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41  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New build. Thoughts? on: December 18, 2016, 06:36:38 AM
I finally pulled the trigger on a new PC.  I've got a lot of use out of the Phenom CPU, but this year it really started to show it's age.  Most games have run decently, but bog down when I try streaming them.  Some can't be run with any thing else running or the game slows to a crawl, like Watch Dogs 2.  Others simply don't run. 

In any case, it was four years since the last refresh.

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 9

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Edition PWM AIO Tt LCS Certified Liquid Cooling System

GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000)

SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

It's all going in a Thermaltake F31 Suppressor case powered by an EVGA 750 watt PSU with a 2tb Firecuda for primary storage and a Samsung 500gb SSD for the extra push.  I'll be keeping my current GPU, an R9 290 for now. 

I was close to waiting for either Kaby Lake or Zen, but neither of those is expected on the shelf for a few months.  Will I regret that?  I was also considering the i6800k, but the extra cost and push for quad channel memory made it a little out of my cost comfort zone.  As it is, I already have close to a $1k in this.
42  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Bundle Yogscast Jingle Jam, new game added every day on: December 18, 2016, 12:15:46 AM
wow.  never seen that before.  Wonder what games those will be.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 17, 2016, 03:21:35 AM
I had only a few games this year that I was really looking forward to play, and of the two that failed at launch, No Man's Sky eventually redeemed itself.  Not fully, but then, I was not expecting more than what was shown initially, which was a space exploration game that let you wander through a galaxy of random gen worlds.  I eventually got 30 odd hours out of playing it before I got bored, and have gone back since the developers have actually patched in features they said were in the game months before release.  I expect for many, this game is going to take the crown for biggest disappointment.  In my case, that title falls completely on Mafia 3. 

I remember playing, and then watching streams of Mafia 2 and remembering how fun parts of the game were, even though others were annoyances and hoping for a sequel.  Then that day came where they announced it and we knew what to expect.  New Orleans setting, 1960's era, and a new protagonist with ties to the old.  What else could one hope for?  They eventually revealed how not only would the game let you be the boss instead of just a peon, but that your actions would elicit reactions from your enemies and from your own gang, going as far as turning against you if they felt pushed to the limit.  I loved the setting and the way this new game was going.  What went wrong?  A developer who either got pushed to release too soon or simply felt no urge to address concerns from the first week after release.  3 months after and the game is still lacking in performance improvements on all platforms.  It simply does not run on an entire class of powerful, albeit older, CPUs which are more than capable of running the game.  They have patched in cosmetic additions while ignoring bugs and game-breaking glitches that prevent many from playing.  And they have a history of responding only to praise while ignoring any complaints beyond a token response and directing users to the publisher's help desk.  I, as one who has not been able to even play the game, can only see that the game is still unplayable even when it runs.  The whole aspect of buying a which will never be patched to support a feature the game does not use has broken my willingness to ever pre-order a game from a third party and to be wary of buying there until I know it will work.  While that fault is my own, I cannot but feel that the developer has a responsibility to address issues or at least be honest with it's customers. 

I have played many games that I did not expect to enjoy, and those I should probably avoid by the genre alone.  Salt and Sanctuary is one of those, but I kept it as a potential purchase due to it's take on the "Dark Souls" unforgiving RPG model.  I can appreciate a game that forces you to improve vs letting you improve gradually at your own pace, but do not have the time nor the patience for it like I used to.  S&S is one that forces you to improve and then gives you the tools to do so in the way you choose.  It also has a very responsive control system and does not rely on cheap hits/deaths to the extent that I saw in the Souls games.  I have not finished it, but I keep going back. 

Honorable mentions.  Battlefield 1.  I enjoyed this far more than I did the last two BF games and any of the last few CoD games I have played multiplayer.  Titanfall 2 surprised me by taking what would have been a forgettable single player addition and making it one of the best campaigns in recent memory. 
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 10, 2016, 02:04:38 AM
Hopefully get some time with Watch Dogs 2, maybe some Titanfall 2

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45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 08, 2016, 02:15:35 AM
Guessing that there are no mid mission save points?

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46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (December 6th, 2016) on: December 05, 2016, 03:14:56 PM
In the gaming business, a vaporware title is one who is perpertually in alpha or pre-alpha states.  It commonly shows you a great trailer but never unscripted gameplay and has a release date as varied as a fly's path through the air.  It may occasionally show up in "what happened to x?" articles and make it's presence known by it's absence of being mentioned at all.  It also occasionally slips out and everybody remembers the first time they heard about it, like when Firefly was cancelled.  Then we all shake our heads and sit back in our chair, Akbar style with a well earned exhalation and declare, "it's not vaporware".

(not vaporware) - The Last Guardian
(supposedly also not vaporware) - Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion

(vaporware, but secretely not vaporware) -Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission

(also not vaporware) - Dead Rising 4
(supposedly also not vaporware) - Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion

(also not vaporware, but also not dead either.  ) - Dead Rising 4
(disappeared after falling over the railing on a cruise ship to the Bahamas) - Earth’s Dawn
(fired from it's job at Denny's and now concentrating on it's band) - Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
(off in the far reaches of the Emperor's dominon, smiting heathens) - Space Hulk: Deathwing
(supposedly also not vaporware) Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion
(ran off with the band with that Nitro guy) - ROM: Extraction
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 05, 2016, 05:32:42 AM
I really want this to be good.  Anyone played MWO? Curious if they have a good handle on the core combat and not just an arcade approximation of it.

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48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 05, 2016, 05:30:59 AM
Had a great hack run against another player last night.  I shadowed him climbing a building for a money drop and hid on the roof of the building he jumped down from, then started the hack.  Watching him drive around the street looking for me was great fun and he never got close to my hiding spot. 

So far, foiled every hack attempt and taken out half of those who tried.

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49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 03, 2016, 02:37:30 AM
Watching 2 Dogs on the PC when I'm not roped into taking the kids to an ear bleeding birthday party at one of those inflatable-slide party stores.  Maybe see if I can finish off Titanfall 2.

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50  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Free Ubisoft Giveaways every day for 30 days on: December 03, 2016, 02:31:18 AM

Quote from: Purge on December 02, 2016, 05:11:44 PM

Pine cones look like turds.
If your poop looks like that, you should seek medical assistance
51  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: December 02, 2016, 01:48:39 AM
They want us to think inside the box?!
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] WatchDogs 2 on: December 01, 2016, 03:14:46 AM
I saw a nice little touch for the AI; as I was scouting out a restricted zone, I heard a call on the police scanner for a murder and decided to see how the game handled it when I wasn't the one responsible.  I found a traffic accident with a dead pedestrian.  The driver stayed in there car and was arrested at gunpoint and put into the back of a cruiser, which then drove away.  A point for ubisoft.  Then another co-op proceeded to train his gun on the body while the other two squads went on a search for the killer, leaving their cars in the intersection.   drool.  Oh well. AI god giveth, taketh away...

My new police cruiser was certainly fast though
53  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: December 01, 2016, 02:56:24 AM
Yeah, I am only somewhat interested in the car mechanic sim.  I might give them a few bucks for that...

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54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 30, 2016, 05:37:34 AM
Okay.  Played about an hour and did a co-op mission with a random.  We were not terribly stealthy and ended up in a big gun fight.  It was pretty cool how the MP works in co-op mode.  You just see a player now and again and can join in with the random open world stuff or do one of the missions that spawns once you join up.  Much less of a hassle than GTAV was with the instanced worlds you would need to join. 

It ran perfectly on this older PC of mine,    and I saw no real issues with graphics or performance. 

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55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 28, 2016, 01:29:32 AM
I got a copy of WD2 on the PC from a hard drive promotion on BF, so there's that.  I am curious about reviews for FFXV but am in no hurry to jump on it.  

I was close to getting BF1 due to the Origin sale, but the damn thing has started crashing to desktop before getting into a match.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: November 28, 2016, 01:23:23 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 28, 2016, 01:01:37 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 27, 2016, 05:55:35 PM


Seriously is anyone still playing this? Hell, does anyone still even have the game installed? After months of radio silence, the most hated and criticized game since Daikatana just got a massive "foundation" patch that adds a ton of fixes and new features including base building, player purchaseable freighters, new game modes, and numerous interface and graphic improvements. It's the first in what Sean Murray claims is a series of patches to make the game what they envisioned.

To be honest, so many new games have come out since No Man's Sky release, I've moved on from it. That plus the major disappointment I felt after playing the game has made it difficult to be interested again, but I'll probably try it again eventually after they release another patch to fix more bugs and flesh out the new stuff that was added in this latest patch release.

So base building is what they had envisioned?  That's funny because I don't recall any of that in the trailers\video demos.  I think they are just trying to save face.  It's too late.
While I agree that it wasn't billed as a feature in the months leading up to launch, the "freighter as mobile base" does seem pretty interesting. 

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57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: on: November 22, 2016, 01:41:53 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 20, 2016, 02:01:01 AM

Tried to play the open beta for Steep, but either it's another game that flat out will not work on my CPU or I'm one of the masses who have run into other crashing issues.  So, I ended up playing more AC Rogue.

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Took a short break to try out Slime Rancher, which was an odd little game.  Not sure I'll spend much time with it though.  I spent most of yesterday playing Mirrors Edge Catalyst, which was fun. 

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58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 20, 2016, 02:01:01 AM
Tried to play the open beta for Steep, but either it's another game that flat out will not work on my CPU or I'm one of the masses who have run into other crashing issues.  So, I ended up playing more AC Rogue.

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59  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 16, 2016, 01:44:11 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 15, 2016, 08:18:42 PM

No problem.  I hadn't realized that the old system had died.

It's mostly due to a change in my employment.  I no longer get paid to watch Twitch all day long and visit gaming websites.  slywink
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 15, 2016, 03:25:58 PM
Interested in Watch Dogs 2 based on the improvements they made to the original, but waiting on two things.  How the PC version performs and whether it works on my aging PC.  Already had 2 new games launch without support for the cpu, so I am not waiting for launch on this.  If the game is good, but port is bad/unsupported, then I'll pick it up on black friday for the PS4. 

Otherwise, I am pretty much done with new releases this year and it's all about that steam sale for any games.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 15, 2016, 03:21:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 15, 2016, 02:42:34 PM

I am annoyed that the PC version continues to not get sales.  :/

Agreed, but for a game I will mainly play for the SP, I may be ok with playing and trading it in.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 15, 2016, 03:12:52 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2016, 03:35:47 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2016, 06:28:52 PM

For anyone interested, but waiting for a sale, you have it.  $35 for PS4 on Amazon.  They did offer same price on XB1, but ran out. 

Word is that the Black Friday sales should have it again for the same.

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I missed this ;(

Well, aren't you in luck then.  $30 for either on and XB1 matched at Amazon.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 12, 2016, 06:28:52 PM
For anyone interested, but waiting for a sale, you have it.  $35 for PS4 on Amazon.  They did offer same price on XB1, but ran out. 

Word is that the Black Friday sales should have it again for the same.

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64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/4/16 US Pre-Election of Doom Edition on: November 05, 2016, 02:03:16 PM
Probably more BF1 if I get a large chunk of time. If not, continue levelling up in Salt and Sanctuary or Everspace. 
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: October 30, 2016, 01:18:38 AM
The good teams do work together, at least in most of the games I've played.  Keeping your team ammo and health are just as important as your k/d ratio. The biggest flaw I've come across is the immediate push to the next objective, leaving the one you just capped defenseless. 

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66  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: October 30, 2016, 01:14:05 AM
I'll see if the scripts still work. Steam has a habit of changing their HTML for sale pages.

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67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 23, 2016) on: October 24, 2016, 03:25:49 AM
Guess it will be Skyrim SE as that's free in my situation.  Interested in Titanfall's campaign but not at launch. 
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/21/16 Edition on: October 24, 2016, 03:24:08 AM
Mostly just stuck with 4-ish hours of Battlefield 1.  Got past that awkward WTF am I doing/need to do/live long enough to try to do and into the sweet stage of feeling like I have helped my team while not looking useless.  I also played a little Civ Rev 2 on the Vita to quench the civ vi desire without paying for it (yeah, only similar in the basics, but close enough for the tbs itch imho).

Given how little I get to play, it is probably better to just play games from my backlog that resemble the newer games I would probably get to play in short bursts any ways. 
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: October 23, 2016, 02:33:18 PM
If you are on PC and have any interest in this but aren't willing to gamble $60 on it, I'd recommend the origin pass.  $5 gets you 10 hours to play.  I did that and had fun once I got past the initial awkwardness of the controls.  Also, I would stick to only a few of the war stories, then play the conquest mode.  It's much better than straight TDM or CTF and your k/d ratio doesn't factor in to your score, whereas playing the objectives and whatever your secondary role is makes a huge difference.  I stuck with medic as it's a great balance of ranged and less twitchy rifles vs the assault class's and you can have a great impact on your team through heals/revives. 

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70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Control: Origins on: October 21, 2016, 02:44:54 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 20, 2016, 06:17:56 PM

Still damned excited, but....crap....

The decision to go with a prequel rather than a sequel seems at first an odd choice, but it’s the result of the complexities of the Star Control franchise intellectual property. Even though Stardock has the naming and publishing rights to the Star Control franchise, it does not have the rights to use any of the Star Control aliens or story material in the first two games. All of that remains the property of original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III. Ars reached out to Ford and Reiche for some elaboration, and Reiche responded with this clarifying statement:

Fred and I retain the copyright to all material in Star Control I & II, but we do not own the name "Star Control," which is why our open source project is called, "The Ur-Quan Masters." Stardock purchased the trademark for Star Control as well as the original material in Star Control III, which Fred and I also did not create. Super space-cows? What were they thinking?!

Well, this certainly puts a damper on my excitement seeing this again.  SC without the aliens isn't SC, and that trailer looked okay, but did not have a real SC feel to it.  Why bother using the name if you can't continue on the story line with a proper SC3?  I do want a game in the same vein, but this doesn't seem like it's going to fit the bill. 
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: October 20, 2016, 03:08:03 PM
Well, that was short and sweet.  No visible cars, so the prequel aspect is still viable.  The environments look gorgeous.

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72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 on: October 20, 2016, 02:26:27 PM
Best guess based on the non-silhouette image is a prequel based on Dutch's gang.  Some of those faces are clearly members of the gang.  It was also floating around the rumor mill a year ago when a rough draft of the map was leaked, showing all of the map from RDR and a large expansive area to the east with what looks like a New Orleans-like city. 

It will all be revealed in 30 odd minutes.  Hope we get gameplay footage and not some short teaser.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 02:20:40 PM
Looks slick.  Guessing that the first person game is Skyrim HD?
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 on: October 18, 2016, 01:45:42 PM
Yup.  I can't wait to see this.

Fall 2017, PS4 and XB1 (sadly, not listed for PC)

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 15, 2016, 06:10:34 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 15, 2016, 04:29:40 PM

I'm holding off for a big sale.  It's not getting good reviews and most reviews I've read talk about how repetitive the game is. 
Fwiw, the repetitive aspects are similar to Shadow of Mordor, but the story is better than most open world games and goes a long way.  The world building is also a big plus. 

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76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: October 15, 2016, 03:14:23 PM
Supposedly, the game was not actually displaying at 1080p, but upscaling from 720p.  Guessing that textures were also low res.

This patch did not address my issue though and the game remains unplayable.  They have not had a good response to this, only the same "we are aware and looking into this" and no ETA at all.  I will not be pre ordering/pre loading any games from 2k or hangar 13.  I am willing to gamble on a game being less than I hoped or in need of optimizations, I am less willing if there's a chance I'll buy something I can't play or return.

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77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/7/16 on: October 08, 2016, 09:25:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2016, 10:53:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2016, 03:29:20 PM

I have waaaay too many games to play. 

Forza Horizon 3
Mafia III
Steep Beta

I think I'll probably spend some time with the Steep alpha/beta (they call it different things in different places...) first to see what I think.  Then probably more Paladins and Forza Horizon 3.

Well, thanks to a fuck-up from 2K for not including product keys in Mafia 3, it looks like I have one less game on my plate this weekend.   disgust
And for Hangar13 for not bothering to include support for Phenom CPUs and I cannot play either.  Hope 2K gets your issue figured out soon.  Any word from them about that?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 08, 2016, 09:23:44 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 08, 2016, 06:59:08 PM

They say the fix is in for a patch this week-end to address the major issues.

 last word from devs
[UPDATE 10/8 2:20 PM PT] PC players: our patch that includes 30, 60 & unlimited fps options will go live at 3PM PT.
79  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: October 08, 2016, 06:30:31 PM
Do the uninstall, then get ccleaner and scan your registry.  Run and clean a few times to be sure nothing is left.  Fwiw, you should not need to wipe your downloaded games, just the client.  Once you get the client running again, you could run the verify files utility in the game's properties.

I had a similar issue with steam last year where it wouldn't even run unless in administrator mode.

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80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: October 08, 2016, 06:23:30 PM
My impressions so far are that the game has not bothered to include support for AMD phenom chips.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but it still annoys me when it happens.  It's not that difficult to add support for SSE4a.  The devs for NMS, Phantom Pain, and EDF added support within a few days, so I'm hoping I get to play soon. 

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