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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 06:01:18 AM
As usual they're stuffed with some awesome items for April Fools. Every so often one of them even turns real, too!
Capcom's Ace Attorney Dog.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 08:18:24 PM
Wow. So apparently the Amazon Dash is real. It even has a legal ToS page!
83  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 31, 2015, 06:25:14 PM
Or just love the machine you have now and learn to ignore the noise. A PC has to get air you know.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / April Fools 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 06:16:17 PM
It seems that sites are starting early this year. Ones that I know of so far:

1) Go check out Google Maps. You should see a new button on the lower left.
2) Amazon Dash: EDIT: This is seriously looking real but just has a really poor release date.
3) The Galaxy BLADE Edge: (the world's first smart knife with smartphone capabilities!)
85  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 31, 2015, 03:34:41 PM
The noise you're hearing is some kind of fan. My gaming rig has multiple large ones in it and I can always hear a low hum come from it. The only time it gets louder (and more high pitched) is when my GPU fan kicks in to high (as since that's a tiny fan, it makes a higher pitched noise).

Also, IMHO, do not get the 'hybrid' HD/SSD drives. The performance boost (minor at best) just isn't worth it. Get another full on SSD drive if you want to see everything speed on by.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 31, 2015, 03:21:03 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on March 31, 2015, 01:02:42 PM

While Destructor's list of bugs is quite serious, I wouldn't encourage anyone to wait to play for a patch. The worst bugs-crash on transition and it em - related - are simple to avoid. Don't double click to equip items, and don't go to the completely optional Hold until a patch hits.

The crash on transition bug (Redrick's Hold) is something anyone can hit because according to the forums, the files for the level itself are damaged (trying to unzip the data files comes back with an error in the file it tries to access for that map and like 4 others).

The other bugs are brain dead easy to 'stumble' into. Double clicking items to equip them deletes passive abilities. Loading your save game in the same zones where you get companions (at any point in the game) causes those companions to get cloned buffs from equipment. +Focus Items when equipped will outright -destroy- a Cipher class (you no longer gain Focus in battle). Saving the game with certain combat buffs on (like weapon replacement ones) and loading that save again causes you to permanently lose the ability to equip items in that slot. Sending your teammates to an inn (kicking them out of the party) can cause you to lose all the items they have on them.

There's also an unexplained one going around where something completely utterly breaks in the save game system, and when you get that, you can no longer save or load a game until you've wiped the game itself completely off your drive (and your saves as well).

This game is a buggy nightmare like so many other releases in the past 6 months. The sad part is that I STILL want to play it despite the bugs. Pillars of Eternity is that good!
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 03:41:36 AM

Quote from: Dunamis on March 31, 2015, 03:15:34 AM

Wow, very disappointed to learn about these bugs.  The game had otherwise been working fine for me.  I'll wait for the patch before I continue on.

Bugs that increase a character's stats/skills/defenses.
Bugs that decrease a character's stats/skills/defenses.
Bugs that permanently delete items.
Bugs that permanently keep summoned monsters around.
Bugs that permanently break the ability to hold weapons.
Bugs that corrupt map data, forcing you to delete the file in your save or else your game is done.

And a lot of the above can just happen by you playing the game normally. And you'll never know you got bugged until you look at things hours later.

The game is an absolute nightmare with bugs...and yet I want to keep playing. It's that good of a game behind all the bugs.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 30, 2015, 11:57:52 PM
I'm going to be very blunt at this point - I highly recommend against playing PoE at this point. The game is absolutely filled with multiple catastrophic bugs that can and will either completely screw over your characters by either removing their powers or turning them into near-superheroes, among many other things.

There's even more major issues that aren't listed above, too - I encountered save corruption which kept me from zoning back into a map that I'd explored until I deleted the map file in my save. Also my tank is a near-God at this point and has like 90 defenses across the board. No idea if I've hit some of the other character corruption issues.

The bugs are being fixed, yes, but until then, I seriously recommend stopping play.

EDIT: Lockdown, yes, that is correct. Like Baldur's Gate, Eternity is 'designed' around you playing with the NPCs that are in the game. It's recommended you get a 'generic' NPC or two until you've found the developer designed ones and then let them go back into the inn and such. The generic NPCs have no story, no nothing. You want the developer ones. They're that interesting to have around.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 29, 2015, 01:49:21 AM
I wish my Druid had a defensive boost (wolf). Lots of DPS, but if something just looks my way my Druid just drops.

I ran into a game breaking bug myself - if you're in Raedric's Hold, and suddenly you can't map change, your save is borked (and apparently it hits a lot of people, too). Thankfully it can be fixed...manually:

Long story short, you edit your save and delete the level data that is corrupted. Yes, that map is reset, but you can play again.

One really important tip: Play smarter, NOT harder. Even on Easy you can't just charge in with your characters. You'll get eaten alive. Use doorways to your advantage, send your tank(s) in first, whatever. Manipulate the encounters best you can.

And as far as magic goes - the inner circle (red) will hit friend or foe (generally, depending on spell). The outer circle (yellow, size changes based on Intelligence), will ONLY hit foes. With enough Int (and some getting into the proper place with your spellcaster), you'll be able to cast away without roasting your own party.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 28, 2015, 02:28:28 PM
Why would...

Who would...

91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 26, 2015, 10:34:42 PM
This game is amazing.

The best way I can describe it without going into huge detail is just saying this: This is Baldur's Gate 3.

Reviews have also said that this game is amazingly bug free (especially considering this is from Obsidian), has an outstanding story (without script errors of any sort), and is just tons of fun to play.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 06:04:19 AM
Backer of Pillars of Eternity. Quite excited for it.

Have absolutely no idea when I'll have time to play it. biggrin
93  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Surface Pro 3 on: March 20, 2015, 03:59:19 AM
....if I didn't already have the exact same computer I'd SO be buying this.

This is a steal. Grab it.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kojima no longer associated with Metal Gear Solid(?) on: March 20, 2015, 03:52:39 AM
All signs (and the lack of people saying things, too) pretty much confirm that this is all the truth. Go read the Gamespot article - every mention of him and his team is just gone.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: March 20, 2015, 02:22:30 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 19, 2015, 11:51:46 PM

I'm still playing, and the game hasn't worn out its welcome.

Been waiting for your further impressions and/or storytelling. Tongue
96  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: March 20, 2015, 02:20:43 AM
I can't even imagine playing ESO without mods. And the loading time is downright terrible at times, and I'm running it on a SSD drive. Oh, and the crashes since 1.6 launched.

Otherwise, not too much has changed since launch. Still a rather solid game with an enjoyable story and good mechanics. Make sure you grab the Imperial Edition (any release in the world, doesn't matter, all runs worldwide), and the Explorer Pack ($3-$4 via key sellers like G2A), and you'll be all set.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your cell provider? on: March 20, 2015, 02:04:29 AM
T-Mobile via a web only deal (which is a pay as you go plan).

$30 for 100 minutes, 'unlimited' LTE/4G data (5GB before they might slow down to 3G), and unlimited texts.

Only downside is limited coverage (I spend almost all of my time in a major metropolitan city, so no issue there so far), no insurance (seriously, it's not offered), you can't use any of T-Mobile's special deals like unlimited music streaming (doesn't count towards your data), and you have to buy the phone outright up front (but you can use any phone that they offer).

But for $30 a month plus tax...I sure as heck can't complain.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 08:20:30 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 27, 2015, 05:51:50 PM

"Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Llama drama on: February 27, 2015, 01:25:24 PM
You know it's a slow news day when EVERYBODY jumped on this story, no matter where in the US they were. LOL
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 27, 2015, 01:23:22 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 24, 2015, 05:48:38 PM

For me it is cursive.  I am a working professional and I can't remember the last time I needed to write something over a paragraph in length in cursive.  I write quick notes to myself or others but nothing longer than a sentence.  

Cursive is dead as far as I'm concerned. It's not even taught in schools anymore (or so my boss at work as said, as his three kids have gone through school). I just wish doctors would realize this and stop doing it, mainly as they have piss poor at best handwriting skills, and cursive only makes it worse to read! I'm trying to avoid killing my patients thank you very much!
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 01:21:09 PM
As far as I'm concerned, people who pay with check need to have the checkbook taken from their hands and beaten over the head with it until they grab their debit card (which they have, as otherwise they wouldn't have a checkbook) and use that instead.

Checks need to be banned for anything other than paying monthly bills by mail.

Quote from: Lee on February 26, 2015, 04:03:02 PM

Curious Destructor, I always assumed they train cashiers not to comment on what people are buying, do they? I don't mind it so much when they something like "Looks like you are making stew" but hate it when they say something like "You have a sweet tooth" when I am buying a ton of candy bars because they are on sale.

I would assume the general instruction would be to not comment at all and just get them in and out as fast as possible. Every chain is different it seems. Or it's just a more talkative employee.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Laptop is dead. Long live my laptop! on: February 27, 2015, 01:18:19 PM
No no - it was more of a joke from Ron's other post talking about how Microsoft is giving him the runaround too. I realize the Surface makes for a poor gaming PC at best.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Laptop is dead. Long live my laptop! on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:13 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2015, 08:56:17 PM

Heard back from Squaretrade.  They'll need "2 to 5 days to evaluate" the extent of the damage.   Uh.  Ok. 

"Does it work? No. Maybe it'll work tomorrow."
"Does it work? Still no. I'll give it another day."
"It still doesn't work. I'll give it just one more day. The damage looks all superficial anyway."

Sorry to hear about your, er, whoops though. Maybe it's time to go buy a Microsoft Surface from the Microsoft Store. You won't have an ordering problem at all unlike before! slywink
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 05:28:19 AM
I hate self-checkout. Hate hate hate hate hate.


Because the stores take that as a reason to remove actual cashiers who can do things TONS faster than the stupid scanner can. And baggers, too.

Unless I'm buying like 2 items or less, I always go into an actual cashier line, even if I have to wait a little bit longer.

Disclaimer: I work in a grocery store.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 18, 2015, 03:07:24 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 15, 2015, 07:00:38 AM

My backlog is so big and full of solid games I just see no reason to jump in without reviews these days.

I feel the exact same way. Unless it's from a developer you can 100% trust (and there's only a tiny handful in my book that fall into that) there's absolutely no point throwing your $60 into the wind hoping it's actually a good game.

Stop preordering anything. Wait for reviews. There will always be plenty of copies (especially digitally) to get if it's actually worth your time.
106  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 10:15:10 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 15, 2015, 07:57:52 PM

The Xenoblade Chronicles port requires the New 3DS.  I don't know whether that's a measure of the better processor or additional controls, but it's important enough that Nintendo is willing to risk disappointing a lot of people who had no earthly reason to research the issue.

Exactly. Why as a developer would you risk missing out on millions and millions of console owners by requiring the New New Really New 3DS...especially considering that your average consumer is a complete idiot?

It's obvious Nintendo gave the devs here a lot of money for this, but they won't do that for everyone. Would you want to take a chance on requiring a New 3DS console at this point when there's SO many of the 'old' ones out in the wild right now?
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Taco loving artist sneaks photos into Grammy museum on: February 15, 2015, 03:56:16 AM absolutely epic. Well done random person!
108  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 03:47:30 AM
Can't find that New 3DS anywhere? Can't find that Amiibo either?

Reality Check: Nintendo is Awful. Seriously, they have no damn idea what they're doing nowadays. Although according to comments it seems it's a NOA issue and not Nintendo as a whole. Who knows.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: February 04, 2015, 04:56:05 AM
The big difference is that Starbound is sci-fi based and Terraria is fantasy. And the mobile base that you have (as it grows, you can do some crazy things to it). And the races (each with their own ship designs and crafted items).

Yeah, the two games 'look' the same on the surface, but they're quite different as you play. Also, I've put in more hours into Starbound than Terraria for whatever reason.

Well worth it IMHO if you at all like the 'mining and crafting' aspect and such. Although it's ton more fun with friends.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: January 28, 2015, 05:19:27 PM
Interesting. I may have to give this a whirl at some point. Tell us your experiences as you keep playing, okay?
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nyko Data Bank for Playstation 4 on: January 08, 2015, 03:42:15 PM
The price difference between 3.5' and 2.5' drives are not that steep. And SSD drives are all 2.5 sized (which the console can use natively).

And does anyone need more than 2TB of console storage? Seriously, delete something.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN and Live down on: December 27, 2014, 03:07:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 27, 2014, 01:46:30 PM

I don't know what these script kiddies are trying to prove, but we really do need to create stricter laws and harsher punishments for this kind of action. 

Death. Painful death.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 13, 2014, 05:51:02 PM
Also Squenix demands absolutely absurd sales or else they consider them 'failures'. 6 million copies of the Tomb Raider reboot at launch - yeah hell no. Does Madden even pull in those numbers?
114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So, grabbed a new ps4 and I'm over... on: December 11, 2014, 04:17:05 AM
Mine is really silent. And on top of it, I also fully power it down whenever I'm done playing...mainly as I don't play it all that often. Why use power?
115  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 11, 2014, 12:35:26 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 10, 2014, 05:21:58 AM

A bit trigger happy with your conclusions, aren't you? slywink Yes, the 3DS is region locked. Specifically, the Australian 3DS (which is the one I bought) is region locked to Australia and... Europe.

...wait, you can buy it in Australia (and Japan, obviously) right now? That is...really weird.

That's why I figured you were going to get your games via other means, as sure you didn't sound Japanese. biggrin
My bad.
116  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 12:31:45 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 02, 2014, 05:26:38 AM

I've got a New 3DS XL on its way to me from Hong Kong right now. Should receive it tomorrow. Looking forward to giving it a spin. smile

You realize that Nintendo is still behind the times and they region lock their consoles, right? What exactly are you going to play on it (short of pirated games)?
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 09:28:20 PM
Oops - my bad on Bayonetta. For some reason I thought it was Capcom.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 06, 2014, 08:42:59 PM

Final Fantasy VII, the game that EVERYONE wanted a HD remake of (for some reason - I never liked the game), is just getting a simple port to the PS4 in Spring 2015.

The ultimate trolls. Wow. WTF is Squenix thinking (other than they're broke too (see my Capcom post))?

119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 08:41:02 PM
Like I said about Tomb Raider, this is absolutely terrible for the gaming industry.

On the flip side...this also shows that Capcom is absolutely fucking broke. ALL THREE companies have bought exclusives now - Nintendo with Bayonetta 2, Microsoft with Dead Rising 3, and now Capcom with Street Fighter V.

AAAA gaming is fucking bankrupting the console industry as we know it. I'm saying it now - I think this is the last generation of consoles.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 05, 2014, 08:35:20 PM
I really don't know what to think on this. This is a Big Thing if it truly is an exclusive, but as mentioned before I doubt it is. Although there seems to be some solid reasonings as it might be.

I dunno. We'll see once Capcom actually announces this (instead of screwing it up and posting it early).
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