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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/3) on: November 02, 2015, 02:39:05 PM
Waiting for reviews on NFS, and they need to be really good.

CoD has already pre-loaded, I think (the PS4 downloaded something, anyway).


I bought Divinity last week, but stupid BestBuy still hasn't gotten any copies in.  Hopefully this week.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: October 30, 2015, 10:30:18 PM
Tell yourself I said hi.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 29, 2015, 02:30:52 PM
Luke Spotted in the Trailer

This was better than I figured it would be.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie poll] See "Halloween" or "Psycho" re-release in theaters on Oct. 29th? on: October 28, 2015, 11:14:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 28, 2015, 08:48:15 PM

I love both, don't get me wrong.  But Halloween is so quintessentially Halloween that I can't imagine doing anything else.

I agree with what hep said.

I have to point out a bit of history here, though.  If you have not seen Black Christmas, which came out four years before (and was directed by the guy who did both Porky's and A Chritmas Story), you're in for a shock.  It's kind of incredible how much Halloween essentially ripped off Black Christmas (not to mention so many other 70s/80s horror films).  It kind of knocked Halloween off its pedestal for me (though I still like it).

Oh, also it has John Saxon, Margot Kidder and, of all people, Andrea Martin! 

Of course, your local theater isn't showing Black Christmas, Blackjack, so I still voted for Halloween.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 28, 2015, 06:23:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 27, 2015, 10:10:30 PM

I really need to stop looking for data pads. Kills the game (just like in every other fps, when will I learn?)

This is me, too.

In most games, I find I miss all the spectacular set-pieces.  I am looking behind a rock when I hear a music change or a loud noise or someone saying, "Wow, did you ever think you'd see such a thing?"  By the time I turn around, it's over.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best place to get an iPad Air (not 2)? on: October 27, 2015, 11:11:48 PM
Hey, gang, I'm looking to get an iPad Air to upgrade our second gen one.  We don't really need the latest and greatest for this particular device, and I might even go refurb.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good place to get one at a more reasonable price.

Thanks!
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 09:30:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 26, 2015, 09:08:02 PM

I watched last week's and last night's episode back to back. Man, that was a brutal grind as a viewer to endure.

It's interesting to read all the rumor scuttle about is he or isn't he dead but I have mixed feelings about that because it seems like such a cheap and gimmicky thing to do to make it look like he died and then surprise! A magic escape.

My theory is that he'll return as a hallucination to his significant other, who will descend into madness now that the only important thing to her is gone. Sort of like when Rick hallucinated Lori after she died.

I think it's the kind of gimmick they can get away with once on this show.  But as I say, I think there will be a balance due for pulling it off.  Someone else big is going to have to go.  It may be him anyway, as I mentioned, and we'll only get a reprieve before he succumbs to the bite.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Or it could be that Maggie just can't take it any more and ends it for herself, though it'll most likely be through reckless behavior.  She has been sitting idle for a little too long as a character.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 06:39:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 26, 2015, 04:52:14 PM

Short of a
Spoiler for Hiden:
well-placed open sewer manhole, I saw no reasonable way for Glenn to survive short of cheesy "it's just a dream" type stuff, or maybe a The Flash-type "alternate reality" sequence based on them taking the wrong turn in town.

To me, going back to the 1st season, Glenn was always someone carving his own path and not relying on someone else. I understand him showing faith in that other guy, but I always saw Glenn as something of an escape artist, always seeking his own way out of a situation. If this really is his demise, I wasn't really keen that he was relying on this obviously despondent, screwed up newb to navigate his way out. I would've expected him to seek a sewer manhole cover, a ladder on a building etc.

It was peculiar that Steven Yeu (Glenn) didn't appear on Talking Dead, as their general habit is to have the cast member on the show after the episode they died in (but not always). Chris Hardwick said not to read anything into that. Scott Gimple's statement was that Glenn's story would be "resolved" in some way. Various reports indicate the actor had re-upped for the show, but it's unclear if that's flashbacks or what.
I do feel like the overall kill count is reaching the point of rushing, so that I don't even know the names of the people that are getting killed. I'm supposed to feels something I guess, but I at times don't feel anything more than I did when the various bad actors yelling bad dialogue got killed in Romero's Day of the Dead (1985). "Oh my, that guy/gal died. Too bad I don't even know their name or care about them."

Maybe that's by design, but I don't know -- the ratings are apparently down noticeably from the last couple seasons. Don't know if it's a sign folks are tired of the, or tired of seeing long-running characters die (e.g., Beth), or tired of meeting new characters who get offed before you even develop an attachment to them.

You saw what they wanted you to see (that angle was very carefully chosen), so of course you didn't see a way out.

The nearly nameless Alexandria people are definitely by design.  You're not meant to be affected by their deaths so much as by the reactions to those deaths by the characters you do know.  It's what the deaths mean in the larger scheme of things (the morality as a hindrance vs necessity theme, for example).

As for the ratings, I don't know what they are compared to previous years, but they are still ahead by a very large margin.  #1 for the week with a 6.2 over Monday Night Football's 4.5.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: October 26, 2015, 01:20:22 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 26, 2015, 12:56:23 PM



There's a cool mental calculation hack I recently learned for this: If you open the calendar app on your phone or computer, the highest-numbered box along the bottom is equal to the number of days in the month!



I always use the knuckle trick.

Using the knuckles at the base of the finger, point to the first one (the thumb isn't used) for January.  Then move to the valley next to it for February.  Keep doing this until you get to the last knuckle for July, then repeat on that knuckle for August and come back until you get to December.  All of the knuckles have 31 days, and most of the valleys have 30, except for February.  Hopefully you can remember that month's deal.

Writing this out, it looks long and complicated, but in practice, you can do it pretty quickly.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 26, 2015, 03:32:42 AM
I promised myself that I wouldn't get Divinity.

So I preordered Divinity and Halo 5.

I also pre-ordered Battlefront and CoD, so I guess those, too.

Wow.  PSP!
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 03:27:48 AM
First of all, there will be spoilers, so just stop if you haven't seen the October 25 episode.  I'll hide the big one, but I'm not putting the whole thing in spoiler text, and there'll be too much info.

Okay, that said.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Glenn is not dead.

Much as I love being right (I did say we'd lose a biggie this season), there are too many clues that this is misdirection.   While we saw eating happen with him on the ground, we didn't specifically see where those entrails were coming from.  The other dude fell on top of him, and we didn't even see that guy after the fall.  That dumpster is an obvious hiding space, too.  Mostly, though, the big clue was the telltale throwaway line: "I'll find a way to let you guys know I'm okay."  No one ever says that on this show.  There's a reason it's in there.

Also, next week seems to be a Morgan flashback episode, which means they're setting us up for a week of getting used to the idea before a triumphant return.

What I see happening is that he never makes it back and they start to assume he didn't make it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
We get another major breakdown from Maggie or, alternately, a shocking lack of response.  I'm not sure how much more she can take.

Then we get a flare in the night.  Probably right at the end of the episode, too, so we're left with hope but are still unsure, which means it'll be three weeks from now before we get the relief of finding him alive.  It's possible that the Morgan episode will have some wraparound stuff from Alexandria and maybe we'll get the flare at the end of that episode, but I'm betting not.

The only chance that he is really dead is because the WD crew love playing with story conventions and throwing them out the window.  But it really doesn't look like it IMO.

Of course, by saving him, they're earning themselves some other big death, whoever that may be, so my prediction is still on track.   icon_wink

Spoiler for Hiden:
And there's every chance that it'll be Glenn anyway.  He may even return to us with a bite, so it's a limited time reprieve.  In fact, this seems very possible, the more I think about it.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: October 23, 2015, 07:32:08 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 23, 2015, 03:43:05 PM


I liked this a ton more than the teasers they've been putting out.  It looks like I hoped it would.

Also, I love the comic-style image before loading.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 23, 2015, 07:30:14 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 23, 2015, 05:03:51 PM

That leads me to one thing I found in the movie that was weird...

Spoiler for Language:
In the book, swearing is part of his character, almost to the point that you expect it of him. With the movie having toned that down, I found that the movie version of the scene where Watney is communicating and they have to tell him to tone it down was rather jarring, as there was no precedent for it. You don't see him curse up a storm in the movie. That was one thing I thought they could have rewritten without taking anything away.

It only takes one "fuck" in front of a national audience to be told to tone it down.  I thought that was a great moment.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: October 21, 2015, 09:57:45 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 21, 2015, 09:33:45 PM

It's OK if Nintendo wants to innovate. Their innovations brought us analog sticks and controller vibration (even if they weren't the first do it, they at least made it a standard), among other things. But third parties need to feel welcomed too and that's only going to happen if the hardware is powerful enough, the software and network architecture is familiar, and the default controller works well with other developer's games. We're all hoping that Nintendo finally realizes this and it would be truly great if they could figure out how to innovate within those guidelines.

I'm all for real innovation, of course, but not innovation for innovation's sake (which is what the Wii U felt like).  If inspiration strikes, great, but don't force something awkward on us that isn't ready just to show how innovative you are.  Especially if it puts you behind the competition.

Microsoft made the same mistake with Kintect and all the TV hype.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 21, 2015, 04:57:38 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 21, 2015, 03:58:47 AM

Huh. Logo top center on building. Huh.

Didn't notice that before.

Mandalore is a planet, though.  And I think that actually is their flag (though we associate it with bounty hunters [or a bounty hunter], of course).

I might be wrong about that.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: October 21, 2015, 04:53:16 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 21, 2015, 03:41:13 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 18, 2015, 06:35:39 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 18, 2015, 12:09:11 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 17, 2015, 10:08:30 PM


If they go high end in hardware this thing is DOA. Nintendo will be fools if they try to go head to head with MS and Sony. It's a waste of time. They need the affordable second system that can play their 1st party games which don't need Cryengine graphics to be enjoyable.

They already made that console.  It's called the WiiU.  icon_razz

That's exactly right.  It didn't work.  They need to compete at this point.  If only to get third party titles back on Nintendo systems.  That's killing them, probably more than anything.


But that's what has always killed them. At least back to the Gamecube, if not the N64. What are they going to do differently this time?

It's not what killed them last time.

IMO, they don't need to be different this time.

What they do need to do, and where they already seem to be stumbling badly, is to have a long lead time on the console, so they can launch right out of the gate with a staggering line up.  They have a little breathing room to pull it off, so far as the other consoles go (though maybe not financially), and imagine if they used that unusual gap to blow the launch out of the water with a more powerful machine and a mind-blowing lineup.

However, reports seem to indicate that they are trying to "innovate" again.  The NX may turn out to be two units in one.  Sort of what the Wii U pretended to be but wasn't.  So it'll have the TV console but also a handheld device that you actually can take with you on the road.

This is a bad idea.  The world has moved on from the Wii U, and Nintendo best do the same, rather than trying to improve on it.  Hell, they just released a new 3DS.  It's way too soon to replace that, even if it does come with a console.

However, this could be where they could pull something off.  If they're essentially offering a console and a DS-like device for the price of a regular console, it might get some attention.  But both parts of it better be impressive (not the low-res screen of the Wii U, for example).
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 21, 2015, 04:43:08 AM


Click to embiggen.  It's pretty cool.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 20, 2015, 06:24:04 PM
That last one got me.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 06:23:08 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 20, 2015, 04:25:48 PM

Yeah I'm also underwhelmed by Uncharted 1. The awful gun combat doesn't help either, nor does the pinpoint precision of the enemy even when set to normal. Eh. I like the characters and the settings thus far and every time I'm not in combat, I'm loving it. But then I have to wade through wave upon wave of guys and I stop caring. So it's a 50/50 game for me right now. I'm looking forward to Uncharted 2 though, so I'm planning on just slogging through the first.

Wow, this brings back so many memories of discussions about Uncharted 1.  I remember saying how much I loved it when I wasn't in combat.

I was hoping they'd tweaked the combat before release (for both U1 and U3, though the first one is worse), like they did for The Last of Us on PS4.  Maybe it was just impossible to pull off.

Uncharted 2 is a pinnacle, though, not just for this series, but for gaming.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: October 19, 2015, 10:49:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 19, 2015, 04:37:16 PM

Hot damn. Game trailers/commercials don't get me excited very often but this one is fan-friggin-tastic. I suppose it gets me excited about Star Wars in general, really!

I've had goosebumps before, but not ones that ran the entire length of my body.

Holy crap does that encapsulate just what I'm looking for every time I play a Star Wars game!  Of course, nothing can live up to that, but it's nice to see it echoed.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 04:08:53 AM
Just AssCreed and Life is Strange for me, though I may do Triforce Heroes down the line.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: October 18, 2015, 06:35:39 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 18, 2015, 12:09:11 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 17, 2015, 10:08:30 PM


If they go high end in hardware this thing is DOA. Nintendo will be fools if they try to go head to head with MS and Sony. It's a waste of time. They need the affordable second system that can play their 1st party games which don't need Cryengine graphics to be enjoyable.

They already made that console.  It's called the WiiU.  icon_razz

That's exactly right.  It didn't work.  They need to compete at this point.  If only to get third party titles back on Nintendo systems.  That's killing them, probably more than anything.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 17, 2015, 04:03:23 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 17, 2015, 03:14:08 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 16, 2015, 07:06:14 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 16, 2015, 04:56:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2015, 10:03:28 PM


I picked Gabriel.  He's a crazy loose cannon and let's face it, with the addition of Heath and Morgan, they are over their African American male quotient.  Not saying the producers are racists, but there does seem to be a glass ceiling.

I'm guessing a lot more than just one will die.  Probably Aaron's boyfriend (forgot his name), that annoying Nicholas guy, some more townspeople, maybe Notcop Fistbump chick.  Of the core cast, I'd guess the only "safe" characters are Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl and maybe Carol and Maggie.  Everyone else is high likelihood, since you know they'll want to take out at least one "main" character at some point to kick fans in the nuts without actually causing a massive backlash.

I predict that we will lose one of those safe characters this season.

Seems likely. How many dramas go >7 seasons? Won't surprise me if TWD only has one or two more seasons ahead, especially now that FTWD is waiting to inherit.

I voted for Gabriel, who has seemed expendable from the moment they introduced him. Plus, black male.

Gabriel is also the most self-destructive of the group.  He's just on a path to be taken down.  He's past redemption.

Sasha is on a similar path, but she deserves that redemption.  I think she'll come around.  Hopefully it won't be too late.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: October 17, 2015, 03:53:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 17, 2015, 02:58:15 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 17, 2015, 08:03:14 AM

Whatever they do it needs to be affordable. Should be $200 tops IMO.

Why?  What other piece of high end modern electronics that you expect to last for years do you buy for $200?  A TV?  Computer?  A tablet?  Your phone?  Surely not, unless you went bottom of the line (and the cost is not subsidized over the course of a multi-year contract).  And bottom of the line anything is certainly not capable of playing high end games for years to come.

It baffles me how people are constantly saying consoles are too expensive when they are relevant for 5-10 years, but they'll replace a $600 tablet or phone after a couple years or less.  

Also, one of Nintendo's biggest issues this go 'round was putting out a console with inferior specs (it was only on par with the dying 360 and PS3) at a cheaper price ($300).  

Of course there were other issues.  The cheaper strategy worked for the Wii, but people rushed to it because of the innovation.  They bungled the innovation on the Wii U, never finding much use for it.

However, you add in the fact that Nintendo needs to make up some profit, and I don't think we'll be seeing a cheaper console this time.

Their biggest issue this time is timing.

We've barely scratched the surface of what the Xbone and PS4 can do.  And they're already established in people's homes.  The "big new thing" on the horizon, VR, is right around the corner, which will make those consoles even more appealing right as this Nintendo thing is getting ready to launch. 

It takes a while to get a stockpile of impressive games onto consoles, but Nintendo is going to need that to lure people their way (both to get them away from the others and to get people over the disappointment of the current console).  Just having better specs that the other two consoles won't do it.

Sadly, Nintendo needs to innovate in a Wii kind of way, but I just don't see it happening.  We'll see, but they're going to need a damned impressive console to make a dent in the current market.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 16, 2015, 07:06:14 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 16, 2015, 04:56:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2015, 10:03:28 PM


I picked Gabriel.  He's a crazy loose cannon and let's face it, with the addition of Heath and Morgan, they are over their African American male quotient.  Not saying the producers are racists, but there does seem to be a glass ceiling.

I'm guessing a lot more than just one will die.  Probably Aaron's boyfriend (forgot his name), that annoying Nicholas guy, some more townspeople, maybe Notcop Fistbump chick.  Of the core cast, I'd guess the only "safe" characters are Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl and maybe Carol and Maggie.  Everyone else is high likelihood, since you know they'll want to take out at least one "main" character at some point to kick fans in the nuts without actually causing a massive backlash.

I predict that we will lose one of those safe characters this season.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: October 13, 2015, 10:03:23 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 13, 2015, 06:31:19 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 13, 2015, 04:45:24 PM

A DeLorean, you say??

That sounds like something that might get me to jump back into this game.  Not that I exhausted the original content by any stretch, but I needed a reason to re-light the fires.   icon_smile

This is exactly where I am, too.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 13, 2015, 05:16:05 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 13, 2015, 04:01:34 AM


... I suppose gas should be getting pretty precious by now even if it rarely seems to be a problem for them.



Mind you, I don't know if anyone has considered the alarming lack of ammunition manufacturers in the group.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 13, 2015, 03:40:45 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 13, 2015, 03:17:19 PM

smoke from fire would have alerted 'others' to the area and also expose Alexandria - my thoughts anyway.



You make a good point.

Although they are all about bringing other people in.  OTOH, they like to be in control of who those others are. 

Still, this seemed such an obvious way to handle the problem, they really should have addressed it directly in dialogue.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 13, 2015, 12:02:52 PM
Although it didn't bother me, I had the same exact thought of the zombie horde and LOTR (may have been that particular tint of grey or something, too).

And I thought about torching that horde, too.  It does seem logical.  I imagine they were worried that the noise of the burning zombies (and the trucks potentially blowing up) would have brought even more zombies.  Still, they should have addressed it.

I liked the moment with Rick and Morgan and Judith, too, although my favorite moment of the whole episode was when Morgan asked Carol if she'd been a cop.  That brief moment was perfect in writing and performance.  No matter how much the show piles on the zombies, it's still very much about the characters.  That's what works.

Also, rittchard, if you're gonna title the thread "careful for spoilers" you might not want to say you're sorry to see Ethan Embry come and go so fast.  icon_razz  At this point, though, I imagine people know that walking into this thread is fraught with spoilery dangers.  I avoided it until I'd seen the episode.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of you specifically playing horror games since its October? on: October 13, 2015, 11:51:49 AM
I couldn't wait for October for Until Dawn (loved it), but I usually try to get some horror gaming in during the month.  Not exclusively, unless there's a game that warrants it.

Now that I finally upgraded my PS4 HDD a second time (how long until the next one? Hopefully after 3TB drives are available), I reinstalled Outlast, The Evil Within and The Last of Us.  I'll get some Dying Light and Alien: Isolation in, too, probably.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 12, 2015, 01:54:49 PM
Probably Yoshi and Bedlam.

Maybe Wasteland 2, though it depends on how improved it is over the PC version.

I thought I was in for DQH, too, but it's not what I thought it was and reviews are kind of meh.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 10, 2015, 02:19:47 PM
I still have this sitting on my Tivo.  What's the final verdict, gang?  Worth it?  Are we interested in a next season?
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: October 09, 2015, 02:46:20 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 09, 2015, 01:54:23 PM

I keep hitting R to reload my gun, and then I realize I have a laser blaster.... 

I find myself doing it all the time, too.  

There are moments where the gun can overheat, and then you are supposed to hit the reload button.  I never remember to do it then.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: October 08, 2015, 09:01:29 PM
Wow, you die fast in this game.  And spawn far, far away.
155  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Favorite game with the worst mechanics? on: October 06, 2015, 09:28:58 PM

Quote from: Mr. Feral on October 06, 2015, 07:48:29 PM

I know we all have those games that are objectively lacking but have never stopped entertaining us.  What are some of your favorites? I am interested in both board games and RPGs.

For me I understand why from a design standpoint Munchkin is lacking, but in some ways the way the game is less thought out only ever added to my play.

On the RPG front, I can't in good conscience say that Radiance is perfect, but it's exactly the kind of wonky weirdness that makes for a good time.

I suppose Fluxx still fits the bill, but I find it hard to play it anymore (despite my daughter's requests).  It only takes one, broken, endless game to put you off the thing.

Still, can't say I hate it.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: October 06, 2015, 07:02:41 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 06, 2015, 06:50:06 PM

I give them credit for an interesting setting but I didnít play more than an hour or so of FC4.  I really hope they tap into the setting instead of just making Farcry with a new coat of paint.

Yeah, FC4 didn't do much for me, either, in the long run.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone played The Beginner's Guide? on: October 06, 2015, 03:46:48 AM
I finished it today myself.  Normally, I love these kinds of games (where story/characterization are put way before any real gameplay, per se), but this one left me a little cold.

I'm not sure why.  Maybe it has something to do with how true or not the story is, as you say.  Maybe I didn't really connect with Davey (though I'm not convinced you're supposed to). Maybe something else.

I certainly appreciated what he was trying to accomplish, but somehow it didn't really click for me as a whole.  There were moments that really connected, though.  As an actor/writer myself, I certainly was intrigued by the broken machine and who art is being made for, etc.  Maybe I've covered that ground a little too much.

But as to your question, I suspect there is a grain of truth, but that it's been carried to an extreme.  There may have been an impetus for Coda, but at best, I'd imagine a discussion or argument got pushed through the fictional wringer.  At worst, he's totally made up.  More likely is that Coda is a hodgepodge of different people.

That said, I doubt the games within are designed by anyone other than Davey himself (though he may have been inspired by others), if only because that would create all kinds of potential legal hassles.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 11:43:28 AM
Rock Band 4 was preordered an epic time ago.  I was looking forward to getting the band back together with my family this weekend, but wife and daughter are making a trip to the in-laws, so I'll be rocking solo.

Uncharted is one of those remasters that I know I don't need, but will probably get anyway, then play for a couple of hours and never touch again.

Chibi-Robo was one of my favorite Gamecube games, so I'll keep an eye on this new one, but it seems to be nothing like the original, and so far doesn't seem like anything special.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 03, 2015, 06:17:57 AM
Literally saw this headline right before looking at this thread (I haven't read it, because I don't want to spoil the movie or book):

THE MARTIAN PROVES MOVIES ARE NOW BETTER THAN THEIR BOOKS
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help for a community member on: October 02, 2015, 10:13:44 PM
Also happy to help and wish I could do more.

Just had a car die unexpectedly myself.
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