygon's Gamescom report on the game, the fun is in failing, and in accidentally fouling up team efforts.

"There have been some twin-stick shooters out there, but they tend to not be as challenging as we prefer our games," Pilestedt says. "One thing that we always use when we discuss game design in-house [is] if a player sees a solution to a problem, that solution has to work. We get frustrated with games where you're like, 'Let's try to go around to do this flanking move,' and then the game puts up some kind of abstract barrier to prevent the player from playing the game in the way they want to."
They had a brief Gamescom write up last November too:
Developer Arrowhead Games is planning a global meta-game for the good-humored title, in which all of the world's players attempt to stave off an alien invasion. The game notches up points for every game that is played, and they all contribute to 'The Galactic War.'

"The Galactic War is played out over two months," said Sony San Mateo producer Mark Rogers. "Every game that a player plays counts towards this war which is fought on three fronts against three enemies at the same time."

Every two months, the game is reset. "If the entire community manages to defeat the aliens, the war begins again but this time at a higher difficulty," said Rogers. "There is a dynamic difficulty system for the entire game that is unique to this title. We're planning for it to be global so that people from all regions fight together. It's all of humanity against the aliens, so there are no regions."
I wonder if the scaling difficulty means there's just more of the AI baddies, the AI gets tweaked, objectives get harder, etc.?
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 17, 2014, 05:26:59 PM
Official PlayStation blog had a fairly informative "5 things you need to know" post last month:
Couple stood out to my poor eyesight  icon_razz
Cold as Ice
At Gamescom, we showed you the desert environment, and today, we’re unveiling the second environment – ice. Not only do you need to band together to fight the alien races, you need to stay on your toes to tackle the dynamic environments that dictate your fighting techniques. Beware, if you wander from the solid rock to the deep powder, your squad will need to trudge through the snow, slowing you down and rendering retreat impossible.
Yes, There Are Mechs!
To tackle some of the unforgiving environments and challenging foes, Helldivers have a fleet of advanced vehicles – the most frequently deployed is a mechanical armored biped that wreaks absolute havoc. The standard mech is equipped with a Gatling gun and a grenade launcher pod.
[Screenshot seems to show some sort of large, treaded tank; not sure if that's player-controlled or one of the Cyborg Nation class enemies-bj]
In addition to the buggy aliens, there's a Cyborg Nation class with heavy armor and projectile weaponry. So it doesn't sound like strictly a one note "bug hunt" game.  icon_smile
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 05:07:49 PM
EW has a nice interview with Carol McBride about last night's tough episode:

Due to an impromptu nap, I didn't get to see the whole episode all the way through. I think I caught the last 20 minutes when first aired, so I was seriously, "WTF just happened????"  icon_eek While I can totally see why some of the Internet's not comfortable with tykes doing some of what's portrayed in the episode, imho within this particular fictional environment, it was brilliant stuff. I probably held my breath during Carol's confession for quite some time...  paranoid

It seemed like the episode cast a certain pall over the Talking Dead segment after. It seemed like a wake of sorts, whereas last week's show was like a pep rally.

My sister-in-law, a third grade teacher, just got into show this season, and I may have to check how she responded to last night's episode's events.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 16, 2014, 01:13:28 PM
Belatedly looked up some interviews on Helldivers. I'll add more to this post but the Feb. interview is especially enlightening on technical things and the global "galactic campaign" stuff.

Sept. 2013 game designer video interview at Arrowhead (Sweden):
*While it's mostly just talky, some "too brief" cool gameplay footage starts at 4 min 15 sec mark, ends at 4:23
*While it's obviously no Titanfall, you can see a mech in use at the 7:30 mark. So it's one of the stratagems  icon_cool Has a rotary cannon and a missile launcher with 8 missiles. I assume it has some sort of Achille's Heel (doesn't appear to use a turret, so maybe it has crude aiming?) so that it's not the only thing you'd ever use.

Helldivers Interview: Gameplay Mechanics, Stratagems, PS4 Development And More
Galactic campaign explained
Pramath Parijat: In the announcement release, you guys said that Helldrivers is a community oriented and not only limited to 4 player co-op. Can you please clarify what does that exactly mean?

[Arrowhead Studio CEO and director] Johan Pilestedt: In Helldivers, everyone that has an internet connection can play the galactic campaign – a global coop where the efforts of all players are counted towards the victory (or defeat) of the human race.

The way this works is that players complete missions on a planet; once an entire planet has been cleared this progress is counted towards the global effort, pushing the frontline one step closer to the ultimate goal – eliminating the enemy species. The same goes for the enemies – they will from time to time attack the cities of mankind spread throughout the galaxy.

In that sense, the player is on a low-level scale a four player coop game, but on the larger scale – it’s a coop game with everyone.
Interesting. Reminds me a bit of Planetside (albeit there it was pvp).

Cross-platform play, controls on Vita vs. consoles:
Pramath Parijat: Helldiver will be cross play on all three platforms that it is coming to. Can you give us some insider info on how that works? [PS4, PC, PS Vita]

Johan Pilestedt: The game is cross-play between PS4, PS3 and PS-Vita. Basically we try to make the integration as seamless as possible, so joining someone won’t necessarily tell  you which platform they’re on – this shouldn’t matter as the players will just match up with other players that are about the same rank as they are.

Pramath Parijat: Do you have any plans to integrate the touchpad functionalities of the DualShock 4 controller for the gameplay?

Johan Pilestedt: On the Vita we will use touch-interface for certain commands, with the PS4 the touch pad will as of now only use the click-down functionality.

At Arrowhead we’re pretty stubborn about using tech just for the sake of using tech – we believe that each feature that goes into the game needs to use the most sensible option for that control. This doesn’t mean that we think the touch-pad is bad or a gimmick in any way; it just isn’t necessary for this title – but we do have some ideas of how to use it for future projects. =)
Pilstedt says the game has about 20 stratagems, including a jump pack that serves as a limited range jetpack, but apparently it tends to cause confusion and friendly fire chaos. No doubt if all 4 players chose that, that could get amusing. icon_smile

How it will run on the various systems:
Pramath Parijat: Will Helldivers support 1080P/60FPS on the PS4? This is something the gaming community is expecting from next generation games.

Johan Pilestedt: The game will run at 1080p/60fps on the PS4, 720p/30fps on PS3 and native resolution on vita in 30fps.
If you're into teraflops and mipmap bits blah blah, the Q&A gets into that too.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 15, 2014, 10:51:42 PM
I departed the console wars ages ago but might be convinced to get a Vita to play this and a couple other upcoming titles. smile

I'm always nuts about anything co-op and anything twin stick/gamepad.  icon_smile I can't help thinking this game would've been a perfect Starship Troopers tie in some years ago.  icon_cool

A couple other vids:

dev Arrowhead Game Studios' Aug. 13 blog post
(includes an announcement video)

IGN played some multiplayer with an Arrowhead Rep back in February, at a trade show:
How Intense is Helldivers for the PS4, PS3 & PS Vita ?

Both vids are available in higher rez than the default, so click the gear icon to change it.

Having to tap out a 4-direction gamepad tap to trigger a "stratagem" (special weapons item/drop etc.) seems a bit klutzy in combat. Otherwise, it all looks pretty awesome, including the capes and the drop ship capsules for everything.  icon_smile

The global "meta co-op game" sounds intriguing though I can't help worrying someone would find some way to exploit that system. The rep seems to indicate the idea is over a two-three month period, the better the global co-op community does, eventually it unlocks higher difficulty modes, something like that.

Reading about this got me to dig up Alien Swarm today and have some fun co-op with that. One thing I noticed there is I could stand right in front of my dropped turret and it would never harm me; in Helldivers, your own turret can blow you away, and if someone is rezzed, the dropship capsule can squash you.  icon_razz Very fun.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hive Mind's Opinion: Lunch Meeting With Boss on: March 15, 2014, 07:12:29 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 15, 2014, 01:38:32 PM

Update: I'm alive biggrin

She actually ended up calling out sick so it never happened. I met again with my boss's boss and he assured me that I have job security, and that he will be watching closely to make sure there are no other instances of attempted 'payback' on her part. I'm going to present her a list of things she can help me with, some of which I cleared with her boss during our meeting and he agreed those things shouldn't be my responsibility. Overall I think I'm in good shape.
Yay!  icon_biggrin

I worked for a lot of monsters in my newspaper days. Most of the time, if I kept my head down and kept doing good work, I either outlasted the monster or "my boss's boss" realized what a horrible person the monster was, and either talked to them or forced them out of the company. A similar thing happened with my best friend, who works as an independent engineer contractor in Boston. In his case, like yours, the "boss's boss" eventually got wind of how poorly and unfairly my friend was being treated and apparently had some sort of sit-down with the "monster" in my friend's case, and that has apparently made his remaining weeks in this particular contracted job much more reasonable.

Glad it seems to be working out for you, as with my pal in Boston.  icon_smile thumbsup
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 15, 2014, 02:40:41 PM
Marvel released 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes stuff. I'm not clear if the audio drop outs are on purpose (to prevent plot points from leaking), or if there's a synching issue with the sound:
*Note that many scenes minus sound effects and music either look silly or don't carry much weight.  icon_razz

This seems to be the "new thing," a similar lengthy clip released for the upcoming Arnold S. actioner Sabotage the same day.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 15, 2014, 02:37:57 PM
I just poked CeeKay's carapace with a stick today to see if it moves. Will report if I get a response.  smirk
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 14, 2014, 05:06:30 PM
Fwiw, Winter Soldier comic creator/scribe Ed Brubaker (already a fan of the new movie since viewing an early cut last year) Tweeted he was really pleased with the final version at the screening other day:
Quote from: ed brubaker
Cap: Winter Soldier is even better than the early cut I saw. I couldn't be happier, and we got to meet Hayley Atwell, who was awesome.
You can add that to that list: "So excited about a movie, BJ starts breathlessly posting Tweets."  icon_razz Well, I'm kinda stuck until the review embargo lifts March 20.  icon_smile

The Red Carpet (you may still be able to view a recording of last night's premiere via Hero Complex link above) was fun, and pretty much everyone in the cast and even people only in the first Cap movie (Neal McDonough attended) chatted with the interviewers. Hayley Atwell, Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders were all very much va-va-voom.  Fabulous The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 14, 2014, 02:45:05 PM
Has anyone PM'd him via the board here? Most folks have the email notifications on for PM messages by default (I think).

I've had a couple lengthy sabbaticals from forums in general (couple times from here), and a couple times folks PM'd me just to ask if I was OK and why I didn't post anymore. I think once I was sad over my cat Molly passing away in Sept. 2010 and just lost interest in gaming for quite some time. Other times I've just stopped gaming for long periods and didn't post for a long time.

I appreciated folks checking in on me. I don't think they were even folks who knew me well, just people who seemed to enjoy my posts when I wasn't in obnoxiously overenthusiastic Blackjack moviegoer/gamer mode.  icon_wink Now, nobody started a thread about it (I'm not CeeKay afterall  icon_smile), but maybe a few of us should pelt CeeKay with PMs to see what's up. If somebody already has, then I'm doing what I often do, which is say something without parsing the previous 37 posts.  icon_redface

144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 14, 2014, 01:19:40 AM
Lots more Falcon footage in latest featurette:

Hero Complex (Marvel actually) is streaming the Red Carpet premiere live:

Peggy Atwell still looks and sounds dreamy  Fabulous

The Cap writers told Collider their Agent Carter TV pilot is in ABC's hands but not Greenlit yet. The writers favor a shorter 13 or less episode season if it does get ok'd
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: March 13, 2014, 09:47:55 PM
fwiw, while I give it two thumbs up, I get my ass kicked in it regularly. You smart folks might fare better.  icon_smile I wish it had some form of co-op (don't think it does).
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 13, 2014, 05:19:56 PM
I guess I should pre-buy an IMAX show ticket for April 4 evening too right?  Bring your own! The double feature showings April 3 are limited to AMC's ETX screens.

I'm not sure about April 5. I may be meeting some pals for lunch that day which could jeopardize the "see it once each day opening weekend" tradition.  paranoid  My brother would like to catch it with me at some point but probably we'll have to do that later in April.

Here's the poster and lanyard (battered Cap shield), can't so far find a larger image.

At some point I need to go by an arts and crafts store and get some simple wall frames so I can get posters like this up on my walls. Never did get the Dark Knight Rising and Raiders of the Lost Ark re-release posters from 2012 mounted/posted.

*As mentioned, the shield lanyard is not to scale, nor is it actually made of Vibranium.  icon_frown icon_razz

P.S. According to Collider's Weintraub, Winter Soldier reviews are embargoed until 1 p.m. Pacific [4 p.m. Eastern U.S.] on Thursday, March 20:
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 13, 2014, 01:04:36 AM
Maybe  CeeKay and Purge went on a backwoods road trip, something like Tucker and Dale vs. Evil?  Bring your own!
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 12, 2014, 06:01:58 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 12, 2014, 04:39:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 12, 2014, 03:52:19 PM

I'm impatiently waiting for the "Top 10 signs you're as excited about a movie as Blackjack is" list.  Bring your own!

I'm not sure where these go on that list, but here's a starter:

Start thread about movie
Have triple posts uninterrupted without any delay longer than a few minutes
Have triple posts uninterrupted with large gaps in anyone posting in thread
Post repeatedly about going to see previous movies in series
pre-buy tickets to said screenings
Post 'impressions from mom'

It's all good though.  I like having someone here who gets hyped by movies.  It also helps me remember when to go see them.  
Good start. Mom would be proud.  icon_smile I'm a momma's boy for sure. She's 78 now, and I really don't know how much longer I can tote her along to movies, so I am trying to enjoy the opportunity while I can. Not to get all mushy.  icon_smile

Perhaps I can expand it to my older brother's impressions. We don't always agree. We both liked Cap. I found Elysium and Prometheus very disappointing (Prometheus more so), and he loved both.

You forgot to mention something about:
-Go to see movie every day during opening weekend and then a fourth time a few days later.  icon_smile Though to be fair, I haven't done that since Star Trek into Darkness. I liked Thor: The Dark World but only saw it once. Gravity is the last movie I saw more than once in a theater, fwiw.

I haven't attended a movie marathon since AMC's Indiana Jones marathon and The Dark Knight Trilogy in 2012. I'm not sure this double feature counts. I'm still slightly chagrined they aren't showing the Avengers film or the Agent Carter one-shot (off the Iron Man 3 BluRay) between the two Cap films - would seem like a good opportunity.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 05:53:22 PM
CeeKey has 427 games purchased on Steam which he has never installed much less played. So I think he's on a gaming megathon attempting to catch up. 
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 12, 2014, 03:52:19 PM
I'm impatiently waiting for the "Top 10 signs you're as excited about a movie as Blackjack is" list.  Bring your own!

They held an early screening for press the other day. Marvel apparently embargoed full reviews until Thursday, March 20, but encouraged attendees to share impressions on Twitter. Apparently quite rave, aside from some observations it was a bit long and "over plotted" (not exactly bad for a comic book movie right?).

Take with a grain of salt since Collider Guy Weintraub thinks everything kicks ass and is f**ing awesome and "blows him away"... And I dunno, lot of the folks quoted on Twitter do not really sound like press types to me, fwiw. Perhaps they're local film critics visiting in LA.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Receives Ecstatic Reactions on Twitter
Last night, Captain America: The Winter Soldier played for press in Los Angeles, and while full reviews are embargoed until March 20th, reporters were free to tweet out their reactions.  We’ve collected some of those tweets, and the praise was effusive.  

Steve [Weintraub of Collider] was among those who saw the film, and tweeted afterwards, “The CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel blew me away. Movie has a fantastic script, amazing action, and great character moments. Just about perfect.”  

Earlier this morning, he added “if you missed tweets from last night: CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel is fantastic on every level. Fanboys and casual moviegoers are going to love it” and “until I see it again I won’t say exactly how it compares to other Marvel films, but it’s easily one of the best they’ve ever done.”  
Expect (for better or worse -- good reviews will likely overinflate expectations) reviews left and right starting next week.

I'm trying hard to keep my head in the sand about the post-credits sequences so I can at least enjoy a bit of surprise April 3.  icon_smile

This all sounds good to me because so often you can just tell a studio has zero confidence in a film when they choose not to pre-screen it at all or they don't screen it until the day before opening. Screening it 3 weeks in advance and allowing reviews 2 weeks before release seems to suggest confidence by Marvel/Disney, hopefully not the misplaced kind.  icon_smile
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 11, 2014, 04:41:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 11, 2014, 02:23:14 AM

Same opinion here.

Also, does every damn show on AMC, AE, or whatever have to have its own after show now?  Bates Motel has one now, for cripe's sake.
Breaking Bad had one, and Falling Skies on TNT has one. With most such shows you can visit their web site to watch even MOAR after show footage.  Bring your own!

I do think one hour for such shows is a bit of overkill. With that much time to stretch out, the after shows can start to feel padded.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 11, 2014, 02:50:46 PM
I went ahead and got my AMC double feature ticket last night.  Bring your own! Tickets aren't exactly flying at this particular Va. screen, I think maybe I'm the 12th or so person to reserve a seat. It's early though.  icon_smile
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 11, 2014, 01:55:04 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 10, 2014, 08:27:58 PM

I feel the same way about pacing and short seasons (especially when they break them into half seasons). Ordinarily I appreciate leisurely storytelling, but I don't think TWD has that luxury. I want every episode to advance the story.

Since I'm not in charge of that, though, I enjoy them as they come, and last night's was pretty good...although my patience with the Glenn-and-Maggie story is wearing out.


In other words, I agree.  icon_smile

Even when I'm not crazy about the episode (did find this one gripping), it's still one of the few shows I always watch and I tend to watch the after show as well. Which effectively wipes out every Sunday evening for me. I'm not complaining.  icon_smile

I know I've been watching it a long time because now when a sequence doesn't work for me, doesn't advance the story and seems pointless, I start grumbling "This is liked sending Glenn down into the well!" And when a storyline bogs down in one character hollering another character's name, I start yelling "SOPHIIIAAAA!" at the screen.  icon_razz
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Exclusive Preview] Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II on: March 11, 2014, 01:19:15 AM
I love Grim Dawn so far but at Crate's glacial progress pace (they don't expect to finish up Act 3 until the end of 2014 and no ETA on co-op though they did hire a key Titan Quest multiplayer programmer a while back), Van Helsing III will probably release before Grim Dawn does.  icon_razz

Although I obviously loved Van Helsing for a while and posted a lot about it here back last June, after playing Grim Dawn and Marvel Heroes, Van Helsing no longer measured up for me. Same ARPG genre and all, I just couldn't get back into VH's play style when I revisited it, even after buying some of the DLC. Also found its co-op very clumsily implemented - I hope the sequel cleans that up a bit.

My other axe to grind is they messed up the idea of difficulty levels. Instead of finishing at a difficulty level, and then starting at the next with the equipment you had to that point (as an example); you'd instead then start at normal with NOTHING, ZIP, NADA. Which didn't make sense, esp. given that you didn't start getting good stuff at the next difficulty level at the beginning. So I lost interest after completing the campaign once.

Runic (Torchlight 1/2) is supposed to be doing an MMO iteration ( and I'm curious if that's still in play. Haven't heard anything about it in forever. Other than the forum, Runic's site doesn't even mention an MMO.

On VH2, I was definitely always lauding the tower-defense mini-game, so 7 levels of that sounds pretty awesome to me.  icon_smile
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 04:47:31 PM
Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) were a lot of fun on the Talking Dead after-show. And, um, leggy.  Fabulous
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 09, 2014, 03:40:42 PM
While it wasn't particularly well-reviewed in 2012, I was quite gripped by the French-made Special Forces (saw on Netflix yesterday). You could maybe call it a remake of Saving Private Ryan (small French special forces group sent to rescue a kidnapped reporter in this case) set in Afghanistan. Critics found it too jingoistic, but I think it works at the least as an exciting military thriller with amazing photography and location shooting. Think more Black Hawk Down, rather than Zero Dark Thirty.

‘Special Forces’ Reveals French Side of War
While it's not a documentary, the director's background is in that so it feels very much "you are there" and has lots of spectacular vistas.

While there is a fair amount of subtitles in the movie, much of it is in English (you'll recognize Diane Kruger from FX's The Bridge show, and Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds")  due to the kidnapped reporter speaking English.

Also caught Ironclad, after realizing James Purefoy (whom I enjoyed in Solomon Kane so much) starred in it. Bloody exciting, but I don't know if I recommend trying to watch it on a full stomach. It goes pretty faaaaaaaaaaar in the violence quotient, in keeping with its 13th century topic.  If watching character's hands and limbs and feet get lopped off, or watching a corpse get catapulted against a wall don't scare you off, then sign up for it. icon_smile

Purefoy's "slam the longsword through the hostage-taker's mouth" move made me giggle.  ninja
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 09, 2014, 03:27:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 06, 2014, 05:24:03 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 06, 2014, 03:48:07 PM

Detailed look:

Diablo III is fun again [allegedly]

Me? I still have to decide if I want to share an image of my passport or driver's license with a Blizzard tech support flunky so they'll remove my messed up (or hacked) authenticator from my account. In spite of my explanations, answering my secret question, resetting my password repeatedly and receiving Blizzard emails to my account, they still don't believe I'm me. I was going to offer to swab some of my saliva and other DNA to prove it.  saywhat icon_razz

Btw, I had to have my authenticator removed and emailed a picture of my ID to the tech support.   Felt weird, but she promptly removed it once she got the picture
Thanks for sharing your experience on that.  icon_smile I dunno, I'll probably do that at some point.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 08, 2014, 03:48:12 AM
[giving it a separate post]
And, Fandango has a pretty cool, exclusive clip (it connects with some footage in the trailer on a ship) that gives an idea of the more brutal, snappy Cap combat the Russo brothers are shooting for. However, if you don't dig handheld camera stuff, you may be dismayed. I think it works in limited doses. They say they're inspired by stuff like The Raid: Redemption and the Bourne films so that's fine but I hope the whole movie doesn't become Blair Witch project. biggrin

Exclusive: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Secure the Ship
*The clip seems to lead into a new-ish trailer, not familiar with some of the footage in it.

I got some screen captures though the fight scenes are so fast, it's tough to get shots that aren't blurry. I think the new "shield punch" technique will go over well with fans.  icon_smile It's him grabbing the shield handle with one hand and punching with the shield itself.

While there was supposedly some fan outrage over the Russos revising the old helmet to show Evans' ears, it looks fine to me.  icon_smile Thought it makes you wonder why his enemies don't just yank his ears.  icon_razz My understanding is this is the uniform look early in Winter Soldier where he's gone to a more subtle color scheme in keeping with his stealth missions for S.H.I.E.L.D.

While I don't know if fuddy duddies like me will dig all the handi-cam and faster action, me thinks it'll go over better with younger audiences perhaps. I like what I've seen in this clip anyway.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 08, 2014, 02:35:53 AM
While I was hoping for a mega-Marvel marathon on April 3 (Cap 1, the Agent Carter One-Shot off the IM3 Blu-Ray, The Avengers and then the Winter Soldier), AMC is just going to show Captain America: The First Avenger at 5:30 p.m. and then the new Winter Soldier film at 8 p.m.

Good enough for me! Bring your own! Maybe an excuse to take a couple days off though at least I don't have to stay up for a midnight debut.   icon_smile

Enlistment details:

One day. Twice the patriotic duty in RealD® 3D. [NOTE: In AMC's non-infinite wisdom, they seem to have made their web site Firefox-unfriendly, I could only reach the ticket purchase screen using IE]
Thursday, April 3 at 5:30pm

Relive the story of Steve Rogers’ transformation to super soldier and super hero in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Then, enemy lines are blurred when Captain America faces off against a rival agent at the 8pm premiere of Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

Freedom isn’t free, but these giveaways are (with ticket purchase):

    Your very own official CAPTAIN AMERICA:
    THE WINTER SOLDIER full-sized poster
    Limited edition super hero lanyard [a beaten up version of Cap's shield... not to scale  tear]
My local AMC has switched to all reserved seating (not just for IMAX screen), so I guess I should sign up early.

Tickets are $27, which will probably make most people gag on their popcorn. Unless you're really dying for a poster and shield lanyard, you might want to wait.  icon_smile

While it's not in IMAX, it seems like they're at least showing it on their nice ETX screens where available (which tend to be massive, and sometimes I prefer it over IMAX at AMC).

And, Fandango has a pretty cool, exclusive clip (it connects with some footage in the trailer on a ship) that gives an idea of the more brutal, snappy Cap combat the Russo brothers are shooting for. However, if you don't dig handheld camera stuff, you may be dismayed. I think it works in limited doses. They say they're inspired by stuff like The Raid: Redemption and the Bourne films so that's fine but I hope the whole movie doesn't become Blair Witch project. biggrin

Exclusive: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Secure the Ship
*The clip seems to lead into a new-ish trailer, not familiar with some of the footage in it.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 06, 2014, 04:30:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 06, 2014, 03:54:30 PM

No offense Blackjack, but that makes me very happy to hear that it's difficult to rest the password/authenticator. When I read the articles on the Twitter @N thing (basically, companies easily reset passwords for a hacker), it kind of scared me that it might be too easy. Good to hear Blizzard is good about it. Assuming that hacking the authenticator isn't an easy/common thing.
None taken.  icon_smile I'm just not comfortable, in today's world, with sharing my passport/driver's license with Blizzard. Heck I don't even have a way to confirm the support link I communicated with them on is legitimate.

I mean it's one thing to flash it to a TSA guy or the cashier who's carding me at age 48 (!), but giving someone an image of private info so far is just not something I've been able to get comfortable with. So I guess I either get over my discomfort (a lot of folks claim they do this often and aren't worried about it), or I don't play any more Blizzard games.
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