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81  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: May 20, 2014, 08:12:35 PM
Getting in those groups that break up after a few wipes does suck. Particularly if you had to wait a long time for the group. But I found its a good thing as if you're paired with a bad group its just going to be a struggle to get through the entire dungeon. Its almost better to start over than spend forty minutes trying to make it through the dungeon only to run out of time or just be unable to get past a boss.

I've been away from the game for a few months now but its still one of my favorite MMOs I've played of late.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 15, 2014, 06:13:01 PM

Quote from: jament on May 15, 2014, 05:03:17 PM

I've never seen anyone run a tribe like he does, without any appreciable skills or value.  It's nutty.  He tells them who they can talk to and when they can do it, and throws a tantrum like a little girl when they disobey him.

Boston Rob had a pretty tight control of the tribe the last time he was on. He basically set up the rules of his alliance only talking to those within his alliance. And he had incredible influence over his alliance. So he and Tony play a similar game of control but Tony doesn't do it nearly as well. But I think its effective enough for him to win it. For all his crazy antics he's basically controlled who went home with the vote since Kass flipped. And regardless how all over the place he can be that's an impressive feat in this game. Add to that all the hidden immunity idols he found, the ways he used and faked idols at tribal, he's pretty much playing the game as hard as you can.

As far as voting for Trish there may be two things going on here. One, she is probably about as likable as Woo is in the final. So between voting Woo or Trish out at this point wouldn't matter (you need to keep Kass). Two, Tony's win depends on Spencer getting voted out. Trish has no chance at beating Spencer in an immunity challenge. Woo does. Tony could easily convince Woo (and Kass) to vote Spencer out for being the larger threat - which is the truth.

So while the vote was a total surprise when it occurred it may not have been so crazy as it seemed.
83  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 15, 2014, 05:34:38 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 15, 2014, 05:09:31 PM

Weekend spotlight



$7.49



Fantastic "game". Check out the demo first though - its completely separate from the actual game but gives a good taste of what's in store.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dark Souls 2 on: May 14, 2014, 08:08:08 PM

Quote from: Crawley on May 14, 2014, 03:30:30 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 13, 2014, 10:23:27 PM

Just want to say I beat DS2 yesterday.  Such a great game.  I've now beaten Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls 2, thus demonstrating I am a very patient person. slywink

You are what we'd call a master beater.

Well dang. I thought I struck comedy gold with that response.  icon_neutral
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dark Souls 2 on: May 14, 2014, 03:30:30 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 13, 2014, 10:23:27 PM

Just want to say I beat DS2 yesterday.  Such a great game.  I've now beaten Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls 2, thus demonstrating I am a very patient person. slywink

You are what we'd call a master beater.
86  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 13, 2014, 01:04:38 AM
I'm liking this game the more I play it.

Had a neat mission where I got transported to this moon, where I'm on the surface of it. I ended up having to investigate a ship that was having problems. And it basically was an alien infestation thing with chest bursters coming from the crew. Was just kinda neat as it was unexpected to get transported there out of the blue.

Also completed a mission where a poll came up right after completing it asking a few questions about the mission as feedback. Kinda neat to see that.

Tried all the classes and the paths (Scientist, Settler, etc). Still not sure which class to pick when the game launches. I kinda like everything but the Stalker. And the Explorer path offers some fun locations to get to. I did like the Settler too where you actually build stuff but I found it annoying that I always felt like I had to stop and gather resources.

The game isn't nearly as tight as Final Fantasy, in UI and gameplay, but I'm in for the launch.
87  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 09, 2014, 07:43:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 09, 2014, 05:14:03 PM

5/9



Standard $7.49
Complete pack $14.99
Darksiders 1 $4.99

Just finished DS2 recently. Can't recommend it enough.

Just go down the harbinger line first.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 09, 2014, 03:16:12 AM
Yup, will be interesting.

The problem is with the jury. I get the sense most of them on there are going to be pretty vindictive. If it was just votes by gameplay alone Tony should win. He and Spencer are the ones that are playing the hardest (at least from what we can see). And he's found like 3 hidden idols - one without a clue.

I still think it will be a 3-person final. They have been so reluctant to go back to that since they put it in place. So here's my thoughts on who wins:

Spencer -> wins automatically if he makes it in to the final 3
Tony -> wins with Kass/Trish
Woo -> wins with Kass/Trish and a slight possibility with Tony
Kass -> no win
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Darksiders 2 (review on page 2) on: May 06, 2014, 07:46:32 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 06, 2014, 06:57:35 PM

Did you play the first Darksiders too?  I'm curious how it compares to the 2nd.  I have both from Steam sales, and was wondering if I should just jump into the 2nd...which looks more interesting to me.

I did. But only a few hours. It didn't grab me and don't think the gameplay was as good. But it's been awhile since I've played it.

You can go in to the second game without knowing much of the first. The story isn't the strongest. It's the gameplay that's great.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Darksiders 2 (review on page 2) on: May 06, 2014, 02:56:17 AM
And I'm done. 27+ hrs to complete. Fantastic game overall. The game started crashing a bunch at the side dungeon Arbiter's Maze, which apparently is a known issue that didn't get fixed. So I gave up on that one prematurely. Other than that though the game was stable throughout. Did the last DLC "The Demon Lord Belial" which was pretty decent too. Actually had a bit of a story to follow and a couple neat puzzles - although easy. This is definitely a memorable game for me.

Looks like another studio has the Darksiders license so curious to see what they do if they ever make the game. I don't sense the gaming community is gnawing at the bit for another one but do hope they continue the series or at least wrap it up.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Darksiders 2 (review on page 2) on: May 02, 2014, 03:20:37 AM
Yeah this game is pretty kick ass. 20hrs in now and in the 3rd big area now with some outcast angels. The dungeon room puzzles in this game are great. They're sometimes difficult enough where you get stuck for a bit. But not so difficult that you can't figure it out on your own eventually and feel smart.

I also did two of the DLCs (Argul's Tomb and Abyssal Forge). They were both pretty decent. Argul's looks a bit better but it had some really neat moments in it, some very good puzzles, and a nice end boss - although easy to defeat. Abyssal Forge décor didn't grab me but some of the puzzle rooms were decent. But the end boss battle was pretty kick ass.

Does anyone know if they picked up the Darksiders license after the THQ bankruptcy? Or did that do this franchise in?
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When do you buy games? on: April 30, 2014, 06:00:22 PM
I'll buy Day 1 games but only if there's a decent discount I can apply to it. My main go to is GMG where you typically get at least 20% discount on Day 1 releases - sometimes 25%. If that's no good I'll look at Amazon where I typically have gift cards coming in every few months from my credit card rewards. And if all else fails I'll use Steam where I typically have a credit of some sort from selling cards.

I can't think of the last Day 1 game I purchased at full price.

I've been trying to get away from doing the Early Access stuff too as I found the game changes quite a bit from early access to final. And the final release can be 6+ months down the road. Would rather just wait for the real deal then getting the game in small chunks every few months.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Darksiders 2 (review on page 2) on: April 29, 2014, 01:49:18 AM
Arise!

So I've been going through my backlog trying to play some games that I either never installed or stopped playing for one reason or another. This was one of the later where I gave up after 5hrs. I ended up painting myself in a corner by going down the Necromancer spell line, where you heavily rely on AI pets to do the work, and spending money carelessly so as to not have anything left for mana potions.

I've put about 14 hours in to this next go-around and am loving it. Went down the Harbinger line which basically means you're badass and don't need to rely on those pansy minions to do the combat. This game is basically God of War and Zelda fused together in a world made from awesome sauce. This game looks so great and the designers/animators really did a great job all around - even on the little stuff, like flames, trickling water, smoke, dust, ghostly vapors, and other cool stuff.

The game is pretty huge too. I figured it would just take place in the initial big area zone but it looks to branch out. I'm a fair way in to the second big area and think I saw portals for at least 2 other areas that I should eventually go to.

I don't know whats going on in this game other than Death trying to find his brother War and some corruption spreading around the worlds. But don't care. Just love slicing through enemies and the dungeon puzzles where are complicated enough that you get stuck every once in awhile, but not so complicated that you can't figure them out on your own. And it feels almost as good to solve those dungeon puzzle rooms as it does taking down a boss monster.

So glad I went back to this one. Its a fantastic game and I seem to get the sense it got a bit overlooked.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 25, 2014, 03:18:15 AM
That's a good point. I'm not big on people spilling they have an idol but in this case why not?

Even though I don't like Tony all that much he really has been playing this game from the get go and I would be more than fine with him winning. If they do an all-star thing again somewhere down the road (please not yet) I think he would be great to include.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: April 24, 2014, 04:55:38 PM
The game wasn't on my radar until watching the latest gameplay trailer which shows a match: http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/ks2g3z/evolve-sixth-channel---gameplay-trailer

Being the goliath seems like it'll be a lot of fun. Looks like they did a fantastic job at balancing the game while making it very tense for both groups.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comics for a 9 year old on: April 20, 2014, 08:10:04 PM
Yeah that's certainly true. You can download, I think, up to 15 comics download at once. But if Wi-Fi is on he'll have access to any of the comics in the store via the app.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comics for a 9 year old on: April 20, 2014, 03:02:53 PM
Marvel Unlimited is a pretty fantastic value. But it doesn't have an parental controls and most of the stuff is geared towards young adults+. There a lot of a comics that are pretty violent on there. Don't think I've come across anything with sex/nudity.

The only other option is buying comics piecemeal from the Marvel or DC stores or Comixology. Comixology has both Marvel and DC comics and has the best app for reading comics so I'd recommend that. They also constantly have various series on sales there. I rarely see them put kids comics on sale but it happens every once in awhile. You can buy single issues, or in several cases bundles, and they just started subscriptions on some series. I don't see any parental controls but they wouldn't be able to purchase/download any comics you don't own without knowing your site or Apple password.

Here's a link to their kids comics - they have age ratings for each to them: https://www.comixology.com/Childrens/comics-genre/33
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 18, 2014, 03:47:04 AM
And I'm done.

The DLC is pretty short. Basically two areas. The next-to-impossible first area and then the doable second area. It probably took me about 6-7 hours to finish. But I'd say 3-4 of those hours are in the first area just with all the deaths and re-loading. The second area wasn't a complete breeze, and had some pretty annoying setups for battles, but I didn't run in to any major issues. If it wasn't for the setup of the first area the DLC probably would have taken all of two and half hours to complete.

Overall the DLC was not fun.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 18, 2014, 01:39:26 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 17, 2014, 09:41:34 PM

I'm not sure what's up with Tony, I don't see how he thinks he can reconcile all the lies he's been telling.  His jury vote status is getting worse by the minute.

Right. The only way he could possibly have a chance of winning is if it's just him and Kass going to the end.

This has turned out to be such a crazy season. Its amazing how this show can still deliver.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 18, 2014, 01:29:53 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 03, 2014, 03:34:02 PM

Quote from: Crawley 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.
I like a good challenge, but that doesn't sound remotely fun.

So I revisited this and was finally able to push forward past the initial area. This is spoilery but may help get past this section if stuck.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Basically if you're a might based party or 2 of your party members are might based your going to have a hell of a time. I was stuck on the first boss as he would kill me and feeblemind my casters which required a reload. However I found that buffing myself, with whatever made sense, before entering the battle helped some. After doing that it took me 3 or 4 more tries to finally kill the boss.

But then its on the next area with the same difficult fights. And if you don't have the fire spell to protect you from sleep then forget. Thankfully I had that. But the next boss battle is even more difficult than the first as he'll one shot the entire party before you even reach him. Again it's pre-buffing and a lot of luck to beat him.

Thankfully after that you get your shit back so the game can become one again enjoyable.

But even with what I know now I still wouldn't recommend the DLC. Its just way too unforgiving.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: April 16, 2014, 11:18:37 PM
So the last bit of pictures here. So a big thing at MGC is just walking around trying to find all the "hidden" stuff. You'll go down hallways and in rooms you'll find all sorts of vendors, or groups. There was just a room at the end of a hallway called "Gamers and Beer" where you could buy beer - might have even been home brew. Others rooms would have specialty vendors or gaming groups. But there were also these mini-arcades. One of them was Star Worlds arcade which was in a small room with several classic arcade games, and some more modern ones like the DDR in the back. They were running a few tourneys there but I didn't sign up for any.



One of the neat things they had were a bunch of cocktail games which were a lot of fun. I don't think I've played on one of those since the 80s.



But they also had one of my favorite games from the 80's Eagle. Which was kinda like a cross between Galaxian, Gorf, and Lunar Lander. I believe the last time I played it was probably mid 80's when we were on vacation in Vermont. There was a bar nearby where they were going to show Altered States. So we headed over there and they had a cocktail table version of the game. I was playing that while watching Altered States. I was way too young to be in the bar and even see that movie. But it was the 80's so who cares!? biggrin

In any case I played a single game here and got the high score - so I still got it.



Aladdin's Castle was the other mini-arcade. I kinda just wandered through this one so don't recall any special stuff in the room.



Back outside was the pinball tourney area. Normally you don't get to play on these machines unless your in the touny. But thankfully they moved a few of them in to the arcade hall on the second day. One of them was Orbiter 1 which I've really wanted to play for awhile. Its a unique game where the playfield is entirely molded plastic. So when the ball is rolling it'll go in all these crazy directions or start doing loops. If the ball goes past the flippers its actually easy to save the ball as the ball will start rolling to the flippers, from behind, and you can usually lift one of the flippers and the ball will roll back onto the playfield and back in to play. It's basically a gimmick table but kinda fun for a few plays.



On to the final stop at the vendor tent. It was such a good idea for them to move the vendor area out in to one of the parking lots. It opened up the rest of the expo and left extra room for some of the larger venues. Last year it was just jam packed and was kinda hard to move around. This year plenty of freedom to move around.



If you need Dreamcast VMUs you could get them here for a bit of coin. You can also see in this case the Virtua Boy game "Insmouse" for $160. Yow.



Plenty of GBA and Game Boy games for about $5 each.



Various video game related toys. Can see the Tomy Waterful games there you may have had as a kid. And of course the Voltron, although its not the old-school one where it had each of the lions you piece together to form Voltron. I'm pretty sure I had the Pac Man lunch box.



Here's a ton of Japanese GBA import games for about $3-$4 dollars.



And here are the boxes of Atari 2600 and NES games.



And if you want handhelds a few of the vendors were selling those. Is that a monchichi?



And then my final nostalgic moment was coming across the unopened Tron, Donkey Kong, and Video City trading cards. I probably wouldn't recommend eating the gum.



So that's it for the Midwest Gaming Classic 2014. If there's a 2015 I'll be heading to that one. Would highly recommend checking out the show if you get a chance as its just two days of pure fun. Just about everyone there is great and you have such a wide range of ages going to the show that "all ages" is pretty encompassing.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: April 16, 2014, 10:17:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 15, 2014, 10:09:15 PM

That is an Atari XE game system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_XEGS

I never had one but do remember playing Star Raiders on my Atari 800 many many times.

Ah thanks. I was looking for computers and looks like that was a console first and then had the keyboard add-on. Not a bad looking console for the time.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: April 15, 2014, 09:01:55 PM
So on Day 2 instead of having Doom 2 LAN they set up Duke Nukem 3D to play on the four computers they set up. I didn't get a chance to play that as I was only there half the day and there were people playing. I did get in some more Quake multiplayer which was still a lot of fun - particularly when decides to go at it with just axes.



The museum had the two most under appreciated computers of all time. The Amiga 500 and Atari 1040 ST.



I don't know what this Atari computer model this was and I haven't found it on the web anywhere. Does anyone know? The Donkey Kong I played on it was actually a very good port for whatever era this is.



I seem to recall seeing this Atari 2600 demo unit in a few department stores, like Sears. But what an oddity to get a hold of. So it was pretty cool to see and use it in person again.



This is Ms Pacman on this tiny "portable" Compaq computer. It was a pretty good port of the game too. It seems to have all the Ms Pac Man mechanics but was pretty difficult to control with the num pad arrow keys. The tiny monitor size was surprisingly not much of a factor.



But if you really want to see a crazy small monitor check out this rear view mirror monitor mod that was hooked up to a Commodore Vic 20. And yes it actually worked.



And if you really wanted to see old school here's a cassette tape player and external modem where you would put the handset in to it. Before my time thankfully - although just barely. Cassettes were on the way out and floppy discs were abundant.



Outside the Museum was even more stuff. More odd or obscure console systems you could try games on. But one wall featured more modern consoles but with just premium controllers. That was kinda neat and very popular with a lot of the kids.



But back inside the Museum I had the biggest nostalgic kick when I saw these.



Back in the 80's ('82 according to the copyright) McDonalds had a game going where you got Atari game themed scratch cards. You basically scratch off the card until you get a match or you get a "ZAP". If you get the "ZAP" before you make a match you don't win anything. But every game was a potential winner. Growing up this was a gold mine for both fun and winning free stuff at McDonalds. I seem to recall you could potentially win full sized arcade cabinets of games, which was a huge draw for any kid back then. But mainly when you won you would get a small fry or small drink or some McNuggets if you were lucky. Still seeing this immediately brought back some fond memories of something that probably was only around for a few months.



I'll see if I can finish up in the next post showing off some of the mini-arcades at the show and stuff from the vendor hall - which also had something that had me on another bit of a nostalgia kick.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 15, 2014, 07:45:15 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 15, 2014, 05:47:26 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 15, 2014, 05:18:55 PM

The core game is a lot of fun.  Good, old school turn based, party based rpg.  My only complaint is that the game engine performed poorly in certain areas of the game world.  There's an area in the NW corner of the world that crushed my framerate, and I have a decent rig.

The engine for this game is just terrible. I don't understand why they went the route they did. Why not just use an established Engine like Unreal 3 and modify it to the game. For starters it would have looked much better and it would have actually performed much better. Plus it would be much more future proof for sequels than the MMX engine is. I don't get it. But hey the game was still fun anyway.

For me it ony ran terrible in one section of the mountains. I didn't hit that till somewhat near the end of the game and only needed to go through there twice. So while the frame rate was terrible in that me area it was a pretty minor problem overall.
105  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.
106  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.
107  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

4/12



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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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.
113  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.
114  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.
115  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.
116  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.
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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: https://www.comixology.com/Powers-Sale/page/1261
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