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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 03:01:23 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 31, 2015, 01:48:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2015, 11:31:20 AM

Like an idiot, I got suckered in by Disney Infinity again.  I keep hearing this is the best one by a wide margin (interesting combat, finally), plus it's Star Wars, so I couldn't say no.  Again.

Yeah, I kind of feel like "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me".  They're not getting me a third time. 

I really hoped they would release more interesting things for the Marvel ones but they basically just abandoned it after launch.  It seems clear they're much more interested in their "Infinity + 1" model of just shitting out another one next year rather than actually supporting it as a platform.  And man were the Marvel ones pretty weak sauce of low, repetitive content.

I don't think there's anything that could trigger my need to be fooled a fourth time, since Star Wars is already covered.  Who the hell knows, though...
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 11:31:20 AM
Like an idiot, I got suckered in by Disney Infinity again.  I keep hearing this is the best one by a wide margin (interesting combat, finally), plus it's Star Wars, so I couldn't say no.  Again.

I am interested in Mad Max, too, but I'm waiting for reviews.

Armello seems cool.

MGS will have to wait until I finish Peace Walker (someday...man, that's a long game).  And Ground Zeroes.  And maybe the slashy one.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 06:14:16 AM

Quote from: Turtle on August 27, 2015, 04:05:48 AM

Isn't that Wade from Agents of SHIELD?

It is.  And the Cheerleader to save for the world saving.  And a couple of kids from Disney shows that I really shouldn't know about...thanks kid of mine.

I played several hours of this today, and I am hooked as hell.  I just love it.  The camera thing isn't bothering me so much, because it's third person.  You can see the right stick moving their heads, which somehow makes it easier to get my brain around.

Glad I wasn't put off, though.  This is really great.  Like being in Friday the 13th or something.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 26, 2015, 06:21:19 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 26, 2015, 04:24:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 26, 2015, 04:36:04 AM

"Argh! It doesn't allow me to invert the Y axis!", he says nodding his head in the wrong f'king direction.  icon_evil

This ain't a flight sim!  Tongue

I have to be honest, though, this news has made me hesitant.

Who the hell doesn't allow inverting the Y axis in this day and age?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 25, 2015, 03:35:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 24, 2015, 03:18:18 PM

Dishonored on Xbone, because I seem to remember saves transfer.  I have to finish that thing.

Probably Until Dawn, too.

Maybe one of the digital releases.  A couple look interesting.

Well, maybe not Dishonored.

I can't find any info anywhere that saves transfer (don't know where I heard that).  Plus, from all accounts I've heard, it's a very lazy port.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 25, 2015, 03:52:58 AM
Yeah, this seems right up my alley.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: August 24, 2015, 03:22:06 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 23, 2015, 09:56:38 PM

The Final Girls

http://youtu.be/zreNh78kTjg

I laughed quite a lot. One caveat is that it's PG-13 which means they pull their punches because they have to, or they found an inventive way of spoofing the R-rated horror genre. I'm hoping the latter, expecting the former. But it remains a fun trailer.

It does look good.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 03:18:18 PM
Dishonored on Xbone, because I seem to remember saves transfer.  I have to finish that thing.

Probably Until Dawn, too.

Maybe one of the digital releases.  A couple look interesting.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer on: August 13, 2015, 05:57:41 AM
Sad news.  One of two presidents I've shaken hands with.

I met him on a plane on September 9, 2001.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 10, 2015, 03:50:42 PM
I've already seen some great reviews for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, so that.

I may be tempted by Gauntlet, 'cause I hear it's been improved over the PC version quite a bit, but I'll need to hear how much.

EDIT:

Well, seems like a lot has changed, but it's a free update for the PC version anyway.

I may still be tempted by couch play and a bigger online component (though so far I haven't even bothered with more than SP in the PC version).
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 06, 2015, 05:29:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 06, 2015, 03:57:51 AM

Actually, it has been done, quite a bit, across a lot of media and for various reasons. The persona games have had some characters go through 2-3 voice actors, and they really did go back and redub the entire original game with the newer voice actor.

Calling money spent on a poor choice earlier a wash, then moving forward is a pretty reasonable concept. It's why being pot committed in poker is a bad thing.

When you do the math, which Activision has, the potential money and time wasted on trying to pursue Dinklage just to maintain continuity is not worth the potential money saved by going with North and rerecording everything, especially when you consider this game has what, 8 more years according to Activision and many years beyond that if they have their way? It's not just the initial recording costs either, but also potential royalties/residuals. It may even be that Dinklage refused to work with them again, but his character is and would be needed for a lot more to come.

I would make the decision easily, and would re-record everything, but I probably wouldn't have wasted money on Dinklage in the first place. Not because I don't like him, but it was a waste.

Heck, don't be surprised if in Destiny 2 you get to choose the voice of your ghost for the entire story from a host of voice actor options.

Rerecording for an update is entirely different. And, again, I'm not saying it's suprising that Dinklage is getting replaced going forward. I'm also not saying that they shouldn't have replaced him or that it wasn't a good move.  But to say that having the stuff already out there for a current game rerecorded is a ything but obviously predictable.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 05, 2015, 09:06:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 05, 2015, 07:45:54 PM

Nolan North may be top VO talent, but not top acting talent, and that's the difference. The topmost VO talent is still working for much, much less and has much more availability and flexibility to record new lines. They have standards, but not egos, they won't throw fits (there are lots of stories of this) they won't phone in performances, and probably have a larger range of voices than even the top level actors.

Replacing something that was only mediocre quality VO, the butt of multiple jokes, and would only cost them a lot more money in the future for similarly mediocre work is an obvious choice for an MMO-like game that they plan to keep going for 10 years and multiple linked games.

So, again, the obvious choice, that you saw coming a mile away, was the unprecedented move of going through the cost and time of rerecording everything that already exists?

I'm not saying Nolan North costs the same as Dinklage.  But I am saying he still costs money.  And paying that money to rerecord (in addition to the new material), plus essentially throwing out the more exorbitant amount that had already been paid is not exactly an easy to predict move.  In fact, it just isn't done.  

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 05, 2015, 03:17:49 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 05, 2015, 05:19:32 AM

Saw the actor replacement happening a mile away. They couldn't afford Dinklage anymore even if he wanted to do it. Not to mention, there's really no need to have big talent do voice acting in these games since you're not using the other 80% of the talent. And for MMO-like games, the need to constantly record new lines means fighting for a big actor's time.

So you saw the unprecedented move of going through the extra expense, time and trouble of having a pricey top VO talent re-record all of the lines the previous, undoubtedly very expensive talent had already recorded?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Galak-Z The Dimensional on: August 05, 2015, 03:15:33 PM
I also played for a bit last night.  My first two missions went by pretty easily.  I dropped tthdown to two health early in the second mission, but for a stupid reason.  I went into the third with 3 health and died within seconds.  Seriously, I died so fast, I'm not even sure what happened.  I think I got someone's attention I shouldn't have, maybe.  But nothing like that had even come close to happening in the two previous missions.  That was a little frustrating.

Sadly, the idea of going back in is a little daunting.  Not so much because of the fighting, but more the time each level takes.  I like exploring, and there are things to find out there in space.  Little hidden boxes of stuff (including blueprints).  I was very methodical in the second mission, and I still missed one.  All that takes a lot of time, though.  So the idea of having to play five of those in a row (and likely more with dying and such) is a little bit of a burden.

None the less, the gameplay is smooth and the style of the game is right on the mark for me.  I love the whole 80s anime thing, with the VCR-style pause menus and such.  And the cel shading is top-notch, IMO.  Plus, the VO work is good (apart from the trader guy, who sounds like he's hovering too close to an at-home mic...how am I not getting more VO work?).

In the end, the style and fun of the gameplay win out for me.  I will give this a number of tries.  I just hope the longer feeling levels and the dying don't kill my enthusiasm too quickly.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 03, 2015, 09:02:06 PM
Easy Heaven

A mash up of The Commodores and The Cure.

In a perfect world, this would get released as a single. I could listen to it over and over.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 02:07:37 PM
The electronics in the head make it seem a little more than just junk, though.  Plus the whole home-project nature of it was part of its charm, I think.

I hadn't actually heard about this thing existing until today, but this story made me very sad.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 02, 2015, 10:17:01 PM
So...sorry.

Just awful.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...Ron likes starting topics with "So..." on: July 31, 2015, 08:50:19 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 31, 2015, 08:28:45 PM

Could be worse. He could be starting topics with "welp".

I think he should develop a full-on catchphrase.  Like Al from Happy Days.

Am I dating myself there?
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 08:08:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 31, 2015, 06:14:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 05:16:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 31, 2015, 02:39:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 01:39:17 PM

The main reason for the offset stick is to keep the thumbs from bumping into each other (and to keep it from feeling cramped).  The PS4 controller did make them wide enough apart that it doesn't seem to be an issue this go round.   Really, the PS4 and Xbone controllers really are fairly comparable this gen.

The other benefit of offset sticks is that your left thumb is in a resting position on the stick instead of curved back a little and the resting position of the right thumb is on the buttons.

I sort of agree about the organization of the xbone UI, but the fact that you can just speak to jump to anything makes it kind of a minor issue. Kind of like how I have apps scattered all over my iPhone, but I don't care because I just use spotlight  to load anything I'm interested in.

It's not a minor issue if you have an Xbone with no Kinect or, like me, are frequently gaming when others in the house are sleeping.

Hey man, sounds like a personal problem.

Not mine alone.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 05:16:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 31, 2015, 02:39:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 01:39:17 PM

The main reason for the offset stick is to keep the thumbs from bumping into each other (and to keep it from feeling cramped).  The PS4 controller did make them wide enough apart that it doesn't seem to be an issue this go round.   Really, the PS4 and Xbone controllers really are fairly comparable this gen.

The other benefit of offset sticks is that your left thumb is in a resting position on the stick instead of curved back a little and the resting position of the right thumb is on the buttons.

I sort of agree about the organization of the xbone UI, but the fact that you can just speak to jump to anything makes it kind of a minor issue. Kind of like how I have apps scattered all over my iPhone, but I don't care because I just use spotlight  to load anything I'm interested in.

It's not a minor issue if you have an Xbone with no Kinect or, like me, are frequently gaming when others in the house are sleeping.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 01:39:17 PM
The main reason for the offset stick is to keep the thumbs from bumping into each other (and to keep it from feeling cramped).  The PS4 controller did make them wide enough apart that it doesn't seem to be an issue this go round.   Really, the PS4 and Xbone controllers really are fairly comparable this gen.

I will say that I've been getting more games on the Xbone recently, too, but it's because of the biggest problem with Sony's console: Storage.  The games are getting bigger, but Sony still hasn't worked out a way to pop an external drive on there.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...Ron likes starting topics with "So..." on: July 31, 2015, 04:01:50 AM
 icon_lol
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 03:59:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 30, 2015, 03:01:23 PM

Picked up a few really good iOS games:  Prune, Guardian Sword, and Race the Sun.

I have Race the Sun on PS4.  Fun, but definitely more of a mobile game.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 11:22:37 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 29, 2015, 10:30:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 07:31:46 PM

I just discovered that the fan is cranking, even though I have nothing running my Nvidia card.  Sigh.  I'm sure these things will get ironed out eventually, but it sucks for now.

Nvidia just released a new driver today, have you tried that?

My computer hasn't done its Windows 10 update itself yet (still says it will notify me when it's ready), and after reading some of the problems I haven't bothered to download it to a DVD and try that yet.

Yeah, it was there.

It may have been cooling from something earlier, I suppose.

I was able to redownload the Soundblaster drivers from Alienware (had to set the OS to Win Cool, and it seems to be working now.  Had to do the same thing with Bluetooth drivers, too.

Basically, the lesson is, if something isn't working, reinstall the driver.  Wish I know what the status is of some of the more behind the scenes stuff.

Just did some Xbox One streaming, and it worked pretty well.  Even better when I dropped down to a medium stream (which didn't have any really noticeable decrease in graphics or sound, though I'm sure they were there).
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 07:31:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 29, 2015, 06:48:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 06:34:30 PM

Yeah, I got mine up and running, too.

Unfortunately, my Soundblaster X-Fi is one of the things that isn't working, and the sound is a little crappy.

Yeah, my touchpad on my laptop is the thing not working for me.  Which sucks, because it always gives false clicks and movement when I'm typing. 

Normally I have the driver set to just disable when a USB mouse is plugged in, but the old driver is crashing in Win10 and the new driver says it doesn't detect the device so won't install...

I'm having touchpad issues, too.

The one on the new Alienware is a thousand times worse than the one on my old Asus one, that I just started avoiding it like the plague.  But it would be nice to disable it.

I just discovered that the fan is cranking, even though I have nothing running my Nvidia card.  Sigh.  I'm sure these things will get ironed out eventually, but it sucks for now.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 06:34:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 29, 2015, 05:45:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 29, 2015, 05:25:59 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 05:09:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 27, 2015, 11:23:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 27, 2015, 04:45:35 AM

It's free, but Windows 10.

Yeah, me too.  Woohoo!  slywink

Aw, man, I forgot they'd probably be doing a slow roll out.

I just read it could even be weeks.

 icon_cry

My desktop downloaded the installer today. Windows update says "failed" and if you check the update history, the fail is 10. Doesn't mean anything, but it's nice knowing it has already downloaded at least 3gb of it.

Edit: Download the installer here.

I downloaded and installed Win10 on my laptop from this link.  So far so good.  I think the installation took a bit over an hour, but was pretty smooth.  There are a few minor things I need to get back in order, though.

Yeah, I got mine up and running, too.

Unfortunately, my Soundblaster X-Fi is one of the things that isn't working, and the sound is a little crappy.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 05:09:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 27, 2015, 11:23:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 27, 2015, 04:45:35 AM

It's free, but Windows 10.

Yeah, me too.  Woohoo!  slywink

Aw, man, I forgot they'd probably be doing a slow roll out.

I just read it could even be weeks.

 icon_cry
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: July 28, 2015, 04:13:27 PM
I'm definitely interested, as I loved both Time, Gentlemen and Ben There.  This seems very different, of course, but I'm intrigued by the premise.  Also, Eurogamer gave it a recommendation.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 27, 2015, 08:44:55 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 27, 2015, 07:00:30 PM


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30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have passed 50,000 achievement points on: July 27, 2015, 08:42:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 27, 2015, 07:44:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 27, 2015, 05:47:56 PM

Er, 93k.

What? Are you not president of the world just because you don't want to be?

Mostly I think it's due to too much time playing video games.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have passed 50,000 achievement points on: July 27, 2015, 05:47:56 PM
Er, 93k.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 27, 2015, 05:46:16 PM
I'm looking forward to Windows 10, too.

The new Life is Strange ep, but I just started the third one.

And I'm definitely interested in King's Quest, but I'll wait for some impressions.  I'm not in desperate need of an episodic adventure.

Also, The Swindle is by the guys who did Time, Gentlemen, Please and Been There, Dan That, so I've definitely got my eye on that.


Oh, and maybe Legend of Kay.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: July 26, 2015, 03:21:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 26, 2015, 06:19:14 AM

I saw it tonight and agreed with the reviews that it takes some time to get going but finishes strong. I thought it was interesting that
Spoiler for Hiden:
they showed Janet a few times but never revealed her face.
I wonder if they have something planned for that character.

I thought it was odd that they aged
Spoiler for Hiden:
Haley Atwell to appear in the beginning of the movie but used a different actor for Howard Stark. And it is so weird seeing Martin Donovan so old, but I'm glad he is getting such broad exposure because I've been following him since his early days with Hal Hartley.

I was also glad to see
Spoiler for Hiden:
Cassie in the movie. I doubt ther will ever be a Young Avengers movie (although I would kill to see Kate Bishop in the MCU), but it was neat to have her included.

I wonder where they will take the Ant-Man character - will he get to be Goliath at some point?

For your second spoiler:

Spoiler for Hiden:
John Slattery played older Howard Stark before we had a younger Howard Stark.  So I imagine he's there for consistency.  He's a great actor, so I was actually excited to see him back.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: July 25, 2015, 02:03:28 PM
Ad for the Tartan Prancer.

Giving the Family Truckster a run for its money.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ash vs. Evil Dead on: July 23, 2015, 01:32:30 PM
Yeah, I definitely went from curious to excited when I saw the trailer.
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: You! Must! Build! A! Boat! on: July 22, 2015, 09:41:02 PM
We were talking about it here for a while.

In the end, I kind of agree with the assessment that there is too much going on, and I preferred the last one.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 06:08:36 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 05:26:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 22, 2015, 04:56:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 04:36:13 PM

Got to admit there were some funny parts, but I can't say I would watch it. Stuff like that is funny in small chunks. Watching that made me miss being 10 again more than anything else.

See, I had the opposite impression.  The first trailer I saw was basically this in smaller chunks.  I thought that was funny, but I was worried it wouldn't work in an extended format.  I was very happy to see this (which may well be how the 1st ep will start) and find that it made me laugh a number of times.

Curious to whether you liked the movies? I thought they had their cute/funny parts, but there wasn't enough there for a movie for me. I guess this kind of felt the same for me.

Loved the first movie and liked the second one (I assume we're talking about the recent releases).
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 04:56:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 04:36:13 PM

Got to admit there were some funny parts, but I can't say I would watch it. Stuff like that is funny in small chunks. Watching that made me miss being 10 again more than anything else.

See, I had the opposite impression.  The first trailer I saw was basically this in smaller chunks.  I thought that was funny, but I was worried it wouldn't work in an extended format.  I was very happy to see this (which may well be how the 1st ep will start) and find that it made me laugh a number of times.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 03:20:58 PM
I could have sworn we had a thread about the upcoming Muppets TV show, but I can't find it.

Anyway, here are the ten minutes The Muppets used to sell themselves to ABC.

There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in there, and I am looking forward to the show.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 22, 2015, 01:10:18 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 22, 2015, 04:21:27 AM

It's also not MP in the traditional sense. There's very little interaction and that's intended. To be frank, the detractors may be blowing things way out of proportion. But honestly if you're so against multiplayer anything as an ideology, then sure, say away.

If you're willing to give it a shot, and are willing to work with, actively ignore or avoid, or laugh at others you happen to encounter it's worth a shot. You never get talked to in an actual language, they can't send you messages, all they can do is ping. Likewise, you see someone you don't want to interact with, walk the other way until he disappears from your game.

All of which, as options, are annoying when you're just trying to enjoy the pace and flow and atmosphere that the game has to offer otherwise.
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