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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: January 12, 2015, 11:07:44 PM
I just saw this the other day and thought it was great: the sound design of Godzilla.  It features lots of movie footage with the sound designers talking over it as well as showing their foley recording and such.  Really interesting stuff!

In another interview with NPR they mentioned that the recording of Godzilla's roar that they did outdoors using the Rolling Stones' touring stacks (to get the reflections of being in a city) was heard 3 miles away.   icon_eek
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 09, 2015, 05:19:27 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 09, 2015, 12:42:58 AM

Given that, it really makes me wonder what the use case is for a curved phone?   saywhat

I had a Samsung/Google Nexus S phone that was the very first curved phone a few years ago.  After being taken apart by tech sites it was apparently just curved glass and not curved screen, but same idea. 

It was actually a nice little curve that made the phone fit on your face slightly more comfortably than a square brick.  You know, for when you use it as a phone.  Subtle, but it was nice.  But certainly not a feature I even considered when buying that phone, or one I'd care about now.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 05:10:20 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 08, 2015, 02:38:08 AM

I think a computer monitor might be cool since viewing angles aren't usually an issue. Still I am not sure if there is a really a point. Like YK said, it seems they are just doing it because they can. All these manufacturers are desperately looking for anything to stand out, and this is their latest attempt.

Yeah, I think a computer might be the best place for a curved display.  You're generally only using it with one person and they sit in pretty much the same place all the time, so you don't have the off-angle problems of curved TVs.  

Also, did you see this video from Vizio?  I laughed.  smile
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I quit my job to play music... on: January 07, 2015, 06:04:41 AM
Congrats, man!  Nothing feels better than quitting a shitty job.  Enjoy the the time off between gigs...with your other gigs.  slywink
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 3 vs Far Cry 4 on: January 06, 2015, 06:54:56 PM
Yeah, I have to agree that I also enjoyed Far Cry 3 more than 4 (despite it's terrible characters).  I can't pin it down to one specific thing, but I think there are a lot of little things that just add up to hold my interest less.

First off, I think the island in FC3 was easier and more fun to explore.  There were fewer times I had to walk a long way around a mountain or cliff or accidentally fell to my death or whatever; it just generally didn't impede my progress as much.

And I think the animals have been cranked up way too much in FC4.  I have been constantly annoyed by being attacked by a pack of dogs, or had an eagle attack as I'm trying to be stealthy, or a rhino insta-kill me when I hadn't even provoked it.  None of that is fun.

They over use the drug scenes and alternate reality BS: Yogi missions, Shangrila missions, getting drugged by that lady missions....ugh.  I get it.  That was fresh and new back when Max Payne did it 15 years ago, now not so much, especially when it happens every couple hours.

And there are other minor quibbles.  The mouse aiming just feels slightly off.  And issues with the mouse when I had a 360 gamepad plugged in.  And missions that wouldn't complete if you use syringes.  And I've died using the dumb wingsuit too many times to remember.  Frequently I didn't even mean to use it but I just sprint-jumped over a rock or something and it engaged and then I died when I hit a tree 3 feet later.  Great, that's a lot of fun.

It all just adds up to a good game that just keep driving me away.  I want to finish it, but it has been dragging out for weeks now and I'm losing enthusiasm.  I don't remember feeling that way with Far Cry 3 at all, even when I was rolling my eyes at the bad story and characters.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: January 04, 2015, 08:06:40 PM
They have released a teaser for a teaser.   Roll Eyes  The "real" teaser trailer will show during the debut episode of Agent Carter this week. 
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/02/15 on: January 03, 2015, 02:54:05 AM
I've been struggling to focus on much lately.

I'm still trying to finish Far Cry 4, but keep getting frustrated.  I finally opened up the North, but I was stuck on some Yogi mission that I couldn't get to complete.

I want to play more of Forza Horizons 2 Storm Island DLC. 

I'm still tooling around in The Crew at times, but I know I'll never finish anything so I'm not super motivated to play it.

And I'm trying out several "smaller" games that I've gotten on Steam but never played.  Broforce, Nuclear Throne, etc.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 02, 2015, 01:03:38 AM
I have a free copy of FlatOut 2 in my Steam inventory that I can gift to you, Gratch, if you add me as a Steam Friend (or PM me an email address).
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 31, 2014, 02:37:18 AM
Ah man, I didn't realize Dirt 2 and Blur were removed from sale on Steam.  I still have my copies on there so assumed they were still available. 

I agree that Grid 2 or Grid Autosport (the supposedly more cohesive follow-up) are pretty good street racing games. 
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 29, 2014, 07:44:56 AM
Favorite Game of the Year: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Honorable Mentions: Forza Horizon 2, Mario Kart 8, Far Cry 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Earth Defense Force 2025, Dark Souls 2

Most Played: Marvel Heroes 2015

Most Disappointing: Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Destiny...Also Broken Age, wasn't nearly as funny or interesting as I had hoped and felt like a waste of my backer money, and it's still not finished.

Still Haven't Played But Want To: South Park: The Stick of Truth, Toad's Treasure Tracker, Thief, Lords of the Fallen, Bayonetta 2
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 29, 2014, 07:10:24 AM
Not sure if you're still looking for one of these, but the Crew is currently on sale on Steam for 20% off.  I've been enjoying it as an open world racing and exploration/noodling around game on XB1.

I would second FUEL, NFS: Rivals, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (or the first FlatOut).  You could also grab Wreckfest which is the spiritual followup to FlatOut, but it's still in Early Access so only has a few cars and tracks.

And Dirt 3 is also on a Steam Flash sale for $6, if you want a rally bent.

Distance is a game in Early Access that plays maybe a tiny bit like a successor to San Francisco Rush 2049 or something.

I would still go back and check out Blur, which was really great.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/19/14 on: December 20, 2014, 01:23:43 AM
I wish I had time to play, but I'm busy tomorrow and then leaving on a flight early Sunday and will be gone for a week.  Maybe I'll play a bit of The Crew tonight.
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 20, 2014, 01:05:05 AM
Apparently SteamDB updated their site to now include hidden daily deals as well (ones that aren't promoted on the front page I guess).
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 19, 2014, 11:11:41 PM

Quote from: kratz on December 19, 2014, 06:11:29 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 18, 2014, 05:04:53 PM

Eh, it was a stupid concept to begin with.  Can you imagine the outrage and anger if some middle eastern country had made a movie all about killing the actual president?  (pretending that they have a Hollywood size industry, stars, budget, marketing, worldwide distribution, etc like Sony and this movie)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_a_President_%282006_film%29

You're right, I guess that movie exists, but I had never heard of it and I bet neither had anyone else here or really most people across the country.  I think that's a little different than a major holiday movie with a couple of big name Hollywood actors from a major international movie studio like Sony and the marketing budget to go along with that.  In comparison there would be no outcry over a movie nobody hears about.

Quote from: Purge on December 19, 2014, 09:22:38 PM

Oh, and if you're into bad ideas, here's a particularly good one:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/gaming/consoles/why-sony-canceling-the-interview-in-theaters-is-a-huge-win-for-ps4-1277603

If one were to use a Venn diagram to show the actual footprint of people willing to buy a digital movie, on an exclusive console, the overlap is going to be a small subset. Not going to make the 44 million for production costs, or the 30 million in advertising.

Yikes.

I think another thing that article glosses over is that smaller movies frequently release on Xbox video (and probably other streaming services) at the same time they hit theaters or even weeks before.  They act as if Comcast and their $60 Tower Heist debacle is the only time somebody has tried to release a movie to streaming near it's theatrical release date.
135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 19, 2014, 06:38:15 PM
I think all the prices have gone down further since those images were taken, but same games on sale.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 05:06:14 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 18, 2014, 02:45:48 PM

Also, being able to 1.5x or double speed podcasts is the greatest thing ever. Obviously some lend themselves to it more than others, but I've been doing some major catch-up at work by putting some on 2X and ripping through them.

Doesn't that sort of ruin the point?   saywhat
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 18, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
Eh, it was a stupid concept to begin with.  Can you imagine the outrage and anger if some middle eastern country had made a movie all about killing the actual president?  (pretending that they have a Hollywood size industry, stars, budget, marketing, worldwide distribution, etc like Sony and this movie)
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 18, 2014, 05:10:53 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 18, 2014, 03:45:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 17, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Command + Space + equation I want to solve.

I just tried that. Doesn't work.

Then I realized that I am on a PC, which doesn't have Spotlight (or Alfred).

Or a Command key.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2014, 05:04:41 PM
Either way, whether it's fake or not, this is a joke image thread.  Lighten up, Francis.  slywink
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 17, 2014, 06:12:39 AM
I'm 100% with Pug, once I know I'm going to see a movie I try to avoid all trailers and media for it, otherwise I'm just spoiling the joy of discovery when I eventually watch it. 

I end up avoiding most of the big movie threads around here after the first page because they quickly devolve into a ton of trailers and screenshots and rumors and things I just don't care to have "ruin" my experience.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: December 16, 2014, 07:00:27 PM
Apparently the first DLC pack for this, called Storm Island, comes out today.  It's a new island area full of offroad races, 6 new offroad vehicles, more offroad and rally car parts and whatnot. 

Here's the trailer for the DLC and IGN has some other videos of it in action with their write up as well.

$20 normally, $10 if you're a Horizon 2 VIP member. 

I'll probably pick it up even though I wish they had gone with a different environment type than more of the same.  Maybe an alpine set or something for the  next one to make it really stand out.  Overall I've felt like this open world is less memorable and all too same-y compared to even the first Horizon, but it especially pales compared to something like The Crew.
142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 15, 2014, 06:43:44 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 15, 2014, 06:21:04 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 11, 2014, 09:12:08 PM

CoD:AW is free to play this weekend.
When they say weekend they mean up to 12pm pacific on a Sunday.  GRRRR  I was hoping to play on Sunday afternoon when the kids were napping and the trial was done. 

Yeah, I've been bit by that element of the "free weekend" several times in the past as well.  Very frustrating.  I suppose they do it to drive people to buy for that last day of the weekend, but since I never even get to try it out that backfires for me as it did for you.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 15, 2014, 05:01:44 PM
Nothing for me.
144  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 13, 2014, 05:29:22 AM
I have never heard of Night Dive.  It seems they just republish a bunch of games from the 90's and early 2000's. 
145  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 12, 2014, 02:37:47 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2014, 01:31:20 AM

Crazy pre-holiday auction going on. All sort of interesting things will be going on with the economy as low priced items are flushed from the system to be converted into gems for bids.

Yeah, I'm glad to be able to get rid of all those $0.03 wallpapers and $0.06 cards!  Not sure if I'll have enough gems to bid on anything, but at this point I'm not sure I care, heh.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 11, 2014, 07:56:20 PM
I mean, what did you expect it to cost?  They charge that exact same price for every port they've done of other old 2D Final Fantasy games, and this is perhaps the most widely loved and wanted one.  I'm surprised it's not at least $20.

Besides, I guess that's pretty standard downloadable game cost these days if you look at it in the larger picture.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 10:48:36 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on December 10, 2014, 08:53:14 PM

Looks great to me, I am just not sure I'm liking the music with this trailer.

Really?  For me the juxtaposition of the classical chorus music with the crazy destructive action worked quite well. 
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:43:12 PM
Aww hell yeah, that looks nuts.  Looks like lots of practical effects craziness as well, which I'm a big fan of.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 10, 2014, 05:03:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 10, 2014, 12:45:56 PM

Time to start buying gun paint jobs.

Yeah, I've already bought a few of those worthless things. 

Quote from: Caine on December 10, 2014, 03:56:52 PM

Curious if you have access to the Ghale family home upgrades yet as those were a pretty big money sink. 

No, I haven't. I'm assuming that comes after you unlock the Northern part or something?  Some mission past where I am at least.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 10, 2014, 01:40:50 AM
Yeah, I'm only like 40% complete but my wallet is constantly full with 2 million monies.  I still collect the dumb box caches just to get them off my map (and because I'm compulsive I guess...) but most of the time I just have too much money and too many items already.
151  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 09, 2014, 11:49:23 PM
No, you can just take that shit to the proper forum.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 07:35:57 PM
I really like that the built in Windows calculator can switch to Scientific or Programmer's mode, both of which are very handy to have at any point during the day since I'm already sitting at my computer writing code.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 06:22:01 AM
Windows key, "calc" + Enter.
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon $20 off Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizion 2 on: December 08, 2014, 10:30:35 PM
I saw that some of the deals on Amazon today have both Sunset Overdrive (Day One) and Forza Horizon 2 (Standard) for $20 off ($39.99).  Both great games well worth that price in my opinion.

As usual some other stuff is on sale for varying periods of time including Destiny for $15 off, COD:Ghosts and several other things that didn't grab my attention.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 08, 2014, 05:02:36 PM
Nothing for me.
156  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 07, 2014, 07:43:33 PM

Quote from: Azhag on December 07, 2014, 12:40:10 PM

Question - why are 3DS games so expensive? They don't seem to price drop like normal games :-P

I don't know for sure, but I would say 2 factors play into it heavily.  The first being that a lot of them are from Nintendo who rarely drops game prices on any platform.  They have games that came out a couple years ago that are still at full price.

The second being that it's a market largely dominated by a more casual audience, so sales are not nearly as day-one heavy as regular console/PC games.  There isn't nearly as much marketing for DS games, and kids don't necessarily read every article anticipating the next DS game and go out at midnight on launch day to get it.  They have to wait for the holidays or to get some birthday money and buy what looks cool then.  For the hardcore games I'd imagine when companies know that 90% of their full price sales are going to happen in the first month (or week), they're much more likely to discount it sooner to drive secondary sales while there is still some marketing influence.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 11:55:32 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 06, 2014, 09:04:44 PM


I'm not a big Street Fighter fan so the subtleties are lost on me, but didn't that look an awful lot like the latest SFIV?  
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 06, 2014, 06:56:15 AM
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 06, 2014, 05:47:32 AM
Got my first two envelopes tonight. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Day 1 - a white card with my name on it, and a black card with my death on it.  I think this was also done last year, but since I didn't do it then I got it now.

Day 2 - a bunch of stickers with swear words and things on them

Also, apparently "We’ve hidden a really hard puzzle in this year’s gifts. There’s an enormous prize for the person or group who helps solve it."
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Crew Thread is Broken? on: December 06, 2014, 05:36:43 AM
Works fine for me.  And I just bumped it to 2 pages so maybe try going straight to the second page and see if that works?  (we could use more discussion!  slywink )
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