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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 07:25:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 10, 2015, 06:38:00 PM

I highly recommend reading The Martian by Andy Weir if you like books that I'd rate a 9.5 for various behind the scenes reasons you'll never see.  Do you prefer romance novels, serious ones, or even like sci fi?  Irrelevant.  The question is just whether or not you like 9.5 books.

I'm not sure what your point is.  I can look on Amazon and see that it's a 4.5 star book, and since I do like scifi I'm going to dig more and see if it's worthwhile*.  If it was a 2 star book, I wouldn't bother regardless of any other details since most people clearly don't like it.  

* hypothetically.  I have already read The Martian and it's fantastic.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Medieval Engineers (from the Space Engineers folks) on: February 10, 2015, 05:08:34 PM
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123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 05:03:07 PM
I'm fine with this, but really that's what people use review scores for anyway: broad generalizations on a sliding scale like "this is amazing", "this is for genre fans", "not so good" and "totally avoid".  That is what makes review scores useful, and aggregate ones like Metacritic or GameRankings potentially even more-so. 

I love the fact that their reasoning for this is "reviewing games is hard, you guys; we need to be more vague in our judgements".  Game sites and magazines have been talking about this same thing since the 90's, it's nothing new. 

Oh, and they totally cop out of it anyway with this:

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When searching for reviews in Google, however, you will still see star ratings attached to Eurogamer reviews: five stars for Essential, four for Recommended, one for Avoid, three for everything else. Google is a very important source of traffic for us, and it's vital that our reviews are made easy to find by being as featured as prominently as possible. The star ratings help a great deal with this, and we feel that the scheme I've just described is a pretty close match for our system that won't misrepresent our reviews. That said, it's important they are not misinterpreted as us sneaking a numerical score out there by stealth. If you see three stars against our review on Google, that means the game belongs to a broad middle band of quality - not that it secretly got 6/10.

If you're giving it a star rating for Google SEO, why not just give it a damn star rating to begin with?
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Medieval Engineers (from the Space Engineers folks) on: February 10, 2015, 02:00:50 AM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on February 10, 2015, 12:35:51 AM

I guess the pitfall of Early Access is you mentally categorize a game as incomplete forever, unless you happen to see a news story about it leaving Early Access.

Yeah, this is a definite pitfall to EA to me.  Along with all the "new/fresh" enthusiasm being completely worn off by the time a game actually launches.  It can be a double edged sword.

As for Medieval Engineers, I like what I see but am definitely not jumping in at the Early, Early Access stage.  They need to show more substance before I put money down.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 10, 2015, 01:51:39 AM
I don't think you need perspective on why it bombed, other than the fact it looked like crap, and turned out to be crap.

22% is slightly higher than I expected, but obviously not very good at all.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 07:08:03 PM
Nothing for me.  Though I did buy Grow Home yesterday so I suppose technically that counts for this week.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: February 09, 2015, 07:05:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 09, 2015, 03:12:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 09, 2015, 04:04:51 AM

I picked this up for some reason and got to play for several hours yesterday. 

I got to the point of the first forced night mission and after first running away from the virals I started creeping veeeery slowly to avoid all the others and try to get back to the tower.  After creeping slowly (and running one more time) for a long time, somehow a viral just spotted me out of nowhere as I was crouching behind a car.  Of course a whole bunch of them started chasing me and then I died.  And it spawned me back before I got the last package.  Fuck that. 

This game can go to hell if they really want to introduce players to their night mechanic with a forced night mission (after a terrible cutscene where my character does stupid things for clearly terrible people) that is going to take a long time and end in death and resets.  I'm fine with failing on my own terms, but being forced to fail and lose time is not my idea of fun.

my first night mission lasted about 30-45 seconds.  Just run like a little bitch to the tower doing your best to avoid any groups of bad guys and use your survivor sense to avoid the powerful ones completely.  Having troubles?  Do it coop.  Nothign forced you to fail

Hmm, I don't think it's even possible to run back to the tower in 30 seconds from the second drop location even if you run directly at the zombies.  I ran away from them which led me to the beach and taking a left, having to go a long way around the cliffs with lots of crawling and waiting.

People tell me that using the UV flashlight on the volatiles (or virals?) will actually stun them.  It would be really nice if the game explained that.  I tried using that thing on some normal zombies and nothing seemed to happen so I assumed it was a way to see at night without being spotted. 

As I snuck around at night the game just keep telling me to use my flashlight in the dark, which seems really stupid because it will just get me spotted.  Even though the volatiles seem to be able to see perfectly in the dark and spot you even when you're doing nothing.   disgust
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: February 09, 2015, 04:04:51 AM
I picked this up for some reason and got to play for several hours yesterday. 

I got to the point of the first forced night mission and after first running away from the virals I started creeping veeeery slowly to avoid all the others and try to get back to the tower.  After creeping slowly (and running one more time) for a long time, somehow a viral just spotted me out of nowhere as I was crouching behind a car.  Of course a whole bunch of them started chasing me and then I died.  And it spawned me back before I got the last package.  Fuck that. 

This game can go to hell if they really want to introduce players to their night mechanic with a forced night mission (after a terrible cutscene where my character does stupid things for clearly terrible people) that is going to take a long time and end in death and resets.  I'm fine with failing on my own terms, but being forced to fail and lose time is not my idea of fun.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS+ Feb Games! Great Month on: February 09, 2015, 03:07:33 AM

Quote from: Starshift on February 09, 2015, 01:49:12 AM

Quick question for you guys.  If I join PS+ this month do I qualify for these free games even if I sign up on the last day of the month?  Or do you have to have been a Plus member for sometime?

Thanks!

Yep, you can join PS+ any time during the month and get the free games.  You just need to subscribe and "buy" the current free set before the current games go away and are replaced with a new batch. 

It's kind of dumb that you have to manually get the games or it doesn't count, but that's how the system works.  I'm sure it saves them tons of money in the long run.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Clarify something for me concerning the X360 and Live Gold on: February 07, 2015, 06:06:51 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on February 07, 2015, 02:45:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 07, 2015, 05:55:06 AM

Quote from: Blackhawk on February 07, 2015, 04:28:24 AM

I do not regret my decision to go Sony this time around.

The irony is, had you gone Xbox One this round it wouldn't be an issue.


No, the 360 games would all still require multiple accounts.

Well I'm glad that the PS4 magically fixes that for you then.  As if you didn't know what I clearly meant.   Roll Eyes
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Clarify something for me concerning the X360 and Live Gold on: February 07, 2015, 05:55:06 AM

Quote from: Blackhawk on February 07, 2015, 04:28:24 AM

I do not regret my decision to go Sony this time around.

The irony is, had you gone Xbox One this round it wouldn't be an issue.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 04, 2015, 07:02:19 PM
I have also felt similar to ATB at times but have never really known how to find a "good" accountant.  In the end I assume what wonderpug says, that they're not going to do much different than ask the same questions I fill in on a TurboTax form.

Last year I did spend half the year as an independent contractor, which is a new thing for me.  I've been putting money aside to pay the assumed taxes from that work since they don't take them out of the paychecks.

In general, do any of you have a regular accountant and/or financial adviser for retirement and investment stuff? 
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Humble Star Wars Bundle on: February 03, 2015, 07:27:16 PM
A new Humble Bundle is available featuring Star Wars games, Steam keys for all.

Pay what you want for KOTOR, Jedi Academy and Dark Forces.

Pay more than average for Battlefront 2, KOTOR2 and Republic Commando (and more games coming soon).

Pay $12 or more and get Empire at War Gold Pack, Force Unleashed and Force Unleashed 2. 

Since I had none of these games on Steam, $12 seemed like a fair price to me for all of that plus more bonuses to come.   icon_smile
134  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 02, 2015, 10:10:28 PM
Torchlight 2 just finally launched on Mac as well.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 02, 2015, 10:06:59 PM
I'd imagine Pikmin 3 might be another great one for the kids to watch.  It's a fun game either way.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 01, 2015, 10:04:57 PM
Well, you won't get any "I told you so" from me; I think the Wii U is a great console.  Not a great primary console for 3rd parties, but amazing if you like Nintendo games.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: February 01, 2015, 08:26:06 PM
Well if that stuff is really cool maybe I'll keep going.  But in my opinion, if it takes an average player several hours to get to the actual new and unique part of your game, then you've probably done something wrong. 
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: February 01, 2015, 06:30:12 PM
I played for a few hours yesterday and other than having a ship this felt almost exactly like Terraria.  Maybe once I can find the core samples and repair my ship it will get better, but as of now I'm pretty disappointed to just be playing the same thing as before. 

I guess it's a nice improvement to just use the same tool for digging all the time and not run out of picks and whatever, but I'm still just mining coal and chopping down trees to I can place torches everywhere in mines and go down further to get more ores.  Super futuristic.

I don't even really find a purpose in most of the crafting.  I built a set of armor but I started with a purple sword that is better than anything I can craft.  I couldn't give a crap about building cosmetic junk like a table and chairs.

I thought this was supposed to be more about exploring worlds, but it's just the same mining game.  It's not bad, but I already burned out on doing that in Terraria long ago.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 31, 2015, 07:48:30 AM

Quote from: naednek on January 31, 2015, 07:19:44 AM

Well there's definetely respawning of guards.  I was doing a Karma mission, had to kill a commander.  They were station near a stationary machine gun.  After clearing them out, I saw some wild animals and figured I'd go hunting redneck style.  But then a freaking eagle was near by.  I spent two rounds of trying to kill the eagle, and when I did, the two animal corpses I was going for were gone, and then I heard something behind me at a distance.  I turn around what do you know, the same guard camp I just cleared out is fully populated with more guards.

This is farcy 2 all over again. 

No, camps only repopulate if you haven't taken out the Stronghold in the area.  And you will get a radio call asking for help if one of them is going to be attacked again.  It's not really like Far Cry 2 at all in that respect.  I think you're reading too much into some random encounters or other enemies driving into the area.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/Wii U/Ps4] Project CARS on: January 30, 2015, 10:29:04 PM
Here's some more recent rain footage of Project CARS: http://gfycat.com/RareOffensiveCavy 
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: January 30, 2015, 07:42:40 PM
So they finally had a really big update after having been pretty quiet for 9 months or something. 

Since the game was on sale I decided to take a chance on it.  Anybody still playing this, or also just pick it up in the sale? 

I never played the earlier versions but this looks like Terraria mixed with being able to explore and find new worlds, which I dig in concept.  I'm hoping to get some time with it this weekend.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Super Bowl Edition on: January 30, 2015, 05:02:17 PM
I couldn't care less about the Super Bowl.

I'll put in a few hours with Rocksmith 2014, and then maybe Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell or I also just picked up Starbound for some reason. 

And I always seem to go back to Marvel Heroes for a few hours at least.  I need to get Hulk back up to 60 after prestiging.   icon_smile
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 04:58:00 PM
The silly part is, if there were only a couple of eagle attacks in a ~20 hour playthrough, it probably would have actually been a cool random event.  The frequency of them turns it into a total annoyance. 
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Strafe - BEST.TRAILER.EVER!!! Old school shooter on: January 30, 2015, 02:20:44 AM
Here's a gameplay walkthrough video.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 30, 2015, 12:36:37 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 29, 2015, 08:29:59 PM

The 800 series had smooth, youthful skin.  We spotted them easy, but these are new.  They look geriatric... wrinkles, hearing aids, Old Spice smell, like to watch Matlock, tell rambling stories, everything.  Very hard to spot.  I had to wait till he moved his walker with tennis balls toward you before I could zero him.

Do you think when we're old the kids are going to say "old people, smells like Axe body spray, likes to watch The Simpsons, always playing videogames..."  slywink
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Ted 2 on: January 30, 2015, 12:35:08 AM
I found the last "lawyer" bit particularly funny, the rest not as much as I'd hope.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon's Dogma Online on: January 29, 2015, 08:47:58 PM
Man, I really enjoyed Dragon's Dogma, I'd hope they could make a current gen version and bring it to the west!
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 29, 2015, 08:46:54 PM
Primus & the Chocolate Factory - the full original Willy Wonka edited to use Primus' version of the soundtrack.   icon_biggrin
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 06:49:00 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 29, 2015, 06:15:22 AM

I've noticed that as I gain more abilities, the zombies get stronger and faster too and not just at night.  Makes running around not as easy going as when you start.

Well that seems to defeat the whole point of getting stronger and faster, doesn't it?   retard
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: January 28, 2015, 08:09:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 28, 2015, 05:48:26 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 28, 2015, 05:00:15 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 28, 2015, 04:30:43 AM

Videos NSFW

Leslie Jones standup - heavy on the screaming

Yikes, not a fan of that. 

Yeah, she's been...I don't know if "reigning it in" is the right phrase, but "putting that energy to better use" at least.  With a good director in the right role, she could be great.  I think this might be it.

Yeah, a lot of it comes down to the script and direction.  just don't want her to be "stereotypical black lady who be so loud and craaaazy".  Ugh.  Overall I just don't want them dumbing down Ghostbusters if they insist on resurrecting it.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: January 28, 2015, 05:00:15 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 28, 2015, 04:30:43 AM

Videos NSFW

Leslie Jones standup - heavy on the screaming

Yikes, not a fan of that. 
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 28, 2015, 01:12:55 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 27, 2015, 09:36:24 PM

XBL Deals for Gold has a huge list of games.

Here's a link: http://majornelson.com/2015/01/27/weeks-deals-xbox-live-members-2/
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: January 28, 2015, 01:05:20 AM
I expected Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.  I'm not familiar with the other two but I guess they're on "newer" SNL which I very rarely watch. 

I would have loved to see Rashida Jones be in it.  She's both really attractive and very funny.  And willing to make a fool of herself.

154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 28, 2015, 12:59:43 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 27, 2015, 07:15:55 PM

I wish they would just stop trying to make Fantastic Four cool and relevant. Even as a kid I remember thinking they were the lamest superhero team.

Yeah, for whatever reason I've never bought them as "cool".

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2015, 07:09:55 PM

I do like most of the cast though, so at least that's a plus.  Of course you're never gonna beat Chris Evans as Johnny Storm but whatever, I guess he's moved on  Tongue

I really don't like that Miles Teller kid.  For whatever reason he really grates on me.  Kind of like a young Shia Labeouf.

I guess overall impression is: "Meh.  Is this the one where Marvel over-extends themselves?"
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 26, 2015, 10:11:15 PM
Hooray for Farley single-handedly keeping this thread alive.   icon_smile  (I particularly enjoyed the "watercolors with real thing" run)
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 10:08:29 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 26, 2015, 09:13:08 PM

I had originally planned to pick up Grim Fandango, but to do so would be to break my "no new games" rule, so I'm going to pass. I'm sure it will be available on the cheap later this year.

Well, technically it's a 16 year old game, so it's not "new".  slywink
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 26, 2015, 08:11:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 24, 2015, 12:28:46 AM

I will continue jamming away at Rocksmith 2014, doing my lessons and digging into some of that DLC that I "just had to have" right away.  smile

And maybe I'll finally finish Far Cry 4 as well.  I haven't played in a couple weeks, I know I'm pretty close if I can ignore the side content and I'd really like to get that off my mind.

Oh, but I also bought Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell!  I guess I need to play that first, heh.

Well, I did play Rocksmith 2014, but I ignored the rest and spent my other gaming time in the Marvel Heroes Cowtastrophe.  So it goes.   icon_smile
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 06:42:45 PM
I'm sure I'll get Grim Fandango: Remastered at some point, but for whatever reason I'm not nearly as excited about it as I imagined I would be. 
159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon Prime save $27 one-day sale (new members only) on: January 24, 2015, 07:22:54 PM
There is a one-day sale going on for a year of Amazon Prime for $72 (usually $99 these days), but unfortunately it only seems to work for new members.

http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE

Good deal for those people, sucks for me since my Prime is up in a month but it won't allow me to buy.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] The Long Dark - FP Survival on: January 24, 2015, 06:01:05 PM
I'm interested in this game, in the fact that it's a non-zombie survival game.  And I like the setting. 

But everything I've heard is that it's still too early to really be worth it, so I'm waiting.  No need for me to burn out on an early version of the game when there are plenty other things to play right now.
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