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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: April 14, 2014, 06:55:22 PM
So this thread didn't garner any interest but I went and I'll bring some of the expo to the forums. In all I had a blast yet again and am sure I'll be going next year as well.

This is basically a video game mecca for two days. The highlight of the show is the video game hall. This year it was moved in to the largest hall they had. And it was packed with even more arcade games than the previous year. Walking in to the hall for the first time was pretty incredible. Just games to play everywhere, larger than any arcade I visited in the 80s, and it was difficult to take it in all in the initial time in. The walls of the room just had arcade game after arcade game stacked next to one another. From Space Invaders to Mortal Kombat, all set to free-to-play. The middle of the room just had rows-and-rows of pinball machines. From the old electro magnetic machines to the latest Stern pinball games (Mustang/Star Trek/Metallica/etc). As I was able to pick up my tickets Friday night I was one of the first of the public to enter the room. It didn't stay uncrowded for long. An hour after it opened it was packed and stayed that way till Sunday when I left. Here's a video someone took of walking in to the arcade hall when they first opened it to the public and walking around it - I think I was like a few people behind this guy.

The volunteer crew working there was fantastic. When I saw machines break down it wasn't long before a volunteer would come in and fix it. Machines that needed a bit more TLC would be shut down but in most cases were back up again when I came back later. So kudos to them.

The highlight for me was playing the pinball table Revenge from Mars which is the sequel to Attack from Mars - one of the more popular pinball tables. The unique thing about this game is that it displays video on the table itself which appears in interactive 3D. Its a such a fun table I went back to it multiple times despite the lines.

Unfortunately I took my wife's camera and I couldn't figure out how to take any good shots in the dark of the arcade hall so I have basically two somewhat salvageable pictures. Here's one of them. There's actually a lot more arcade games to the right and behind me in this picture.

There were only a few custom pinball machines at the show but one that had constant lines was Predator. Basically only one of these exists currently. Didn't get to play it since each time I went by there were at least 5 guys waiting and knew my game would last about a minute. But it looked cool.

There were also Ben Heck's Spooky Pinball machines set up. These were kinda neat as last year at the show the machine on the left (America's Most Haunted) was in the early playable prototype stage. This year its basically done I think. The other machine, Pinball Zombies, only had the back glass and cabinet art complete last year. But this year it was a playable prototype. I played both of them and honestly didn't care for either.

The next place I spent a lot of time was the Video Game Museum. They moved this in to the second largest room and not only did they use the entire space given but it flowed out into the hallway outside. Basically in this room was every video game console you could possibly imagine and a bunch you've never heard of. All were playable.

But they also had a huge selection of vintage computers set up. There was a slew of Commodore's, Apple's, and Atari computers you could play games on. They even had an Apple I (yes #1) which was basically just a motherboard. But my highlight was my old computer the Apple //e. Recognize this game?

I played a full Oregon Trail for a good 10 minutes with someone standing near me watching the entire time. When I finished I was like "You were waiting all this time to play?" and he was like "Yup" and sat down and started his own game. Can't beat reliving some nostalgia.

There was other fun stuff in the room too like two player Joust being projected on the wall.

There were so many different odd controllers and joysticks in there. Some I recognized but others I had no clue existed. I tried working the Super Scope, that gun that looks like a bazooka, but couldn't figure it out so gave up. But was able to finally figure out the Virua On twin-stick controllers. I recall playing that game in the arcade and didn't realize they had a home version. Not sure which console this is for, but it was fun to play that again.

The light gun games were super popular in the room and they had a whole wall of them from various systems (no two alike). Here's showing the old and the new together.

But by far the most popular thing for me in the room was Doom 2 LAN. They had 4-player matches going and it was just a blast to revisit that game in multiplayer. You ended up using the Gravis Gamepads for playing but it actually worked once you got used to the controls.

Deadpool ended up sitting next to me and played a few round of Doom 2 LAN. You can add me as yet another super hero to kill him.

That's all for now. Will post some more pictures later showing some more oddities of the Video Game Museum, the various hidden mini arcades at the show, and the vendor hall/tent. I'll also post a picture of something I haven't seen in 32 years, nor even thought about in all the time, but it gave me the biggest nostalgic kick I ever had as soon as I saw it. And may for some of you too.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 14, 2014, 05:01:24 PM
Loved it as well.

Would skip the Deluxe version as the DLC is terrible in my opinion. There's a post from me earlier on it. But the main game is a lot of fun and plenty long.
123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: April 13, 2014, 07:58:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 13, 2014, 07:47:09 PM


Standard edition - $16.74
Deluxe edition - $20.09

I'd stay away from the DLC but the main game its really good. Put over 40 hours in to it.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 11, 2014, 06:03:09 PM
Yeah, same. I thought Kass was in a much better position in her old alliance. She was basically part of the top three: Kass, Spencer, Tasha. If she stuck with them she would have had a great shot at being in the final 3 with them. I was thinking she was #2 in that alliance but maybe with her wonkiness she was #3. Regardless each of them would have made a good case for being voted for in the end since they came from a tribe that got decimated to having all the power.

She still make it to the final 3 but would be brought along as someone who will get no votes. The first two jury members certainly will not give her a vote. Tasha and Spencer won't give her a vote since she screwed up an almost sure thing. I don't see her being friends with anyone else. Basically her only votes might come from Tony and Trish and the only reason I think she might get votes from them is they're crazy.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strike Suit Zero on: April 09, 2014, 05:40:01 PM
If you own the PC version the Directors Cut on Steam is discounted 85%. Figured I'd go ahead and do that. I barely played the original (which I also got on a discount) but the $3 for the DC didn't seem to bad. Before playing the DC I played a few of the original missions to do a little comparison. They did re-work the textures so instead of all surfaces looking shiny silver/grey the surfaces now have some color to them. It could be more detailed so only a minor improvement - plus right now shadows can't be turned on so I expect things to look a bit more nicer once that gets fixed. The first few missions have been reworked a bit. You get in the strike suit faster (mission 2) which is nice and the small changes they've made to the missions cuts out some of the boring moments where you're just waiting for something to happen. There's also some new dialogue added which explains what's going on a bit better than it originally did. And the music is now a cross between something you might hear on Battlestar Galatica and Enigma (the "band" from the 90's).

But its a fun arcade space combat game perfect with the gamepad. You're continually switching back and forth between the fighter and strike suit modes. They control very different and have different purposes. And it is pretty fun to switch between the two on the fly. Basically the closest thing you can get to Robotech.

I should mention too I've already got back some of what I paid for the DC by just selling the cards collected from playing it. Seems to be a lot of complaints on Steam about it costing money for people who own the original, but at the 85% discount it seems like a non-issue and a reason to throw the developer a bone. And even cheaper with selling the cards you earn.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 10:03:24 PM
Another inexpensive (free) option for watching shows/movies is the public library. I went to our local one for the first time in like 10 years and the thing is like a Blockbusters. Tons of DVDs and a fair amount of BluRays. Picked up S1 of The Newsroom for this week but am also eying Homeland, Banshee, and Boardwalk Empire. The new new stuff is mostly on a waiting list, but at this point I'm so used to waiting for shows to appear on Netflix it's no biggie to wait a bit.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 03, 2014, 06:17:17 PM
Right. Kass basically did what Cochran did his first Survivor. She's really going to have to work to make it to the final. Not even sure she can. And if she does she's lost a ton of votes with that one move.

It was exciting but once they started saying "vote for the other person" she should have stuck to that vote. That would have been the smart move. Plus she could have used that hidden idol madness to put Sarah in her place after Sarah kept saying "I guarantee Tony and LJ don't have idols."

But who knows. This season has been pretty crazy with what's gone on it could still work out for her in the long run.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 03, 2014, 02:35:32 AM
A warning about the DLC: The Falcon and the Unicorn

As much as I loved Legacy (which was quite a lot) this DLC is shit. I'm going to spolierize this as it speaks to the initial part of the DLC but honestly if you were thinking of getting the DLC I would recommend just spoiling a bit of the start here to know what you're getting in to. So here we go:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Know all those cool weapons, armor, and items you fought so hard for? They get taken away at the very start of the DLC. You're basically left fighting with a few normal weapons/armor, and very few potions. And you have to fight against very difficult monsters where the only thing that really does any harm is your magic since you're weapons are crap. Plus because your armor is crap they monsters you pretty easily. And because you have hardly any potions to start with you'll be saving them and resting after each battle. But likely shit will go wrong in the battle so you have to re-load and try again anyways (remember the re-loads in the game take about 30+ seconds).

And to top this off when they finally gave me some weapons they only provided 2 swords. Well I have one sword/shield wielder and then one sword dual wielder. But they provided like 4 spears. I still don't have a second sword for my duel wielder.

Now if that wasn't bad enough after slugging your way through all these monsters (which get more difficult) you have to do a boss battle where he can kill you in one shot. Plus he's paired with two of the more difficult monsters that will feeblemind your casters - so if all your casters that can remove feeblemind get it, that's it for the battle as you sure as hell not winning it with melee or without heals. You do not get potions to remove feeblemind - they were taken away.

Now the other thing to warn you about is the very start of this DLC after you lose your weapons you have to make your way through a dungeon, which is a bit of a puzzle. However if you make a wrong move you are instantly dead. And you have to re-load. And you make a LOT of mistakes. Each mistake means an annoying 30+ second reload!

So I don't know who thought up the difficulty and the general annoyance of the start of this DLC but its terrible. I'm fine for some difficulty but none of these changes provide any enjoyment or sense of accomplishment. It basically seems to be put in there to annoy and wear you down. This is supposed to be a fun game and they lost sight of that.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 02, 2014, 03:41:51 AM
Just finished Part 2. Wow. That was a huge improvement over Part 1 which I didn't care for so much. The opening for Part 2 was pretty fantastic and it just took off from there. Loved the new gameplay mechanics with the stealth features. I'm not sure how long this particular episode was but I think I played it close or beyond 6hrs. It was pretty meaty. Really wowed by the DLC. After the first two this pretty much makes up.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: March 28, 2014, 03:39:22 AM
Despite myself I had to smile at the last part.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 27, 2014, 10:00:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2014, 08:53:57 PM

Dangit, I like Alexis. Those eyes. I don't remember feeling that bad for someone being voted out as that one. She was shocked and barely holding it together as Jeff put out her torch. I felt really sorry for her.

Maybe I have a cold heart but I didn't feel bad for her. My initial reaction was that she probably never got voted out or picked last in anything. But she obviously wanted to play the game which is more than Lindsey wanted when things didn't go her way, so I have to give her credit for that. As far as choices the Brains could have interchangeably picked Alexis or the country guy. Alex may have been picked because she was less physical and at least at some social skill. The other guy seems a bit clueless and could probably be manipulated.

No idea whats going to happen on the merge. Hopefully the Brains can still align with their tribe mates after the merge. They definitely have the clearer heads but their alliances are pretty rocky outside of the 3 - and everyone knows in that alliance they would be on the bottom of the 3.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 27, 2014, 06:24:35 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 27, 2014, 03:47:12 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 25, 2014, 04:43:47 AM

Sword Art Online actually... and enjoying them myself as well.   icon_cool

And dang but the Christmas episode was all kinds of sad.

I'm really enjoying this series. I especially liked the 2 part story that spanned episodes 5 and 6 -  very cool story with lots of mystery and intrigue. About the only thing that's bothered me about it, is  a bit too much fan service in terms of sexy shots/angles of some of the female characters features. That's to be expected for the target audience though and it isn't frequent enough to be too annoying. Another good anime series and I'm definitely going to watch it through to completion.   slywink thumbsup

The sexy shots actually get more frequent as the series goes along - so that does get more annoying. The first 14 episodes of this series is excellent though - what I'm calling the 1st half. I'm at episode 20 now and the second half of the season is a little less compelling for me to watch. They want to focus on the romances rather than just survival in the game world. Plus a new bad guy they introduce is waaay over the top with behaving villainous that it kinda ruins things when he's in a scene. Still I gotta find out what happens.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 25, 2014, 06:05:41 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 25, 2014, 06:17:26 AM

Quote from: Crawley on March 25, 2014, 12:24:58 AM

Today I had the day off and while my plan was to do stuff around the house at lunch I popped on this new Anime show Sword Star Online which appeared over the weekend too. 30 minute shows are perfect for lunch so thought I'd check it out. And then the rest of the day was gone as I binge watched a bunch of episodes. It's a totally geeky show but I was loving it - and if you've played MMOs with any regularity you would probably get a kick out of it too.

How's this compare to Log Horizon?  Which is another another anime about people getting stuck in an MMO world.

I'm not sure. I haven't seen that one.

But still loving Sword ART Online. I popped on an episode before heading to bed and my wife came in to see what I was watching. Next thing you know we've watched four episodes in a row and its Midnight.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 25, 2014, 12:24:58 AM
Saw 20 Feet From Stardom appeared on Netflix over the weekend so caught that the other day. This film won best documentary this year at the Academy Awards. It's follows a few backup singers, their careers, and how they have an almost impossible time becoming know solo artist. Its definitely good. There is a lot of history here with the backup singers being on various songs that I had no clue about. But ultimately it was a bit of a depressing film. These ladies (and one guy) have some major talent. But it was clear that talent doesn't directly translate into being a star in the music industry - which is portrayed so viciously, and ultimately random with who gets to become a star. If anything I think this film would be a major turn off to anyone going in to that industry despite have a lot of up beat moments.

Today I had the day off and while my plan was to do stuff around the house at lunch I popped on this new Anime show Sword Art Online which appeared over the weekend too. 30 minute shows are perfect for lunch so thought I'd check it out. And then the rest of the day was gone as I binge watched a bunch of episodes. It's a totally geeky show but I was loving it - and if you've played MMOs with any regularity you would probably get a kick out of it too.

The setup is this. A new popular MMO was just released in limited supply: 10,000 copies. The game uses this new VR helmet technology where your thoughts control your movements in the game - in the real word your basically paralyzed while playing the game. After logging in the game it soon becomes evident the log out button has been removed from the menu. Since you're paralyzed you can't remove the helmet your self to exit the game. But you don't want to do that anyways since the creator of the game makes it clear that it will kill you. And if you die in the game you also die in the real world too. The only way to get out of the game is to clear the 100 different levels in the game world.

Now its a totally silly setup but the episodes are actually fun as they cover a lot of the MMO tropes such as, newbies, boss battles, player killers, guilds and guild politics, ninja looting, and even in-game marriage. Its actually done pretty well given the absurdity of the topics. There is an early 2-part episode that deals with a murder mystery where someone is killed in town, which shouldn't be possible since its a non-PvP area. Who killed them, and how did they do it (an exploit), and why? Although the ending of the mystery wasn't that good getting to that point was kinda a blast.

The show is targeted at the teen audience so there's a lot of stupid stuff in there but for the most part the show takes itself somewhat seriously. And people actually die in this thing - one rather viciously. But if played MMOs its worth checking out that first episode to see if your in or not.

*fixed the name of the show.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM
I thought it had some potential. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. Its a good set up. The problems are that I don't really care much for the main characters. They're cardboard cutout characters at this point - "the do-gooder", "the rebel", "the anarchist", "the mystery girl", "the cool kid", "the nerdy kid". None of them really stand out in any unique way so I don't care about any of them. That means the only thing driving the show for me at the moment is the plot - which is a decent one. I'm in for another few shows at least.

But the main problem I had with the show though is kinda superficial but it bugs me. They didn't go all in with the setting they created. Here is a colony of people living in space for 100 years. Things are not so great up there. Clothes are being reused and have holes in them. Shit is breaking down. Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.

Speaking of believability, the show "Believe" so far gets my pick for best new sci-fi type show. That one is worth watching for just the chemistry of the two main characters alone.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV?] Powers coming to Playstation Network on: March 22, 2014, 03:54:52 PM
Looks like Comixology caught wind of this. It has the Powers series on sale for 99 cents an issue for the next a few days:
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 21, 2014, 02:10:32 AM
Usually these tribe mix ups are a bust and either nothing much interesting happens or its predictable what will happen. So this was a nice surprise that both new tribes were really mixed up even though only a few things changed on them. Survivor continues to surprise.

I do think LJ should have played the idol. It was just stupid of him to chance it. When you know your name is going to be written down and one vote may determine if you stay or go - play the damn thing.
138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 15, 2014, 01:52:40 PM
Table Pack #24 is out for iOS now. It features Williams Who Dunnit? as the new table and Taxi as the free table of the month.

Who Dunnit theme is a noir murder mystery. You play a detective that has to solve five murder cases. You collect evidence, interview the suspects, and choose who you think the killer is. When you choose the right suspect you then have to catch them in a chase. Its nowhere as complicated as it seems as you can just guess the killer without collecting all the evidence or completing the interviews. But its still a very fun casual table. There's an elevator at the center of the table where you can go up/down the various floors by having the ball go down the left/right ramps in the center of the table. Or you can get off on a floor and explore it by going down the center ramp - usually you just find evidence. There's also two casino games on the table. Slots, which offer various types of bonuses if you complete a match, and Roulette. Roulette is a way to increase your score pretty quickly. I've been able to increase my score by 1.5 billion by betting on the roulette wheel. The problem is if you lose the bet those points are subtracted from your score. So its a real gamble if you want to bet your own points. But this is a pretty high scoring table as is. And there are the usual multiball modes. Finally should mention the music is very good. It plays a version of the Peter Gunn theme while playing, and has a nicely themed piano melody while in attract mode. Overall its a very high quality table.

It looks like next months new table will be the original High Speed which should make people happy. Hopefully they can get High Speed 2 at some point too.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: March 13, 2014, 03:23:56 AM
So what happened with this show? I don't have syfy channel so only was able to watch that 10 minute preview. I never heard any buzz about it after the initial premiere. Great show? Just ok? Not worth the time?
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 11, 2014, 12:29:52 AM
Updated my NVidia drivers today as I hadn't done so in awhile, and re-ran the benchmark tool. Before was getting an average of 60fps and after the driver update was getting an average 65fps. So if anyone is on the cusp of getting 60fps might try updating the drivers. I still think that benchmark is a bit suspect but an improvement is an improvement.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 10, 2014, 11:02:40 PM
Finished as well. Totally right about nearing the end it was just one awesome thing after another. This is definitely ranks as one of the most memorable games I've played.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 08, 2014, 04:14:35 AM
Just finished the gnome section of the game. Was laughing so hard it almost brought me to tears. Just when you think they couldn't top themselves they do. This game is just so crazy with what they're getting away with.
143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 07, 2014, 09:26:08 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 07, 2014, 06:11:23 PM



Lowest Price: $12.49 at Steam
Historical Low: $12.49 at Steam on Sat Oct 12 2013

Really enjoyed this RE. It goes back to basic RE gameplay and setting without all the over the top stuff seen in RE 5 & 6. It's about a 10hr game. I put 11hrs in to it according to my steam profile but I think an hour of that was playing some of the extra missions after finishing the main game.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 05, 2014, 03:42:45 PM
The forum effect got me. Found a 25% off GMG code to get it for $45. I started playing it and my wife saw me and was like "You got a stupid South Park game?". She has watched parts of the shows with me before but really dislikes it. But instead of leaving the room she stuck around to watch me play the game for the hour and a half and laughed more than I did. I said to her that I was surprised she watched it that long and she said "yeah, but it was great!"
145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 10:59:07 PM
FYI I just read this review for the MSI GTX 760 Gaming ITX OC card (what a mouth full). And its actually pretty impressive for a $260 card:
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: February 28, 2014, 09:07:59 PM
Yeah that was a good start to the season.

I agree that it seemed like a few of these people never watched the show before. It seemed like the cop guy may have been the only one to remember that clues are usually hidden in the rewards package. That's like Survivor 101. Another Survivor 101 is not to vote out your strongest tribe members from the get go. Typically the first few challenges are physical ones and you need those people. So dumb move there with the Brians tribe for both vote outs - although the second vote blindside was pretty awesome for TV.

The whole J'Tia thing with building the shelter was pretty funny. Another Survivor 101 thing not to do is order people around - how can people still make this mistake? Then trying to make a complex shelter rather than a simple one that would suffice was dumb. Although I really did want to see them finish that shelter. It would have been cool to see the bamboo hot tub and four car garage.
147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 08:48:24 PM
I've been happy with the ASUS cards. I'm on my second one now (780). They're just $10 more than the reference card prices, a bit faster, and run pretty quiet.

For Thief my experience with the ASUS 780 I'm getting 60fps average according to the benchmark with everything up except SSAO at low and AF at 8x - this is at 1920x1200. But even when I had everything on the highest settings it seemed to be running fine. Its just the cut sequences that will sometimes get slowdown. So I'm not sure how accurate the in-game benchmark is. I should also note I'm using NVidia's Adaptive Sync which probably smooth things out as it works wonderful in most games.

I found this one German article that shows game performance on various cards:

I would think with a 1920x1080 resolution you would want at least a 770 card to give yourself a bit of wiggle room. But yeah the price of course is a big increase.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 27, 2014, 06:48:48 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on February 27, 2014, 08:57:31 AM

Still, despite overall average at best reviews, I think I'm gonna grab it sooner than later. I just don't wanna ruin the franchise for me:(.

One bad game in a franchise won't ruin anything. Most franchises have bad games in them and do fine (Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Need for Speed, Mario even). And the thing is this isn't even a bad game. It's not triple-A but its not terrible by any means. I'm really enjoying it even with the minor technical quirks and it not strictly adhering to the classic Thief gameplay - which needs a bit of an update.

Hopefully this does well enough to get a sequel so they can improve on things. Otherwise the beloved franchise will be dead for another 10 years.
149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: February 26, 2014, 09:58:24 PM
How does the bring-a-friend thing work? Does the extra code come with the email notification or does something else need to be done?

I haven't gotten the email notification yet which is why I'm asking.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 21, 2014, 03:11:57 AM
Well I finished it. Wow, the talk about the game just ending were true. It kinda took me by surprise. The game was moving along just fine with some interesting missions when all of a sudden areas in town became blocked off and the focus changed squarely on the main plot. Two or three missions later it was over. It certainly seemed like stuff got cut. And that's unfortunate since I really enjoyed the game. The battles were a lot of fun with the AI behavior spicing things up, the weapons were great, and I even like the setting and the characters. And on top of that the spider bots you could manufacture and spawn in battles are the best pets ever. Those suckers were relentless against the AI - climbing over everything, doing a good amount of damage with their weapons, and even mixing it up in melee battles. Great stuff seeing two of those guys work during the frays.

So big thumbs up on this game from me even with the game ending abruptly. It was a nice surprise to a game I went back to playing on a whim.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 20, 2014, 01:40:40 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 19, 2014, 11:31:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2014, 04:31:54 PM

Just watched the trailer.  Count me in the know next to nothing about the characters and very excited to see the movie camp.

If it's campy I might rent it. I didn't realize until I saw the trailer that it's a comedy...although I suppose the raccoon should have been a giveaway.

If it follows the comics it shouldn't be comedy. It's likely the same as the Avengers but in spaaaaace. Basically a not-so-serious action flick featuring a set of quirky characters that have to learn to work together as a team to stop the word/universe ending in catastrophe. 

That said the trailer didn't do a lot for me and was bordering on Green Lantern trailer territory. Hopefully the future trailers will be a bit more in line with the comics vibe.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 19, 2014, 02:38:56 AM
Well I found I do far better using the 360 controller than the mouse/keyboard. Shocker for me as for the online FPSs I've always done mouse/keyboard. But I also haven't really played any seriously since Battlefield 2142.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space combat games? on: February 19, 2014, 02:34:11 AM
Just a warning about the X games. They have a huge learning curve off the bat. I've tried a few times to play various X3 games and just did not last. I got slightly further the last time I played it as I watched some YouTube "Lets Play!" videos first but I still never got comfortable enough to stick with it.

I had an itching to play a space combat game somewhat recently but was a bit bummed that Freelancer and Starlancer were not on GOG. So I got nothing.   icon_neutral
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 17, 2014, 06:53:59 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 17, 2014, 03:31:40 PM

I liked Rage when it first released. But the texture's popping in and out, and other graphical stuff, I just put it on the shelf.
I now hear there is a fix for the texture problems in Rage-PC. Anyone have any experience with the fix.

I haven't used the fix but the problem seems less of an issue now. You'll still see the texture fill in for a split second or two, particularly when you enter a new open area and turn left/right. But after the initial time it occurs I rarely notice it after in the same level. For the enclosed area, which most of the on-foot portion of the game is in, you don't see it at all. So for me its less of a distraction than it initially was. But it still happens which tells me the technology is not a good one to use for games - at least this one.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 17, 2014, 05:11:37 AM
Watched Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This is the big budget Hansel & Gretel movie with Jeremy Renner - I noticed Netflix previously had several low budget versions on it. I dunno why I put this on my Netflix queue as it didn't look all the great from the trailers. So going in my expectations were pretty low. But it was actually a fun flick. Totally prosperous as the characters have all sorts of current day style weapons, and use current day expressions, and apparently have figured out how to make insulin. But once you go with it the movie is just nice, fun, mindless entertainment. There's some good fight sequences and the plot isn't actually all that bad, and it looks good to boot. Kinda the perfect Netflix film.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 17, 2014, 04:58:31 AM
Well I worked my way through the Scorchers DLC. That was actually pretty fun. The boss battle wasn't too bad either and had a pretty good death scene. In the main game I've moved on to the next major town which actually looks pretty nice compared to the first major town. Kinda sad there isn't going to be another game in this series or more DLC.
157  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 16, 2014, 04:21:23 AM
Well it only took about 24hrs but this table has kinda won me over. That music everyone raves about, which I didn't seem to get the big deal, is a total ear worm. While fixing my breakfast this morning I found myself humming it and singing "You got the power! Get ready to fight!" And later doing the same thing in the car on the way to Home Depot. I don't know if I like the music but its annoyingly catchy.

I also rather like playing this table now. With only a single ramp separating the top from the bottom its not hard to think of the table as single playfield (the original Black Knight there's 2 close together ramps that will go from the top playfield to the bottom). That said one of the Pro Tips in the Pro menu is to keep the ball in play on the top portion as much as possible - so when the ball is on the bottom portion of the table just fire it up the left ramp. Using that tactic I had my highest scoring game which put me at the 150th high score.

The table is really difficult though as it can get so fast quickly. And multi-ball is a mess of just reacting at this point. Not sure how to manage it yet.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: February 16, 2014, 03:58:56 AM
Ended up renting it. The previous comment that they basically went through the motions of the book was spot on for my feelings as well. Only near the end did the movie seem to have any life to it. I was also disappointed they cut short the who battle school thing - particularly the actual battles Ender had to go through, and how he had to devise new strategies each game.

It's certainly watchable but basically a C grade movie.
159  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 15, 2014, 01:28:18 AM
Table Pack #23, I guess its not a pack anymore, is out with Blackknight 2000 being this months table.

It seemed like this was a highly requested table from a lot of players. I don't have any history with it and did not care for the original Black Knight so wasn't sure what expect. The layout is almost identical with it having both a top and bottom play field. They removed one flipper from the top play field so you're just batting the ball into the castle drawbridge, which is also new, or around the top loop. The bottom portion hasn't changed much but there is a nice kick return save on the left. The magna save is back on the right.

The highlights to the table are the three multi-ball modes, both 2-ball and 3-ball - one from a Wizard mode which I think was the first of its kind on a table. And fans of the table always call out how great the music is. But I think that's more nostalgia talking. As mentioned I have no history with the table so to me it basically sounds like 80's electronic geeky metal. The little call outs are kinda fun. "You got the power!" "Get Ready to Battle" "Fight!" but the music isn't blowing me away. There's also a large spinner you can kick off  that will start various modes, give you points, or extra balls depending on where it stops.

It's a pretty tough table from the few games I've played and quite fast like the other Steve Richie games. I'll start out nice and controlled and then all of a sudden be flipping like mad to keep the ball in play. So I dunno how this one is going to rank with me. Its certainly an improvement over the original Black Knight but the two-tiered tables usually don't go over well with me.

In other news the Season Pass purchases, where you can buy an entire season at a discount, is going to be removed from all stores. The comes on the heels of Apple requiring Farsight to remove the Season Pass from the Apple store - odd they were singled out but other companies that have season passes for their games are not. So if you were on the fence about getting this on Steam or anywhere else it is now may be the time to pony up.

Looks like next months table will be Who Dunnit? One I'm really looking forward to as I love the theme and its fun to boot.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: February 14, 2014, 07:37:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2014, 02:37:24 PM

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Quote from: Ironrod on February 13, 2014, 01:38:31 AM

Did anybody else notice Stan Lee's cameo?

Notice it?  I'm not sure how you could miss it.  They were pimping it in commercials for two weeks and even if you missed those, it wasn't exactly subtly placed.

I don't see commercials because I only watch recorded shows. Guess it wasn't much of a "cameo" if they were hawking it in ads. Thought I was clever for recognizing him.

Sorry, didn't mean to rain on your parade.  My daughter even said, "Stan Lee, duh" when he popped on screen.

Aww man. Even dissed by a kid.  thumbsdown
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