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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 04:50:05 PM
Seems like a lot of people reporting different problems with peasants just not doing their job (both on OO and the Steam forums).  How widespread is that?  I think problems like that will definitely make me wait until they are patched.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 04:46:26 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 19, 2014, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM

Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 

Rather than running a separate thread, I'd just redirect you to the discussion over at OO, unless of course it's uncool to link to another site's forum.

I guess it's not uncool, but the whole point of my being on GT is to read things and have discussions on GT.  slywink
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM
Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 on: February 19, 2014, 02:15:59 AM
Woohoo!  This one launches today!   icon_biggrin

My copy should be waiting for me once I get home from work, so I know what I'm doing tonight.  thumbsup  Anybody else looking to pick this up?
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space combat games? on: February 19, 2014, 02:12:33 AM
Starlight: Inception is also in beta at this point, with release in the next couple months.  It will be out on PC, PS4 and Vita as well I think. 
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 02:02:15 AM
This city-building strategy simulation was just released on Steam today (as well as GOG, the Humble store, and the developer's website DRM free with Steam key).  This is an indie game made by one developer, but it looks polished visually at least.

It has an interesting structure with no tech trees to get access to any building and the only goal is survival of your townspeople.  Seems like a nice, serene builder until you have to worry about everyone dying in the winter. smile

Has anybody tried it yet? 
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam "Early Access"...do you do it? on: February 18, 2014, 06:23:35 PM
I'm happy to do it for games where the existing features are compelling (Minecraft), the game is essentially feature complete and feels like any updates are just polish (State of Decay) or for a game that I really want to support despite being early (Bugbear's Next Car Game).

That said, there are games I'm definitely interested in but want to wait for them to develop more before I jump in, like Spacebase DF-9 or Sir You Are Being Hunted.  I even own a few from Kickstarter that I haven't played yet because I'm waiting for the complete or near complete game before firing it up.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: These 12 New Headline Trends Will Astound You! on: February 18, 2014, 12:17:13 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 18, 2014, 12:07:24 AM

Weather.com is what really got under my skin. Despite there being better weather sites out there, for years weather.com has remained my go to since it was serviceable enough and had that oh so easy to remember URL. Lately, though, it's like a trashy tabloid that just happens to have a tiny corner with a weather forecast if you look hard enough.

Yes!  I can't believe the number of garbage "articles", pictures, links, etc shown on that site. 
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: February 17, 2014, 10:03:18 PM
I haven't played regularly for months, but when I was playing it was all the time. 

They still have a decent number of players judging just from the Steam stats, and since you can still play through the old launcher not on Steam I imagine totals may be double that. 

I think once they finally get this ready and launched on the PS4 there will be another huge influx of players. 
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: These 12 New Headline Trends Will Astound You! on: February 17, 2014, 09:59:57 PM
I've kind of become annoyed that some of our thread titles here have started to take on the same pattern.   disgust
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 17, 2014, 09:42:48 PM
Beastie Boys - clearly can't happen with the full crew anymore, and I would have preferred to see them 20 years ago
Tom Waits - still a small chance, but he's getting old and his concerts sell out immediately
Tool - never had a chance to get tickets, hopefully after their new album
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 17, 2014, 09:31:35 PM
I find that I don't ever really game anymore unless I can do it for a couple hours uninterrupted.  I want to get fully into a game and not just jump in and try to remember the controls, or where I left off, etc before I have to jump out.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: February 17, 2014, 09:28:56 PM
Bugbear put out a patch on Saturday that has added some more things.  Full notes below, but basically they added another car (American Sedan circa '74), a figure-8 track, reverse modes on all tracks, more parts for cars and bunches of smaller changes.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Tracks:
* New Figure 8 derby race event.
* All race tracks now have a reverse layout as well.
* Lap and AI counts are now fully customizable for each event.
* Tarmac track: start area rehauled, tarmac textures reworked, last sector redecorated.
* Gravel track: textures reworked, track surface visuals updated.
* New birches for both tarmac and gravel track.
* General polishing and bug fixing.

Weathers:
* Three new weathers: bright day, cold morning and warm sunset.
* A random weather is selected to an event at startup.

Dynamic environment objects:
* Tire stacks now have more weight to them for added realism.
* Reduced concrete barrier friction to prevent the car from spinning.

Vehicles & Upgrading:
* New car: American Sedan (no high detail dashboard yet).
* Steering wheels now rotate in cockpit camera.
* Texture/model improvements and bug fixes.
* Increased European hatchback engine power.
* Reworked European hatchback handling.
* New engine backfire effect.
* Improved differential simulation.
* New gearbox, drivetrain, suspension and brake upgrade parts.
* New paint jobs for cars to choose from.
* Driving model improvements.

Driving assists:
* Assists now have three levels of strength: ‘Off’, ‘Half’ and ‘Full’, with ‘Off’ and ‘Half’ being the same as earlier ‘Off’ and ‘On’ and ‘Full’ offering an even more assisted driving experience.

Cameras:
* New screenshot camera mode with zoom factor and yaw, pitch and roll parameters, designed for taking screenshots with free camera and hidden HUD. In the screenshot mode, it’s possible to rotate the camera as well as adjust the field-of-view, and by accessing Effect Mode, you can adjust the Depth-of-Field (DOF) parameters to your liking. There’s no dedicated button for taking a screenshot yet, so you need to use an external application or PrintScreen button.
* Brought back spherical camera from the technology demo, it’s available only in camera mode at least for now.
* Implemented another chase camera further back according to the feedback.
* Tweaked European hatchback chase camera.

Damage:
* Fixed engine component damage calculation in HUD so that the engine icon will better represent the actual damage.
* Removed red damage direction indicators from HUD based on a general request.
* Fixed an issue with gameplay damage not being calculated correctly when near death.
* Further balancing of gameplay damage and visual damage – a completely reworked system will be introduced in the future.

Garage:
* Reworked many textures.
* Added some nice decorative elements.
* Tweaked interior and yard decoration.
* Tweaked lighting.

Gameplay:
* Derby AI: tactical reverse mode now considers engine location more efficiently.
* Removed speed sensitive steering when using a steering wheel.
* Implemented further balancing tweaks to AI profiles and handling.
* Implemented start position randomization (for player as well).

User interface:
* Binding the Logitech G27 button 7 etc. will no longer result in exiting the settings menu.
* Loading screen will now show a background based on the event you’re playing instead of a generic one.
* Game is now paused and input suspended while Steam overlay is active.

Input:
* DirectInput gamepads should now work and are also remappable.
* Improved controller settings to reduce steering lag.

Render:
* Fixed a bug where VSync was not able to recover back to 60 fps when temporarily dipping to 30 fps.

Audio:
* Engine damage sound effect is now linked to actual engine damage instead of car health.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/17) on: February 17, 2014, 05:52:42 PM
EDF!  EDF!  EDF!   icon_biggrin

(and maybe Banished if impressions are good)
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 17, 2014, 03:41:48 AM
Apparently they're giving beta access to all PC users who signed up.  Check your Origin list of games available and it could/should be there. 
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: February 17, 2014, 01:37:23 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on November 06, 2013, 03:29:49 AM

They went through the motions, but neglected to capture the essence of the story. I give it a C-

I watched this the other night and would pretty much agree with this.  I did not like it very much and thought it was just not a very good moviee. 
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: February 16, 2014, 04:02:19 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 16, 2014, 03:53:53 AM

Same as it ever was.  I'm level 24.  I have 29 assist ribbons (5 assists per round).

Are you responding to a question?   icon_confused
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 15, 2014, 11:16:31 PM
Aah, thanks.  I had missed that "Tip" there and almost did when reading it again as well.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 15, 2014, 09:28:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 15, 2014, 08:48:39 PM

Quote from: Roman on February 15, 2014, 08:35:10 PM

Battery life indicator is hit or miss for me. Sometimes I see it next to the time in the lower right hand corner and soetimes I see neither.

EDIT. Ok figured out that you need to hit the guide button to display the batt life.  Would it kill MS to provide instructions?

That was talked about in the patch notes I read

Do you have a link to those?
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yes, another can you vote for my kid thread on: February 15, 2014, 12:54:32 AM
Voted, looks like you're up to 89 votes now.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hawken on: February 14, 2014, 11:59:36 PM
I know this game didn’t get much traction around here, but it’s now on Steam with an Early Access bundle!  You get a bunch of mechs and gear and cosmetics and stuff for $30.

Oh, and there’s a new Steam Launch trailer as well that’s pretty sweet if I do say so myself.   

Maybe worth a look if you didn’t get your Titanfall beta invite or don’t like Origin.  slywink
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hawken on: February 14, 2014, 11:59:26 PM
No way to not come off defensive here, but I'd like to address some of those complaints. 

Quote from: Turtle on May 18, 2013, 04:55:26 AM

One major problem with Hawken was that a month ago when I tried it, the first week was spent completely unable to find a match at all times.
Totally valid complaint.  There were major problems with the matchmaking last year, but that has all been taken care of.  It's a beta, after all, and things are in active development.  slywink

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Then after that, I was locked into my most hated mode, Deathmatch, because I hadn't leveled up enough.

Meanwhile, more interesting modes that should be the highlight of the game are unavailable.

For a game that is basically an FPS with mech dressing, not embracing modes that highlight its more mech aspects is a death knell. Deathmatch is not the way to get people to stay with the game, nor is it the way to get people to stay. LoL is an incredibly complex game at times, and it brings in people because of that complexity.
You're actually locked into playing TEAM Deathmatch at the start (or Coop or offline now), which is a very different game mode than straight Deathmatch.  You don't have to level up, either, you only have to play 2 matches of TDM to unlock Missile Assault, 4 matches to play Siege and 5 for straight Deathmatch (the most chaotic mode).  There is no lock on playing Coop Bot Destruction or Offline training modes.  Games like Call of Duty lock out game modes in a similar style for longer. 

I personally agree that locking off game modes sucks and I'd rather it wasn't there, but it has been done to ensure the best experience for new players.  There is a big enough learning curve with Hawken's unique movement and weapon setup that the best experience for new players has been found to be a simple team game so they are not overwhelmed by all new mechanics at once. 

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Oh, and way too much static, crap, and post processing on the screen for a fast paced game like this. Makes target acquisition too difficult, especialy for new players, which are the kind of players you want to keep around. It works with slower mechs like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalion, not so much on a twitch shooter with mechs that jump and dodge around.
You can turn off most of the effects like image grain, static, bloom, depth of field, etc in the settings menu.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MTV] Are You the One? on: February 14, 2014, 05:38:20 AM
If I had to guess, the type of people they have participating on this show are not the kind that find fun in playing a game like Mastermind.  Just a shot out of left field.  Tongue

(but I did enjoy playing it a lot as a kid as well!)
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 14, 2014, 05:34:13 AM
Rage - Maybe Not As Bad As You Remember™

slywink
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 13, 2014, 06:54:30 PM
For anybody else who wants to brave the PC waters, you can get $12 off at GreenManGaming using this code: 3MCRLE-CG7AF1-G7T08U
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 13, 2014, 06:52:03 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 13, 2014, 05:37:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 13, 2014, 03:35:32 AM

I haven't played a PC shooter that had real hacker problems for ages. 

THen you haven't been playing COD the last 4 years (or more) just about every match in Ghosts has a hacker

You're right, I haven't played any of the recent COD games.  I have played plenty of other shooters, though, and never had my experience ruined by hackers.  I know they are out there, but people talk as if every match in every game is just so full of hackers that can't even play, when that's so far from the truth. 
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: February 13, 2014, 04:51:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 13, 2014, 08:46:07 AM

Oh, and it's it's still funny that we're all avoiding using the acronym SS due to historical bad guys. slywink

That hadn't even occurred to me and in fact I was just thinking you using ISS seemed weird.   icon_confused
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 13, 2014, 03:35:32 AM
I haven't played a PC shooter that had real hacker problems for ages. 
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: February 11, 2014, 04:11:53 AM
Yeah, I found it very short as well.  Frankly disappointingly short.  Steam has my play time recorded at 3 hours, and the way I play adventure games is to try and see and hear all the writing and dialog options.

I played Shay's adventure first, but it did seem pretty easy.

Hopefully they can finish the second half of this game at a better pace with the engine in place and most of the characters and scenery done now.  Art creation seemed to be one of the big blockers for this one.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/10) on: February 10, 2014, 05:07:47 PM
Nothing for me.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/7/14 on: February 08, 2014, 08:21:16 AM
Hawken for sure, maybe some Loadout and probably logging in to Battlefield 4 for free battlepacks.

I also just picked up Super Mario 3D World so hopefully lots of that.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 08, 2014, 08:18:47 AM
Cube: A video about video game graphics
113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 08, 2014, 08:00:38 AM
Personally I go Intel and Nvidia. 
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 07, 2014, 12:46:09 AM
Early reports are that this is super good.  99% on Rotten Tomatoes currently.  Sweet, can't wait to see it!   icon_biggrin thumbsup
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Annual Installments discussion on: February 06, 2014, 11:04:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 06, 2014, 10:43:59 PM

Funny, look who just went to a 3 year cycle?  Call of Duty.  Treyarch is moving back to next year and Sledgehammer Games gets the call this year.

Link

It's a 3 year development cycle, but still an annual release schedule.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 06, 2014, 10:44:00 PM
Yeah, I don't have any real reason to dislike the Origin client anymore other than I'd rather just have all my games, friends, etc in one location (Steam).  And Steam has good sales. 
117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble specials - Sid Meier Bundle, Double Fine weekly, Paradox store sale on: February 06, 2014, 10:35:11 PM
Double Fine is also doing another Amnesia Fortnight Humble Bundle if you want to pay to vote on which prototypes get built and then watch the documentary thingies and get those prototypes. 

They also have 4 potential games from Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time) that you can vote on if you pay more than the average (currently $6.78).
118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: February 06, 2014, 04:57:09 PM
It's a new month again, so there is a new batch of 100 $5 MP3 albums.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam/F2P]Loadout on: February 06, 2014, 04:12:09 AM
I've been playing this a bit on and off since it launched and have been having fun.  So far the rewards seem plentiful to get new weapon parts regularly.

The big hook is that you can build custom weapons for your loadout, effectively having control over Borderlands style crazy weapons. 
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 06, 2014, 04:06:33 AM
Anyone know of any deals for the PC download version?  Maybe a GMG coupon code or something?
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