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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 06:22:57 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 05:57:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 05:10:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 04:16:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.

Most of the existing ones use NFC as I understand it.  CurrentC (which will fail miserably imo) uses an app which produces a QR code that the cashier needs to scan.  CVS, et al turned off all the NFC terminals when Apple Pay was launched in hopes it would not gain traction.  In doing so, they also disabled google wallet etc.  There is no way to explicitly turn off Apple Pay and still use NFC (as I understand it).

Having NFC is just how it connects, I think. 

It's like having a card swiper at checkout but not accepting American Express, for example.  Sure, technically, the machine could read an American Express card, but if the store isn't accepting the card, you're out of luck.



Yes but when CVS turned off their NFC readers after Apple Pay launched, it stopped all NFC payments.  Alternately, Peet's coffee (here in SF bay) is not an Apple Pay "partner", but they have NFC terminals and my Apple Pay works just fine there.

I'm just trying to clear up the "different systems" vs "NFC" confusion.

Obviously, if you disable a card swipe machine, it would disable all cards being swiped not just American Express, as in my previous example.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 05:10:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 04:16:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.

Most of the existing ones use NFC as I understand it.  CurrentC (which will fail miserably imo) uses an app which produces a QR code that the cashier needs to scan.  CVS, et al turned off all the NFC terminals when Apple Pay was launched in hopes it would not gain traction.  In doing so, they also disabled google wallet etc.  There is no way to explicitly turn off Apple Pay and still use NFC (as I understand it).

Having NFC is just how it connects, I think. 

It's like having a card swiper at checkout but not accepting American Express, for example.  Sure, technically, the machine could read an American Express card, but if the store isn't accepting the card, you're out of luck.

83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 05:07:30 PM
I was just being flippant, anyway.

The main reason that's not happening is that people are involved in other things and don't have time.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 13, 2015, 05:06:18 PM
I was mulling over this half season, and it occurred to me that Carol's behavior, both in the past and at the camp, might be smoke and mirrors for someone else to go whackadoodle.

Up until her child-threatening speech, I thought her unhingedness had been played fairly subtly.  Melissa McBride's performance, along with her sad eyes and nurturing face, bely the broken parts of Carol.  We've only seen it in a couple of instances, really. 

But what if someone else is going to be the one to go off the deep end?

You know who's been really quiet lately?  Surprisingly quiet given all the awful crap that has gone down?  Yeah, Maggie. 

She seems to be fitting in fine.  But I just can't imagine that she's taken all the punches life has given her and shrugged them off.

I guess we'll see, and my money's still on Carol, really, but even so, Maggie may be a ticking time bomb for another arc.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 13, 2015, 04:59:26 PM
Damn it.  It's shit like this that kills the momentum on a game.
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 13, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
Gotta say, I'm playing the shit out of the thing. Way more than my old 3DS, but not more than the other consoles, of course.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 11:41:18 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 12, 2015, 08:21:14 PM

At $1.3M now.  Makes you wonder how much they could generate for a sequel to Serenity/Firefly.  

I'm fairly confident Alan Tudyk will not be generating money for a Serenity/Firefly sequel.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 11:40:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 03:44:28 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 13, 2015, 01:46:17 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 11, 2015, 05:07:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 11, 2015, 01:19:23 PM

That Apple Pay? You guys in the States (in any of the ones I've been to) don't even have chip support or Tap 2 Pay. I can imagine the spotty support that Apple Pay will get.

Errr it's already been in McDonald's for quite a while and I've used it there all the time.  Also used it at Big 5 a while back.  They just announced another batch of vendors that are using it too.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2834669/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-and-where-to-use-apple-pay.html



If I have to

A) own your product (and not be able to get it anywhere else)
B) check a list of retailers who support it

then no.

I don't use the wallet feature on my phone either.

No checking websites, if you see a terminal with the wifi symbol, it works. Except maybe CVS/Riteaid who had it, but turned it off because of Apple Pay (because they are on the CurrentC bandwagon). Plus it's not accepted at that many places yet, I tend to shop at the same old places, so I know who has it and who doesn't. It's so easy to use, and secure, there is no reason not to use it when I can. It stops stores from tracking you with your CC number for instance. They don't need that in their databases.

Of course local Whole Foods type gourmet grocery store across the street has it, but still requires a signature. It's pointless because they don't need it, but it's not that big of a deal. I just scribble something illegible.

Samsung is coming out with their version soon, and I think I read Google is redoing Wallet. This could very well catch on.

The only place that I have used it is Whole Foods (one time), and I didn't have to sign.

In fact, it is so easy that it doesn't feel secure at all.

But if there are multiple versions of these things and different ones work at different stores, I don't see how this'll catch on at all.  I've looked at the checkout devices and they all have different googahs on them.  Some work with ApplePay, some don't.  I can't keep track of what does and doesn't.  It's easier for me to just do what I'm used to with a credit card than to ask the person at the register who will likely have no idea or to just try it and look like an idiot or be told "No" with a potentially condescending look.

ApplePay has ease of use if you can actually get past the unease of confusion and anxiety.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 13, 2015, 11:32:59 AM
Both of those last two were good.  Stoopid kids... [sniff]
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 12, 2015, 05:24:04 PM
RB4 Song Request Page
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Terry Pratchett on: March 12, 2015, 05:19:23 PM
I just posted this on Facebook:

Sad face.

I just started my 14th Discworld book just a short time ago (after too long a break).  I am a little chilled that just last night I was wondering how much longer he'd be around.

I remember being on a trip to England many moons ago.  At the time, Discworld was not in print in America.  I called around to a bunch of used book stores to find the collection to that point. It took me two tube rides to get there, and the store owner was perplexed, not thinking that Pratchett's stuff would work for Americans.

If you want to try something, but don't want to get into the series, Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) is hilarious and awesome.  The Apocalypse doesn't get better.


I imagine everyone who has an interest has already read Good Omens, but if not, read it.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 12, 2015, 03:57:46 AM

Quote from: TieGuyTravis on March 11, 2015, 05:54:21 PM


Teggy-
          Haha! Nope. I assume you just got to the end of the first dungeon?

I did.  I was playing through it and found it challenging enough.  A step up from the exploring to that point, but not insurmountable.  Finished everything and did a good thing, then got punished for it for the next 45 minutes or so.  Holee crap was that a pain in the ass!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Are you kidding me with that water spout on my tail?!  Screw up even one time and it's back to the beginning, and that sucker is long with no checkpoints at all. 

Then I finally made it and the friggin' owl showed up.  I was half expecting that cut scene to turn into another fight or worse, another chase sequence.

I was really cranking on this game, and I thought I might play it straight through, but now I need a long breather.  I'm exhausted.

Still loving it, though.  I just hope nothing quite so frustratingly challenging appears any time soon, though I imagine it will the next time I clear a dungeon.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Code Name S.T.E.A.M on: March 10, 2015, 04:21:59 PM
Pretty much the opposite.  I enjoyed the demo a lot, and it moved up to must buy for me.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 09, 2015, 05:08:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2015, 04:49:46 PM


Speaking of Rick, I wasn't quite sure what was going on with that last scene where he's touching the wall and listening to the zombie.  Was it comforting for him to hear that?  Was the point that he is more comforted by the zombie sounds than dealing with "civilized" humans?  Anyway, it was a great way to end the episode...


I think that's kind of it.  It also bookends with Sasha at the beginning going out and shooting the pictures of the people who are now undoubtedly zombies and saying, "Come and get me."

I liken what they're going to with people who spend their whole lives in cities suddenly having to deal with the peace and quiet of the country (or even suburbs).  A lot of them can't handle the lack of noise.  The noise here, of course, is ever impending danger.  Bottom line is, though, they miss the zombies.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 09, 2015, 12:21:19 PM
So, as I was saying about Carol...

Wow, that was a great speech with the kid.  Creepy as shit.  We saw both other members of the coup group start to accept this place.  Rick took the stamp and gave a kiss and saw Carl happy.  And I have to say it was awesome watching Daryl with Aaron.  They picked the perfect job for him, too.

So they both seem to be on their way back to accepting society.  Sure, there's some tension bubbling.  That's going to surface like it did for Sasha (I thought we were going to lose her at one point, which would be a shame because I think she's pretty good [and I like looking at her]), but you can see them fitting in, eventually.

But Carol is on a crusade.  Maybe it's because she spent her time in the old world with an abusive husband, pretending the world was normal, and she wants to destroy anything like that, but I just think she's in a different place than everyone else, but like she says, she's invisible, and they haven't seen it. 

Carol isn't invisible to the kids, though.  She wasn't back at the prison where she was teaching them to be hard and soulless in secret.  And she wasn't invisible to the kid in Alexandria either.

Carol is a full-on sociopath.  She knows how to appear "normal" and fly under the radar, but she has stopped seeing people with any kind of compassion, really.  Apart from Daryl.  It'll be interesting to see how that goes down.

This was a fantastic episode.  To me, this is what Walking Dead is about.  Seeing how this new world they're in differs from ours and what that does to people.  And now we're seeing it in direct comparison, in a way we haven't before, and it's fascinating.

Sometimes they get a little heavy with the symbolism (Michonne literally hanging up her sword), but as I said before that often works for this show.

The horse was an amazing bit of symbolism to me, for example (and it explains why Daryl was further along the path to accepting Alexandria).  There was the line about "the longer they're out here, the closer they get to what they really are" which was not really subtle when it comes to seeing that horse as a symbol for the group.  And then they wanted to capture it and bring it back to Alexandria.  It didn't want to and eventually, inevitably, it got eaten.  Such is the fate of staying out there.  You can see how Daryl maybe started thinking twice about being part of society again.

I honestly think this is the best arc in WD's history.  Can't believe there are only 3 episodes left.  We'll see if they can stick the landing.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 11:33:57 AM
I played the Code Name: STEAM demo and thought it was pretty good.  Glad to hear the released game is on the right path, SeaMoosi.

The only other game I'm picking up for sure is DMC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition.  This is a double dip, but I didn't play through enough of the first game, even though I liked it.

Probably in for Starships, too.

I've got to finish the first RE:R2 and Hotline Miami games, but I'll be getting these eventually. I hear the retail release of RE:R2 is going to have more stuff, anyway.  

Ori and the Blind Forest looks pretty gorgeous and neat, though I'm a little wary of the save system.  I'm going to have to hear how well that is implemented.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 05, 2015, 04:16:10 PM
I am a little too excited for this.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 05, 2015, 04:15:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2015, 06:30:36 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 05, 2015, 05:16:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 05, 2015, 03:24:22 AM

I really like this.  Had some good games with Rogue and RuperT.  There's some definite benefits to having a diverse makeup of weapons with your squad.   The SMG gets a mild stun effect that comes in super handy for slowing the swarms and it's also a one handed weapon so you can still use it while carrying a blackbox.
This game is awesome.  There were some great moments calling in support and revives when all hell was breaking loose, especially at the last extraction.  I really like the dynamic of having to be mindful of friendly fire.  It makes for some good coordinated fire and maneuver that you wouldn't get in a run and gun type game.  I'm looking forward to trying out the exo suits we unlocked.     

They are burly, but slow turning and you cannot reload once ammo is gone.  I've seen people fill all 4 slots with EXOs though so you have multiple drops per mission.  I wasn't aware that you could use the same special in more than one slot.

It's also an impressive drop for someone who hasn't seen it before.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: March 04, 2015, 11:24:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 04, 2015, 07:37:48 PM

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Third Trailer with a HUGE Spoiler at the end

I don't see how that's a spoiler

Cause it's been implied but never confirmed

Spoiler for Hiden:
He's on the poster they released months ago

Yeah, his appearance on the poster makes this no spoiler.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: March 04, 2015, 11:22:49 PM
Well, I went today and bought a $20 card.  It was only on the way out that I noticed Wednesdays are Half Price Game days.  Thank God I didn't Ultra Supercharger Size it or whatever, because I think I still have more than $10 on there.

Apart from the bratty little kid who knocked on the pod door right in an exciting moment (he didn't want to play or anything, he was just being a little unsupervised jerk), I had a great time.

At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to handle it, since the seat felt too close to the screen and that screen is so big I got a little nauseous, but I adjusted pretty quickly.

Man, sliding that throttle forward and launching into the Yavin moon atmosphere was a fantastic start.  The sense of speed and the little gust of air are immersive.

I had a hard time hearing the dialogue so I didn't have the issue of handholding that pug felt.  I did hear a few of them, though.  For example, a trooper climbed onto my speeder bike, and I was already braking when she told me to do it.  I was very pleased to hear a Wilhelm scream as he went tumbling off the front.

I played for twenty minutes, maybe half an hour, and managed to earn two stars on everything.  I was actually the top score on the machine, which made me very proud and then made me wonder if they didn't reset it daily.

I had the most difficulty with the Endor speeder bikes, mostly because you have to manage your missiles a bit better against the AT-ST (there's a shot followed quickly by a multi-shot early in the encounter), then Hoth (I had a hard time with the Interceptor going after one of the transports - may have again been missile management). 

Death Star II is the weakest level, IMO, but it's still nice to fly the Falcon (make sure to switch view so you can see the cockpit).

I got through the first Death Star run, but for some reason I couldn't manage more than one star.  I still don't know how I did it, but if there was any movie level I didn't mind playing multiple times, it was that one.

There is a level that isn't from a movie, though, and I think I had the most fun with this overall.  Seriously, I was grinning like a little kid through this whole mission.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Vader's Revenge has you piloting his TIE immediately after the Death Star blows up and gives you the chance to take out both a Rebel cruiser and the Millenium Falcon.  The Falcon is a slippery SOB, and I thought I'd missed her after several attempts, but she showed up one last time at the end.  A simple "I have you now" and Han Solo was done.  I'm more of a rebel guy, but it was oddly very satisfying.

Also, seeing Vader's helmet reflected in the window at the mission's start was a nice touch.

Overall, I don't know that anyone sane needs to drive an hour round trip to do this thing, but I'm sure as hell glad I did.  I walked out of there with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 04, 2015, 01:45:54 PM
I found the level 1 solo stuff to be too easy, but even by level 2, I was dying on my first playthrough.  I'm not saying level 2 was hard, but it was clear that the challenge was going to progress pretty quickly.

I only had the chance to play co-op for one game before bed (thanks, leo!).  I can see the fun in this, for sure.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 03, 2015, 11:38:38 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 03, 2015, 09:02:28 PM

Really great month, I was so close to buying Valiant Hearts...

One of my favorite indies on PS4.

I'm actually psyched about OlliOlli2, since I haven't finished the first one.  I wasn't sure I'd be getting it.

I'm frustrated by Sherlock, since I want to play it, but I'd rather get it for a newer console.  I actually almost picked it up today, in fact.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PS3/360/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: March 03, 2015, 11:35:01 PM
Ooh, I'm going to put it on my horse.  Try to armor him up a little.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 03, 2015, 08:16:38 PM
Community: Age of Yahoo

Jesus wept, it's the Season 6 trailer.

And it looks pretty damned good!
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 03, 2015, 12:53:05 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on March 03, 2015, 12:24:43 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2015, 12:19:47 AM

Good to see you, Mirage (well, virtually, anyway).

I sure as hell don't know who you offended or how, so welcome back!

I know of 2 people on here that we had differences with... 

Hmmmm....
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 03, 2015, 12:31:55 PM
I wasn't actually saying Carol had cracked in the interview (though I wasn't sure when it started), but that she had already cracked well before this.  We've seen evidence of it multiple times (the burning of the fever people comes to mind, not to mention what she was teaching the children at the prison school), but it seems to have gone dormant.  I don't know what she's going to do to this group down the line, but she's already on the offensive with them.  Maybe she'll go native in her undercover role and that'll mess her up even more, but I doubt it.  I still say she's the one to watch in this.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 03, 2015, 12:19:47 AM
Good to see you, Mirage (well, virtually, anyway).

I sure as hell don't know who you offended or how, so welcome back!
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 05:00:29 PM
I also thought the actor playing the former politico was coming off forced.  I think it's a character choice, instead of performance, but it still doesn't ring true (I also was irritated with her when I looked her up on IMDB and saw this quote: "People think of me as the Jewish Meryl Streep."  Wow.  There are so many levels of hubris in that statement... Look, I don't care if 50 people have said that exact thing to you, you don't say it out loud, even if you're following it with some kind of humble BS).

And then her son, Soulpatch Douchebag.  My god, I didn't think I could hate someone more than Andrea.  Watching that fantastic ass-kicking from Glenn was really satisfying.  I know he's meant to be a douchebag (he even says it out loud), but he's playing "Douchebag".  I'm waiting for him to call a zombie "Brah".

But I like the yummy artist mom (same actress played the even yummier version of the maid in the first season of American Horror Story), and I still really like Aaron (his bit about not having phones was, again, endearing), and I love the set up of this story arc.

I was watching this unfold and thinking, "Well, this just looks perfect, so what's going to go wrong?  What the hell is wrong?"  and then it hit me pretty early in: They're what's wrong.  Rick and Co. are going to fuck this up so bad, and it really fits this world perfectly.  Plus the debate about society and where it ends and whether it's good and how much of it is a pure construct/fabrication...  This kind of highlighted illustration is what good sci fi/fantasy/horror should be doing.

Carol, in particular, scared the hell out of me in her taped interview.  Saying she missed her abusive awful husband every day and adding the junior league bit.  She'd gone Stepford Carol.  A little part of me wondered if she hadn't just cracked.  But of course she was just playing the part to get inside there.  But then Carol has cracked, clearly.  She has gone into the deep end more than a lot of folks in the group.  She's hardened too much.  She's going to be the issue even more than Rick, I think.  Keep your eye on her.

Rick has Carl (and the increasingly goofy-looking Ass-Kicker), and we've seen him get pulled back from the brink because of that before.  I think it'll happen again, but in a different way this time.  It's not going to be as simple as Rick sees Carl has lost his place in the world and realizes he's done the same, so he pulls himself back to society.

Because the group is done with society by this point. This town may seem wonderful, but it's still self-contained.  They are holding onto the way it was, but since they're not part of something larger, there's no real point.  It's empty.

Glenn is the only one who gets it.  I can't remember the line he said, but he had one comment about the town, and why it was important to not let go entirely, and it was dead on.  I think he may finally be the full leader of the group after this.  Or we'll lose him entirely, and it'll be the most tragic to date. 

And then watch out for Maggie.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: March 02, 2015, 04:34:52 PM
I finished over the weekend, and I think Dante is right.  While this isn't an exceptional game in all departments, it certainly isn't terrible enough for the crazily low scores it's getting.  It's a middle of the road game that has some elements that would kick the score up a bit.  I'd put it in the mid-70s, personally.

I get some of the frustrations. 

The forced walking frustrated me, too.  Especially when it was through sections with virtually nothing to do apart from walk through them.  I mentioned it before, but the lack of interesting collectibles really hurt this for me.  I suspect the game was rushed a little bit out the door, and this is one of the areas they wanted more time to flesh out.  It felt like there should have been more or that, at least, the stuff you found would give you some interesting backstory (like with the audio cylinders). As it is, though, it made this really cool world they'd set up feel kind of empty.

I found a lot of the QTEs to be unnecessary.  Like opening a trunk, for example.  Why have me open a trunk with a button, then have me hit X a bunch of times (while he jimmied it with his knife)?  That's just busy work.

Some of the combat felt extended to obvious filler levels (really, another wave of these guys?), and I think there might have been a random critical hit situation in place that felt inconsistent, occasionally.  Also, I don't think I ever liked fighting Lycans.  Those battles often felt cheap to me.  Apart from the last one, which is where the QTEs actually worked, too.

So, that sounds like a lot of irritation, but really, the game works fine.  It's just not at it's full potential in all areas.  Other areas (graphics, actor performance, even story) they've pulled off some exceptional stuff.  And that makes the parts where they didn't feel all the weaker.

But none of it is enough to warrant the kind of reactions we're seeing.  I wish they'd made this a fall release.  I think it could have been something amazing, instead of just an okay game that was worth a play.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 02, 2015, 04:07:59 PM
Whenever I finally get around to finishing RE:R on my 3DS (so much better on the new one), I'll probably get the sequel.  Sounds like it's optimized on Xbox for once.

Shiftlings - I don't know much about this one, and it's the least interesting, so it'll probably be the free PSN game.
White Night - The visuals for this are extremely cool, but I'll wait for reviews.
Helldivers - This one looks good.  A likely buy.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood - The first one was excellent, but I won't bother if they made it harder.
Zombie Army Trilogy - Has anyone played this on PC?  I like the idea, anyway.

Screamride - There's a demo for this on XBox now.  It's kind of Rollercoaster Tycoon meets Boom Blox meets an arcade racer.  Could be really fun, but it was a little sloppy in the demo.

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - I always like these games, but I stop playing them for some reason.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 28, 2015, 10:32:27 PM


Astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this image this morning.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 28, 2015, 04:01:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2015, 10:51:56 PM

Did my biannual check of Facebook. Old coworker will no longer watch the show because of the gay character. Since I have lived in WA for the last year, I forgot there were still people out there like that. Kind of embarrassed for him, but his friends agreed, so I didn't even bother repling. (Background we almost came to blows over gay marriage 5 years ago. He's about as redneck as you can get, but really nice guy otherwise.)

That's sad. 

I wondered if this might be an issue for some.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 09:25:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2015, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.

As I have said twice, the real dress is blue. Its been mentioned in articles. The dress is on even sold on Amazon.

You must be exhausted, saying it so many times.

The argument is not at all over what the color of the dress is in reality.

The discussion is over what our perceptions are of the dress in that picture.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 06:22:55 PM

The problem with this is without another picture it's just a pointless argument.  It needs real resolution to be satisfying to me.

It's not at all pointless. It is mind-bogglingly fascinating.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 27, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
For me, the best part is that I'm going in the middle of the week in the middle of the day.  It should be dead in there.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 27, 2015, 04:58:11 PM

You white/gold people really see no blue hues at all in the white parts?  Not a bit of a periwinkle kind of blue?

I can see a shadow which I can understand some might mistake for a bluish tint.  But the gold is gold. I don't get how someone could see that as black.

If you said to me, "I see this dress as tan with a very light blue," I would tilt my head and say, "Oh, I guess I can see how you would see that," but the idea that this is a clear blue and black dress just baffles my mind.

This is like the old philosophical question: "Is what I see as green the same thing as what you see as green" come to life.

The reason the world is exploding over this is because it's challenging a hard and fast perception issue.

So far, I find it fascinating, but I can see how this could escalate to anger easily.

By the way, we are at a firm 50/50 on voting!  Crazy.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 05:32:13 PM
I saw he went into the hospital for something serious recently, so I was worried.

My pointy ears are drooped in sadness.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Llama drama on: February 27, 2015, 04:38:11 PM
Ha!  I just came in to post about it.

Anyway, a poll is up about the dress.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:37:04 PM


Bear with me on this.

Maybe you've already heard about this, since the internets seem to be losing their collective minds over it, but people cannot honestly agree on the color of this dress.

It's not a thing where someone calls a color mauve and another says its eggplant.  This is literally black and white.  Well, really black/blue and gold/white.

No joke, some people see this dress as gold and white while others are seeing it as black and blue.  It doesn't seem to be an optical illusion, as people are looking at the exact same picture (though maybe it has to do with monitor brightness or something?).  It is so clear to the person viewing it, that they think they're being tricked or lied to about it.  

It can start fights, apparently, so lets be careful.

So, what colors are you seeing in this dress?




EDIT: BTW, I'm really fascinated by this, so please answer honestly.  Don't pick "other" unless you really can't see it as one of the other two combinations.

Also, please note the real question being asked here is: "What colors are you seeing in this dress" not what color the dress may really be.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 27, 2015, 04:29:12 PM
D&B confirms that they have one.  I think I may head over there this week.
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