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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: Today at 01:52:34 PM
That doesn't sound like the "first" one.  I know I found one early on that I was able to do.  I want to say it was Level 10.

Training Grounds are interesting because while it's about skill and planning, it's also a little about luck.  You jump in, see if you can pull off the requirement, then rinse and repeat until you do.  Sometimes it takes you minutes to pull it off, and you're wondering if it's even possible to finish in a blazing sun winning time, and then on the next run, it takes twenty seconds.

Consequently, you could certainly give it a shot at a lower than recommended level, cause you never know what'll happen.  And you might at clear the first tier, which still gets you XP.  OTOH, there should be plenty of lower level side quests to do to beef up your stats first, if you want.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ubisoft Uplay Store Spring Sale on: Today at 12:14:45 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 22, 2017, 07:02:17 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 17, 2017, 03:59:49 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 17, 2017, 03:02:43 PM

Good Gravy, I think you could have started a new thread rather than resurrecting this one from FOUR years ago!   icon_eek icon_razz
It's a timeless, generic title that works. Do we really need thread number 1,902,347 or whatever here?  icon_smile

Besides, what's more fun than a CeeKay necro thread?  icon_biggrin

Having CeeKay come back.

Anyone have the source code for that bot?


An official reponse as to the whereabouts of the CeeKay Bot Algorithm by its creator and apparent real-life human (i.e. CeeKay):

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It was stolen by the Russians, who then used it to hack the DNC.  After a brief surge of popularity on boards dedicated to borscht, a poorly thought out meme concerning Putin's aunt's dog led to it being exiled to a virtual gulag in Cyberia.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 09:48:29 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 22, 2017, 09:28:30 PM

I should have clarified that it is easier to scan for the info if you are crouched in the grass in stealth mode and inspecting things around you. Certainly in the middle of a battle it's not quite as convenient.

Ah, yes, that might work.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 08:35:16 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 22, 2017, 03:54:13 PM

Another random tip. When visiting merchants, be sure to check the treasure box section. Often they will have free ones available that you can "buy" and get free resources.

One thing I didn't initially notice is that when scanning the robo creatures, you can scan specific points on them, like the individual components on their bodies. Each component usually displays a weakness and/or strength which is info you can use to plan how to attack them. Same thing can be done by looking at the creature entry in the notebook, but it's easier to scan on the fly for the info.


Also, it's not easier to scan on the fly for the info, since then you have to read it quickly while arming yourself as time slows down, but if you go to the notebook, the game pauses.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 02:35:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 22, 2017, 02:04:50 PM

Cool, thanks.  I need to use the Focus skill more often, apparently.  Will give that a shot tonight.

Is there any sort of fast-travel option that opens up?

One other very minor gripe...every time I see "Aloy" my brain parses it as "Ahoy".  The overall game loses a bit of gravitas with a character called Ahoy.  smile

For fast travel, you'll be able to get these sleeping bags that let you go to unlocked campsites (and some locations).  They're limited, but eventually, you can buy a "golden" one that has unlimited uses.  And, honestly, you should be exploring before you get that one, anyway.  I think I had used one sleeping bag before unlimited fast travel became available.

Oh, and make sure you keep an eye out for it, because it's just buried in shop inventories.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 02:32:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 22, 2017, 01:21:18 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 22, 2017, 05:39:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 22, 2017, 04:17:56 AM

My only minor gripe is sometimes not being able to tell when a monster is lurking around.

Are you using your focus (click the right stick)?  It should highlight all enemies in the area.

Yup, even thru terrain and such. I also find I can hear them (me, not her) before I actually see them sometimes.

With the lure, it's a one-two punch that can get you through a majority of the game, if you want.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Iron Fist on: March 21, 2017, 02:01:38 PM
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Jessica Jones started good for me, but lost momentum towards the end. Luke Cage really lost my interest when they moved from the Cottonmouth story arc and got to the Diamondback part of the story.

This is exactly how I feel.  As good as Alfre Woodard is, taking Mahershala Ali out of the mix was just too big a hit.  But I can't quite put my finger on where JJ started to slide.

That DD hallway fight is a hallmark of the series and is practically a master class on how to put together a fight scene.  To see them fumbled so terribly in just the few clips I've caught of Iron Fist is just a bummer.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Iron Fist on: March 21, 2017, 04:18:27 AM
I watched this 35 Second Fight Clip, and I had a hard time making it all the way through.  There are 56 edits in that.  Ridiculous!  Plus the point of view shifts all over the place, making it nearly impossible to follow.

This article went on to show a fight scene heading into an elevator, and I couldn't make it through that one.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 20, 2017, 10:14:00 PM
Hell, Carl could take the sniper spot himself, seeing as how you only need the one eye and all, unless he took any tips from the Gov'ner and tries to aim through his eyepatch.

On paper, I've got no problem with the Sasha/Rosita team up, it's just that it was never justified in any kind of logical way, other than, hey, let's get these two together.  I agree with Jimmy that the show came to a halt every time they were on.  Rosita just doesn't have the chops, and "lost" is exactly the right word to describe Sasha.  I think she's a fantastic actress, but there's been nothing for her to do buy act...vague, like her acting notes were "You're feeling something, but we don't know what it is yet" and then they forgot to figure out what it was.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Iron Fist on: March 20, 2017, 10:05:49 PM
The Defenders is the only reason I'm even thinking of watching Iron Fist, at this point.  I suspect I'm just going to let it pass me by, and hope I don't need it to enjoy the team show.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 20, 2017, 03:47:54 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 14, 2017, 02:56:17 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2017, 11:00:20 PM

I have to say, though, I thought the story with the wife and the daughter and leaving the camp was a very nice moment for the actor playing Richard.  That guy never grew on me (I didn't hate him, but he just never seemed special), but I actively decided to root for him after that speech.  Lot of good that did.

They only give minor characters backstories if they're about to die or become mainstream characters. I figured that guy was toast.

I realize Rosita isn't quite as minor as Sir BMX Pads, but they sure did some deep backstory diving on last night's episode.  If Sasha wasn't leaving for other reasons, I would be certain Rosita was on the chopping block (and maybe she still is).

Mostly, I found the pairing between the two ladies to feel like forced storytelling.  The speech by Jesus and the hand-writing girl was only slightly less effective than Sasha's empty reasons for going.  It didn't make sense.  None of this plan made sense.  And at the end, when Sasha locked Rosita out, the only reasoning I understood was, "I'm sorry, I have to be on Star Trek."

Everything else in this episode seemed pretty good, though.  I really loved watching Gregory slime all over GTA Trevor.  I enjoyed seeing Eugene in action and not want to go (maybe he has a plan, maybe, but I think he just wants to feel safe).  I loved the moment when Daryl saw Maggie quietly pull herself together and when Maggie lifted the guilt from Daryl, but I didn't love the hiding scene just before that (it was clunky and the moment Daryl chose to raise his knife for attack did not jibe with what was happening in the room especially and just seemed to be a plot moment).  I even liked the knot tying scene between hat hottie and She Who is About to be Beamed Up.

My favorite moment of the episode, though, and possibly my favorite moment of the season, is the long, silent take of various expressions that GTA Trevor gives after the doc asks the loaded question about Negan needing two doctors.  I watched that bit three times, and I'm laughing now thinking about it.  Brilliant!

Then there was the car impound lot scene (maybe?  There were cars, and they were chained in...I didn't quite get the set up).  I feel like TWD is starting to let interns put together the shots because this is at least the second time this season where I could not figure out where anybody was in the scene, physically.  The ladies set fire to a car, then seemed to duck right next to it (which seemed like a bad idea), then leaped over the fence into another car that didn't seem to be where they were but then was, and meanwhile, none of the walkers seemed to have made it to the burning car anyway...wtf?  Was that just me?  I mean, I get it, they distracted the zombies, then got in a car and drove away, but the pieces didn't seem to fit.  Oh, and I loved the moment where they drove through the fence, but the chain link got caught under the car and the car waited there for a minute, wondering if the shot had been messed up, but then drove off anyway, fence in tow.  I might have at least taken the sound of the fence being dragged away out of the mix, but I'm not a TWD intern.

Still, things do seem to be mounting.  We're definitely heading to the Gun Amazon Village next week.  I'm sure someone biggish will go in this penultimate episode.  I had been thinking that GTA Trevor was going to have to get killed, but I'm starting to think they like him too much.  He may have earned a performance reprieve.  He'd be a good recurring bad guy.  Or even a guy of questionable morals who gets into the group.  Or maybe he'll just die and get to milk his death scene.  Anyway it goes down, I've heard that the finale will be big, and I'm still looking forward to it.

Best of all possible worlds finale moments:  Every member of the trash people dies horribly and then, in her death throes, T'Pol gives an eloquent, two-minute speech about life and moving forward, then gets her head crunched by a car with a chain link fence dragging behind it.



12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 19, 2017) on: March 20, 2017, 12:27:59 AM
I'm hoping to see reviews of Everything before it comes out to get the discount.  It's the game in the PS4 Play Collective sale that I'm least confident about.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 19, 2017, 05:35:45 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 19, 2017, 05:16:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 19, 2017, 04:16:38 PM

Honestly, I've even had to dial down the collectible whore side of my nature.  It used to be that I couldn't move on from an area until I was certain that I'd found what there was to find.  This would add so much time between scouring both the game and the internet, that I'd find myself not getting back to the game because of how long it took to play.

One thing that I'm grateful to Ghost recon Wildlands for making easier.  Everything ends up on the map. 

Screw you, GTA4.  I am not hunting down 200 pigeons. 

GTA III may be what started my mania.  The hidden packages gave you a fairly important upgrade.  Fortunately, most games have shifted away from that.  Collectibles now mostly just give achievements or non-gameplay related bonuses, like a new shiny hat or something.

Of course, Horizon has those batteries hidden in the ancient caves (I'm not using the right nomenclature here, but it's the glowing green thingies you find underground), and if you find them all, you can get the best armor in the game, apparently.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 19, 2017, 04:16:38 PM
On the last bit about the archives, years of RPGing has trained me to stop reading the ones I do find, too.  For all the interest I may have in them, for the most part, I find they bog down the gameplay too much for me.  I'm already a piss-out-the-map type of explorer, meaning I usually add hours to playtime finding tucked away corners of the map holding every last collectible, reading that stuff would be too much.

Honestly, I've even had to dial down the collectible whore side of my nature.  It used to be that I couldn't move on from an area until I was certain that I'd found what there was to find.  This would add so much time between scouring both the game and the internet, that I'd find myself not getting back to the game because of how long it took to play.

Nowadays, gameflow is much more important than the minutiae, even if I have to remind myself of that, frequently.  In the end, though, if I don't let myself get bogged down, I do enjoy myself more and am much more likely to get to the end.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: March 17, 2017, 08:41:58 PM
Is it as good as Titanfall 2's SP campaign?  I thought that one was excellent.

That said, I do okay at Titanfall 2 MP, and I suspect I would be terrible at For Honor, especially this long after release.

Still, I'm curious.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 17, 2017, 04:02:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 17, 2017, 03:41:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 17, 2017, 03:34:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 16, 2017, 04:40:54 PM

T2 Trainspotting (no, not joking)

Why would this be a joke?  I've been looking forward to it since it was announced.

Because the name is T2...well known to mean Terminator 2.

And it's also a sequel to a movie about heroin addicts coming 20 years after the original. 

Lots of reasons people might think that a post with that title might be a joke.

I guess I've just been hyper-aware of its release.  But, yeah, I do think using T2 is dumb.  I think of Terminator every time, myself.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 17, 2017, 03:34:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 16, 2017, 04:40:54 PM

T2 Trainspotting (no, not joking)

Why would this be a joke?  I've been looking forward to it since it was announced.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2017, 03:33:14 PM
They're also a response to those "Most Satisfying Video Ever" vids.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 15, 2017, 11:08:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 15, 2017, 11:00:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 15, 2017, 08:55:01 PM

I did a race mission in that first region (where you shut off a communications tower and have to race to the second one), and the only way to really do it is to use the convenient motorcycle right at the star (still took me way too many tries...annoying mission).  I tore over the landscape and up the side of the mountain, bolted to the switch, then turned around to see my three teammates standing there, not winded at all, like Clark in Superman: The Movie asking his fellow classmates what took them so long.

Oh, I used a helicopter.  biggrin

Yeah, that would work, too.  Damnit.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 15, 2017, 08:55:01 PM
I did a race mission in that first region (where you shut off a communications tower and have to race to the second one), and the only way to really do it is to use the convenient motorcycle right at the star (still took me way too many tries...annoying mission).  I tore over the landscape and up the side of the mountain, bolted to the switch, then turned around to see my three teammates standing there, not winded at all, like Clark in Superman: The Movie asking his fellow classmates what took them so long.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 14, 2017, 03:17:04 PM
Why you should play Nier: Automata after the first playthrough

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Instead, continuing the story retells the same events, only this time from the perspective of 9S. The beauty of this is that there are lengthy patches of the adventure where 2B and 9S are separated, meaning that while roughly 60 per cent of 9S's journey mirrors that of 2B's, there are large swathes of entirely new content. We see this in the very first mission as 9S goes through various permutations of bullet hell shmups (including a new twin-stick shooter setup using a weirdly effective behind-the-shoulder perspective) to launch an assault on a factory that 2B infiltrated through a more traditional third-person hack-and-slash sequence. Such drastic changes are not uncommon in this subsequent campaign.

I'm not sure you're doing it right, Gratch, but even so, maybe it's worth it to keep going:

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So that's the second campaign. Loads of new stuff, but still partially a retread with many of the same bosses and setpieces repeating themselves from your first playthrough. But it's after that that things really start feeling fresh. For it's only once you've completed 9S's campaign that you get to play the entire final third of the game.

As it turns out, this so-called "third playthrough" isn't a new playthrough at all, but rather the chronological continuation of where 2B and 9S's stories originally ended. What seems like it's going to be a brief epilogue consisting of a final chapter quickly spirals into a another 12 hour campaign.

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And even this third campaign branches off into uncharted territory as now, tens of hours deep (and a lot more if you're playing on Hard mode), you're introduced to a third playable character with their very own unique storyline. The twists! They just keep coming!

And keep coming they will! Even after you've unlocked the conclusions to each of these four campaigns, there's still a final surprise waiting for you in the end credits.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 02:55:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 14, 2017, 11:59:30 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 09:01:07 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 14, 2017, 06:45:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 06:00:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.

Where did I show outrage? This hardly registers as a blip on my radar of reasons why EA doesn't get my money. I was just making a counterargument against blindly repeating what EA's marketing department is trying to teach us to say.

It was a little ranty, TiLT.  You've taken some sort of umbrage, and it's peppering every comment you make about EA.

I'm not criticizing your ban or irritation, I'm just pointing out that you should recognize the soapbox when you're on top of it.

Sure, it was a soapbox rant. I mean, of course it was. That has nothing to do with outrage in my world though. That's on a whole different level.

Fair enough, I should have phrased it better.  I meant "soapbox outrage around a video game", not anything serious.

That said, here's my issue with your statement:

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It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return.

EA isn't offering "nothing in return".  You're not paying EA $5 to get early access to this specific game.  You're paying $5 for a subscription service which provides unlimited access to an entire library of games (many of them very good, and quite recent), and you happen to get early access to this one (and others) as part of that subscription.

That's less "skeevy marketing ploy for an extra $5" and more "significant added value" in my book.  YMMV.

I do see this thing as more of an XBox Live Gold or PS+ kind of situation, even if it doesn't hold much interest for me.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 06:45:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 06:00:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.

Where did I show outrage? This hardly registers as a blip on my radar of reasons why EA doesn't get my money. I was just making a counterargument against blindly repeating what EA's marketing department is trying to teach us to say.

It was a little ranty, TiLT.  You've taken some sort of umbrage, and it's peppering every comment you make about EA.

I'm not criticizing your ban or irritation, I'm just pointing out that you should recognize the soapbox when you're on top of it.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 13, 2017, 11:00:20 PM
Well, the shopping carts made it clear that someone was up to something (they even said it wouldn't be something good), so just continuing on without making sure that wasn't part of the trap wouldn't have been a good idea (not that having everyone get out of the vehicle at the same time was a good idea either).  Why they wound up just shrugging their shoulders saying, "I guess these carts rolled here on their own after digging a marked grave after all" is beyond me, though.

But I think the plan at the grave was for Morgan to find the bookbag later and piece it together with Sir BMX Pads' earlier story about his daughter.  I don't think it was a very good plan, mind you.  I'm not sure why Morgan would bother to go back there after Richard had been killed or think to put two and two together with the grave after the fact.  Hell, he only put three and five together to get Cap BMX after randomly kicking the very bucket that was hiding the melon.

I have to say, though, I thought the story with the wife and the daughter and leaving the camp was a very nice moment for the actor playing Richard.  That guy never grew on me (I didn't hate him, but he just never seemed special), but I actively decided to root for him after that speech.  Lot of good that did.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 13, 2017, 12:44:57 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 13, 2017, 12:13:01 PM

Keeping an eye on the new Styx game.  The first one showed some potential, but ultimately didn't nail the landing on the stealth mechanics.  If this one can figure that out, it could be a great game.

Other than that, I've got plenty to keep me busy for the next, say, 12 months or so.  smile

Yeah, one of these days, that team is going to nail it with a Styx game.  They haven't yet, though.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 13, 2017, 12:43:48 PM
Last night's episode was called "Bury Me Here" but it should have been called "Shit, Morgan, Finally" because Morgan finally woke up.  The only problem is, Morgan has a lot of layers buried pretty deep, and if you wake up part of him, you wake up all of him.  So crazy Morgan is going to go kill 'em all.  I'm sure that won't end with anyone dying.

Actually, I imagine that the show will carefully not mention Morgan again so when he comes in with a Deus Ex Machina moment to kill the baddie who has someone in a nasty position, we'll all be surprised.   I'm just not sure there won't be consequences along the way.

This was a really great episode in a lot of ways.  There were nice twists and actions from characters that were unexpected but still in character.  Even that kid's death surprised me, even though he did everything but announce his retirement and buy a boat with the name "The Live 4 Ever"

A couple of hiccups.  When Morgan started quoting Sir BMX Pads' plan, it seemed like he knew the sacrifice was necessary to get them to believe and that Morgan was going to be instrumental in taking it over, but then he just kind of bailed.  I guess he did explain what BMX Pads' plan was, so the buck had been passed, but I wonder if we needed another scene of that.  Also, what was Carol trying to say to Morgan before he went off?  I didn't quite get it.

With all that happened in this episode, the most significant bit was a small one that came from Lady Piss Her Pants (no judgement, I'd do the same on a porch with an unchained Tiger).  Her little speech about how after destroying everything you can grow everything back, if you really want to is a mission statement from the creative team.  Choosing to bring civilization back and refinding humanity are what this show is about.

Also, WTF with the Dad pretending to eat his little kid in the look-at-how-peaceful-they-are pan shot at the beginning.  Pretending to be a child eating monster doesn't seem like a thing we'd still be doing when there are really child-eating monsters.




NOTE: I can't take credit for the name Sir BMX Pads, though it's how I've thought of him ever since seeing it in an article (that or Captain BMX Pads - RIP).
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 13, 2017, 12:01:42 PM
I've heard decent things about Death Squared (and I'm always looking for things to play on the couch with my kid), but I don't know that it's going to fit the bill.

OTOH, I hadn't heard anything about Momodora, but GT gave it an excellent review, so I'll circle that for a while.

Also, as a reminder Gold members get Evolve Ultimate Edition and the 360 game Heavy Weapon (which is a bit of fun, but an odd choice).  I haven't played Evolve since the early days, and this will at least respark some community interest, so I may give it another go.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 12, 2017, 09:30:15 PM
Yeah, there really is something about this game that's crazy addictive.  I picked it up when it came out, and I remember being up hours after I was supposed to be asleep playing the thing.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 10, 2017, 08:11:30 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 10, 2017, 07:39:47 PM

I have seen it and I can't think of anything that wasn't in the previews but I will put them in a spoiler tag


Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't know about the girl claws, which seems to be a key part of the joke.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 10, 2017, 05:17:23 PM
Haven't seen the movie yet, but those Logan cartoons feel a tad spoilery.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 04:54:55 PM
Good to know.  I was thinking of switching to Easy.  That sounds frustrating.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 06:58:58 AM
You lock on with the left trigger.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 01:24:28 AM
I could have sworn I died in the boss fight and then was brought back by the pod to right before that.  Maybe it was story-related, but it seemed to also be happening.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 08, 2017, 05:41:02 PM
Looks like the new patch comes out tomorrow!

I already picked up a 4TB USB 3.0 drive, and I'm looking forward to seeing that available space bar get big again!
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: March 08, 2017, 05:38:43 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 08, 2017, 05:34:58 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 08, 2017, 01:59:33 PM

So...Antennagate is solved. Nintendo for whatever reason did no quality testing and basically can't fix the left Joycon issue...because it needs roughly a half cent piece of wire and some solder to fix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnMnke6lF0c

Basically the 'antenna' (if you can call it that - it's just some etchings on the PCB board) sits not only right next to a metal cage housing the analog stick, but it's also right next to where your hand will always grasp the controller.

It seems that Nintendo boosted the power going to the left Joycon with their 'day one patch' because I've had the left Joycon shout out a battery warning faster than the right one did by quite a bit (I've been playing Zelda a ton, sue me biggrin ). It's just not going to fix it. They need to redesign the controller and there's nothing Nintendo can do from their end can fix it.

Holy crap. That is a terrible design fail.

Yeah, looks like I'll be waiting for the Switch U.

Or at least waiting for the next batch.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 08, 2017, 05:11:18 PM
Also, I don't think dying forces you to start over, just as a heads up.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Netflix] Iron Fist on: March 08, 2017, 05:05:27 PM
No topic for this, specifically, that I could find.  There were some general threads, but even those haven't had comments since 2015.

Anyway, this may turn out to be an empty thread.  Trailers for this haven't been doing much for me, and recent reviews seem to indicate that the Marvel/Netflix team may have hit its first big stumble.

With the Defenders coming up, I may feel obliged to watch it, anyway, but I wasn't excited about the idea before, and I'm even less so now.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 08, 2017, 07:37:03 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2017, 05:46:13 AM

It really is amazing. I've barely done anything other than play this game during my free time since it came out. So far I've got 34 hours clocked in and am appropriately at level 34, and there's still tons of meaningful and fun content to do. Unlike other open-world games, there's something about this that prevents open-world fatigue from setting in.

I've been trying to put my finger on exactly that, the lack of open world fatigue, and I can't really figure it out.  It may be as simple as the various tasks set before you are varied enough to not feel repetitive.  It may be the environments.  Honestly, I don't know.

It's tied up in the fact that I can tell this is an excellent game, merely by the fact that I just keep playing it, but there's little about it that feels special to me, if I think about it.  And yet it's one of my favorites in a while.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 07, 2017, 06:56:35 PM
I think the issue was more about not wanting the deer to run off when a herd of walkers stumbled into the same shot (I think they did use a real deer earlier in the episode), but, yeah, some editing trickery would have made that work better than the CGI crapfest.  My hunch is that they somehow only discovered they needed to put in a fake deer late in the game and were rushed.

The tiger has been decent, IMO.  Sometimes the shadow doesn't line up the right way, but for TV, it's just fine.  Same with some headshot moments.  There are shots in this show where you can tell the blood was added later, if you're looking for it, but it goes by so quickly that it doesn't matter. 

But then they'll pull this intern-worthy shit (the Glenn balloons from last season were another bad memory) and lose credibility.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 07, 2017, 05:10:29 PM
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