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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 18, 2016, 07:59:25 PM
09/18/16
Release Date: Apr 4, 2016



66% off. Sale price $8.49
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 96% positive in 200 reviews

Notice: Requires a virtual reality headset. See the VR Support section for more info.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 18, 2016, 04:49:27 PM
09/17/16
Release Date: Nov 6, 2015



66% off. Sale price $15.29
Metacritic score - 79 Critic 74 User
Steam user score - 63% positive in 306 reviews

3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Reviews update Sept 2016 on: September 17, 2016, 04:06:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 14, 2016, 10:52:54 PM

For anyone that is curious, SteamSpy collected the 427 games that had the biggest change in review score with these changes:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s_T4WYWf-tBtA8Oqg79J7fDe3ulOc6DgJl6ByhYMnD0/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true


I was happy to find that the first games on the list I have (and enjoyed) were not that high up, but I also recognized those as having a been bundled/sold on 3rd party sites.  What's funny to me is how the games at the bottom jumped up in average score, which I see as the unfortunate side effect of cutting out these reviews.  Those games are clearly selling more on 3rd party sites/bundles and when reviewed lower are obviously not the developer paying for them.  But, it has made many low quality games come off as better than most people would agree on.  Benefit to the developer over the consumer. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Reviews update Sept 2016 on: September 17, 2016, 03:55:56 PM
As someone who has gotten press keys for a game and left a review on it, I felt that the need to get a review out before the game launched for the masses was a detriment to how much time I could A: play the game "enough" to review it, and B: spend writing a comprehensive review.    It basically boiled down to a positive preview experience. 

I do think that the key=uncounted approach is too nuclear of an option (so, usual Steam approach), but I also see the difficulty.  They already added the checkbox for "this was a free key" but that goes without enforcement and is obviously easy to counter by review spammers/bots.  If they had made the checkbox for purchased, rather than free, and added a captcha, maybe it would have been effective in weeding out bot reviews.  Too late for that though. 

I agree that with Steam's metric analysis, they could easily make the system better.  It should be possible to ID which accounts are bots based on a few key identifiers.  Life of the account vs games active, games from single developer vs many, % of games by key vs purchased, etc and against the reviews themselves, where you could find almost word for word copies of reviews.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 17, 2016, 03:42:31 PM
Quick games with Everspace.  If I get any longer gaming time, it will be back in Grim Dawn or dabbling in Arkham Knight on the PC (plays great, btw) as it was cheap to get the full DLC and I recently had the urge to replay it. 
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XBone] Everspace (roguelike space shooter w/ persistent progression) on: September 16, 2016, 03:09:02 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2016, 12:20:08 AM

Looks very cool, thanks for thr impressions Blackjack.

Does this support HOTAS?

I've had this on my radar for a while, and once I get a chance to try this out tomorrow, I'll test this out with the X52.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Minecraft on: September 08, 2016, 01:07:13 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on September 07, 2016, 04:34:23 PM

I believe with a console you are limited in a couple ways, that I know of.

One, patches take longer to come vs a PC.
Two, the world cannot be as large vs a PC.

There sort of is a demo, in that there is a free version (PC) from several years back. But it is no way representative of the current version. Just gives a feel for the world.

Here are the min specs:
CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz.
RAM: 2GB.
GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1.
GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1.
HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files.
Actually, one of the pluses to the PS4/XB1 versions is an expanded game world.  Yes, not infinite as the PC, but functionally close enough for most people.  But the way the game has changed for console makes up for it imo.  Easier crafting, a tutorial mode, and smaller biomes, which means they can see new zones without long distance hikes.  My kids haven't lost interest in it like they did with the Skylanders/lego games.

Check here for all the details:
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Console_Edition
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 03, 2016, 03:50:50 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 02, 2016, 06:46:58 PM

I intend to spend time with my family bonding and singing songs by a fire to celebrate the end of summer.

Or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
I would have been doing the latter, but the wife insists on the former, so we are out and away from both PC and consoles until Sunday.  I do have Monday for gaming, so I hope to really get started on DE:MK, although NMS keeps calling my name for some reason.
9  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 01, 2016, 02:48:00 PM
08/31/16
Release Date: Jun 1, 2016



25% off. Sale price $14.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 97% positive in 419 reviews

10  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 31, 2016, 02:41:33 AM
08/30/16
Release Date: Jun 2, 2016



40% off. Sale price $11.99
Metacritic score - 54 Critic 32 User
Overall Steam user score -  65% positive in 84 reviews
 
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/30/16) on: August 29, 2016, 03:40:24 AM
This week we get a new expansion to the long running (never ending>?) WoW, a massive RPG repackage, a game from Koei that doesn't feature tons of brain dead soldiers to mow down by the thousands and another contender in the "Monster Hunter clone" genre.  

PS4
Assetto Corsa
Attack on Titan
Fallout 4 Nuka World DLC
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA X
Resident Evil 4
Strike Vector EX
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition

XB1
Assetto Corsa
Attack on Titan
Fallout 4 Nuka World DLC
Resident Evil 4
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition

PS3
Attack on Titan

Vita
Attack on Titan
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA X

PC
Fallout 4 Nuka World DLC
The Final Station
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Hue
The Turing Test
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
World of Warcraft: Legion
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 27, 2016, 01:39:02 AM
08/26/16
Release Date: Jun 4, 2015



50% off. Sale price $6.49
Metacritic score - 82 Critic 83 User
Recent Steam user score -  97% positive in 250 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  95% positive in 5,743 reviews
13  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 26, 2016, 12:37:16 AM
08/25/16
Release Date: Oct 28, 2008



75% off. Sale price $4.99
Metacritic score - 82 Critic 68 User
Recent Steam user score -  75% positive in 57 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  83% positive in 2,426 reviews
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 25, 2016, 02:29:41 PM
08/24/16
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015



50% off. Sale price $7.49
Metacritic score - 78 Critic 75 User
Recent Steam user score -  84% positive in 95 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  90% positive in 3,008 reviews
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: August 24, 2016, 01:43:02 AM
Not quite.  They had two previously for the WikI/3DS.  This is worth it for Okami alone, especially if you missed it as a PS+
16  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 24, 2016, 01:33:50 AM
08/23/16
Release Date: Dec 10, 2015



60% off. Sale price $7.19
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User

17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/19/16 Edition on: August 22, 2016, 01:53:56 PM
NMS kept my attention for the couple of hours I got to play this weekend, even though the sheen of newness has worn down to a more reasonable enjoyment stubble.  Still fun for a while, and I do intend to keep the journey to the center of the universe going at least a while.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/23/16) on: August 22, 2016, 01:51:58 PM
Did anyone ask for this?  Yes, apparently we did, as the sequel arrives this week.  We also get our yearly update to Madden in time for the start of the season, a number of ports and re-releases. 

PS4
Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
Alone With You
Armikrog
Big City Stories
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Inside
Madden NFL 17
Metrico+
Prominence Poker
The King of Fighters XIV
Valley
Worms W.M.D. All Stars

XB1
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Madden NFL 17
Worms W.M.D. All Stars

WiiU
Nintendo Selects: LEGO City Undercover
Nintendo Selects: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

PS3
Doodle Devil
Madden NFL 17

360
Madden NFL 17Prominence Poker

3DS
Nintendo Selects: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Nintendo Selects: LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins
Nintendo Selects: Luigiís Mansion: Dark Moon
Nintendo Selects: Nintendogs + Cats
Nintendo Selects: Tomodachi Life

Vita
Alone With You

PC
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Metrico+
N++
Worms W.M.D. All Stars
19  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 20, 2016, 03:06:39 AM
08/19/16
Release Date: Mar 10, 2016



75% off. Sale price $12.49
Metacritic score - 74 Critic 67 User
Recent Steam user score -  65% positive in 144 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  68% positive in 1,542 reviews
20  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 19, 2016, 12:57:07 AM
08/18/16
Release Date: Apr 28, 2016



40% off. Sale price $8.99
Metacritic score - 74 Critic 77 User
Recent Steam user score -  100% positive in 10 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  94% positive in 138 reviews
DLC
Neon Chrome Original Soundtrack - 40% off. Sale price $2.99
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 17, 2016, 02:06:31 PM
The experimental branch was indeed updated at least twice yesterday.  After the first, I was actually able to play without the SDE emulator, so it ran pretty flawlessly.  I got about 40 minutes in before heading off to work. Another update was scheduled when I got home, so I backed up my install folder, let it patch and played another few hours.  Other than the pop in you get whenever you fly, it's been good.  I had already scanned a number of things while playing the SDE emulator and found that when I finally got online with it (SDE required that you play offline) my starting system had already been 60% mapped by someone else.  Kind of screwy when you consider that trillions of trillions of planets are in the game, but it was probably due to my not being logged in, so the server dumped us in the same system.  At least he's not naming them in a dickish manner, and I still got to get the credits for claiming them on my own game. 

I really wish this game had some kind of map/user set waypoint system.  I keep finding useful stuff I would love to go back to, but having to keep track of it manually is a bit of a pain, and makes finding the occasional merchant more of a one-time thing.  I also wish that the local scan items you find would stay visible longer after you notice them.  I've already found a few backpack upgrades, a slightly better (although funkier looking) ship and enough new techs that I can eventually build.  I am still in that honeymoon phase of "just one more waypoint", but the game so far is scratching the itch I had following this through the years.  Not perfect, but near enough in some ways and more accessible than Elite Dangerous.
22  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 17, 2016, 12:56:05 AM
08/16/16
Release Date: Jul 29, 2015



60% off. Sale price $4.79
Metacritic score - 66 Critic 80 User
Steam user score - 86% positive in 998 reviews

23  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 16, 2016, 01:14:19 AM
08/15/16
Release Date: Sep 22, 2003



75% off. Sale price $4.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 76% positive in 2,676 reviews

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 15, 2016, 04:10:00 AM
So, I ran a workaround for my apparently old Phenom CPU and managed to play enough to get my ship in working order.  It runs like a dog with 3 bad legs and one missing from birth.  It hitches regularly, pulls 90% of the CPU at most times and takes about 4gb of RAM.  And still has issues showing me less detail than games with far more going on than a walk in the woods and harvesting random resources.  For all the work they did with the experimental branch for us, they overlooked a detail that renders thee game unplayable without this software workaround.  Ironically, the workaround does not get recorded by Steam itself, so I still show less than 10 minutes of play.  I would be able to refund it, but as my copy was bought from Humble, I am stuck with it.  My only hope is that they eventually patch this thing up enough for me to run it. 

Beyond all thee technical failings, the game seems decent as an exploration game and mediocre as anything else.  Don't fret if you were wary of it's supposed survival aspects.  It boils down to harvesting any number of carbon based plant in sight, of which you could not find a spot anywhere on the planet without some, harvesting them for about 5 seconds and refilling your life support suit.  It takes so little time or effort I do not consider it survival in any meaning of the word.  Once you get over the minimal need to refill a few bars every so often, you are left with scavenging the resources you need to fix/fill whatever it is you need to fix/fill and scanning everything in sight with the goggles you have when you crashed, (also broken, initially) and walking/flying/jetpacking to the nearest icon on your map before it disappears.  You eventually may stumble on an alien animal, whose existence to the universe is worth 1000 credits to you to scan and upload (imagine if our world worked on this principle), of which there are less than a dozen on any one planet, thankfully (be fearful our planet ends up like these ones).  You can also find an occasional sentient who you can consider patting on the head in what I hope is in a condescending manner, or who might deem to give you credits just for saying hello, like the space hobo you are.  You can scan his stuff and hope to unlock new tech that you cannot build or equip due to limited inventory, destroy his plants before he forgets to water them, or attempt to discern what he says with limited knowledge provided via those obelisks like the one HAL gave to the apes (one word per obelisk, as apparently their memory capacity is quite limited).

I do not expect this game to be all that interesting to the majority of people as you have to enjoy exploration for its own sake, rather than many of the mechanics that most games utilize.  Fun is highly subjective here.  Use caution and be sure to buy it where you might be able to return it if you are not convinced by your own need to explore.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/14/16) on: August 15, 2016, 03:39:25 AM
Middle of August and we have officially hit the summer dry spell,albeit for a short time.  Sandwiched between two weeks with big titles, we have a bit of a lull here.  One port, one sequel to a surprising hit and not a lot else.  Maybe it's time we caught up with our backlog, eh?

PS4
2064: Read Only Memories
Formula 1 2016
Grow Up
Inversus
Valentino Rossi: The Game Day One Edition

XB1
Formula 1 2016
Grow Up
Valentino Rossi: The Game Day One Edition

3DS
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

Vita
2064: Read Only Memories
Dungeon Punks

PC
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Dungeon Punks
Formula 1 2016
Grow Up
Inversus
26  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 14, 2016, 05:40:43 PM
08/14/16
Release Date: May 18, 2016



20% off. Sale price $15.99
Metacritic score - 83 Critic 68 User
Steam user score - 92% positive in 494 reviews

27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 13, 2016, 07:31:16 PM
08/13/16
Game is in Early Access



30% off. Sale price $13.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 78% positive in 1,824 reviews

DLC
TerraTech RD Pack - 30% off. Sale price $6.99
28  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 13, 2016, 04:39:15 PM
08/12/16
Release Date: Sep 4, 2014



40% off. Sale price $5.99
Metacritic score - 68 Critic 71 User
Steam user score - 93% positive in 4,139 reviews

29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: August 12, 2016, 08:29:09 PM
Short follow up to my first post.  Someone put a debugger on the game and it seems the crash is CPU related, specifically older chips.  (4 years or older). It will take a little while for them to address, as it will take a while to recompile support for SSE4.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 12, 2016, 06:12:16 PM
For those of you considering buying on PC, be sure to go through Steam if you have any, and I do mean, any, concern about it running.  There are multiple instances of bad performance and in my case, it simply crashes on startup. 

AMD R9 290 4GB
Phenom II
16GB RAM

Steam reviews are currently on a downward trajectory because of it.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: August 12, 2016, 01:00:58 PM
Considering No Mans Sky on PC, but will probably spend time with Starbound as it has really grabbed my attention since it got out of early access.
32  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 11, 2016, 02:42:43 PM
08/10/16
Release Date: Jan 13, 2009



75% off. Sale price $4.99
Metacritic score - 81 Critic 81 User
Recent Steam user score -  84% positive in 353 reviews
Overall Steam user score -  89% positive in 14,612 reviews
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/10/16) on: August 08, 2016, 02:39:15 PM
We have what seems to be the biggest hyped open world game since Battlecruiser 3000, Spore and Black and White and if that isn't a portentous legacy, I can't imagine it when No Man's Sky releases this week.  It has promised us a whole galaxy to explore and leave something those games never could, our name, on the way.  How soon until we see all manner of foul-named creatures populating the peaceful planet of xXx720_NoScope_KillaxXX?  When publishers see themselves up against titles of this caliber in their release schedule, do they move aside or stay in the sideline?  This week has it's own answer to that question, and it was to get out of the way.

PS4
Blade Ballet
[email protected]
Caladrius Blaze
Emily Wants to Play
Indigo Prophecy
No Manís Sky
OlliOlli Epic Combo Edition
UNO

PC
Blade Ballet
Ray Gigant
No Manís Sky
Xblaze Lost:Memories
34  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 05, 2016, 06:29:43 PM
Weekend Deal
Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.



Weekend Deal
Play the Multiplayer Starter Pack <a href='steam://run/311210'>FREE until Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. Buy the base game at 50% off until Monday at 10am Pacific.
Release Date: Nov 5, 2015


50% off. Sale price $29.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 56% positive in 41,752 reviews

DLC
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Season Pass - 20% off. Sale price $39.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - The Giant Zombies Map -   $5.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Eclipse DLC -  $14.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Awakening DLC -  $14.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - C.O.D.E. Warriors Personalization Pack - $3.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - C.O.D.E. Valor Calling Cards -  $3.99

Weekend Deal
Release Date: Nov 19, 2015


60% off. Sale price $15.99
Metacritic score - 74 Critic 70 User
Steam user score - 72% positive in 2,600 reviews

DLC
Mordheim: City of the Damned - Witch Hunters - 25% off. Sale price $7.49
Mordheim: City of the Damned - The Poison Wind Globadier - 25% off. Sale price $1.33
Mordheim: City of the Damned - The Smuggler - 25% off. Sale price $1.33
Mordheim: City of the Damned - Wolf-Priest of Ulric - 25% off. Sale price $1.33
Mordheim: City of the Damned - Doomweaver - 25% off. Sale price $1.33
35  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 05, 2016, 06:27:25 PM
08/05/16
Release Date: Jun 16, 2016



40% off. Sale price $23.99
Metacritic score - 64 Critic 43 User
Steam user score - 48% positive in 156 reviews

36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 03, 2016, 05:10:25 PM
Midweek Madness
Offer Ends Friday at 10am Pacific Time.



Midweek Madness
Offer Ends Friday at 10am Pacific Time.

37  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 03, 2016, 05:07:22 PM
08/03/16
Release Date: Jul 13, 2015



50% off. Sale price $7.49
Metacritic score - 69 Critic 59 User
Steam user score - 76% positive in 725 reviews

DLC
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! - Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus - 50% off. Sale price $1.49
38  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: July 23, 2016, 06:50:26 PM
Small note, I will be on vacation for the next week, so they'll be no updates from me until Saturday.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] The Technomancer - action-based RPG on: July 23, 2016, 03:17:01 PM
It's on my wish list. While looking for new employment, I am holding back from expensive impulse purchases, so this must wait until later. Glad that it's an improvement over their last game.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause !!Last Week!! on: July 22, 2016, 06:04:59 PM
Here's one from Tacoma, WA.  Not great quality, sad to say. 

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgAmhqRLGrzChAIy6fpk7CslxNkk
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