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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/19/14 on: September 19, 2014, 04:58:41 PM
My mood this weekend will be entirely dependent on the outcome of the Utah/Michigan game tomorrow.  smile

Gaming-wise, this weekend will be split between Final Fantasy Theaterhythm Curtain Call on 3DS and FF XIV.  I absolutely adore the Theaterhythm games, and this one is a huge improvement on the original in every way.  It's a little tough switching from the iPad to the 3DS, but the superb gameplay additions make it worth it. 

In FF XIV, I'm nearly finished with my Bard's Animus weapon.  Only one book to go.  smile
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 19, 2014, 03:52:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 19, 2014, 01:09:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 19, 2014, 03:44:13 AM

Well, I was going to hold off getting the new Final Fantasy Theaterhythm and see if it came it on iOS,  but the stellar reviews have convinced me to grab it now. 

It's excellent.  Even after 60+ hours with the original, I still can't stop playing Curtain Call.

Put in a couple hours this morning, and I'm really enjoying the changes they've made to this version.  The only challenge is switching from iPad touchscreen to stylus control is really damn difficult.  I'm having a hell of time on the FMS stages, but I'm sure I just need practice.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: September 19, 2014, 01:11:51 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2014, 05:51:56 AM

Now that Wasteland 2 is being released tomorrow, almost the entire team from that game will be moving over to Torment. Most of them already have, I think. As part of that process, inXile just released some actual gameplay footage, and it looks awesome.

Wow, even better than I was expecting.   icon_eek
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 19, 2014, 03:44:13 AM
Well, I was going to hold off getting the new Final Fantasy Theaterhythm and see if it came it on iOS,  but the stellar reviews have convinced me to grab it now. 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: September 17, 2014, 01:02:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 17, 2014, 12:48:27 PM

So if you're like me and you hate games that make you play 90% stealth, will you enjoy this game? At $18 I may pull the trigger, but not if I know I'm not going to like it.

You'll hate it.  It's nearly 100% stealth-based...hence the name.  slywink
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 16, 2014, 08:08:07 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 15, 2014, 07:13:02 PM

Yeah that recently viewed list can be troublesome. 

There's lots of things I haven't watched on Netflix, simply because I didn't want to have "that discussion" with Mrs. Gratch.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 16, 2014, 03:49:11 PM
Looks like I can cash in about a third of my Delta Frequent Flyer miles and get a PS4.  Debating whether I want to or not, as there's nothing out at the moment that I'm really dying to play. 

Decisions, decisions...
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 16, 2014, 03:41:38 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 15, 2014, 05:37:16 PM

Crazy week for me - Theatrhythm FF CC and Fairy Fencer F on Tuesday, Elminage Gothic and Endless Legend on Steam on Thursday.  Wasteland 2 is an eventual buy too.

I adore the Theatrhythm games, but rather than blowing the dust off my 3DS, I'm going to hold out on Theatrhythm in the hopes that it eventually comes to iOS like the first one did. 
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 15, 2014, 09:45:20 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:28:53 PM

Minecraft has fallen into the space where Pokemon and Skylanders reside - it's my big mental box called "Shit that Kids Really Love That I Don't Care About."  icon_biggrin

I futzed around with it for a long time when it first came out.  It was a fantastic sandbox and I had quite a bit of fun.  That said, the crazy way it has taken off is a bit surprising to me.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 15, 2014, 07:05:41 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 15, 2014, 10:41:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2014, 03:16:36 PM

Spent my long flight yesterday getting back into FF Theaterhythm on iPad.  Such a fun game.  Will try to get in some FFXIV tonight, get to spend all day tomorrow writing proposals.  Blech.


How have things been going with your Thaumaturge?  Does he get to become a Black Mage at some point, or do you have to play that class up to a certain level to unlock the class for another character?

-Autistic Angel

Yep, Thaum eventually becomes a Black Mage...though I doubt I'll get that far with it.  Found that I didn't particularly enjoy playing that class.  However, I'll need to get him to at least level 34, as there are a couple cross-class skills that will be very helpful for my White Mage.

Decided that trying to focus on multiple classes wasn't the best choice, as I ended up getting too distracted.  I'm going to focus on finishing my Animus weapon and getting Aural gear for my Bard (both of which involve a crazy long grind), as well as leveling my White Mage (even if I'm not a particularly good healer).  I've starting fiddling with a couple crafting classes, but mainly just so I can check off a few more things on the weekly quest log and earn some extra gil.  Doubt I'll ever get serious about it.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 13, 2014, 03:16:36 PM
Spent my long flight yesterday getting back into FF Theaterhythm on iPad.  Such a fun game.  Will try to get in some FFXIV tonight, get to spend all day tomorrow writing proposals.  Blech.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: September 13, 2014, 04:37:03 AM
If you're even casually interested in doom metal, the new Pallbearer album Foundations of Burden is an absolute must-buy.  I've honestly listened to nothing else this entire week.  This is so goddamn good...it's pretty much what Black Sabbath wishes they could still be.  I thought the AMG review hit the nail on the head:

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A good friend of mine described them as “Funeral meets Fleet Foxes,” and while it’s a good summation of their sound, it doesn’t nearly do them justice. This is a band that deserves its place in the doom pantheon along with the greats of yore, and is an incredible album to purge your heart to.

13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: September 11, 2014, 05:41:06 PM
Dammit, sorry Hark.  We lost ours last weekend.  So damn tough.  frown
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 09, 2014, 11:02:06 PM
The only thing that comes to mind when I hear "Destiny"
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 09, 2014, 10:58:22 PM
Welcome back Purge.  Glad to see you again.  smile
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 09, 2014, 10:37:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 09, 2014, 09:58:40 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2014, 07:23:00 PM

Quote from: Drazzil on September 09, 2014, 02:21:15 PM

The JW's are sort of the fascists of the Christian faith

JWs are not Christians just as Mormons are not Christians.

Except, they are.

Pretty sure we covered most of this already.

Also pretty sure ATB and I will never agree about it.  smile
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 08, 2014, 12:33:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 08, 2014, 03:01:48 AM

360 is red ringing again so I didn't get to make much progress there. I still have Nier and Fable 3 left and I'm afraid they are going to wind up left unplayed. Finished Blood Dragon on PC though.

That's a shame, Nier was wonderful.  Very odd, mind you, but an absolute blast.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 07, 2014, 06:21:06 AM
Some FF XIV, but my heart's not much into gaming this weekendfrown
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My awesome/awful Friday on: September 07, 2014, 06:06:56 AM
I took the day off work on Friday to attend my first ever con, Salt Lake Comic Con.  I had no idea what to expect, but have been wanting to go to one of these things for a long time.  Mrs. Gratch and Little B 5.6 came with, along with my dad.  We had an absolute blast, and watching my daughter as she saw Spiderman, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Darth Vader, etc. was simply magical.  Everyone who walked by in a costume got a "woooooah Dad, look at that!" response, and she was over the moon when they would come up and give her high-fives.  Someone handed her a free comic book in the kids area (Avatar Airbender something-or-other), and she hasn't put it down for two days now.  It was a wonderful experience, and her reaction was everything I could have hoped for.  Here we are at the Weta workshop booth.  She insisted that we get a picture in front of the dragon (who was incredibly lifelike), even though it "freaks me out a little bit when he opens his eyes and looks around".   icon_lol



Fast forward a couple hours.  My dog (Vader) is nearly 12, has liver cancer, and we knew he only had a little while to live.  We got home from Comic Con to a mess of dog poop all over the house.  We had taken Vader into the vet earlier in the week, and the doctor said that the tumor was causing the poor guy to retain a huge amount of fluid and was starting to cause his other organs to fail.  We had an appointment scheduled for him to be euthanized on Sunday, but after he started losing control of his bodily functions, we knew it was time.  Called the after-hours vet, and the doctor came in at around 11:00 last night to put him to sleep.  Holding him as he went was the hardest damn thing I've ever done.

Even with Little B and the Wonder Twins 1.2 running around, the house just feels...empty without him here.  I know the hurt will pass eventually, but I miss him terribly.  Here he is many years (and many pounds) ago.  Such an amazing friend.



Not very often you get such highs and lows, all in the space of a few hours.   icon_cry
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: September 01, 2014, 04:49:27 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 31, 2014, 06:31:20 PM

Has anyone heard from Gratch yet?  It isn't like him to miss a weekend playlist and he hasn't posted any updates about his Final Fantasy XIV Dragoon or raid plans yet.

-Autistic Angel

It's comforting to know that if I completely disappear from the internet, at least a couple people will realize it.  smile

Just more FFXIV for me.  Running a bunch of the high-end raids to try and gear out my bard and dragoon in ilvl 100 gear, while leveling up both a white mage and thaumaturge (precursor to black mage).  Plenty there to keep me busy.

I did decide to give Wildstar one last look, as I hate paying $45 for a game and not really giving it a fair shake.  I also thought that maybe I just didn't like it during the initial couple tries due to my FFXIV addiction. 

This try confirmed it...still dislike pretty much everything about that game.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 24, 2014, 03:41:11 AM
Saw it tonight.  Absolutely LOVED it.  Haven't had that much fun at a movie in a long, long time.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 23, 2014, 08:14:45 PM
Oh man, I'm so sorry
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 08:06:23 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 22, 2014, 03:47:43 PM

It's!!!!... The Weekend Playlist! Today is my birthday. 41.

Happy Birthday! 

Probably not much gaming this weekend, as my 40th birthday is tomorrow.  We're doing a get together with the extended family tonight, and Mrs. Gratch has some sort of surprise planned for me tomorrow.  Will hopefully get in a little FF XIV on Sunday.  I've started leveling a healer class, which is an MMO first for me.
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 09:26:22 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 08:04:30 PM

Actually nothing to do with Palin. I said that because when I check here I seldom post because the only R&P posts I see are someone mocking a conservative followed by a handful of other patting him on the back or trying to outdo whatever conservative attack was launched. Can't recall when the last time I saw an intelligent discussion here with people differing on the position in a civil manner and discussing nuances.

I'd love to discuss politics here with civility and nuance.  But when the only ones who bring a conservative viewpoint are scorched earthers like Zeke and Eco (and occasionally you), I'm not even sure how that's possible.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 07:09:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 05:38:00 PM

This forum should be renamed to "Echo Chamber"

And here I was thinking that mocking Sarah Palin was the one thing folks on both sides of the aisle could agree on.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 21, 2014, 03:00:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:50:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Thanks for the link, will give it a listen tomorrow. I don't expect much, loved Opeth but they have lost it. I am all for branching out, but they went a bit too far for my tastes. Still, I am sure I will end up buying it.

I wouldn't go so far as to say they've "lost it" (the songwriting is still very solid)...more that they've gone in a direction I would have preferred they didn't.  Most of what made me love Opeth was the creative interplay between brutal death metal and stunningly beautiful melodies.  It made for a very unique combination and was always an fun listen.  This dynamic is lost with the move to all prog, which makes it far less interesting, IMHO.

That said, I've listened to this new one a couple times.  It's actually pretty good...much better than "Heritage", anyways.
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 12:09:08 PM
Sarah Palin: I hate that Tina Fey made me look like an idiot

I'm pretty sure you managed to do just fine on that front without Fey's help.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
We very occasionally buy DVD's of kids movies, as we don't have any sort of streaming capability on the TV in the main playroom. 

99% of what I or Mrs. Gratch watch is either through Netflix, iTunes, or Comcast PPV.  Haven't bought any physical media in years.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM
They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 18, 2014, 06:18:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 18, 2014, 05:03:19 PM

Was curious, actually, about how they were going to do that...if perhaps the show focuses around Saul BEFORE he meets WW. That would be pretty interesting actually. Show how he connected with Gus and Mike but only as call backs to BB, not main plot points.

Pretty sure that's the entire premise of "Better Call Saul".  From the Wiki page:

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Set in 2002, it focuses on the life of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad, though events during and after the original series will also be explored.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 18, 2014, 04:31:22 AM
Level 50 Dragoon gear in FF XIV is rad.

32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 16, 2014, 01:49:25 PM
Props to you both for the civil discussion.   thumbsup

Quote from: YellowKing on August 15, 2014, 10:32:58 PM


The other big change in my life, and it may sound somewhat silly, is that my son got a year older. He's now almost 3, and that's a big difference from "almost 2" which is where he was around console launch. I think dealing with a 3 year old and a 1 year old last year had me pretty damn stir crazy. This year (particularly over the summer), I was really able to start doing some things that I haven't been able to do much since my oldest was born. Go to concerts, take up disc golf, start running seriously. Those outlets have helped a great deal with my temperament.

If you ever feel like you need a refresher, I've got a couple 14-month-olds you can borrow.  slywink
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 15, 2014, 02:45:08 PM
There's a nifty seasonal event in FF XIV, will be jumping into that.  Almost have my Dragoon to 50, so I can start picking up Darklight gear now.

Will also give Divinity Original Sin another look.  First impressions were very poor...hopefully that changes.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 02:50:24 PM
That looks...different.

Although any movie with the line "I bestow my balls on you instead" can't be all bad.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 13, 2014, 02:46:56 PM
A couple albums that I've liked enough to actually buy lately instead of just streaming them from Spotify. 

Allegaeon - Elements of the Infinite.  I'm typically not a big tech-death fan, but these guys can craft some seriously wicked (and catchy) melodies.  Plus, they make funny videos.



The Ocean - Pelagial.  This album has secured a spot in my personal "Top 10" favorite albums.  A unique concept album about diving through the different depth layers of the ocean.  Starts at the top very light, very upbeat...and absolutely crushes you by the time it gets to the bottom.  Probably my favorite song is Bathyapelagiac II...gods, what a riff.



Voyager - V.  Voyager's "The Meaning of I" was an absolutely brilliant album, and "V" carries that torch proudly.  Yes, the singer sounds like a dead ringer for Simon LeBon and there's a certain cheese factor to what they do, but the songs are just so damn good.  t's not *quite* as good as Meaning of I, but that would be a tough one to top.  You can listen to the full album on their Bandcamp page



Demonic Resurrection - The Demon King.  I'll admit it, I mostly bought this one for the cover art.  smile  However, the glowing review from No Clean Singing didn't hurt.  I'm a total sucker for some melody and orchestration in my death metal, and these guys do a hell of a job with that.  I really dig Trail of Devastation

36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 13, 2014, 04:38:48 AM
Ever since this released, I've been trying to get myself psyched to play an old-school RPG...finally decided I may as well give it a shot tonight.  Only put in about an hour, but my first impressions weren't particularly favorable.  Some UI wonkiness, I can already tell I'm going to get annoyed by the inventory system, a dialog option led to an outcome that I didn't intend at all (attacking a pair of friendly guards), and the camera annoys the hell out of me (it never seems to let me rotate the way I want to in order to see something).  Hopefully it'll click better as I get into the game proper, as I think I barely got out of the tutorial.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 07:33:43 PM
The decision is even more baffling when you consider how Squeenix had completely unrealistic expectations for the reboot.

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Astonishingly, the publisher hoped to sell between 5 and 6 million copies of Tomb Raider in its first month, which would have placed it amongst some of the fastest-selling games ever. It managed 3.6 million, which by most standards is an extremely impressive launch.

To then turn around and essentially cut your potential audience for the sequel by 2/3?  That's a bizarre move.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 01:20:49 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 12, 2014, 12:59:44 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 12:54:59 PM

I believe the Tomb Raider deal is timed as they said exclusive for 2015.  That must have cost Microsoft a fair bit as Definitive Edition sold about double on PS4 compared to XB1.
I was worried MS was going to start paying to delay/cancel multiplatform versions.

Quantum Break looks great.

agreed it cost MS a fair bit of money to get timed exclusive

Some reporting it's not timed now.  I guess to some degree it makes sense for SE to not compete with Uncharted directly, but like I said the PS4 version of TR DE sold around double the XB1 version.  Also no PC version...

That really just...sucks.  frown  I absolutely adored Tomb Raider and a sequel would absolutely be one of the extremely few upcoming games that would be a day one purchase for me.  Guess not, since I have exactly zero interest in ever owning an XB1. 
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 11, 2014, 06:32:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 11, 2014, 03:50:58 PM

Final Fantasy XIV looks like a good game and I do enjoy MMOs now and again.  The trouble is that they tend to overtake everything else.  It's hard to spend time with any other game when there's a paid subscription quietly ticking away and your friends are waiting on you to help out with the next group objective.

Very true.  I haven't played anything else since I started FF XIV (outside of an ill-conceived plan to give Wildstar a look...wish I had that $45 back).  This is the first MMO that has actually had legs for me though...they're usually a "play like crazy for 30 days then quit entirely" sort of thing.  Helps that there hasn't really been anything else that has interested me for a few months either, and probably won't be until Dragon Age 3 hits.  I'm sort of interested in Divinity, but I just can't seem to get myself in the mood for an old-school RPG right now.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 04:31:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 11, 2014, 03:58:03 PM

I find it interesting that the second house looks cookie-cutter to some of you.  I don't think I've ever seen a house in California that looks like that, and there's definitely nothing like that in New Mexico.  While I do like house #1 better, I like house #2's stacked porch & balcony, and the sideways garage is neat.

Agreed.  To me, there's nothing "cookie-cutter" about either of those houses.
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