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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 19, 2014, 12:53:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 19, 2014, 12:43:50 PM

eek Nice. Look at the crowd, and they say next years version will feature an even better crowd. The lighting, crowd, and stadium details all set a super high bench mark for other sports games this gen.

I find it disturbing that two different guys in two different shirts are standing with their arms in the exact same position (there are a bunch of women with their hands on their hips, too).  The crowd looks so good otherwise, it's like suddenly discovering that you're in the Matrix.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 18, 2014, 03:30:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 18, 2014, 02:50:07 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 18, 2014, 12:02:25 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 18, 2014, 04:02:10 AM

This blows. Isn't the reason for release dates is so everyone gets it all at once ? I have numerous friends on my list playing it now . Even some of you jerks. icon_wink
it's to protect the retailers not the consumer.  It's to ensure one doesn't have an unfair advantage over another.  You do usually see them allow them to start selling a game if one of them breaks the date,  but I guess the eBay thing isn't big enough.

Screw that crap. Just sell it when it shows up. Still, I'd love to know how/why eBay got it before anyone else did.

Also, WTF is with the Friday release of this game? NOBODY releases on anything other than a Tuesday in the US (unless you're Nintendo). Who thought this was a good idea?

And don't give me that 'off on a weekend to play' stuff either as my days off are during the week. Tongue

Everyone has already given you that since you're late to the Friday discussion.  I also get my playtime in during the week, so i don't love it either, though.

As for releasing digitally early, if it were going to happen at all, tonight is the night, since that's when PSN updates.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 18, 2014, 03:28:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 18, 2014, 02:37:04 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 18, 2014, 02:30:52 PM

I'll be interested to see what sort of reviews that Ground Zeroes game gets.

The current Metascore for the PS4 version is 75 with 26 reviews. Meanwhile, Eurogamer has published an article called "Watch us complete Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes in just 10 minutes".

I've never been interested in the MGS games, but I'd still say that you'd have to be pretty desperate for more MGS if you're willing to pay full price for what appears to be a demo for the full game coming out later.

They admitted to rushing through it for that.

Also, A) the game is only $30 and 2) the playtime I've been seeing is 8 - 10 hours.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Peanuts on: March 18, 2014, 03:24:49 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 18, 2014, 03:04:05 PM

Will there be a football?  Will he try to kick it?

I'd like to know what the current psychiatric rates will be.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Peanuts on: March 18, 2014, 02:04:19 PM
Teaser Trailer

Peanuts coming in 2015.

Yay!
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 18, 2014, 01:50:19 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 18, 2014, 12:02:25 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 18, 2014, 04:02:10 AM

This blows. Isn't the reason for release dates is so everyone gets it all at once ? I have numerous friends on my list playing it now . Even some of you jerks. icon_wink
it's to protect the retailers not the consumer.  It's to ensure one doesn't have an unfair advantage over another.  You do usually see them allow them to start selling a game if one of them breaks the date,  but I guess the eBay thing isn't big enough.

That's right.  If brick and mortar stores start selling it, they might open it up, but event then it's unlikely digital will go early.  Sony still can't afford to piss off the retail markets.

At some point, however, this might change.  I could even see a day where either of these companies start a "get it first digitally" campaign.  With the time it takes to press discs, assemble the disc cases, bundle everything and ship them, digital could have games available weeks earlier.  When the companies are ready to move away from retail, they have this in their pocket.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 18, 2014, 01:43:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 17, 2014, 11:33:53 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 17, 2014, 07:43:38 PM

I think as a gamer community I suspect we might have a different perspective than many other people.  We're all used to making tough decisions and sacrifices in the games we play.

Damn straight.  "Should I go for the red power up, or wait for the blue to pop?".  "Should I shoot Ironrod in the back because he's being a loot ninja or do it after the raid?".  All these decisions are as gut wrenching as any real world one!

Are you going to harvest that girl or save her?


Quote from: rittchard on March 17, 2014, 07:43:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 17, 2014, 07:13:01 PM

I was wondering if there would really be controversy or if, like rittchard here, everyone would just be expecting controversy.  Really, though the choices were tough and debatable, they also seem perfectly within the bounds of this defined world and its characters.

I think as a gamer community I suspect we might have a different perspective than many other people.  We're all used to making tough decisions and sacrifices in the games we play.  I suspect for more "regular" folk who are watching the show, it could be a lot more to handle.  No matter how we slice it and justify it, the end sequence is essentially one of the show's heroines executing a pre-teen girl.    

http://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/walking-dead-grove-episode-spoiler-most-shocking-controversial-131500269-us-weekly.html

http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/walking-dead-recap-2014173

Right, but these are news articles telling us that the episode is controversial, which is the same thing as them expecting controversy.  I'm sure some organization out there will get wind of this and stir something up (the cynical side of me might even wonder if someone at A&E won't point it out to that organization), but I haven't heard any actual controversy at this point.  Just people saying it was a controversial episode.

I imagine most people who are invested in the show by this point have an idea what to expect.  Not to say the events in this episode weren't shocking and shouldn't make you think or debate with friends, but I just wonder if it would actually cause a prolonged, public and heated disagreement with those who watch, gamer or otherwise.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 18, 2014, 01:36:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 17, 2014, 08:42:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 17, 2014, 07:07:12 PM

Either that or he's thinking this.

Nice tie in to a featured CK prank...now I wish you'd go awol.  icon_evil

Someone has to keep the spirit of CeeKay alive.

Oh, and  icon_smile icon_biggrin icon_lol icon_razz
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 07:13:01 PM
I was wondering if there would really be controversy or if, like rittchard here, everyone would just be expecting controversy.  Really, though the choices were tough and debatable, they also seem perfectly within the bounds of this defined world and its characters.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 17, 2014, 07:07:12 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 17, 2014, 06:03:13 PM

This is what CeeKay must be thinking with all these people contacting him.

Either that or with all those messages, he's thinking this.

EDIT FOR ALTERNATE JOKE

Either that or he's thinking this.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 17, 2014, 07:05:21 PM

Quote from: Crusis on March 17, 2014, 02:41:52 PM

Saturday night, my wife and I decided to check out the first episode of the French drama The Returned on Netflix. 4 hour later it was 1AM and we were both in a daze and dragged our asses to bed. Yesterday we watched all be the last episode. What a fantastic show about the dead returning to a small village in France. I'm pretty sure the new show, Resurrection, (ABC?) is based on The Returned. If you don't mind sub-titles, check this show out. It's a moody drama with each episode looking more like a movie than a TV series.

Actually, Resurrection is not based on The Returned (supposedly legally).  There's another American show called The Returned coming to A&E that is.

This seems to be a common misconception (I thought the same thing at one point), since if you search for The Returned on IMDB, it lists Resurrection and says "(aka The Returned)" though the main page no longer says that.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 17, 2014, 06:43:43 PM
InFamous is already purchased as my first full digital buy (not including arcade titles, PS+ freebies and the DC fighting game on PS4, which was a double dip and bought at a discount).  I know it's one I'll actually play through and finish, though, so it seems okay.

I may get Steamworld Dig and Luftrausers*, the latter because I like the idea of flying German pants.  I hope I'm not misjudging that game.

If I ever finish MGS IV, I may get whatever the hell this is.

Spoiler for *:
Copyright 2013, Eddie A

I thought I'd hear it somewhere before
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 12:34:45 PM
Have to agree.  Holy hell.

My only regret is that I was hoping that storyline would have played out for a longer period once we knew who did the creepy stuff at the prison.

But that is a minor gripe at best.  Overall just a really great episode.

I hope that the confession and the bit with the deer at the end mean that Carol is back on track now.  While I understood where her coldhearted rationality was coming from, and I appreciated the depth it added to her character, I prefer the emotional, empathetic Carol.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 13, 2014, 03:45:48 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 13, 2014, 03:28:25 PM

Quote from: Blackjack 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!
maybe that post is like a forum version of The Ring?  It's a good thing Bullwinkle only linked to it or he'd drop off the forums next.

That's exactly why I only posted the links, actually.  Hopefully, that'll be enough t
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 13, 2014, 01:31:52 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 13, 2014, 12:58:40 PM

Confirmed. From the email I received this morning:

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We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on July 13, 2014.

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

So $20... and I'll be keeping it for now.

Awesomely, mine gave me a renewal date of March 3, 2015.  Talk about good timing!
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: March 12, 2014, 06:22:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 12, 2014, 02:24:54 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2014, 12:44:06 PM

I don't know why I keep being surprised to find out this is now a TV show and not a movie.

Seriously, it's happened, like, 3 times now.

Oldhimers?

I'm not that old.

Wait a minute, this thing is a TV show?
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 06:21:10 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 12, 2014, 03:02:28 PM

Miss CK. Sometimes it was a bit much coming to the forum and literally every post from the last 2 days had a comment from him, but at least he posted a lot of content, and would keep conversations going.

Looks like Purge left as well.

Well, now I think it's a conspiracy.

This is the last post CeeKay made: http://gamingtrend.com/forums/off-topic/this-is-fun-pt-3-this-time-it's-personal!-(possibly-nsfw)/msg951844/#msg951844

And this is the last post Purge made: http://gamingtrend.com/forums/off-topic/this-is-fun-pt-3-this-time-it's-personal!-(possibly-nsfw)/msg953208/#msg953208

Talk about riding off into the sunset...
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 02:44:16 PM
He is fine.  I contacted him on FB a while back.  He said:
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yeah, everything is OK, just taking a break from the internet in general.  One of my resolutions was to get caught up on some stuff, I imagine I'll be back eventually.


So it does seem to be a New Years Resolution thing (except for the fact that he's sticking to it).  I know that he's back at school. He seems to be focusing on that.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 11, 2014, 12:57:52 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 11, 2014, 02:01:51 AM

My hunch is that the people who were living in the house took Beth. I don't have anything to base that on except that their presence just off-stage was implied throughout.

Actually, the rear window of the car had a large cross cut into frosted glass and the home they were coming from is a funeral home, so there is some evidence to support that theory. 
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 10:44:07 PM

Quote from: Morgul on March 10, 2014, 10:25:40 PM

I never noticed voice over thing being that bad.  One time, I overheard a chick telling some dude about some loot near a fireplace.  I broke into the house near by and sure enough, a hidden panel by the fire place.  Other times I wasnt able to find what the people on the street were talking about.

I have heard some repetitiveness, but it hasnt annoyed me near as much as it did skyrim.   But I am only halfway through chapter 5, but I did complete all the side quests.   So maybe theyll start grating soon, probably will notice them now that you have talked about it argh.

Sorry.

I'm only at Chapter 3, IIRC.  I spend a lot of time pissing out areas of the city, though, so maybe I'm getting them more often.  But the repetition is at a ridiculous level.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis on: March 10, 2014, 08:51:45 PM
What

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62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 08:49:34 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 10, 2014, 08:35:51 PM

Looking forward to Daryl's story much more than anything else.  He's been thrown back into a world of Merles and it will be interesting to see if we get a glimpse of a Daryl that had to survive amongst that kind of environment for so many years.  I'm not saying he's going to become evil, but he surely wasn't as altruistic as he is now when he was with Merle and his admittedly sleazy family.

Yeah, that was a nice development.  I look forward to seeing that play out.  I hope that they don't just have Daryl infiltrate and eradicate as a full-on hero.  I don't expect they will, but it's in the back of my mind.

Were these the same guys that Rick met at the house?  I couldn't tell.

EDIT: That gang isn't listed on IMDB yet for last night's episode, but there was a character named "Joe" in the one with Rick in the house.  I seem to remember that being the guy's name last night.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 08:44:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 10, 2014, 08:26:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2014, 04:39:03 PM

More annoyingly, the dialogue repeats to a ridiculous level.  I mentioned earlier in this thread the "What does a third offense get you" exchange which I must have heard a dozen times in my brief time in that section of the city (it does seem to move on to other repeated dialogue bits as you progress in the story).  I have heard people say a bit of dialogue that is taken from a larger exchange, but not heard the rest of it, even if I haven't moved.  I have heard people have a full conversation and then immediately repeat that exact same conversation.  And these can be long back and forths with no option to skip them.  Rarely do they say anything useful, and the background details they do add are ham-fisted at best.

OMG, yes.  If I have to hear one more time about the guy who "rolled around with Polly Adler, the sweetest smelling dockfrock in the skinmarket", I'm going to put an arrow in his neck out of sheer principle.  Even better is when it triggers multiple people to have the same conversation about 5 seconds apart, so you end up with this weird echo effect.

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The fact that I have to go through a button-mash sequence to get through windows every time is irritating. 

Agree that it's irritating, but certainly not a game-breaker.  Hoping that gets patched out sometime.

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The load times are too long.  This would be one thing if it only happened when you were moving into and out of story sections, but it happens getting to a new part of the city, too (often accompanied by a window button mash sequence).  Reloading saves takes a bit longer than you'd think, too.

I saw multiple reviews complain about this, but I haven't had any issues with loading times.  The longest I've seen is about 10 seconds.

About the only gripe I would add it the worthless world map.  Especially since lots of the side missions are spread out far and wide all over the city, and it makes them rather difficult to find.  Other than that, I'm thoroughly enjoying the game and think it's gotten a bit of an unfair shake by reviewers.  It obviously isn't GOTY material, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

Yeah, as I said these are big, game-ruining things (although the ambient voice overs come close - those were such a great part of the original games, it's a shame to see them squandered here). 

They do tend to add up over a play session, though.  If I'm trying to jimmy a window and while I'm waiting for the animation and button-mashing, I have to hear the same conversation I've already heard a dozen times and then I hit an unexpected load screen, it can make me a little frustrated.  Reviewers often crank through the game in limited sessions, so I would imagine these compile over that time to leave a bad taste, which might lead to less favorable views of other aspects that maybe aren't so problematic.

BTW, my load times are definitely more than 10 seconds (PS4).  I wouldn't say they go over a minute, but it feels like it sometimes.

Anyway, I'll say again that I'm still enjoying it, despite these small issues.  I'm just glad to have this series back in some capacity (and that it hasn't been modernized, as was threatened at one point).
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 04:44:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 10, 2014, 04:30:25 PM

last week dragged on too long, but this one wasn't long enough imo.  one, we open with a bit of a future scene with no intermediate explanation for why these two were back together.  it underlined the action scenes with Daryl later on as you already knew (beyond the normal ZA armor he's wearing) that everything ends ok.  except it doesn't and it breaks the peace and happiness they were building.  the standoff with the new group leaves you wondering where about this new direction is going:  towards Terminus or towards the lawlessness of the group Rick barely escaped from? 

great episode. I skipped the next ep highlights though as they've been getting more and more spoiler-filled. 

I'm pretty sure that opening was a past scene, not a future scene.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 04:39:03 PM
I'm enjoying the game, too, and it is bringing back fond memories of Thief.  However, there are minor annoyances that have started adding up over time, and I can see them tainting a reviewer's opinion. 

The dialogue is not as clever or world-painting as in the last game.  I seem to remember the guards and citizens all talking about the various factions to such a degree that they really created a sense of place.  I'm not getting that here.

More annoyingly, the dialogue repeats to a ridiculous level.  I mentioned earlier in this thread the "What does a third offense get you" exchange which I must have heard a dozen times in my brief time in that section of the city (it does seem to move on to other repeated dialogue bits as you progress in the story).  I have heard people say a bit of dialogue that is taken from a larger exchange, but not heard the rest of it, even if I haven't moved.  I have heard people have a full conversation and then immediately repeat that exact same conversation.  And these can be long back and forths with no option to skip them.  Rarely do they say anything useful, and the background details they do add are ham-fisted at best.

The fact that I have to go through a button-mash sequence to get through windows every time is irritating.  Add to that the fact that Garrett has to examine the window before I can do the button mash just takes needless time and makes going through windows a nuisance (and with no way to know before hand which windowed rooms you've already cleared out, the annoyance grows).

Assets are reused a little too much.  There are homes that look exactly like other homes in different parts of the city.  There are areas where you have to slip by a plank of wood (with another useless button mashing sequence) to get to another part of the city. These seem to be just copied and pasted.

The load times are too long.  This would be one thing if it only happened when you were moving into and out of story sections, but it happens getting to a new part of the city, too (often accompanied by a window button mash sequence).  Reloading saves takes a bit longer than you'd think, too.

Garret's neck scarf looks dumb.  This may be subjective, but I remember thinking Garrett looked badass in previous games, now he looks like a hipster who's sticking to a dumb fashion choice just to prove a point.  I get that he slips that up to cover his face ninja-style, but when we see him in third person cutscenes, it seems to always be down, and it just looks dorky.

I'm sure there are others, too.  None of these are big, game-breaking deals, but they add up.  Even if these aren't directly mentioned in reviews, I can imagine them making someone less charitable in their opinions of other areas of the game design.  "If the creators couldn't be bothered to fix these little things, what other issues does this game have" kind of thing.

To be honest, when I started this post, I wasn't expecting to find as many of these annoying issues as I did.  I am enjoying the game, as I said, but these irritations sometimes drive that down.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis on: March 10, 2014, 01:37:41 PM
What do Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis have in common?

The answer is more straightforward than you'd think.

This Old Spice website has hair that performs Huey Lewis songs.

Oh, and it takes requests.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: March 10, 2014, 12:44:06 PM
I don't know why I keep being surprised to find out this is now a TV show and not a movie.

Seriously, it's happened, like, 3 times now.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 10, 2014, 12:36:59 PM
This is a cross post, because I'm wondering if this applies to Xbone yet (and hoping that it will).  Otherwise, it seems a little late in the game, but it's better than nothing.


Phil Spencer: Games with Gold will feel 'more true' to what consumers want in the future

Here's one insteresting tidbit that never occurred to me:

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"One of our issues with Games with Gold not 'issues,' but differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe," Spencer said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."

OTOH, while I'm sure it would be a challenge to change the infrastructure to such a degree, I'm not sure why they don't make it so that this is not an issue with GwG.

Still, good to hear that better options will be coming.  Is GwG on Xbone yet?  
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: March 10, 2014, 12:33:35 PM
Phil Spencer: Games with Gold will feel 'more true' to what consumers want in the future

Here's one insteresting tidbit that never occurred to me:

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"One of our issues with Games with Gold not 'issues,' but differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe," Spencer said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."

OTOH, while I'm sure it would be a challenge to change the infrastructure to such a degree, I'm not sure why they don't make it so that this is not an issue with GwG.

Still, good to hear that better options will be coming.  Is GwG on Xbone yet??
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 10, 2014, 12:27:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 10, 2014, 05:34:49 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 10, 2014, 01:27:27 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on March 10, 2014, 01:01:45 AM

I would disagree with the opinion that users wouldn't see any change. Anything that makes it easier on developers means there is the potential that they can focus on other things like a backburned feature or bugs or just getting it out on time.


The gist of TiLT's post, as I understood it, is that DirectX 12 adds programming features to PCs that both consoles already have.  Nothing becomes easier for developers because they have the freedom to bypass the driver layer whether DX12 is present or not.

-Autistic Angel

To be fair, Microsoft hasn't really had a chance to present the features of the new version of DirectX yet. What little information I have is based on the teases they've released, and my own experience programming for DirectX.

...pat pat pat...

 ninja
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/10) on: March 10, 2014, 12:22:48 PM
Putty Squad (which is apparently a remake/update) is also coming to most consoles this week (360, but not XB1 is the only exception), but I don't think I'll be getting that.

I will get Titanfall someday (trying to flip the wife's convince mode switch on, but she was very reluctant last night).

New Yoshi Island is likely.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 08, 2014, 03:58:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2014, 09:35:49 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 08, 2014, 01:59:13 AM

Back on topic, I'm not saying I applaud political ads on Xbox Live. I'm saying it's common practice, and condemning one corporation (out of many) for doing it is a tad disingenuous.

That's not really the problem here though. We're all aware that when we use a "free" service like Facebook, we ourselves are the products being sold. That comes with the territory. There's always been a kind of unwritten gentleman's rule however, that whenever you pay for a product with actual money, the company you buy that product from should severely limit, or even eliminate, its use of you as a product to sell.

No other gaming machine that I'm aware of sells personal data about its customers. Microsoft makes you purchase hardware (the most expensive console on the market, to boot), purchase a subscription to make the thing worth using (going so far as to make artificial pay walls that its competitors do not have), and then have the gall to still sell out its customers.

It's fine that you're okay with this practice. That's your own choice, and you're free to take it. However, you shouldn't call others disingenuous for reacting to the way Microsoft does it, for they take the practice above and beyond what other companies do, and in a very negative way. I would react to any company that did these things, no matter who they were. There's probably others out there, but I actually can't think of any off the top of my head. Then again, this might be a more common practice in America than what I'm used to over here.

While I agree with what you're saying at the end (and will add that what Microsoft is doing is the equivalent of getting ads in a paid app game but on a larger scale), you're nuts if you don't think these other "gentlemanly" companies are using your information in a major way.  They just do it in a way that's like the various Direct Xs: in a way that's not noticeable to the consumer.
73  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 08, 2014, 06:41:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 08, 2014, 02:30:35 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 08, 2014, 12:55:14 AM

TouchArcade just gave it 5 stars with talk of it being a legendary game.

 saywhat  It's fun, but it's not that fun.

Yeah, "Legenday" might be a little strong.  It is a blast to play, though.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 07, 2014, 10:49:41 PM
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 07, 2014, 02:44:47 PM
Block Legend popped up on the app store today.

This is what it looks like:



That seemed very BTDT, so I didn't pay it much mind.

However, the folks at TouchArcade seem to be enjoying it.  And they got me to watch this trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChIZO2h36wI

Bought.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 06, 2014, 01:26:43 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 06, 2014, 02:40:23 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 06, 2014, 12:51:58 AM

Yeah the PS3 system was awful...especially since it had to update the entire firmware EVERY time, IIRC.

I'm not talking about the fact that you had to download a huge file and apply it every time.  Both the PS3 and PS4 let you know there's a patch out there and even if it didn't, as soon as they put the patch up, you can ask it to go grab it.  You can't do that on the XBO.  I have to wait for the fates to deem it's time for my box to go grab it.

They had the same system with WP7 back in the day (not sure about their follow up phones, since I dropped the platform as quickly as they did).  IIRC, it was tied to carrier, but even then, I remember waiting weeks after an update came out before actually being able to apply it.  Weeks filled with mounting frustration.

I'm sure it won't be weeks waiting for an Xbone update, but a staggered system is just ridiculous.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 05, 2014, 11:44:33 PM
I've been disappointed with the new Donkey Kong, honestly.  It's a little too samey and a little too gimmicky, I think.  Whatever the reason, it's just not clicking with me.

OTOH, all the games that AA mentioned are really top notch.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 05, 2014, 01:01:11 PM
Technically, you start with the movie, then go through the seasons.  I imagine you can skip the movie, though they do mention characters and events later in the series.  It got a bum rap, but it works fine if you think of it as a multiarc series of episodes and not a movie.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 03:10:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 04, 2014, 02:35:02 PM

I'm really glad they didn't go the obvious route of having them fall into bed together.  That's way too "tv" for this show. 

OTOH, in the next ep preview, there was a shot of them holding hands.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 04, 2014, 01:50:28 PM
Interestingly, I kind of agree with everyone.  Daryl is a fantastic, complex character, and it's always nice to see him struggle with who he was versus who he wants to be.  However, this was a mostly weak episode with one chewy piece of meat in it (the pre-dawn chat).  Actually, two, because I liked Daryl's Schindleresque breakdown, too.

They're trying to find a character for Beth by having her do off-type things (giving the finger, wanting the alcohol, the pleasantly self-destructive talk), but really these are just simmering bubbles in the stew that is her reaction to her father's death (now that sentence right there is bad writing).  I think we may see some interesting things with her if she survives long enough to get back with her sister, but I don't know that she will or that I care enough that she does.

They need to get these two on some kind of track.  Right now, they're the most ambly group (this alcohol quest felt unimportant, writery, and tacked on), and it makes for filler stuff that shouldn't be stretched out to an episode.
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