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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 10, 2016, 03:13:14 PM
Huh.  I still didn't know about the survival stuff, until I just read it in your post.  Yeah, that's a big strike against the game, if that's the case.  I have no interest in survival games.  Like you, I've tried them, and they're just not for me.

For me, my interest was all about the exploration.  In fact, the potential for that is so good, I'm hoping to hear that the survival stuff is very simple and just sprinkled into the game, because I'd like to enjoy it.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10/16) on: August 10, 2016, 06:07:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 10, 2016, 04:52:26 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 09, 2016, 09:18:32 PM

I highly doubt that players are going to be able to play together.  There is a reason they have always been so vague about it and are now really trying to downplay it and saying that "We do have some online features and easter eggs so people can know they are playing in the same universe. It's about cool "moments"" rather than just coming out and saying "you can be on the same planet with each other" or "you can fly together".

And the fact that both players wouldn't see changes to mining nodes, plants, animals or enemies would mean that you are basically seeing completely different versions of the game.  The second player could be standing on something that is invisible in yours, or walking through something that is there on yours but not theirs.  This is really basic multiplayer functionality, and if it's not there it is just going to be completely out of sync.

Your speculation, while fine in isolation, is pointless when Sean Murray has said multiple times, in no uncertain terms, that you can meet and interact with other players. Among other things, he's said that the only way to know what your character looks like is to meet other players, though the game won't ever tell you that it's a player and not an NPC you're looking at. Speculate all you want, but as long as Murray isn't replying to this discussion (and he's being very active on social media these days, replying to all kinds of stuff) we can reasonably safely assume that the plans haven't changed, but that there is some other reason those two players haven't met. For all we know, it could be related to the stuff at the center of the galaxy. It's more likely it has to do with the hammered servers.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-08-10-no-mans-sky-players-meet-at-the-same-location-but-cant-see-each-other

There are possible reasons for this, but it does seem odd that the two guys connected when one saw the other on a planet, went to the same exact spot and...nothing.

Again, though, it's not the point of the game.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 1 & 2 re-releases [PC, XB1, PS4] on: August 10, 2016, 01:02:06 AM

Quote from: JCC on August 09, 2016, 11:40:35 PM

The only remastering I want is for them to give me the option to play without a time limit.

YES!
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] Luke Cage on: August 09, 2016, 07:33:51 PM
Yeah, I really enjoyed both DD and JJ.  I have to say that while I thought the actor playing Luke Cage was amiable, I didn't necessarily love the character the way I have in some comics.  This series seems like it'll take him in a direction that could change that.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 09, 2016, 02:25:57 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on August 09, 2016, 11:42:01 AM

Seem like the game is a failure. With 311 user ratings, the game (PS4 version) so far got 4.3 user score on metacritic.

I have no idea if this game will be good or not, but I've noticed a trend here to want it to fail.  This statement is one of the most ridiculous extensions of that I've seen.  It's a far cry from 311 people a smidge through day one (and I'll bet some were irked they had to download a massive patch first) and failure.  Holy crap.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10/16) on: August 08, 2016, 04:38:45 PM
I hope to get No Man's Sky, but I'm waiting to see how it shakes out.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek - Beyond on: August 08, 2016, 02:41:50 PM
I think you were meant to imagine how TOS would change slightly with the new timeline and characters on your own.  How would the original episodes ("episodic," get it?) would look and feel in this new environment. 

The timeline he mentions lines up with when the series ended, so it gives us a place in time to picture and build from.  They couldn't very well show us three seasons worth of episodes in the movie, and they really didn't want to dip back into the retcon well, I imagine.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: August 08, 2016, 02:36:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 08, 2016, 01:43:43 PM

Good or bad there will probably be more of them because....well money

Suicide Squad breaks box office record with $135.1 million debut

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According to BoxOffice Pro, Suicide Squad has set the new record for an August movie debut, earning $135.1 million at the domestic box office and close to $250 million overseas. Before Suicide Squad, Disney and Marvel previously held the top spot with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, which brought in $93 million during its opening weekend.

That's not enough money, though.  I'm betting they won't maintain that.  It may not be a flop (like BvS), but it's still a long way from a hit and will likely still be a disappointment.

OTOH, if Justice League and Wonder Woman do well (and can make up for the bad taste DC films have been leaving in people's mouths), then we may see a sequel.  This opening weekend shows there's something there that people want to see (even if it's just HQ in short shorts).  Or maybe a solo Harley movie.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 07, 2016, 06:40:29 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 07, 2016, 04:58:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 08:20:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 05, 2016, 07:28:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 03:43:20 PM

I had the same impression.  When I read he'd rushed to the center, I stopped paying attention.

He specifically said he did not speed run to the center. 


Right, but neither did I.

Despite what he may have said later that he still had to do, he made a point of saying he finished the game in 30 hours, which, given the type of game this is, means he rushed to do so.

Or Sean Murray had overhyped the game as he has done, and the fact that his studio has run into several problems during development... it wouldn't be a stretch to assume he's been lying much about his game as developers do.

Certainly a possibility, but my point is that I'll wait to hear that from reliable sources instead of some guy who's done the equivalent of posting "FIRST" on the internet.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 06, 2016, 12:32:54 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 05, 2016, 10:41:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 08:20:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 05, 2016, 07:28:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 03:43:20 PM

I had the same impression.  When I read he'd rushed to the center, I stopped paying attention.

He specifically said he did not speed run to the center. 


Right, but neither did I.

Despite what he may have said later that he still had to do, he made a point of saying he finished the game in 30 hours, which, given the type of game this is, means he rushed to do so.

What percentage of an open world game do you need to have finished to NOT have rushed to the ending?  I find that open world games tend to have a ridiculous amount of pointless filler that I would just soon not experience.

Okay, did I miss something or was the entire point of this article and your posting it that he "has already reached the center of the universe and "finished" the game after only 30 hours of play time" and that this was a disappointingly short amount of time for such a game?

My counterpoint to that is that, by design, this is a game meant to be savored and taken time with to explore the countless worlds and environments and maybe someday get to an ending (honestly, I didn't even think this game would have an ending).  If this guy has gone out of his way to get it early, he's already of a certain mentality that seems to go against what this game is trying to achieve.  If he's then posting about how quickly he finished it, regardless of how slowly and carefully he says he did it, he's missed the point of the game and therefore I'm going to move on from what he might have to say.

It's entirely possible, of course, that I missed the point of this game or don't understand what it offers, but I don't think I'm that far off the mark.

It's also possible that the game will be terrible or just not as interesting as I'm hoping it'll be, in which case, I'll probably be done well before the 30 hour mark.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 05, 2016, 08:20:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 05, 2016, 07:28:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 03:43:20 PM

I had the same impression.  When I read he'd rushed to the center, I stopped paying attention.

He specifically said he did not speed run to the center. 


Right, but neither did I.

Despite what he may have said later that he still had to do, he made a point of saying he finished the game in 30 hours, which, given the type of game this is, means he rushed to do so.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HarmonQuest on: August 05, 2016, 04:15:14 PM
Holy crap, I'm loving this show.

If you've watched any Dan Harmon stuff, but especially if you've seen the documentary Harmontown, you'll have an idea what to expect here, but I'll give you the gist.

After the brouhaha of the gas leak season of Community, Dan Harmon went on tour with a live show called HarmonTown.  He had people who went with him on the road, one of whom was a geeky schlub of a fellow (who became the real hero of the documentary) named Spencer Crittenden.  Spencer looks like a guy who used to work at Blockbuster video, but now has nowhere to argue about how faulty the Predator suit would be if you had the microwave on.  His role on the road trip was Dungeon Master.

That's right, Dan Harmon used to play abbreviated sessions of D&D (or, really, Pathfinder) in front of an audience.  It wasn't the whole show, but it was a lot of fun.  Well, now it's the whole show.  And it's even more fun.

Each week, they have a guest star who pops in for a location-specific character before sending the party on its way to the next part of the quest.   The episodes are filmed with the cast sitting at a table in front of an audience, but drops into some pretty decent animation when telling the story of the quest.

The regulars are Harmon himself, his wife, actress Erin McGathy and Jeff Bryan Davis, who was the narrator on HarmonTown (and is funny and very good on the show, but who I think would irritate the hell out of me in real life).  But, as Harmon says each episode, the real star of the show is Spencer Crittenden.

Watching Spencer work is like magic.  He seems like he's going to be awkward and too serious (and maybe not be able to keep up with the funny people).  Instead, he is quick witted, and clever and always in control while never making it look like he's always in control.  Just like the perfect DM.

Watch how he handles it when Jeff Bryan Davis asks him if the two people he's trying to attack are in a line, for example.

The energy of this group is fantastic, and the natural comedy of it brings out guffaws like I haven't had in a long time.  I'm only halfway through, but so far the guests have been great (with the exception being Chelsea Peretti, who I don't like on the best of days, and who barely committed to this, but the episode was still a lot of fun).

Here's the drawback.  This is on the subscription service SeeSo (I got it through Amazon Prime).  The first episode is free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuqqHGpRDE  It looks like you might be able to troll for more, if you search.  Seriously, this is worth it, IMO.  Try the first episode and see.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 05, 2016, 03:43:20 PM
I had the same impression.  When I read he'd rushed to the center, I stopped paying attention.

Even so, 30 hours is not even close to unreasonable for a $60 game.

It's just that we're expecting more from something so free roamy.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Quake HD gameplay on: August 05, 2016, 03:40:45 PM
I loved the eyeball room.
95  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: "To the Moon HD" headed to Android and ios on: August 04, 2016, 10:55:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 04, 2016, 09:08:09 PM

To the Moon' heads to iOS, Android in HD

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To the Moon is a heartwarming RPG that landed on PC in 2011 and quickly found success, garnering multiple accolades including a nomination at the 2012 Independent Games Festival. In 2017, mobile players will get the chance to play To the Moon in an HD, remastered version coming from Ragnarok Online developer XD Network. The iOS and Android editions feature updated mechanics and a softer overall design: The original game's sharp pixel edges have been smoothed out in a painting-inspired art style.

https://youtu.be/FijC4YlItKg

This is not at all an RPG, but it is simply fantastic and charming.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free keys for Gaming Trend forum-goers for Lawbreaker Closed Alpha on: August 03, 2016, 06:39:38 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 03, 2016, 06:19:24 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 03, 2016, 06:12:58 PM

Oh hai there.  how would you like some codes for this weekend's closed-Alpha for Lawbreakers?   While we are working on giving away some in our other social media channels, these are just for you, our loyal forum readers.   Try to mark them off as you use them so others can have a shot.   Enjoy!

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Thanks, Ron!  I've put a strike through the key I took.  Enter them on Steam, fwiw, kids.

I'll be surprised if we actually have that many active forum members anymore, but it would be a nice surprise.  smile

WOOT!  Free stuff!

Thank you, KD.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: August 03, 2016, 03:01:18 PM

Quote from: gangeli on August 03, 2016, 02:15:15 PM

Finished this up last night with a friend.

Neither of us got all the hype.  I'd give it 2 out of 5 stars.

Thought Winona Ryder was fairly horrible as well.

I'm only a couple of episodes in (my wife is reluctant to watch, but hasn't given me the go ahead to watch solo yet), but I'm shocked at how much I'm hating on Winona Ryder.  I was kind of hoping she'd either get better or go away.  I was excited to see her again, honestly, but this has been a let down.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: August 02, 2016, 06:22:36 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 02, 2016, 05:56:57 PM

Well the reviews are not pretty so far.

37 % on RT

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/suicide_squad_2016/


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Harley Quinn is an embodiment of all the conflicting things this frankly disastrous new movie, choppily written and directed David Ayer, is attempting to do.

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For DC, which blew it with Batman v Superman last spring, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap.

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Picture a heavy metal bar in suburban Duluth and you'll get some sense of the generic Goth aesthetic.



Even the "positive" reviews seem to say it's not good, but they found something not to hate.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX is a handheld hybrid? on: July 31, 2016, 03:10:47 PM


Leaked photo?

http://www.valuewalk.com/2016/07/nintendo-nx-leak-reveals-a-handheld-console-hybrid/
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: July 30, 2016, 06:41:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 30, 2016, 05:09:43 AM

Watched the first two episodes and really liked it.  Interested to see where they go.

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 30, 2016, 01:31:18 AM

I love the music. I had flashbacks from the classic B movie Big Trouble in Little China.

I had the exact same thought.

With the credits, too, they're going for a John Carpenter feel, for sure.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Rocketeers on: July 29, 2016, 03:25:29 PM
There's a Rocketeer sequel in the works!

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/75844

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Hey folks, Harry here...  THE ROCKETEERS is a thing.   The Son of the Fonz is writing it.  Seriously.  For reals.   Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are in the midst of writing the sequel to the original Joe Johnston ROCKETEER.   A film that Disney cut the budget on, then put it out on a weekend versus not just ROBIN PRINCE OF THIEVES but also CITY SLICKERS.   We should've already had 5 ROCKETEER sequels, but the execs at the time had zero faith.  When I sat down with Joe Johnston on the set of THE WOLFMAN, he told me about a planned action sequence that was supposed to be shot at Graumann's Chinese Theater, but when Disney decided to cut the budget, the entire elaborate sequence was dumped.   And there was more.

Real movie geeks have always loved THE ROCKETEER, before this modern age of marvels constantly appearing at our local theaters, THE ROCKETEER was a bright light of hope.   So close to greatness it hurt and with the best fucking score around.   

So - what do we know about ROCKETEERS - this new thing.   Apparently it will take place 6 years after the other film. Hollywood Reporter got the full scoop:

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

This is quite exciting, especially if Disney does it big.   Please dear lord make use of the original score at some level.   It is... pure magic.

Harry is sometimes a little loopy, but I think his comment about the original Rocketeer ("So close to greatness it hurt") is right on the money.  The original comics were fantastic, and the movie captured so much of it so well.  There wasn't anything wrong with the movie, per se (I watched it a couple of years ago with my kid, and we both loved it).  It worked.  But it seemed destined for a greatness it never quite achieved.

I'm hopeful for this sequel, but the last long-delayed sequel (TRON: Legacy) didn't exactly set the world on fire.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek - Beyond on: July 29, 2016, 12:00:50 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 28, 2016, 03:45:56 PM

Saw the film yesterday, the plot was certainly nothing special, but that might have been a boon, as it allowed more of a focus on the evolution of the characters, especially the big three. Chris Pine did an excellent subtly displaying the growing maturity of Kirk. He was actually thoughtful and even pensive at times, while Spock and McCoy were put together through most of the film to good effect. The action sequences were a lot of fun (which was no surprise Given Justin Lin's filmography), and I even enjoyed the (thankfully) few callbacks to the OG show, especially:

Spoiler for Hiden:
the photo young Spock found of the OG crew at the end

It was a little sad at first every time Chekov was on screen, but I soon let it go and just appreciated the performance. If there is another one, I hope they take it in the direction that they indicated they would in current interviews. A solid three star effort all around!

I saw it today and had nearly the exact same response.

The character stuff was really strong.  The scene with Kirk and Bones having a drink in the beginning had echoes of a similar scene in Wrath of Kahn (intentionally, I think, given the birthday reference in both).  There's a lot of introspection, which I think might have been lost in a busier plot.  None the less, I could have used a little more story, maybe.

I was also sad seeing Anton on screen most times, especially since he got more play in this film.  And the spoiler you mentioned was emotional, too.

I really loved that Bones got much more to do this time, even if some of it didn't really fit his character.  The one thing the previous two movies were missing, IMO, was the core trio.  It really felt more like Spock and Kirk, or really, Spock, Kirk, Uhura (and while I really like Zoe Saldana and what she's done with the character, it's just not the same).  There's a shot of the three of them at the end that seems to address this, and I loved seeing this.

The nods to what came before are much more subtle this go round, and mostly not plot-driven.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Though the Enterprise did die in the third movie again, but it wasn't as great a loss as the first time, IMO.  I just didn't have the same connection to this new ship as I did to the last one.

A lot of them were blink and you'll miss them.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Kirk gets attacked at the beginning of the film by the little guys, he tries to use his double-fisted overhead punch and fails.  They could have made that bigger, but I'm glad they didn't.  The toast to being young and having all your hair was a hilarious call out to Shatner's follicle veracity.  Bones almost saying, "Damnit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a fucking..." was the most obvious one, but I loved it.  I'm sure there were many more that I missed.

Overall, the character stuff really impressed me this time.  The action moments were nice (though a couple of times a little darkly lit), but the new characters were a little boring and the villain's plot felt a little vague.  Still, I enjoyed it more than not.  I think it may be better than the last one.
103  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: New to us: Recent successes and disappointments on: July 26, 2016, 06:10:01 PM
I've heard a number of people with similar impressions of Scythe (though overall the impressions on BGG seem very positive).

I guess it's mildly divisive?
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 26, 2016, 04:16:48 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 26, 2016, 04:08:59 PM

Quote from: gangeli on July 26, 2016, 12:50:08 PM

It's not a remake, it's a sequel
It is? That's odd. Is it a sequel to the first or second one?

The second one is only related by title.  It has nothing to do with the first.  Or, anyway, it doesn't count.  Blech.

As I mentioned, the trailer has a guy talking about his sister.  They head into the same woods to find out what happened to her.  Maybe she's still there (I'm holding out hope that Heather Donahue pops up).

I know a lot of people didn't "get" The Blair Witch Project, especially if they saw it after the hype died down or the realness of it was proven to be fake.  There's also the found footage gimmick that is integral to the movie that somehow, later, turned into a genre.  There's no denying the movie's impact, though.

I got very frustrated at the time by the number of people who dismissed it.  Especially those who decreed it "not scary."  The trend for jump scare = scary had been in full swing by that point, and this movie doesn't have any of those.  It's a long, slow mounting of tension with very little release, which I guess some people found frustrating, especially when they went into the movie looking to judge the hype.  If you let yourself get into it, though, the movie's sense of dread is fantastic.  The pacing is fairly incredible, frankly.

There's also a mythos that is kind of buried in the movie, which lends itself to repeat viewings.  A lot of that mythos was fleshed out in some of the media that followed (the games, the journal, etc.), but it's in the film.  It's what makes the shot of Josh in the basement so chilling.

Anyway, I get that for some, the movie left a bad taste, but I feel like you missed out.  It was inventive and skillfully made.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: July 26, 2016, 02:40:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 25, 2016, 06:01:45 PM

I guess this game will NOT require a PS Plus membership in order to be able to play it online.

You guess correctly.

https://www.destructoid.com/you-won-t-need-playstation-plus-for-no-man-s-sky-376974.phtml
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free copy of Lead & Gold on: July 25, 2016, 08:54:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 25, 2016, 07:12:41 PM

Fatshark is giving away 100,000 free copies of their old west multiplayer game Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West. 

It seems pretty minimally invasive for information unlike a lot of these things that require you to give away your name, address, email, Facebook, social security number, the names of 10 potential Commie sympathizers, etc.

http://100k.fatsharkgames.com/

Already gone, but they're giving away 50K more!
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/24/2016) on: July 25, 2016, 02:08:36 PM

Quote from: EddieA on July 25, 2016, 02:01:31 PM

Reviews for Headlander look pretty good.

Yeah, the outlier seems to be Destructoid.  They often line up with my own opinions, so I usually give them a little more weight, but reading the review, it looks like he was looking for something the game was never going to deliver (he goes on and on about lack of depth in the story for example...in a game about a detached, flying head in a 70s sci fi world).
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/24/2016) on: July 25, 2016, 04:52:38 AM
I didn't know anything about Headlander, but saw that it was part of the Playstation Play deal (preorder 2 of the 4 games and get a 20% coupon).

I was surprised to find out it's a Double Fine game.  I may pick that up.  I hope some reviews hit before it releases Tuesday.

I would have been interested in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but that price is just a rip off.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 24, 2016, 01:01:13 PM
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/75777

This is incredibly cool to me.

The guys who made You're Next and The Guest have been making a movie they called The Woods.  they talked about it and promoted it with posters and a trailer and everything.   

Then at Comicon, they showed a new trailer. 

One character talks about his sister going into the woods.  They enter a town called Burkittsville.  They set up camp in the woods and then creepily find these figures made out of sticks surrounding the camp.  Someone asks if about believing in the Blair Witch.

Holy shit!  Turns they were making a Blair Witch sequel the whole time.  There were even rumors back whe. they started, and they through people off the scent.  Awesome!

I like the movies these guys have made, and I think this could be very cool (though the trailer looks a little over the top to me).  Count me as excited and impressed.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini NES on: July 14, 2016, 05:23:43 PM
This thing has been on every site I visit today, so either people are excited or they're marketing it really heavily.  I suspect the latter because, apart from it being cute, I don't really see the point.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pony Island on: July 14, 2016, 02:49:55 PM
Just finished.  Holy shit, fantastic.  Short (I played it over 3 days), but worth it.

The very end was a little too fuzzy, IMO.  And the post credits bit freaked me out.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It exited out of the game so cleanly and quickly after asking me to delete it that I'm still not sure if I'm typing this while the game is still secretly playing.

Loved this bit:

Spoiler for Hiden:
During the last core file guardian "fight" when he asks you to type something bad (I actually wrote Buhl, thinking it would trigger something, so the following bit didn't completely work), and then the game went all Psychomantis.  I had Engine 9 pop up asking if I'd been hacked.  Awesome.  Luckily, I didn't take my eyes off of Asmodeus.  The bit where the text under him changed did slip by me, though, even if I was staring at him the whole time.

Anyway, this game is something special and is definitely worth checking out if you have a chance.
112  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 14, 2016, 02:43:35 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 14, 2016, 01:21:49 PM



Thanks, Farley, this was the perfect response to a guy who posted this:

113  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ubisoft anniversary free games on: July 14, 2016, 05:39:48 AM
Awesome, Engine.  Please keep doing this, or I'll forget.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/12/16) on: July 13, 2016, 01:11:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 12, 2016, 09:42:59 PM

Anarcute also came out this week.  It seems to be a combination of Animal Crossing type characters with the riot simulator gameplay of State of Emergency. 

Yeah, I mentioned that in my list.  I picked it up.  It's actually pretty fun.  But it's at best superficially related to State of Emergency.  It's not a riot simulator.  More cute protesters beating up thought police and throwing stuff at them while avoiding hazards.  It's arcadey and cute with a great soundtrack.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes [PS4] on: July 12, 2016, 10:32:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 12, 2016, 09:44:45 PM

I guess that's my main hangup, I have zero history with the Dragon Quest games (maybe a bit on the NES, but not enough to care).  I think the game and monsters all look pretty fun, but I don't know if I'd miss a bunch by not knowing the characters or caring about them.  I kind of figure since it's an action RPG it might not matter all that much anyway.

My knowledge is pretty cursory.  I know what a slime is, I guess.  I have familiarity with the world from some gameplay, but certainly not specific characters at all.

They do seem to pop in at a regular pace, and I can imagine that is fun in a fan-service way, but I don't find the game less enjoyable without knowing who the characters are.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: July 12, 2016, 08:31:33 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 12, 2016, 08:16:28 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 12, 2016, 07:39:39 PM

As to your friend, ENo9, my condolences.

Thanks, Purge.  It really hit home again during E3 when he and I would normally be watching the press conferences together and sharing videos and everything.  Made me real sad. 

Quote
Metallicorphan died? frown

Yeah, I don't think we ever got confirmation about it but we know he was sick and he completely disappeared from everything online.  Very sad to see forum-goers like he and DamageInc gone.

Yeah, no confirmation.  I contacted as many people as I could to get some closure, but I never heard from anyone.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes [PS4] on: July 12, 2016, 08:29:56 PM
I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I think it has even more personality than the Zelda Dynasty Warriors game, even though I've only played a bit of DQ (and a ton of Zelda).

Basically, as Gratch hinted, if you like the format and groove on DQ, it's definitely worth a go.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 12, 2016, 02:43:34 PM
I like that guy.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: July 12, 2016, 01:59:11 PM
Hey, check this out.  Andrea's still whining.

'I Had An 8-Year Deal!!’

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Soon after showrunner Frank Darabont was fired from "The Walking Dead," so were two of his actor friends. Jeff DeMunn and Laurie Holden, who both had roles in Darabont’s “The Mist” before joining the season-one cast, both had their characters – Dale and Andrea – written out of the series by replacement showrunner Glenn Mazzara.

“I had an 8-year deal,” Holden told fans gathered this weekend at New Jersey’s Walker Stalker convention. “I was supposed to be there until the end. I was supposed to end up with Rick.

“I was supposed to save Woodbury on a horse, and I was buying a house in Atlanta. I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the showrunner, who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead, saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character.

“So we all got the script everybody on the set was sobbing. I felt like I got shot. None of it was supposed to happen the way it did.”

In the series Andrea’s ex Phil “The Governor” Blake bound Andrea to a chair and left her in a locked room with Milton Mamet, whom Blake had mortally stabbed. Milton died and Zombie Milton fed on Andrea.

In the comics Andrea, introduced in issue two, outlived Glen and is boning the bejesus out of her boyfriend Rick Grimes.

She really doesn't get how annoying she was on the show.  The showrunner (who maybe she thinks got fired for getting rid of her, or at the least, got what he deserved) made absolutely the right choice in killing her off.

I was trying to think if there was anyone in the current lineup that I couldn't stand.  Once they killed off Mayor People-Think-of-Me-as-the-Jewish-Meryl-Streep, I don't think I hated anybody.  Even Fistbump NotCop grew on me.  There are some weaker characters, sure, but no one I actively despise.  Nice going on killing the irritants, Walking Dead!

I'm sure there's someone I've forgotten...


EDIT: Oh, yeah, it might have been that JSS girl.  If they make her a villain, though, that'll be okay.
120  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 12, 2016, 01:27:16 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2016, 11:06:36 AM

Radio Shack is still around?  Huh, who knew?


Plus, there are, like, 5 in my immediate area!  This one has been there since I moved here, and this is the first time I've been inside.  I assumed it was long gone.



Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2016, 11:06:36 AM


I don't personally play, but find the phenomenon fascinating.

I am blown away by the fact that Nintendo just entered the mobile gaming market and dropped the fucking mic.
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