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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: January 17, 2013, 02:10:13 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 17, 2013, 07:38:59 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 17, 2013, 05:34:57 AM

Given the amount of time, effort, and money I and others put into this place, posts like this just break my heart.  I really don't know what to do other than more - write more reviews, write more articles, write more news.  We've got big plans for 2013 and it's my hope that folks take a moment to see it.   Honestly, the forums baffle the hell out of me.  For instance, when we post up more videos than and then somebody comes in the next day and links to some other site rather than taking a second to look at the work we put in, it just stings.  When it happens nearly all of the time it just makes me completely confused.  I'd gladly take suggestions on how to make it better.

I think we have had that discussion not that long ago? As others have pointed out as well, others do what GT does, and unfortunately to my mind, better. If you are asking why, I do think it has to do with, as I also mentioned previously, to me the frontpage has no soul whatsoever. Its just a mashing of news articles that I can find anywhere on the net. Granted, most of the reason is just that I started viewing RPS a while ago, and that has just stuck. I find that they are quite good journalists whose writing I really like, but then again, I actually havent read a frontpage on GT in over a year.

As I also mentioned sometime ago in another post, GT has become another of the 7-10 score sites, where you pretty much never go below a 7 in reviewing a game, and thats a shame, since the scale is 1-10! I know last time you responded you thought you had a 60 something somewhere, but hey, thats not the point. The point is the scoring doesn't matter when you do it like this - its just noise without any meaningful disctinction. (EDIT: Ha, I just saw the two 60+ reviews on the frontpage now!)
As I also pointed out, I have no idea what GT stands for right now, if anything.  For lack of better words, to me the site's frontpage lacks personality, so I never go there.

Looking at the posting stats though, it doesnt look good. 2500 posts vs 5000 last years december? The forum activity IS declining.

I  would like to address this as I had actually had a very similar opinion of the site.  I would be in the habit of hitting the front page real quick, skimming and seeing just one or two announcements a day and jumping right to the forums.  I the last few weeks however, I have seen LOTS more content being posted.  We still have the standard announcements, but serveral new opinion pieces are showing up on a regular basis now. Even the announcement fluff sounds like there's more personality being written into them.  If this continues, I can see this easily turning into a site that I read rather than skim.

As for the forums, I wouldn't bother worrying about them really.  The front page is where the money is made and that's where the time and effort needs to be focused.  My only suggestion would be integration between the forums and the comment system.  Needing a separate account sucks, and having them tie together might draw more new people into the forums.

Finally, a personal note of appreciation for the extra work going into the site lately; I at least have noticed and am enjoying it. Keep it up guys!
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 08, 2013, 03:18:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2013, 12:13:43 PM

Thanks, gents. I'll ponder it should my reading list get light.

I just finished the book I was working on last week, and am now starting a read of the full Wheel of Time series (probably with a  break or two in the middle for something different).  I have never read any of them before, so hopefully I will enjoy it and will keep you posted on my Goodreads page.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Django Unchained on: January 08, 2013, 02:19:39 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 08, 2013, 04:26:23 AM

All right, so what do people think of the depiction of race in the film? I'm not talking Spike Lee's obviously messed-up view, what do you think?

My only complaint was that Django didn't have much agency during the first half of the film.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Schultz taught him to fight, to shoot, to read, etc. It was like the "magical Negro" but in reverse. Sure, he was a "natural," but Django and most of the slaves only did anything at the beginning because a white man rode in. I'm not sure how comfortable I am with that.

Having said that, I absolutely loved it.

I actually prefer that to the "oh look, I magically know how to do all these things myself even though I've lived as a slave all my life!"  Anything else would have felt fake and Hollywoodized in my opinion.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: January 04, 2013, 06:39:20 PM
Glad to hear it!
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodreads (social reading site) on: January 03, 2013, 09:53:44 PM
Yep, I was updating stuff today as well, and a bunch of titles took a bit to update.  Just wait a little and go back to the site
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodreads (social reading site) on: January 03, 2013, 01:38:01 PM
Going for a conservative 24 books this year. If I can't beat that, something is wrong  icon_biggrin
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: December 28, 2012, 06:12:42 PM
Thanks a bunch Tim!  I startedlistening to it during my workout today and it's got a great start to it.  Definitely looking forward to getting into the meat of it  icon_twisted

The narrator also does a great job with the reading.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: December 20, 2012, 09:38:09 PM
Congrats Tim!  Sign me up for the contest (assuming we aren't all dead by then of course)   icon_biggrin
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: December 11, 2012, 06:17:49 PM
The poster makes sense now as it looks like the main theme is going to be the world deciding whether he is a hero or a threat.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 05, 2012, 02:42:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 05, 2012, 01:11:28 PM

Big news!  Netflix just outbid Starz for the right to show Disney movies shortly after they leave theaters.   eek That's quite a coup!

I also believe it's for all their movie properties so that also includes Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, etc.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: GOTY/GOAT of the year? on: November 27, 2012, 07:04:17 PM
Nothing elseis coming out thisyear that I care about, so this list should be final


Runner Up:
Dragon's Dogma
92  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 26, 2012, 08:02:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 26, 2012, 03:08:34 PM

They give scores other than 7?

Only when the review is meaningless; if you look back at their original review, it was a solid 8.  Hell, according to metacritic it didn't receive less than a 7 anywhere.
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 26, 2012, 01:55:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 21, 2012, 09:22:51 PM

Got my log-in issues straightened out and fired up SW: TOR this afternoon.  After a couple hours, I came to conclusion that going back to other MMO's is going to be awfully difficult after spending so much time with GW2.  Just the idea of non-shared kills is a really tough adjustment to make.

I believe LOTRO has already adapted by adding this feature to the game.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: November 15, 2012, 02:45:02 PM
Nothing surprising about it, there's some great talent behind this film.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 14, 2012, 06:20:07 PM
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 14, 2012, 02:09:00 PM
Ok, here's one

97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 13, 2012, 09:29:58 PM
Ha ha... Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back  icon_biggrin

If I'm correct, someone else can go ahead and post. I don't have time to find something to post.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 13, 2012, 02:15:37 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 13, 2012, 04:57:28 AM

Had a very fun an entertaining night with Jarrodhk, Proner, and PeteRock. We did pretty well in the War Games, then finished out the night with Spartan Ops.

I got your invite and was gonna join you guys Kato, but I was coop-ing the campaign with a buddy of mine.

I've come to the conclusion that I don't really enjoy playing the campaign solo, but co-op it is incredibly fun. Amazing how adding one more person can completely change how the game plays.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 08, 2012, 07:35:56 PM
Another great cheese strategy is to just jump on the platform across from the ammo vendors.  From there, you can hit the warrior's head wherever he may be.  It's a bit slower as you can't crit, but you don't have to worry about getting hit at all, and ammo is always available for purchase.

If you are doing the quest, you will have to run down and do the Jack fight first.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 08, 2012, 07:31:09 PM
Throw an invite my way as well if you see me

gamertag Covenant72
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 08, 2012, 04:22:04 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on November 08, 2012, 04:02:50 PM

so after 3 weeks of killing the Warrior off and on I finally got the Conference Call to drop. Now onto farming Terramorphus....

Is this what MMO's are like?

I was lucky in that conference call dropped for me when I killed the warrior for the regular true vault hunter quest.  The Bee is what took me forever to get.

Once you have both those though, farming terramorphous is a cake walk. Kill, loot, restart game (you will still be in his zone), kill again.  And since he always drops a class mod, its just a matter of waiting until your particular class drops.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Gun 2 on: November 08, 2012, 02:24:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 07, 2012, 09:50:52 PM

Top Gun 3D however,is on the cards

I feel the need... the need for greed!
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: November 08, 2012, 02:19:56 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on November 08, 2012, 03:51:19 AM

yes ceekay, because there couldnt possibly be another character to play in an open world environment other than a criminal punk.   saywhat oh brother.

gee lets think, it take a whole two seconds to come up with,  a Dexter like character, a pysco with a creed.  Or a serpico character, or one of a million other interesting types beyond the same old punk who does anything for money. These characters are losers , complete losers and not even interesting ones at that.  I love GTA open world environment, I just think this wanna be 21st century gangsta stuff is so played... sooooo played.

I assume you never played GTA 4?
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Assassin's Creed 3 - GT review page 3! on: November 08, 2012, 02:05:14 PM
And yet this game scores mid 80s all the way up to mid 90s on most sites.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: November 07, 2012, 07:13:04 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 07, 2012, 04:22:08 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 07, 2012, 04:05:00 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 07, 2012, 03:12:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 07, 2012, 09:47:49 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 07, 2012, 12:08:36 AM

I just read about this--a new Star Wars sequel with Harrison Ford and the original all playing their current ages?

There ain't a WTF?! big enough!  eek

What's so WTF about it? Even if they appear, there's pretty much next to no chance they'll be anything more than supporting characters in the story, a way to bridge the old episodes into the new ones.

Quote from: wonderpug
The Expendables - In Spaaaaaaaace!

What wonderpug posted. I'm afraid if they bring them back, it's gonna be some sort of gimmick. I would rather they came up with a brand new trilogy with fresh characters and mythology.

How would it be a gimmick when these three characters are more or less the most important people in the galaxy at the end of episode 6, instrumental to the future of the Republic? That they would be consulted or be some part of a future crisis isn't a stretch.

Star Wars is no longer about those characters, Tilt. It's an universe. It's been greatly expanded since the 80s. We can't continue to hold on to Han Solo, Luke, Leiah and others as the most important part of that universe. Like Star Trek Next Generation and its followups, Star Wars is now much more. It's time for new characters and stories set in that universe.

Remember that the vast majority of people don't know anything about Star Wars beyond the 6 movies and the Clone Wars kids show. Anything past RotJ, you can assume they know zippo about it.  Remember the first Next Generation movie?  They made sure Kirk and McCoy were in there to "pass the mantle on" so to speak.  Even the latest Star Trek movie used Spock to bridge that gap.

I'd near guarantee there will at LEAST be a cameo by the old cast. It's highly unlikely they would be anything more than supporting roles to introduce the next generation of characters though. I agree it's time to move on to other stories.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 07, 2012, 06:19:06 PM
Played a bit of the multiplayer and am hooked. This game seems to solve the issues I have with games like CoD where I can't easily tell the difference between friend and foe. Not having to look down the sites also helps.  I still suck, but I think I can graduate to competent noob given enough time.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 07, 2012, 02:22:56 PM
Only got to play a bit into the first mission but am impressed so far.  The visuals are incredibly good, and combat is fun (I've never played a Halo game so I can't say how it compares).  I also like the tactical nature of how they handle weapons and ammo.

Has anyone else messed around with the smartglass integration?  It looks like it'll give you access to waypoint while playing, and lauch multiplayer/missions?  I haven't really touched it yet so I don't know what else it supports, but the waypoint thing seems nice in that you won't have to launch a separate application on your console to use it now.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 05, 2012, 09:22:07 PM
hoarder!  icon_biggrin
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 01, 2012, 06:36:34 PM
ahh ok that makes sense, thanks!
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: November 01, 2012, 01:20:41 PM
According to Wiki, he announced earlier this year that he was done with blockbuster movies and wanted to focus on smaller independant films.  My guess is he'll take a bit of that money and start a new smaller film house that organized around that business model.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 01, 2012, 01:15:32 PM
Got all except Gaige's yesterday (will grab hers leter) and one odd thing I noticed was that it seemed to put the items in random characters inventories.  I entered 4 codes and the items ended up spread out over three characters. I would have preferred if they all just went to your selected character (unless what I was experiencing was some sort of time delay in delivery that is).
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on: October 31, 2012, 07:04:28 PM
The only thing missing is an easy way to see what races/medals you have already completed or need to still get gold in.  As it is, you have to physically switch to a car then look in your race list to see what you might have left to do.

Maybe there's an indicator or something when you get gold in all races for a specific car; since I have yet to do that, I wouldn't know.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 31, 2012, 07:00:43 PM
I was discussing this with my buddy and seeing how they can actually unlock things for your character as well as give you keys, the possibilities seem quite endless.  For these outfits to work, they must have either been included on the disc, or included in one of the patches they released (or the codes initiate a download themselves, but I don't think they do).  Because of this, they could theoretically do things like include new content in a patch (locked by default) and then have these codes unlock new quests/areas/functionality/whatever.  It's really quite genius and I'm actually looking forward to what they do in the future. It's also smart from a busines standpoint, as they are gaining a real benefit from giving out "free" content beyond customers being happy.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 31, 2012, 01:13:42 PM
Oh cool!
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on: October 30, 2012, 06:58:00 PM
Yep, I plan on spending some decent time trying to beat friends.

Anyone who wishes to add me to their friends list to build up people for the game, feel free

xbox tag: Covenant72
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on: October 30, 2012, 05:20:04 PM
Got in about half an hour with this and am loving it!  My best description for this would be..

Think Burnout Paradise, make it bigger and prettier.  Now tone down the takedown aspect and highlight the driving stuff. Add in a GTA style wanted system and a buttload more challenges/cars/autolog stuff and you have Most Wanted.

I can't say how this compares to the first Most Wanted title as I never played it, but this one is heaven.

[edit]Oh, and damn you Ron with your headstart on times![/edit]
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: October 23, 2012, 06:48:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 23, 2012, 11:02:26 AM

The Pilot was shown here last night

I quite enjoyed it,there were parts that were so-so

spoilers just incase

Spoiler for Hiden:
I am not familiar with Green Arrow,after being stranded for 5 years on an island and before that he was a bit of a dick,how is it he is so Computer Savvy? the transaction of funds and they couldn't figure out how he did it or where the $40million went etc

Oh,and maybe i will find out next episode but what happened to the security guard who was assigned to him after he kicked his ass at the door(at the party)to get away from?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hopefully there's lots more to what happened on that island that what we've seen. There's no way he could have constructed that bow he uses from scratch on a deserted island, but the implecation is that he brought that back with him in the green box o' surprises. Same with the arrows themselves; those aren't sharpened sticks he's firing in the beginning.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zynga offices closing on: October 23, 2012, 06:42:02 PM
Yep, layoffs were timed to coincide with the Apple conference.  ninja
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 22, 2012, 05:09:45 PM
Fixed players losing ammo when reloading a savegame with max ammo and a stockpile relic equipped.

Finally!!! Especially when one of those ammo stockpile types you have is rockets. $$$ bug.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 22, 2012, 01:18:38 PM
So this weekend, I got my "Did it all" achievement; every quest outside the DLC has been completed! I also farmed my Conference Call shotty, Bee shield, and Terramorphous class mod. I am now moving forward into the DLC. Once that is done, I have my Mechromancer to level up, as well as my Commando that I am exclusively coop-ing with a buddy of mine.  Zero and Salvadore will probably only get levelled to a point that I can get the achieves for them.

As fantastic a year this has been for gaming, I believe this title will be my 2012 Game of the Year (with Dragon's Dogma taking the runner up position).  I always base my decision on what grabs me the most, and this one is eating my life like nothing else has in a long long time. So much so, I have barely touched Dishonored or XCOM.
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