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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 27, 2014, 10:28:24 PM
Hmm, on the one hand there look to be some really nice visuals and the groundwork for cool action scenes, but on the other something about the trailer left me feeling hollow.  Oh well, it's early, I'm sure I'll bite.
2  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark on: July 27, 2014, 10:23:10 PM
For anyone that was looking to get in on this, I noticed that all the founder's packs are 66% off on Steam right now.  If you're into paying for closed beta, that means you can get in on the lowest level for less than $7.

BTW, has anybody been "playing" this?  I'm really curious to know if there are any gameplay elements yet or if it's still purely a building sandbox.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gear Up and Robocraft on: July 27, 2014, 03:12:15 AM
I tried out both of these today and surprisingly I found I like Robocraft more. 

Initially I thought that the more simplified building, variety of movement types and overall style of Gear Up was going to appeal to me more, but in the end I didn't find it all that satisfying.  It may have been because I was so limited in choice in the free version, and it felt like I wasn't earning

Robocraft is much more like Nuts & Bolts with the piece-by-piece cubic building, but it is more limited in means of locomotion than Gear Up, seemingly only wheels and hovering.  I'll have to play quite a bit more to unlock all the things I want, but I already feel like there is plenty to mess with in Robocraft.  And despite any limitations, the battles are much more satisfying for some reason, and I felt like I was earning enough every match to make me want to go right back into it. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 27, 2014, 02:51:46 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 27, 2014, 01:33:28 AM

My experience during the 5pm event was that I was alone in the city and I couldn't get matched for the special pvp event. I actually couldn't get my friends list to come up so I wonder if it was having effects on live as a whole.

Yeah, I can't pull up my Friends list on my Xbone now, and I'm not even playing Destiny.  Something is boned.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Offer accepted on a home! on: July 26, 2014, 05:25:22 PM
I've never owned a home so no advice from me, but congratulations!  smile
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: July 26, 2014, 04:25:50 AM
I see they moved up the release date on this to September 30th for consoles and October 2nd for PC.  One less game coming out on the death day of October 7th. 
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 26, 2014, 12:27:25 AM
I'd like to get some time with The Crew beta, but it ends tonight so may not. 

I might download and fire up that Geared Up game (and/or Robocraft) to see what I think there.

But knowing me, I'll probably end up trying out a dozen random games on Steam because I'm bored and can't stick with anything these days.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 25, 2014, 11:29:04 PM
Yeah, I'm not the type of person to jump ship at first sign of frustration and trouble (or second, or third sign) but there comes a point where you need to look after your own sanity and well being. 

I'm sure it's different with so much changing management, but sometimes you also just have to face the fact that the company you work for is never going to completely change, despite promises otherwise.  Everybody loves to promise they will do things differently and better, but without concrete plans for how to accomplish that it's really not too likely as people fall back into patterns.

Being in a volatile industry, I tend to try to keep enough money in the bank for at least a few months of rent and living if things go bad.  Recently I used that as a way to just quit and take a few months off when things were looking grim.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gear Up on: July 25, 2014, 09:28:30 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 25, 2014, 08:26:23 PM

looks similar to Robocraft

Yeah, there seems to be a little indie resurgence in these sort of Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts type games lately. 

There was that Scraps game that was on Kickstarter last year and is still in development, and then TerraTech is just finishing their Kickstarter in a couple days as well.

I didn't realize that Robocraft just launched as F2P on Steam a couple weeks ago as well.  smile
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 25, 2014, 09:23:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 25, 2014, 08:44:51 PM

Most of his movies are decent, if not great.

Yeah, unless you go in for hyperbole (or really low budget movies) that tends to be the case. 

66% on Rotten Tomatoes so far means this isn't a total stinker.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Gear Up and Robocraft on: July 25, 2014, 06:45:04 PM
I just saw the trailer for Gear Up and thought it looks pretty cool.  It's a multiplayer vehicle shooter where you build your own crazy tanks from lots of parts.  

From the video it looks like there are lots of types of locomotion, from more standard wheels and tank treads to sticky legs that let you walk on walls and some sort of goo balls that do...something.

The beta is available now on Steam and is free to play (restricted on inventory space unless you pay), so I may have to give it a whirl this weekend.  
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/MAC/360/PS3] Sacrilegium - 1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 24, 2014, 08:56:04 PM
I never really played the first Two Worlds, but I quite enjoyed the second one on the PC.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 23, 2014, 09:28:54 PM
Nope.  Wouldn't even consider it. 

It probably makes me a bad person, but I make a pretty instant judgement of a person who does have one on their vehicle (undoubtedly a jacked up pickup truck).
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 04:24:31 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 23, 2014, 01:25:32 AM

That's gotta be trolling

Reworded to clarify a poorly worded section.  Wasn't trolling.  smile
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Best Buy: 3DS games, buy 1 get 1 free on: July 23, 2014, 12:24:44 AM
You can check out the full list of 3DS games here, it includes a bunch of good recent releases.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 12:08:29 AM
I guess the Phantom Menace doesn't surprise me too much.  The younger generation that had no previous tie to Star Wars had really no concept of how terrible the prequels were in comparison.  If the prequels are your introduction to the universe then that's probably the baseline for how you judge everything from then on.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PS3/360/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: July 22, 2014, 09:16:06 PM
I'm actually pretty glad for that delay.  That makes this one of the few true betas in recent years, where they are taking feedback from it and actually applying it to the game before it releases. 

What I played of their beta didn't strike me as something that I was going to pay money for, so hopefully now they can differentiate it from core Battlefield a bit and make it shine.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: July 22, 2014, 08:13:35 PM
They've released a list of the first 100 cars, which looks like a nice variety of road, rally and offroad cars from various eras.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon.com Problem... on: July 20, 2014, 09:40:54 PM
Speaking of Amazon "problems", has anybody else gotten this thing showing up on the Amazon homepage for the last couple weeks?

You'd think they would know if I'm in France via IP, or whether I'm running in French language, so I'm not sure why they keep showing this to me. 
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 19, 2014, 02:13:45 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 18, 2014, 11:27:38 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 18, 2014, 10:16:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 18, 2014, 07:37:25 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 18, 2014, 05:49:49 PM

Today, I'm hoping that I'll have a job when I get back from vacation. Just heard that a bunch of long time employees just got laid off.  18,000 total, and at least half a dozen from my group.  I may be going back to close up the shop. :/

Sent from my KFJWI using Tapatalk

Microsoft?
yup.  The group I work for was rolled into the big umbrella division with phones and XB earlier this year.  Good thing I'm in sysops.  Worst case, I go in and find an empty office and directions to repackage all equipment, then go somewhere for reassignment.  Still, it sucks for many I worked, some more than 20 years.

It sounds like it is rough over there right now. Hope it all settles well for you.

Yeah, best of luck in the next ~6 months, Caine!
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kindle Unlimited - $10 a month for books on: July 19, 2014, 02:13:10 AM
Amazon launched a new service today called Kindle Unlmited that is effectively "Netflix for books".  It is separate from Prime membership so anybody with a Kindle can get it, but it's a $10 per month subscription.

Right now it seems like they are missing some of the bigger publishers (some of the same ones they've been feuding with on e-book prices already), so it's not like their full library is available for the service.

Personally I also don't know that I read books fast enough to make this worthwhile.  Sometimes I devour a book in a week, but usually it takes a few weeks since I read for short periods before bed.  It's not like Netflix where I can watch a new movie or TV show every night. 

There is a free 30 day trial, though, so no harm in seeing what you think I guess.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 18, 2014, 10:31:01 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 18, 2014, 10:12:01 PM

Done and done.  Those are both the PAN codes, btw. 

Thanks, Caine! 
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 18, 2014, 08:56:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 18, 2014, 03:41:52 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 18, 2014, 02:54:01 PM

That's a

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 18, 2014, 06:05:46 AM

I'm still waiting for the response that says.." Jerk off, play games, then jerk off again followed by..." paranoid

That's assumed for everyone here already.

Some of us also jerk off mid-post, apparently.

Haha, you nearly made me spit my drink out with that one.   icon_lol
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Donations for a family who have lost everything, including two children on: July 18, 2014, 08:56:03 PM
Always sad to hear about a family dealing with such terrible loss.  Happy to help out what little I can.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 18, 2014, 08:20:40 PM
I'll try one if you still have an extra.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 18, 2014, 03:14:30 PM
I just picked up Wolfenstein, so more of that.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PC/Ps4] The Crew on: July 18, 2014, 03:20:55 AM
Looks like the PC beta for this will run from next Monday the 21st through Friday the 25th. 
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yogscast Yogventures successful Kickstarter ($570k) game cancelled on: July 17, 2014, 11:01:50 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 17, 2014, 09:47:37 PM

I tend to stand by the rule that if a company is trying to make a game through kickstarter and are asking for less than a million dollars, they probably donít know what they are doing and itís not going to end well.  I know there are success stories for far less than that but I would consider them an anomaly instead of the norm.  Game development is expensive and most people donít consider the real cost of just keeping a handful of programmers employed for a year.

Yeah, the problem is that if every videogame Kickstarter actually asked for the "real" budget of what those people would be paid at a salaried job none of them would ever get funded because nobody understands or believes how much it actually takes to make a game, even a small one.

However, you also have to take into account that an experienced programmer that could garner a salary of more than $100k per year is likely willing to cut that in a third or less to just cover rent and expenses for a personal passion project.  And similar goes for the rest of most indie teams.

Either way, always be wary.  I would probably also add "has nothing to show other than concept art" to Tilt's list of rules.
29  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: July 17, 2014, 08:46:55 PM
Apparently this launched on Steam today.  That's generally a sign that the game is not doing as well as needed, since they're looking to split the profits to draw in more players.  It's also on sale as part of the QuakeCon stuff.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yogscast Yogventures successful Kickstarter ($570k) game cancelled on: July 17, 2014, 08:40:14 PM
Another somewhat high profile Kickstarter project for Yogscast Yogventures from 2012 has apparently cancelled development despite getting 227% of goal.  Here's an article on Eurogamer with all the details.

It seems like they wanted to make their own game that was in some ways just another version of Minecraft.  Or the Yogscast guys lent their likenesses to a company that was going to do that, and that company can't finish the game.  I didn't back this one and haven't really been following it, but looking at their Kickstarter updates it seems like the last update was from August of 2013 when they went into closed beta.  Apparently the game never reached a level of quality the Yogscast guys were wanting. 

Here's a lenghty post on Reddit from the developer, which includes these wise words:

Quote
However, if you promise the world and don't take into account the amount of time and resources you really need to make good on those promises you find yourself in a position where you can't move forward without more funds but you can't generate more funds without moving forward.

Seems like an overly ambitious new team, which is always something to be wary of on Kickstarter.
31  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What are your thoughts on our Tabletop content? on: July 17, 2014, 07:56:59 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 14, 2014, 05:47:05 PM

I really like it, if only I had people to play the games with I'd be buying lots of board games.

Yeah, I'm sort of in the same boat.  I'm always tempted by boardgames but I've already bought several that I've only played once or never at all.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: July 17, 2014, 07:52:03 PM
Picked up a Steam key for this on sale from GMG for $24, looking forward to playing it after all the good things you guys have been saying! 

After I download all 41GB that is...
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 17, 2014, 06:27:59 PM
I guess that doesn't disappoint me too much.  Other than always wanting more competition for things like Netflix and cable to drive better shows everywhere.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon.com Problem... on: July 16, 2014, 11:59:06 PM
Based on the Questions and Answers section on that second one you link, it does appear to be authentic from Apple: 
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 10:38:37 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 16, 2014, 07:49:26 PM

I got a chuckle out of EngineNo9 saying to get the train on the tracks... that is all

Ah jeez, I didn't even realize that when I said it...  
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 10:36:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 16, 2014, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 16, 2014, 07:03:08 PM

And to start that, I guess I'll say I'm a game programmer.

Did you program Gears of War 3? I LOVE that game!

No, but I worked on Hawken and LEGO Universe.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 16, 2014, 07:05:02 PM
MSE does malware and spyware in addition to virus scanning.  I'm not sure to what degree, but it's in there.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 07:03:08 PM
And to start that, I guess I'll say I'm a game programmer.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 07:02:34 PM
Good god, get this train back on the tracks.   icon_eek
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 15, 2014, 07:21:15 PM
Nah, raspberry has too many seeds that get stuck in my teeth.  Strawberry for life!
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