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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 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.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 22, 2015, 07:35:04 PM
I imagine it would also simplify a whole lot of their support structure for older OSes if they can get the vast majority of people to move on to Windows 10.  Less people using 6 year old software and less reason to use it means they can focus on the current version with more people (patching, updating, drivers, tech support, phone support, etc etc).
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 10:37:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 21, 2015, 10:24:26 PM

Am I reading right that everyone using Windows 7 or 8 gets Windows 10 free??

That's what they said.  Free upgrades if you do it in the first year, and it's a real license that lasts not a limited thing.  That is actually super cool...I can upgrade all of my parents' PCs without any hassle (other than dealing with old people, heh).
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early 2015 Movie Fest! on: January 21, 2015, 10:23:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 21, 2015, 09:17:44 PM

Kingsman - really looking forward to this one, young Brit super agents led by Colin Firth, yum!

Hmm, I hadn't heard of this one but the trailer makes it look pretty interesting.

Jupiter Ascending - previews also look sweet

I still maintain that this is going to be bad.  Tongue

Overall, I look forward to watching these on Netflix or streaming in a few months.  Some interesting things, but not enough to get me to the theater (though that takes me more than most).
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 07:31:28 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 21, 2015, 07:23:36 PM

Anyway, Holo-Lens is pretty intriguing

Yeah, looks cool, but if you want to talk about things screaming "Milo" BS, look no further... smile
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 07:30:36 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 21, 2015, 07:23:24 PM

I have looked a few articles and I not finding out the answers to a few questions.

1. will I have to own an Xbox One to use this, or just own the game?
2. will my "streamed" game us the keyboard/mouse or will I need an Xbox controller?

I haven't seen any details on those questions either, but I'd assume the answer to both is "yes". 

If it's streaming, you'd need to be streaming from something hence needing to own an Xbox One.  I'd love to play XB1 games natively on PC, but I don't think that's happening and this is their way of working around the hardware and performance nightmare that would be.

If you're playing Xbox One games, they'll probably only support controllers, though time will tell if that means only an Xbox One controller or any that support the same inputs.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 07:11:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 21, 2015, 06:58:25 PM

I'd take Microsoft's words about gaming on PC with a HUGE truckload of salt. They have a notorious reputation for not keeping what they promise, and every single time they come out with a new OS, they keep saying the same "we're dedicated to gaming on Windows", and they never deliver in the slightest.

Expect nothing, and at least you are less likely to be disappointed, though with Microsoft you never know. From what I hear, Windows will now become a service, just what we've all been asking for. Right?

So did you actually read what I wrote, or did you just paste what you wrote last time?  Tongue  I agree that their general "commitment to PC gaming" has always been bullshit, but these are concrete features that they're announcing.  You may or may not be interested in those features, but it's not a vague promise.  Let's just hope that Phil Spencer stays in power there for a while, as he'll make sure PC gaming (and gaming in general) stays a focus.

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 21, 2015, 07:06:02 PM

If this is anything like Steam stream then I'm not interested as I'll just play on my TV

Hard to know at this point, but I'd assume pretty similar to Steam streaming.  The one potentially nicer thing is that you know it should only require a controller as input, you wouldn't have to worry about mouse and keyboard like you do when streaming Steam to another platform.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 06:48:13 PM
So there's big Windows 10 announcements today. 

The first one I saw was that you'll be able to stream any Xbox One game to any PC or Tablet running Windows 10.

You'll also get an Xbox App with things like the Activity feed, Friends list, and Messages and that whatever.  And you can use it to communicate directly from a PC to a player on their console.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: January 21, 2015, 04:59:36 PM

Quote from: Enigma on January 21, 2015, 06:22:15 AM

My only other complaint is in some of the takes a long time to restart each mission AND I wish you could control the progression/speed a little more.  It goes from easy to insane in such a short amount of time....and then you have to wait through the restart sequence.  Some wasted time there.

Yeah, I totally agree.  I actually wish they would allow a "no fail" or "x Lives" option in the minigames.  Especially when I'm first trying a new one I fail pretty quickly.  And waiting for all the scores and then launching it again takes too much time, I'd rather just keep going or instantly restart.

I'll have to check out  I've watched a few YouTube videos to help with some other basic techniques, so I'm sure there are other things I've missed as well.  I found this video covered a lot of the things Rocksmith apparently missed, even though it was made for the first one and not 2014.

It's kind of baffling that they have videos for "How to hold a pick" and "How to put on a strap" but they don't explain the proper way to hold your hand on the frets, to use all fingers or that the lighted "highway" shows you where your four fingers should go. 
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/Wii U/Ps4] Project CARS on: January 21, 2015, 12:14:45 AM
I guess I'm replying to myself once again.  There is a New "Start Your Engines" trailer preparing for launch.

I think they are getting ready to submit final builds for certification, so they should be hitting their March date.  Two months to go.  I'm really interested to see how this does on the market, it should be a mostly quiet time except for GTA V on PC.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Strafe - BEST.TRAILER.EVER!!! Old school shooter on: January 20, 2015, 10:29:18 PM
I'm not sure I'd say best trailer ever, but it was pretty good.  I could have done without the "scooping up the brains" bit.  And I would have liked to see some direct footage rather than all processed over-the-shoulder stuff.

I do love that their website is straight out of Geocities '96 as well, though:
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/20) on: January 19, 2015, 07:00:07 AM
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell on the PC for me. 
93  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Saints Row: Gat out of Hell - $5 [PC] on: January 18, 2015, 04:12:21 AM
I saw this on ShackNews, you can pick up a Steam code for the new Saints Row expansion for $5 (75% off) at GameStop:

No idea why they are having this sale, but I'm in!   icon_twisted
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: January 18, 2015, 01:15:34 AM
Thanks for the input, Travis!  I was well aware that some guitars start around $100 and go way up into the thousands.  I had asked a friend if I could borrow his guitar but got the old "well, I'll have to talk to my wife..." delay so I just figured I'd get my own.

I ordered the game from Amazon earlier this week and did eventually end up picking up a guitar today after looking around online at different "starter" guitars and read lots of reviews and such.  I stopped in at the local Guitar Center and saw that they had the same Les Paul Player Pack that you could also get packaged with Rocksmith 2014 for $40 off at a total of $159 if I was willing to get the black one instead of Sunburst.  Fine by me!  Since I had already bought Rocksmith 2014 through Amazon for $13 off my whole "bundle" still ended up saving me like $43 over the actual bundle. 

I played for about 3 hours today, and experienced everything from absolute joy to utter frustration, so overall better than I expected.  slywink  I tried out some of the learning tutorials, the guitarcade mingames and a few songs as well.  I can see lots of good options there, for sure!  Most of all, though, my fingers are really hurting!  I need to build up some calluses for real.

I'm not totally sold on how they use the dynamic difficulty, but I'll keep trying.  It seems like it goes from too easy of just giving me really boring single notes on one string several seconds apart for a long time and then out of nowhere it starts throwing in multiple finger chords and it  really throws me for a loop.  In an ideal world, I'd love if there were Kinect voice controls for "slow down" or "easier/harder" so I could grapple with those changes for a bit and then speed it back up once I figured it out.  That would make things sooooo much better!  I don't want to have to go to a separate Riff Repeater mode to just do certain sections, I want to keep playing the song but let me control some of the difficulty. 

Anyway, I already spent money on some DLC packs because I'm an idiot.  Let's see if I can keep up the practice for a decent period of time.  I know they have a 60-day challenge to play at least 1 hour a day, but that may be hard on some of the nights I get home from a stressful day of work.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Space Hulk Ascension (bloody fun turn-based squad combat) on: January 16, 2015, 10:55:17 PM
As mentioned in the Steals and Deals forum, this one is on sale for $10 off on the Humble Store

The original is also on sale: $2.50 for regular, $10 for Ultimate.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 1/16/15 on: January 16, 2015, 08:45:27 PM
I'd still like to finish up Far Cry 4.  And maybe a bit more of Storm Island in Forza Horizion 2.

I also picked up Rocksmith 2014, so I guess I need to go shop for a guitar and try that out.   icon_biggrin
97  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Humble Store Games Workshop/Warhammer sale on: January 16, 2015, 08:20:04 PM
The Humble Store has a sale on all things Games Workshop (ie: Warhammer and 40k) including both of the Space Hulk: Ascension for $10 off, Warhammer Quest, all of the Dawn of War stuff, Space Marine, and all that.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: January 15, 2015, 05:00:22 PM
I really wish they had gone full bore on some of those and instead made the Galaxy games an HD remake with full controller support.  I'd rather not have to dig out my dumb Wii-mote and nunchuck to play them. 
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: January 14, 2015, 05:03:58 PM
I wouldn't call it "hiding" those games from your wife, I'd say it's more selecting your audience. 

Would you watch The Expendables or Game of Thrones with your wife?  Or would you more likely wait for a night/weekend she's not around and watch it then?
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6 announced on: January 14, 2015, 04:58:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 14, 2015, 02:34:32 PM

One a year? Seriously, Turn 10 needs to put more time into making a game that steps things up significantly. It's not like there is another racing game (on the MSFT platform) that even comes close.

It's been 2 years since Forza 5, or will be assuming they ship this fall/holiday.  Horizon 2 was made by Playground Games in the UK, not Turn 10 (though I'm sure there was some assistance, etc). 

I'm fine with having the two franchises alternate every couple years, they are different enough that having one racing game a year isn't that big of a deal. 

That's not to say I'm as excited about a Forza 6 as I might be a new Rallisport Challenge, but that's a whole different matter.  slywink
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/13) on: January 14, 2015, 05:44:55 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 13, 2015, 08:54:42 PM

If you believe Tom Chick's statement that no game worth playing is set on a globe map, absolutely nothing.

Good god, y'all! 
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: January 14, 2015, 01:24:57 AM
So...a year and a half later, did many people pick this up?  Anybody end up using it much?  Did any of you start learning guitar from scratch and actually pick things up after a while?

For some reason I've been getting the itch to pick this game/tool up but I'm not sure if it's worthwhile for a total newb. 

I'm sort of in the same boat that Gratch was: I've never played guitar and I don't own a guitar.  I don't even know how to pick out a decent one.  I'd rather buy a cheap one until I got to the point of knowing what I was doing, assuming I got that far before giving up.  But, I've heard that going too cheap can leave you regretting it as well since you'll have to re-tune the guitar after every song.

Any long time verdicts?  I was first considering one of the next-gen versions due to the free $30 Hendrix DLC pack, but some people are recommending PC instead.
103  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / PlayStation anniversary sale (60+ games 60-75% off) on: January 13, 2015, 10:36:26 PM
As the topic says, the PlayStation anniversary sale is now live with lots of games on sale for all platforms.

I would copy paste the table here, but it's just much easier to see at that link above. 

I think I may pick up the Ratchet and Clank Collection and Tearaway on Vita.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport 6 announced on: January 13, 2015, 02:00:37 AM
Not too much info yet, but they have announced Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One.  I'm sure you're all shocked.  slywink

They have also announced it with a partnership with Ford, and the new Ford GT will be on the cover (announcement video with the car here).

105  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
106  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.
107  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
108  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
109  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.
110  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. 
111  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.
112  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).
113  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. 
114  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
115  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.
116  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.
117  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).
118  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)

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:

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.


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.
119  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.
120  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
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