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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: October 26, 2013, 04:07:09 AM

Quote from: Crawley on October 25, 2013, 05:20:03 PM

Bah. Getting the cut sequence playback slowness bug on the PC. Basically the cut sequences stutter along at a slow pace while the audio plays on. Then after the audio finishes you watch a black screen for awhile then can start playing. Rest of the game plays fine (can almost have everything all the way up) but once the cut sequences start playing it just brings the game down. Looks like it has to do with DX11 and turning off DX11 will fix the issue. Have yet to try it but if anyone else is running in to the same issue here's the solution I grabbed from a post. I'll probably just wait for the patch to fix it:

Here's what I did:
1. Browse to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Batman Arkham Origins\SinglePlayer\BMGame\Config" in Windows Explorer.
2. Open "BmEngine.ini" in notepad.
3. Search for the "AllowD3D11" setting and change it to "False".
4. Search for the "AllowD3D10" setting and change it to "True". (I don't know if this is necessary though.)



Turning off DX11 did work for me. But you know what else worked even better? Turning off Crossfire and just using one GPU. The game runs faster and with the DX11 effects, and PhysX effects enabled. Get a bit of slowdown on big groups but its temporary.

This is the first time I've bothered with a Crossfire/SLI type setup in one of my computers and its continually disappointing. There's only a few games I've played that I've seen a nice boost. Otherwise the single card does just fine. Would have been better to spend the money on a single faster card. Ah well.
162  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 26, 2013, 03:07:45 AM
Pinball Arcade table pack #19 is out. Two more Gottlieb tables. Scared Stiff is the free table of the month. As usual $5 to purchase the tables.

Class of 1812 - Their tongue-in-cheek horror themed pin for October. The 1812 part comes from the 1812 Overture that plays when you get the 2-ball multiball - which happens quite frequently. Part of it is sung by a chicken. This is an 80's table and had bad 80's rap in it but thankfully they get over and done with quick. The table itself is pretty decent with the goal of digging up graves for various monsters (zombie, vampire, wolfman, ect). It's no Monster Bash but still pretty good for what it is.

Victory - This ones a racing themed pin. Was kinda surprised how much I liked it after a few plays. The goal of this one is to get through 8 checkpoints. Each checkpoint is a different shot on the table. And when you hit one checkpoint a countdown of points begins (starting at 800,000). Hitting the next checkpoint before the points bonus counts down awards you those points. So you can really rack up the points pretty quickly by making the various checkpoint shots. I don't think there is a multiball on this table, although I did capture a ball once. The table looks a bit more complex than it actually is - its rather simple. And I kinda like it for that but don't think it'll have lasting appeal. The music is horrid.

Pinball Arcade is finally coming to Steam on November 1st. It'll have the first 18 table packs. You can purchase the two entire seasons at a discount (S1 $29.99, S2 $39.99) or at the regular prices $5 per reg packs $10 for the 3 Kickstarter tables. These will NOT have the improved lighting on the tables, that will be on the PS4 version initially. Sometime "soon" after the PS4 release the PC tables will be updated with the improved lighting. I'm really looking forward to it. I got to play the PS4 version at the Chicago Pinball Expo and the new lighting really adds a lot of atmosphere to the tables I played.

Also got to try the ST:NG game on the VirutaPin cabinet and that was a lot of fun too so if you have one of those (koff) they'll eventually support it.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The ExpendaBelles on: October 26, 2013, 12:24:19 AM
They want Meryl Streep? Must have missed all her 80's action flicks.

Here would be my cast: Cynthia Rothrock (Stallone), Michelle Yeoh (Li), Sandahl Bergman (Statham), Bridget Nielson (Lundgren) and throw Linnea Quigley in there for any other team role.

Although I probably wouldn't watch that either.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: October 25, 2013, 05:20:03 PM
Bah. Getting the cut sequence playback slowness bug on the PC. Basically the cut sequences stutter along at a slow pace while the audio plays on. Then after the audio finishes you watch a black screen for awhile then can start playing. Rest of the game plays fine (can almost have everything all the way up) but once the cut sequences start playing it just brings the game down. Looks like it has to do with DX11 and turning off DX11 will fix the issue. Have yet to try it but if anyone else is running in to the same issue here's the solution I grabbed from a post. I'll probably just wait for the patch to fix it:

Here's what I did:
1. Browse to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Batman Arkham Origins\SinglePlayer\BMGame\Config" in Windows Explorer.
2. Open "BmEngine.ini" in notepad.
3. Search for the "AllowD3D11" setting and change it to "False".
4. Search for the "AllowD3D10" setting and change it to "True". (I don't know if this is necessary though.)

165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Euro Truck 2 + EVE - Mass Effect 2 - Deep Silver Sale on: October 24, 2013, 06:30:43 PM
$8.49 for Euro Truck Simulator 2. Lowest price I've seen for this game. If you haven't tried it yet give it a shot.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Eldritch on: October 21, 2013, 06:30:45 PM
I think someone added the wrong music to that trailer.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 18, 2013, 09:41:20 PM
2002 for me.

1 of: The Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments from The Tonight Show [VHS Tape]  
By: Johnny Carson (Actor), et al
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
Price $49.99 (2013 Price: $11.49)

1 of: 24 - Season One [DVD]
By: Kiefer Sutherland (Primary Contributor)
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
Price $44.98 (2013 Price: $29.29)

Those were my fathers and sisters Christmas gifts. Heh, VHS.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Stanley Parable on: October 18, 2013, 04:44:26 AM
Ok, the main game is just as fantastic. Should have been asleep an hour ago but could not stop playing. This game is pretty special and I can't say anything about it as it would spoil it.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Stanley Parable on: October 18, 2013, 03:40:32 AM
This just appeared on Steam. The demo is absolutely brilliant. My wife stopped playing her game and came over to watch the demo. But I can't say anything about it since it will ruin the experience - its best going in not knowing a damn thing about it. If you liked the humor of Portal this does it even better.

I did purchase the game after the demo.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC] State of Decay (formerly Class3) on: October 17, 2013, 06:31:39 PM
But it doesn't have multiplayer so that entire thrilling experience is moot!
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PSN Capcom Anniverary Sale on: October 15, 2013, 06:17:13 PM
Well this sale will put me over the spend $50 get $10 back dealie now. Know I'll get the D&D game. But also eying Okami, Remember Me, and the Arcade Cabinet All-In.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 02:53:02 AM
They just close them down here. The place I originally put a down payment at couldn't get any more bikes in and they closed down. The place I purchased my bike from closed down like a year later. A local Vespa dealer that was very convenient but the owner came across as a dick closed down. A new place that had a ton of bikes, had a great setup, and fantastic owner closed down after about 2 years.

Down to a last semi-convenient location which is about a 30 minute ride (has a great mechanic there). If that closes I have to either go in to Chicago or start looking towards Wisconsin for dealers to perform the more difficult maintenance I can't do my self.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 01:42:12 AM
I am rocking a 2009 Honda Civic. Still all original everything! Still less than 25k miles on it! It is mint!

Also have a scooter, a Vespa Super 250. Only unusual thing about it is it is one of about 70 that were misbadged a Super 300 by the company when they brought it to the States. It gets a few looks when I'm on the highway around here since you don't see too many people riding scooters.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: October 14, 2013, 06:34:27 PM
Yeah I didn't pick up on any of that insight from the woman in the woods. Makes sense but for me the whole thing seemed pointless. So for me they could have gotten that across better somehow.

I also didn't like the out-of-the-blue sickness thing at the end. Seemed like they were missing a scene or two in there showing the progress of that. They could have chopped 60 seconds off of various zombies falling through the ceiling and added two quick scenes with the sickness.

What I really enjoyed was near the start of the episode where Daryl is going through the lunch area and all the new people are being so friendly. It really felt like a big change there. Given the previews that probably won't last beyond this episode but I wish they kept with at it a bit longer. Would be nice to see the main crew not looking so morose all the time.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny being remade on: October 14, 2013, 06:17:51 PM
I was wondering the same thing. I checked the Steam forums about two weeks ago and it sounds like there are a lot of bugs in it. People were posting it is "broken" still but Steam commenters tend to over exaggerate. But given how bad this was to start off I bet its still pretty stinky. I'd just save the $5.
176  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Sniper Elite 2 + Dragon Commander - Capcom Weekend on: October 13, 2013, 01:01:57 AM
Loved Revelations. Nice setting and some fun gameplay. It does not try and reinvent the franchise at all - it's pretty much classic RE. Steam shows I put 13hrs in to it and all 13 were fun.

RE6 I have 6hrs in to but just play it on and off. It's not that great but looks fantastic. There are some fun moments but most of the time its pretty dumb. They tried to make this one more of an action title and it just doesn't work as well. I'd recommend spending a few more bucks for Revelations if you choose one of the RE games on sale.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box - pre-made or build your own in 2014! Now with funky controller! on: October 12, 2013, 12:19:00 AM
It looks like it could work pretty good.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [TellTale] Fables: The Wolf Among Us on: October 12, 2013, 12:17:17 AM
Yeah they got this one 100% right.

The only problem for me is that I read the first 50 issues so I'm making Bigby respond how I think he would in the comics. But it didn't matter since it looked great, all the characters behaved as expected, and the writing and direction of some of the things that go on is suburb. I have to say the fights, while QTEs are pretty fantastic and entertaining. According to Steam it took me 2hrs to finish the first episode but I think that was closer to 3. 

Those that haven't read the books anything yet are in for a treat.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Avalanche Sharks on: October 11, 2013, 05:33:18 PM
It's plausible.
180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: 3D Mark on: October 09, 2013, 02:51:26 AM
Gah, yeah that's tempting. But I haven't  even played the last two AC games I bought cheap.

Triple A games at cheap prices are hard to resists. Gonna see if I can hold out. C'mon Thursday!
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gravity on: October 06, 2013, 11:46:50 PM
Yeah "WOW!" to this movie. Visually stunning and tense as hell.

Saw it in 3D which I normally avoid since usually the 3D sucks and stands out like a sore thumb but my wife wanted to see it in 3D. Glad she did since is the 2nd best use of 3D I've seen for a film (Avatar being the first). It's pretty seamless and basically just adds depth to the whole picture. There's none of the 3D effects where the things that are supposed to stand out have that shimmer effect - which I saw over and over in the 3D trailers.

The theaters "go big or go home" ad before the picture had me groaning but this is actually one of the few movies I've seen where seeing on the big screen is a must.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 06, 2013, 04:22:50 PM
Saw two films with minor recommendations:

Side Effects: This is Soderbergs last film and I think I like it more that I've had a few hours to mull it over. Its a very slow burn film. You think its going to be about one thing, then about 60 minutes in you find out its about something completely different. Kinda a neat trick. But the movie moves very slowly.

Gave Encounters: Another shakey-cam film. It's a horror film where a film crew who has a show about ghost encounters (like you see on syfi channel) film in an insane asylum where it turns out there are really ghosts. The start of it I loved since it poked a bit of fun at those silly ghost hunter shows. Then there's a nice twist that occurs when shit starts happening. This isn't breaking new ground at all for these shakey-cam films, the type of scares it has in it have been done a bunch of times in the others. But I enjoyed the setup and that twist it had in it so recommend it based on those two things.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Vampire Diaries Season 5 - The Originals too! on: October 04, 2013, 05:43:16 PM
FYI the previous season, Season 4 I think, just got added to Netflix.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV Vs. Biker pack on: October 04, 2013, 03:38:22 AM
Yeah, totally the bikers fault here. Acting like jerks first off by swarming the highway. But the guy who caused the whole thing by doing the break check is a total idiot - don't even get why people do break checks let along on a bike. So while unfortunate what happened I can't find blame with the SUV guy for getting away the way he did. They created a dangerous situation and then dragged people directly in to it.
185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Mirrors Edge + FF7 - Baldurs Gate - 2K sale on: October 04, 2013, 03:26:02 AM
Sort of a deal, at least for me, they took out the GFWL requirement for Bioshock 2. And if you owned it already you get the two DLCs built in (Protectors Trials and Minerva's Den). I re-installed and played a bit of Minerva's Den which is pretty good so far.
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: October 04, 2013, 03:22:16 AM
Oh yeah. I'm still going back and forth between the group I'm working with now and Waking Sands. That's a pain and at 200 gil a pop to travel using the airship ugh.

The other thing that is an annoying time waster is all the annoying confirmation pop-ups. Any time you select something you also have to click OK in a pop-up box. Need to get rid of that.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [TellTale] Fables: The Wolf Among Us on: October 04, 2013, 03:08:24 AM
Looking forward to this one now. Reading through the first 50 issues of Fables now (was on sale on Comixology a bit ago). It's a pretty fun comic and Bigsby is a great character. Hope they get this one right.
188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: October 03, 2013, 05:45:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2013, 07:17:34 PM

Quote from: Videmon on October 02, 2013, 06:25:52 PM

I believe world transfers are now possible.

cool.  if any of my other friends start playing on another server I'd rather just transfer over than having to do Ifrit again biggrin

Just went through the Ifrit battle the other day and it wasn't too bad. It took our PUG 4 tries to get it. You can kick off two limit breaks during that fight which helped. The first one doing a fair amount of damage to Ifrit to speed things along and the second one a heal which was kicked off near the end where he's doing damage to everyone.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dredd on: October 02, 2013, 03:10:05 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 01, 2013, 10:14:01 PM

Oh and i plan to re-watch it again immediately.

I cannot remember the last movie where I wanted to do that.

Mariah Carrey's "Glitter?"
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC] The Secret World MMORPG : No Longer Pumped, Just Playing it. on: September 30, 2013, 02:54:09 AM
Don't think there is an improved jump skill, but you can purchase faster run speeds around your class trainer area off one of the merchants there.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Putting down a pet sucks on: September 28, 2013, 04:11:31 AM
Yeah that was the right call. Tough to do it though. Had to do it to our 21 year old cat who had gone deaf, cried all the time when awake, and had a difficult time getting around. Knowing it was the right thing to do helps but takes awhile to get over it all the same.
192  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 28, 2013, 12:32:55 AM
Pinball Arcades table pack #18 is out for $5. Contains the following games:

Haunted House (Gottlieb 1982) - One of the few pinball games I would play in the arcades when I was a kid. It was probably the pinball game that got me to both play since it looked so cool and think pinball was a just a dumb score chase so why bother. Its a classic though with 8 flippers and three levels (attic, main room, basement). Not really that deep gameplay to it but it looks great and has some great music/sounds in it.

Tee'd Off (Gottlieb 1993) - Looks similar to No Good Gofers in that its another golf theme with a snarky gofer. I haven't played this one previously anywhere but in the few games I just tried it seems decent but not sure if it has legs. It looks to be on the easier side of tables as most of my shots ended going somewhere safe, either up a ramp, an upkicker or kick out hole. The only real danger seemed to be going for the drop-shots at the center of the table. It has at least two multi-ball modes that I triggered and kinda has a neat feature where you get to spell out the word GOPHER using the captive ball spinner in the middle of the machine - the letters you get carry over from game to game.

I get the sense this table will turn out more like the Harley table where I really enjoyed it at first but then barely play it after the first month.

Also this release is the Season 1 Ball Pack which you can grab for $2. You can see what those look like here.

People have already figured out what Season Pack #19 will have by the newsletter clue. It'll be another Gottlieb pack: Class of 1812 and Victory. Class of 1812 is pretty fun from what I've played of the VisualPinball version - it's humorous Halloween style theme.  Victory I haven't played at all but its a racing theme that looks ok - too bad they didn't get one of the High Speed tables.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Tarzan on: September 27, 2013, 08:41:00 PM
Agree. The John Carter movie was actually pretty good. Really unfortunate what they did with the marketing. I had read the books so had an initial interest but after watching the trailers had zero interest of seeing it.
194  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Dead Space 2 + Hitman sale - Dark Souls on: September 26, 2013, 06:04:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2013, 05:14:40 PM

9-26


$14.99

This is surprisingly good. It's a bit clunky in some areas but fun. Its free to play but you get a lot of game without having to pay anything over the initial $15 investment.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Need for Speed on: September 25, 2013, 11:40:01 PM
No wonder he's crashing his car all the time. You can clearly see near the start of the trailer he can barely see over the steering wheel.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sleepy Hollow on: September 24, 2013, 06:35:38 PM
Finally watched the pilot.

rshetts was right about having to suspend disbelief to watch this. Normally I give a show a few episodes before deciding weather to invest in it but this one kinda pushed the boundaries for me in what I was willing to take. The moment I saw the horseman all decked out with all manner of guns I was at the edge of being out. Then they kicked me over when he went and sheathed the shotgun to his back. I went full Roberto Duran and cried "no mas!". For god sakes no mas!

I did manage finish the episode but will not be watching any more.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 23, 2013, 07:24:39 PM
Finished watching Orange is the New Black. Its another one of the Netflix original series - this one taking place at a women's prison. It was pretty damn good and really has me looking forward to the next season - major cliff hanger at the end. The show really takes some unexpected turns as it progresses and the last few episodes has some "holy shit!" moments. The show is geared a bit towards women I'd say. Those first few episodes are something that could have come out of an R-rated Lifetime channel show. But it doesn't take long before your in to it and all the characters - which tend to have more than one layer to them.

It's worth checking out. I wasn't taken by the initial episode but I say by the end of the 3rd episode I was in for the run. And by the 10th episode I wasn't stopping until I finished the season.
198  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: September 23, 2013, 07:02:46 PM
Yeesh, recognize quite a few of those that have been $5 or less frequently.
199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 19, 2013, 11:10:28 PM
I shouldn't have any problems connecting to any Canadian server. A ping to the servers comes back at 54ms so that's fine. Maybe its the ISP. I seem to recall having this issue several years ago on another MMO where Comcast was doing something funky to cause an issue on that game. It ended up getting resolved after a few weeks so maybe the same thing here.

I did try another server for the heck of it and had the same issue. Guess I'll live with it for now.
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 19, 2013, 07:19:31 PM
I just started playing this a few days ago. Are all servers pretty laggy or should I be shopping around finding servers with better pings?

The game shows my connection as "excellent" but the latency meter in the game is showing anywhere from 1400-2000. While I can certainly play that way it is annoying to see people jump around a lot.

So before I get too entrenched in the current server should I be looking at others or do they all have the same issue due to the over population?
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