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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015 on: August 04, 2015, 03:50:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 04, 2015, 02:48:26 PM

Crackdown 3 Gameplay Trailer

I don't have headphones here to hear anything, but damn that looked great.  So psyched!   drool
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015 on: August 04, 2015, 03:37:10 PM
So that other thread wasn't good enough?
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015- Microsoft up first @ 10 am ET on: August 04, 2015, 01:22:53 PM
Mostly excited for Crackdown, but the others should be interesting as well.  smile

If anybody else likes that sort of thing, Giant Bomb is talking over the MS press conference here:
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 01:41:33 PM
That's too bad, but honestly if I saw that "robot" I would assume it was garbage anyway.  It has a bucket for a body and pool noodles for arms and legs.  Kind of hard to take that seriously. 
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 03, 2015, 01:36:10 PM
Rare Replay for me.  Microsoft had the deal with $10 back for any preorder, so that made it only $20 or something.
46  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 10 Game Saves on: August 02, 2015, 02:41:41 PM
I'm assuming it's saving some files in a user directory that you don't have access to when you're not running it as Admin.

Did you change users since you installed that game?  Or did you install it as an Admin but your normal account isn't? 

Sometimes installers also cause these problems because they require Admin to write the files they need, so they prompt for that and then also set a save directory based on "current user" (the elevated Admin) instead of "original user" so it does it as the Admin instead of your non-Admin account.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rowdy Roddy Piper put on the glasses one last time on: August 01, 2015, 01:25:04 AM
They Live.   Cool  They die.  So it goes. 

That's a real bummer, though.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: August 01, 2015, 01:17:42 AM
For me, once I found something like the Settings, I just pinned it to the front page.  I've never had to look for it again.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 31, 2015, 03:05:45 AM
Well, it's supposedly increased worldwide internet traffic by 35% according to Akamai tracking.  They've supposedly reserved up to 40 Tb/s on the CDNs handling it.  Those seem like pretty big numbers to me. 

I'm still not really sure what your problem is.  You cared about getting the upgrade immediately, so you downloaded it and got your upgrade.  Those that don't care to seek it out will get their notification when their wave comes up.  It's exactly what you want in essence, and there is no massive breakdown in services.

And yeah, probably could have used a dedicated thread.  Tongue
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 30, 2015, 02:24:11 PM
So, back on the topic of "waning forum usage", people turning every thread into a political and/or religious debate is one of the top reasons I avoid so many threads around here.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 02:21:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 30, 2015, 05:18:09 AM

As for the preload - you know that they've reserved massive amounts of bandwidth on CDN, but are trying not to be dicks about choking the internets with millions of upgrades, right? Tongue

I'd say it's more like a billion upgrades, not just millions.  Windows 7/8/8.1 hold over 75% of the OS marketshare online and there are something like 2 billion PCs on the internet.  That's a lot of potential bandwidth, and probably just one of the reasons they planned a slow rollout. 

And a slow rollout is just that, it's not all immediate on day 1.  If you haven't noticed, they also do that with Xbox One system updates and there's a couple orders of magnitude fewer of those.  If you're a power user paying attention you can go and manually update it as soon as an update is announced/released, otherwise if you're just a "normal" user they'll notify you within a week or two in order to cycle people though at different times.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 03:32:20 AM
The point of that notification thing is so they can roll it out slowly, and have the "general public" prepared for the change. 

I don't think your average Windows user is sitting around waiting for July 29th and wondering "Where is my update?", they'll just do it when the icon tells them it's time. 
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 06:48:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 06:34:30 PM

Yeah, I got mine up and running, too.

Unfortunately, my Soundblaster X-Fi is one of the things that isn't working, and the sound is a little crappy.

Yeah, my touchpad on my laptop is the thing not working for me.  Which sucks, because it always gives false clicks and movement when I'm typing. 

Normally I have the driver set to just disable when a USB mouse is plugged in, but the old driver is crashing in Win10 and the new driver says it doesn't detect the device so won't install...
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 05:45:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 29, 2015, 05:25:59 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 05:09:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 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

Aw, man, I forgot they'd probably be doing a slow roll out.

I just read it could even be weeks.


My desktop downloaded the installer today. Windows update says "failed" and if you check the update history, the fail is 10. Doesn't mean anything, but it's nice knowing it has already downloaded at least 3gb of it.

Edit: Download the installer here.

I downloaded and installed Win10 on my laptop from this link.  So far so good.  I think the installation took a bit over an hour, but was pretty smooth.  There are a few minor things I need to get back in order, though.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 02:21:50 PM

Quote from: JayDee on July 29, 2015, 02:10:49 PM

Intrigued by the new King's Quest, but not $40 intrigued.

I've been hearing really good things, but I'm in the same boat. 
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: July 28, 2015, 04:51:13 PM
I ended up buying it on Steam since all my other stuff is still in transit. 

So far it seems really fun, but I totally suck at this game.  I think part of that may be due to using the keyboard controls on my laptop, but man do I die a lot.  You only have 100 days to reach The Swindle and I haven't even reached the second area.

There is a huge difficulty curve.  Even in the first Slums area, if you pass 25 days there are a ton of enemies in all areas.  That would be fine if I was doing well, but when I'm passing days because I keep dying, that just feels a bit shitty.  I ended up just restarting with a fresh game to go back to easier levels.

Also, your first upgrade costs $100, then the next cheapest is $2000.  I have yet to gather enough money for anything beyond that, but they go much, much more expensive. 

This definitely feels like one where you learn a lot on each run that makes the subsequent ones a bit easier.  It may come down to how much patience you have to reach that point like many rogue-likes and such.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.
60  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.
61  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.
62  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
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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.
67  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...
68  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.
69  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.
70  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
71  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
72  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
73  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.
74  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.
75  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.
76  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
77  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.
78  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.
79  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)

80  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.
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