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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: July 28, 2015, 03:46:19 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 28, 2015, 03:32:13 PM

How permanent is the permadeath?  Do you still make progress towards a goal when you die or is it a dead end?

Each of the thieves are your employees, so if one dies or gets pinched you just "hire" another one and continue on that game.  You'll lose all the loot that thief was carrying, but you keep everything that they have banked from previous levels.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 28, 2015, 03:27:17 PM
I dunno, I like the vehicles and driving in that world and I think it helps set the mood a lot, but I can't stand a bunch of "walk and talk" missions that just force you to drive around and listen to some guy jabber on.  Drive to this part of town, talk to a guy, now drive to that part of town...

If they have the open world streets I would hope it's put to better use than a dozen "drive really slowly across town" missions.  And I don't think I'm the only one that feels that way, I remember that being a consistent criticism of Mafia 2.

Also, "making better use of the open world" doesn't mean there need to be towers to climb or anything like that at all.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: July 28, 2015, 02:44:15 PM
Yeah, so that topic kind of covers it.  slywink  But I saw that The Swindle was coming out this week (on consoles, Vita and Steam) and I had forgotten all about it.

This one is made by Dan of the Ben This & Dan That games.  It's sort of a heist rogue-like, in that there is permadeath, randomly generated characters and procedural levels. 

You have to infiltrate properties and keep stealing loot until you think the risk is too high and then you jet.  Use that loot to buy upgrades and access to new levels making your way to the final heist: The Swindle.

Here's a trailer and here's a video that actually explains some mechanics and things.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 28, 2015, 02:29:01 PM
Sweet!  Can't wait to see a new Mafia game.  Although I do hope this time they make better use of the open world environment.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Armada [by the author of Ready Player One] on: July 27, 2015, 11:30:12 PM
Has anyone that's read Armada also read Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell books (for a younger audience)?  The plot sounds very similar to Only You Can Save Mankind.  Of course it's also similar to Ender's Game and The Last Starfighter as others have mentioned.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 27, 2015, 11:23:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 27, 2015, 04:45:35 AM

It's free, but Windows 10.

Yeah, me too.  Woohoo!  slywink
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have passed 50,000 achievement points on: July 27, 2015, 11:19:09 PM
Cripes.  I think my points have sort of stagnated just shy of the 30k mark. 

I still play most of my games on the Xbox over the PS4, but I guess there haven't been a ton of games that I have played a lot on console over the last couple years.  And I don't really go chasing achievements like I used to, I just let them happen if they're going to happen.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Victor Vran - action RPG on: July 27, 2015, 10:57:39 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on July 27, 2015, 03:01:54 AM

Isn't this by Tropico 3-5's developer? Not from Van Helsing's?

You're right!  For some reason I was thinking this was the Van Helsing developers but I was wrong.  Oops.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 12:09:48 AM
I'm really surprised that none of the earlier drivers were slowing down or flashing their brakes in warning to the drivers behind them.  I would have expected that even in a city like LA so even more surprising to see it not done in Minnesota.

In the moment I would have probably done the same as this driver, but that's super dangerous especially with those people behind following so closely.  I try to pay pretty good attention to my surroundings so knowing they were so close I might have chosen to not hit the brakes so hard.  Hard to know.

I was impressed that all 3 of those first cars dodged so expertly.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Victor Vran - action RPG on: July 26, 2015, 03:45:08 PM
Since there was some chatter in the playing thread, I figured I'd just make a dedicated one for this Victor Vran game.  

This was in Early Access for a while and just released officially this last week.

From what I understand this is supposed to be a little more action-based ARPG with lots of dodging and rolling and controller support.  It also has a similar single-character-multiple-builds paradigm as Van Helsing from what I gather.  Except you're Victor Vran, of course.  slywink

I still haven't had a chance to play it, and I'm in the middle of moving, so unfortunately I have no impressions yet.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 26, 2015, 03:57:21 AM
Yup, I was waiting for that...
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Magic Circle on: July 24, 2015, 02:46:25 PM
I watched the Giant Bomb quick look of this and couldn't stand the melodramatic dialog.  For a game that seems largely based on said dialog that seems to be a dealbreaker.
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG's summer sale on: July 14, 2015, 07:34:01 PM
Day 5 is "Nightmare" with The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, Bioshock, and lots of other horror, zombie and action games.

20% off still works.
134  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Free Steam key for Ocean City Racing on: July 13, 2015, 09:53:51 PM
I bought a game on GMG's summer sale and got a free copy of Ocean City Racing, which I apparently already owned from some other bundle.

Any existing forum member can get this amazing game for free on Steam, just PM me.    icon_biggrin
135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG's summer sale on: July 13, 2015, 09:47:09 PM
Day 4 is "Get Real" with everything from driving games (Dirt, Grid) to builder games (Cities: Skylines, Rollercoaster Tycoon) and sims of all kinds.

Same extra 20% off code still working: GMGSUM-MERSAL-E20OFF
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 13, 2015, 08:39:09 PM
I'd be sad if things like Twitter and Tumblr are killing forums.  I do use them as a way to see some news, opinions and whatever, but it's generally a much more shallow experience than a forum (at least an active one).  There's no space for long topics or much back-and-forth.

Quote from: Gratch on July 13, 2015, 08:20:01 PM

GT's dip probably has more to do with the fact that most of us long-timers either don't game nearly as much as we used to, have become very specific in which games we play/have interest in, or have simply moved on (watching the names at the top 10 poster list gather dust is kinda sad)  Of course, that observation could just be entirely autobiographical.  slywink

Yeah, I think a lot of this applies here at GT.  And there also seem to be a large number of people that want to have a community here, but not actually contribute to it.  People that just lurk and post very rarely.  The problem with that is it quickly means there is nothing to read because only two or three people post in a topic or about a new game and then it dies.  And then people are hesitant to start new topics about other new games/movies/whatever since they assume it will die, and it's a downward spiral from there.

So if you see a topic that seems interesting, maybe think about contributing to the conversation next time.   icon_smile
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 13, 2015, 08:31:43 PM
I think the problem with written content is that you need to produce a lot of it for people to frequent your site.  People don't visit a lot of news sites so they go to the one that has the most, or the fastest.  It's much easier for video to be personality based, so people come back to "interact" with the people that they've gotten to know and like.  As Lee said, that's been the Giant Bomb way since they started that site 7 years ago (more than a little bit out of necessity of having few employees).

Most large gaming sites that still rely heavily on written content seem to be the blog-based ones like Kotaku, where it is just tons of news bits, superficial articles, clickbate, list articles, etc. and a few rare articles of substance a week.  And those sites have lots of editors that are doing nothing but scouring the web and posting that crap 24 hours a day from different regions.  But if you're a secondary version of that like Joystiq, and you have just a few less news bits, or everything is posted a few hours later, you're just not going to keep up.

If a smaller site wants to get visitors, like Joystiq they can't really compete head-to-head with that sort of constant content churn so the best thing they can do is low-overhead, personality-based video content that gets people invested.  And yeah, it also helps them be competitive against the YouTube and Twitch people of today, but I think those markets largely grew out of amateurs taking that "low-overhead, personality-based" mentality to the extreme.

There are a few sites, like Polygon, that try to push a few lengthier, more "quality" articles, but they still do it among lots of the same news articles as Kotaku.  And their site layout is so jacked up it hurts my brain, but that's another matter.

As for GameSpot specifically, I'd imagine that since they are now under the same umbrella as Giant Bomb, and had to lay off a bunch of people last year, they're trying to create their own set of personalities to base a lot of their content off since they can't necessarily compete head-to-head with larger staffed sites without losing money.  It's about making something successful and sustainable with as small a crew as necessary.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ash vs. Evil Dead on: July 13, 2015, 04:23:01 PM
Trailer from Comic Con.  I'd say it looks pretty good.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 13, 2015, 05:56:05 AM
Godzilla!!  And then I'm going to proceed to not be able to play it for a couple weeks as I move across the country.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo CEO Iwata dead at 55 on: July 13, 2015, 03:18:13 AM
Wow, that's kind of a shocker.  So sorry to hear that.   I always liked seeing his smiling face on their presentations and articles and such.  icon_frown
141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG's summer sale on: July 13, 2015, 12:16:02 AM
Day 3 is "Questing" with Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online, Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and others.  Don't forget the additional 20% off still.
142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG's summer sale on: July 12, 2015, 06:37:48 AM
Oh yeah, Day 2 was "Bad Ass" games like Half-Life series, Counter-Strike, Dishonored, etc.
143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Nintendo eShop Epic Indie Sale for WiiU on: July 12, 2015, 06:33:44 AM
Nintendo has finally discounted some of the indie games in their WiiU eShop:

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - $5.99 ($14.99 original)
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - $5.99 ($14.99)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - $5.99 ($14.99)
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - $7.99 ($19.99)
Swords & Soldiers -  $1.79 ($2.99)
Trine 2: Directors Cut -  $7.99 ($19.99)
Trine Enchanted Edition -  $5.99 ($14.99)
Spin The Bottle -  $4.79 ($11.99)
Toki Tori 2+ -  $5.99 ($14.99)
Toki Tori - $0.79 ($1.99)
RUSH -  $0.79 ($1.99)
EDGE - $0.79 ($1.99)
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition - $3.99 ($9.99)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 -  $2.39 ($5.99)

144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: July 12, 2015, 06:22:26 AM
Yeah, I had fond memories of the first one(s) on our Apple IIGS, but it's not something that I've ever thought needed to be resurrected. 

From my perspective (I was pretty young when playing those first ones), something like Legend of Grimrock is more of a successor to those games than the one they put out on Xbox, since it was that first person grid-based type game.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: July 11, 2015, 03:04:35 AM
Their Kickstarter ended today, with a total of $1,519,495 out of a $1.25 million goal. 

I didn't really follow it but the last 3/4 of their campaign wasn't setting things on fire so I think it's safe to say that they might have been hoping for more.  At least they set their goal reasonably high. 
146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG's summer sale on: July 10, 2015, 06:04:04 PM
And don't miss the second page, which has Dying Light, Nazi Zombies, Left 4 Dead, a bunch of Killing Floor stuff, among others.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: July 08, 2015, 06:03:29 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 02, 2015, 07:13:04 PM

The Transporter Refueled a reboot without Jason Statham

That doesn't look too bad.  You know, for a 90 minute Audi commercial.  slywink

I don't know who the new guy is but he seems decent and I'm glad it's no longer Jason Statham.  I enjoyed him back when Lock, Stock and Snatch came out, but he got so over exposed that it was just tiring seeing him in all the same movies.
148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Ultimate Game Sale on: July 07, 2015, 06:04:05 PM
Here's the official list from Major Nelson with store links for all games, and a bunch of 360 games that weren't in that original post. 
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 07, 2015, 03:49:23 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 07, 2015, 01:42:28 AM

Quote from: TiLT on July 06, 2015, 07:55:38 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 06, 2015, 07:29:06 PM

Anyone who doesn't get it: Think software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.

I'm a software developer, so I got it immediately. I suspect most within the profession would. Tongue

I am not, but I also got it.

Sorry, yeah, it was so second nature to me that I didn't really think to explain it.   icon_smile
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 07, 2015, 03:48:11 AM
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas acid trip run through Google's Deep neural network visualizer thing.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Revisiting Titan Quest and Immortal Throne on: July 06, 2015, 10:59:07 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 06, 2015, 10:24:42 PM

I also remember that TQ didn't seek an M rating so it was very antiseptic and gore-free in its combat (chopping Automotons into metal parts seemed the closest).

There might not have been blood and gore, but there were certainly ragdolls flying all over the place.  I remember that being very satisfying.   icon_biggrin
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 06, 2015, 07:07:41 PM
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Xbox Ultimate Game Sale on: July 06, 2015, 06:39:48 PM
Another Xbox Ultimate Game Sale is supposed to be starting tomorrow, but apparently some deals are already live.

Here's the ones posted as active:

LEGO Batman 3 Deluxe Edition - $13.75 (75% off)
Dragon Age: Inquisition - $30.00 (50% off)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - $20.00 (50% off)
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - $35.99 (40% off)
Tales from the Borderlands (Full Season) - $12.50 (50% off)
Titanfall Deluxe Edition - $12.00 (60% off)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition - $30.00 (50% off)
Far Cry 4 Gold Edition - $36.00 (60% off)
Game of Thrones (Full Season) - $15.00 (50% off)
Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition - $67.49 (25% off)

And here's the complete list with just percentages off taken from NeoGAF:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Full sales list

Battlefield Hardline Deluxe -- 40% off
Borderlands: THC -- 40% off
Diablo 3 -- 50% off
Dragon age Inquisition & Deluxe -- 50% off (EA access soon)
Dying light & Ultimate -- 30% off
Far cry 4 & Gold - 60% off
Fifa 15 -- 10% off (WTF IS THIS?)
GoT Season pass episode 2-6 -- 40% off (Episode 1 is also free right now)
Geometry Wars -- 50% off
Goat simulator -- 33% off
GTA V & Great white shark -- 25% off
Halo: MCC -- 40% off
KI Complete -- 60% off
KI S2 -- 40% off
Lara Croft TOO -- 60% off
Lego Batman 3 -- 75% off
Shadow of Mordor - 50% off
Mortal Kombat X & Premium -- 25% off
NFS Complete -- 50% off
Ori -- 25% off
Outlast -- 50% off
State of Decay -- 33% off
Slender -- 50% off
Sniper Elite 3 -- 50% off
Sleeping dogs -- 50% off
Saints row 4 -- 60% off
Tales from the borderlands 2-5 -- 40% off
Tales from the borderlands 1-5 -- 50% off
Terraria - 60% off
ESO Premium -- 17% off
Legend of Korra - 50% off
Telltale collection -- 50% off
TWD S1&2 -- 50% off
Titanfall -- 60% off
Tower of guns -- 40% off
Watch dogs -- 50% off
White night -- 50% off
Wolfenstein bundle -- 45% off
Wwe & deluxe -- 50% off
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/7) on: July 06, 2015, 06:40:54 AM
Nothing other than the free Rocket League on PS4.  Waiting for Godzilla next week.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 06, 2015, 02:41:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 03, 2015, 01:21:41 AM

I picked up ARK today so I'm sure I'll be playing a bit of that. 

And new updates for Dirt Rally and Wreckfest to get some car crashing fun.

And then continuing to pack up for a move halfway across the country in a couple weeks.   puke

Played a bit of Wreckfest, and some ARK, and then also Grav. 
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 06, 2015, 02:30:52 AM
For anyone interested, the original Terminator is on Netflix streaming now.  Keep an eye out for a blue-haired Bill Paxton in the opening scene, heh.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 04, 2015, 03:55:35 AM

Quote from: rittchard on July 04, 2015, 12:17:03 AM

I think this is the only thread for the new Terminator Genisys movie - surprised there weren't any comments here yet.  Though it does seem like the Off Topic forum is becoming more and more like a graveyard these days  icon_frown

Yeah, the forum has certainly slowed down but I think the lack of talk about this movie might have more to do with it's 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes than anything else.  What was a mild interest turned into "I'll see it on Netflix" very quickly once reviews came out. 
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 03, 2015, 01:21:41 AM
I picked up ARK today so I'm sure I'll be playing a bit of that. 

And new updates for Dirt Rally and Wreckfest to get some car crashing fun.

And then continuing to pack up for a move halfway across the country in a couple weeks.   puke
159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 02, 2015, 07:56:26 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 02, 2015, 07:50:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 02, 2015, 05:30:03 PM

I appreciate the feedback, E9.  It isn't all that much work now.  I have a number of scripts which scrape the data for the post.

Some of us still do it by hand and with love.  Tongue

160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis FDA Approved! on: July 02, 2015, 07:50:05 PM
Woohoo, awesome news, Ken!  Hopefully it's a long time before Ethan would need this treatment, but great to know it's available to those that do and if he ever does.   High five!
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