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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 02, 2014, 06:07:31 PM
I wish Bravely Default would have kept my attention for that long.  I just couldn't wrap my brain around the idea of playing the entire thing over again.  Keep telling myself that I'll get back to it one of these days...
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 01, 2014, 05:49:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 30, 2014, 04:42:18 PM

FF XIV, and hopefully catch up on some sleep.

I finished the main storyline, have run multiple high-level (50) dungeons, started beast tribe quests, polished off the Archer hunting log (and am most of the way through Maelstrom), advanced to the highest GC ranking, unlocked most of the Hard mode dungeons, and got through the first 6 steps of my relic weapon quest.  That's a pretty damn productive weekend.

I have to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever been as addicted to a game as I am to FF XIV.  I typically just lose interest once I hit endgame MMO content, but I haven't had even the slightest pull to quit playing.  Quite the opposite...I find that I'm actually becoming more interested the further I get into the endgame stuff.  I'd love it if FF XIV followed the FF XI route and added a whole truckload of expansions over the next few years.
123  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: May 31, 2014, 06:10:43 AM
Just finished the main storyline and got my Magitek mount.   ninja
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 30, 2014, 11:56:56 PM
The Texas morons double down, start following people who were filming their "demonstration".

125  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: May 30, 2014, 10:01:13 PM
Sterling is now counter-suing the NBA for one...billion...dollars
126  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 30, 2014, 06:47:11 PM
Last quarter, Candy Crush made more money than all Nintendo games...combined.

I has a sad.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: May 30, 2014, 04:42:18 PM
FF XIV, and hopefully catch up on some sleep.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 29, 2014, 03:14:24 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 29, 2014, 02:08:34 PM

Yes, OO is down again.  The proper authorities have been notified, the Avengers are assembling, etc. 

No way man, this is an octopus-free zone. Tongue
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 11:09:41 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 29, 2014, 03:56:22 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 29, 2014, 03:14:04 AM

These guys were bringing loaded rifles into a burrito restaurant. If I was a patron the first thing I would probably do is call 911 and I doubt I'm alone in that.

Over their dead bodies you would!  

That should be Freedom BodiesTM, thank you very much.
130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 01:44:09 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 29, 2014, 01:12:20 AM

Quote
Chipotle Mexican Grill may have thought it was protecting potentially frightened customers when it urged people to leave their guns at home. But not so fast.

Itís clear to me that Chipotle should have known better. It was playing with fire by infringing on the Second Amendment and bowing to public pressure from a social media campaign. The ban was bound to give pro-gun supporters indigestion. Even though the company claimed the move was voluntary, that's not how it played among gun enthusiasts who believe their rights are under siege. This smells like a step toward a total ban and activists want to use their firepower to make sure it goes no further.

Oh, FFS.   Roll Eyes

Yes, it's your constitutionally protected right (discussion on whether that should continue to be a neverending, all-exclusive right will be tabled for another time), but what the fuck happened to common sense?  With the number of nutjobs walking into public places and randomly opening fire, you don't see how this might possibly cause people to have a problem with it?  I don't know your intent.  I don't know whether you're high, drunk, crazy, responsible with that gun, etc., so yes, I will quickly be moving me and mine away from you stupid assholes as quickly as possible.

Bunch of attention whoring dipshits, all of 'em.
131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 12:37:29 AM
Joe the Plumber needs to stop usin' all them fancy words.  If he were a real 'Murican Patriot, he'd just exercise his God-given rights and start bringing his rifles into Sonic and Chili's instead.  That'll learn them darn liebruals.
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 03:18:38 PM
Dragon Quest 8 hits iOS tonight.  Trying to decide if I want to jump into that time sink again or not.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: May 27, 2014, 08:36:06 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 27, 2014, 05:28:15 PM

I'm watching this now for the first time, just finished the first season, and it's certainly good but I'm not on the best TV show of all time bandwagon just yet.  Even on HBO I think Deadwood had a better first season, but I also know The Wire peaks season 3 or 4, so these are just some thoughts after hearing so much about the show for so long.

Season 1, while good, really just sets the stage for the awesomeness that is seasons 3 and 4.  I didn't like Season 2 the first time, but it was infinitely better on a repeat viewing.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: May 27, 2014, 05:11:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 27, 2014, 04:14:20 PM

7 episodes into rewatching this and am as riveted as I was then.

Staying up way too late as I cannot turn it off.

A lot more swearing than i remember... slywink

I rewatched it recently as well.  Such an incredible show, even better the second time around.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/26) on: May 26, 2014, 04:19:33 PM
Not a thing for me.

Quote from: The Grue on May 26, 2014, 04:14:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 26, 2014, 03:06:35 PM

Is there a "best place to preorder" WD?  I thought there was a good reason to go digital this time, but I can't remember.

Why not consult this handly spreadsheet?



Pretty ridiculous that they have this many editions of this game.

I have zero interest in Watchdogs, but that's just f-ing stupid.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: May 26, 2014, 04:17:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 26, 2014, 06:26:57 AM

So several of you have approached me to "clean up your online persona" or various deviations from that statement.  

People are seriously asking you to do this?   saywhat
137  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: May 26, 2014, 02:05:02 PM
Was a very productive FF XIV weekend.  I hit the level cap with my Bard (yay!), finished my class quest and got the first 4 pieces of blue gear and final Bard abilities, ran two new dungeons for the first time, got my first piece of Darklight gear (will have it this afternoon), finished the second to last tiers in both the Archer and a Maelstrom hunting logs, and made significant progress on the story quests.  I've got about a dozen left.

Looking forward to trying out some MMO endgame content for the first time ever.  I've got a rough plan together for getting iLevel up to 70 plus my Relic weapon, which should keep me busy for quite a while.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/23/14 on: May 23, 2014, 05:02:52 PM
I'll be playing the "try not to forcefully excrete bodily fluids from either end due to a stomach virus" game.  The  gameplay is absolutely shitty.   icon_wink
139  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: May 22, 2014, 12:53:12 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 21, 2014, 10:14:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 20, 2014, 09:58:22 PM

I really liked FF XIV when playing as a tank...I love it as a DPS.  It's been a completely different experience with this new class, and I say with confidence that this is now my all-time favorite MMO.  I was just going to sub for 30 days and see what's new, but I re-upped for 90 days yesterday.  This is the first time I've ever looked forward to trying out end-game content on an MMO...they typically don't keep me interested that long.
I agree.  I've been enjoying playing a lancer.  It's unfortunate that so many mmo's rely on the group role trinity, and then make the tank role so stressful.  In FF14 there's no hiding the potential negative side of playing a tank since you have to do group content starting at level 15.  On a positive note, it seems like a lot of players recognize this and at least try to give the tank player commendations.  What's so interesting (to me) about this game is that you may be grouping with players that are doing a level 20 dungeon with you, but those players are already level 30+ in other classes...on the same character.   

I got my chocobo last night.  I felt like I earned it after 3 group dungeons, 1 group primal fight, and 2000 company seals.  It's pretty cool how the chocobos have your grand company logo on their barding.     

I love the fact that you can try out every class as the same character.  The only problem is that leveling a sub-class without any story quests (doing only leves, dungeons, and mob grinding) is downright painful.
140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: May 20, 2014, 09:58:22 PM
I've jumped back into FF XIV over the last month as well.  Decided I simply sucked as a tank, so I re-rolled a new character and started from scratch.  Had a major paradigm shift when I moved from tank to DPS.  Where I used to dread dungeons, I find them to be an absolute blast when I don't have the pressure of tanking.  It's given me better gear and I'm leveling about 40% faster through dungeons than I did during the story.  The extra XP from roulettes helps, and I've been running one every day.  I've had a few bad experiences, but PUG's have mostly been very good and helpful.  I probably average around 15-20 minutes to find a group through the Duty Finder, so it's not too painful.  My current character is a 46 Bard/15 Pugilist/16 Lancer, and I'm hitting the last quarter of the main story quest.

I really liked FF XIV when playing as a tank...I love it as a DPS.  It's been a completely different experience with this new class, and I say with confidence that this is now my all-time favorite MMO.  I was just going to sub for 30 days and see what's new, but I re-upped for 90 days yesterday.  This is the first time I've ever looked forward to trying out end-game content on an MMO...they typically don't keep me interested that long.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/19) on: May 19, 2014, 07:50:00 PM
Nothing new, just re-upping my FF XIV sub for 90 days.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/16/14 on: May 19, 2014, 01:28:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 18, 2014, 02:55:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 16, 2014, 07:53:49 PM

Lots and lots of Final Fantasy XIV.  Hoping to finish leveling my sub-class to 15 tonight (currently at Cool so I can switch over to Bard.




-Autistic Angel

 icon_lol  thumbsup

Spent all weekend with this, dinged 44 last night.  Still loving running the dungeons and actually looking forward to them, which is something I never thought I'd say.  Leveling the sub-classes is still a bit of a drag, but not nearly as painful with a DPS as it was for a tank.

This game is going to be my main focus for the next couple months, as I want this to be the first time I've actually gotten to the end of a main story quest in an MMO.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/16/14 on: May 16, 2014, 07:53:49 PM
Lots and lots of Final Fantasy XIV.  Hoping to finish leveling my sub-class to 15 tonight (currently at Cool so I can switch over to Bard.
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 15, 2014, 06:26:46 PM
A couple new games this week that I'm enjoying

Darkin - A straight up Dungeon Raid clone with a vampire theme.  A no-brainer for DR fans, or anyone who enjoys match-3.

Table Tennis Touch - A fantastic replication of real table tennis.  Control is great, and it looks and sounds awesome with fully rendered arenas and tables. 
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official god hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 03:28:07 PM
You must live here.

146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 13, 2014, 03:22:36 PM
If I were to choose my top 5 metal albums of the past decade, Agalloch's "Marrow of the Spirit" and Vallenfyre's "A Fragile King" would be numbers 1 and 2 (respectively) on that list.  Which means today was like metal Christmas, with new albums from both bands dropping this morning.  

Vallenfyre - Splinters.  While metal "supergroups" are more often miss than hit (*cough* Barren Earth *cough*), Vallenfyre absolutely breaks the mold.  Masters of their craft, these members of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and At The Gates have created something incredible here.  Their particular brand of doom/crust/death metal was on brutal display on their first album, and "Splinters" just ratchets everything up to 11.  This album is a huge, plodding, wounded beast leaving a howling wake of destruction as it crushes everything in it's path on it's way to death.  Heavy as fuck with brutality to spare, this thing is just...massive.  I'd be shocked if it didn't end up near the top of most of the "Best of 2014" lists come year end. Check out Odious Bliss for a taste.



Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere.  I've been listening to this one quite a bit (via the NPR Stream) over the last week.  It's a bit of departure from Agalloch's usual sound, but still retains their hallmark of meticulously crafted soundscapes with a combination of brutality and beauty.  It's not going to top "Marrow of the Spirit", but there's not much that can.  A solid 8/10.

147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 13, 2014, 03:08:36 PM
So did we ever figure out what the actual word was?
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/9/14 on: May 12, 2014, 12:38:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 10, 2014, 12:45:49 AM

Just finished DLing th Wildstar beta, will give that a shot.  Along with some FF XIV, I'm sure.

Was wholly unimpressed with Wildstar.

I really liked FF XIV when I played a tank.  I absolutely love it now as a DPS (Archer).  Even the group dungeons - which were a source of stress and frustration as a tank - are tons of fun when I just have to sit back and shoot at things and not worry about managing aggro.  They also give a ton of XP and unique gear, which makes the PvE elements that much easier.  I'm advancing much quicker than I was just doing leves and story quests, and am typically 3-4 levels ahead of the story quests instead of having to grind out levels just to get to the correct level.  Put a ton of time into it this weekend.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/9/14 on: May 10, 2014, 12:45:49 AM
Just finished DLing th Wildstar beta, will give that a shot.  Along with some FF XIV, I'm sure.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumored] Sony's E3 plans revealed? Killer lineup if it's true on: May 08, 2014, 01:08:11 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 08, 2014, 04:50:40 AM

doesn't seem too impressive, and half of them have already been announced or expected.

I'm real disappointed in this console generation.  I was ready to drop $400-$500 on a new console.  Something I never do.  I usually wait 2-3 years, because at the time I couldn't afford it.  This year, I was ready, and there's absolutely nothing to play.  Anything I want to play can be played on the PC.  The only thing I'm missing is MLB The Show 2014.  I held off during Christmas.  I thought maybe by June I'd get it.  Nope, still nothing.  I think both companies failed on their game lineups.  Not enough exclusive content as well. 


Same here.  I've got the money set aside for one,  but there hasn't been a game that has interested me enough to actually pull the trigger yet.  That lineup doesn't do much to change my mind.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Games on: May 06, 2014, 02:15:50 PM
I'd probably include KOTOR II (an excellent game, outside of the cruddy ending) and the first Lego Star Wars game. 
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/2/14 on: May 04, 2014, 10:32:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 02, 2014, 02:42:26 PM

Set Child of Light to download this morning, so I'll be jumping into that tonight.  Probably spend some time with the new Star Wars Pinball tables on iPad as well. I'm trying to generate the energy to push through Bravely Default (I hate leaving a game I've put 40+ hours into unfinished)...we'll see if that happens.

I started playing FF XIV again last weekend, but have already run up against the forced grouping wall.  Waited for over an hour to find a group for the initial dungeon last night, only to have a tank that Leroy Jenkins'ed every mob and died within 30 seconds.  He then went AFK, forcing the entire group to requeue.  As much as I love 99% of the game, I don't have the time or patience to deal with the 1% that is complete bullshit, so I'm ditching it.  If there were a way to run dungeons with bots, it would be the perfect MMO.  frown

OK, so I lied.  smile  Even though I said I was quitting, I kept having an itch to play FF XIV.  Decided to queue up for the group dungeons and just let it sit while I messed around with Child of Light (which is quite good).  Lo and behold, I actually got into all three of the sub-20 dungeons pretty quickly, and had really great groups for all three.  It's amazing how much more fun the dungeons are when you don't have the pressure of tanking, which I wasn't particularly good at.  I actually (gasp) enjoyed running them with these groups...something I didn't think possible!

I also got a random invite to join a Free Company (guild), which turns out to be a bunch of pretty cool folks.  So I'm back in the thick of this MMO, having a blast.  Got an Archer up to level 25, just got my mount, and will be working on getting a sub-class up to 15 so I can become a Bard.  Fun times.  smile
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: May 03, 2014, 04:08:18 AM
Put in about an hour and a half tonight...what a wonderful game this is.  The artwork, style, world, and music are absolutely beautiful and you can tell the entire thing is a labor of love.  The whole rhyming thing doesn't always work, but it's not terribly distracting.  Still getting hang of combat (playing on Normal), but having to juggle a number of elements (slowdowns, interrupts, attack vs. defend, etc.) makes it pretty compelling. 

So far, so good.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/2/14 on: May 02, 2014, 02:42:26 PM
Set Child of Light to download this morning, so I'll be jumping into that tonight.  Probably spend some time with the new Star Wars Pinball tables on iPad as well. I'm trying to generate the energy to push through Bravely Default (I hate leaving a game I've put 40+ hours into unfinished)...we'll see if that happens.

I started playing FF XIV again last weekend, but have already run up against the forced grouping wall.  Waited for over an hour to find a group for the initial dungeon last night, only to have a tank that Leroy Jenkins'ed every mob and died within 30 seconds.  He then went AFK, forcing the entire group to requeue.  As much as I love 99% of the game, I don't have the time or patience to deal with the 1% that is complete bullshit, so I'm ditching it.  If there were a way to run dungeons with bots, it would be the perfect MMO.  frown
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 01, 2014, 08:09:06 PM

Quote from: RuperT on May 01, 2014, 08:03:54 PM

Integrate?
Assimilate?
Equilibriate?

Great, now I'm going to be humming this all day
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 01, 2014, 03:34:09 PM
Annex?
157  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 01, 2014, 01:35:25 PM
Played half a dozen (or so) rounds of each of the new Star Wars pinball tables.  Initial rankings and thoughts:

1.  Han Solo.  A solid mix of ramp work, targets, and special events.  The target progressions for special events are laid out in a way that is challenging, but not impossible.  Always something cool to do.
2.  Episode 4:  A very solid table that is clearly laid out and easy to understand.  Tough though, especially since they decided to give this one the same "bouncy ball" physics as the ROTJ table.  This is probably the best actual table out of the four new ones, but the crazy ball physics take it down a notch.
3.  Droids:  A ramp-heavy table with a bazillion targets that are really tough to hit.  One of those tables that you spend a ton of time throwing the ball around the ramps feeling like you're making progress, when you really aren't.  Reminds me a lot of the Avengers table, which I wasn't crazy about either.
4.  Masters of the Force:  I just don't get this table.  I've read the table guide multiple times, but I just don't really get what I'm supposed to be doing.  The holocrons are damn near impossible to hit in the brief windows allowed, and the table layout feels very cramped and it's never very clear what you're supposed to be shooting for.  My opinion on this one may change as I figure it out.

158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When do you buy games? on: April 30, 2014, 07:30:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 30, 2014, 07:07:17 PM

It's a mix for me.

I will pre-order AAA games that I have a very high confidence in what the review scores will be. This would include something like Watch Dogs or Titanfall.

Everything else I buy close to release falls in the 'wait for reviews' pile. Since most reviews come out slightly before launch, this means I may still pick up a title on launch day provided reviews were stellar.

Then you've got the stuff I wait on. This would be games that may have gotten good reviews but that I'm less interested in, or stuff that I can afford to pick up when they're cheaper and I have more time. Since Steam, a LOT of PC titles fall into this category. Unless it's an absolute must-have AAA title or a multiplayer title/MMO that is best experienced when the hype is the highest, I find myself more and more willing to delay gratification until price comes down.

Pretty much this.
159  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: April 29, 2014, 07:00:28 PM
The ban was an internal business decision by the NBA to not have a known, outspoken racist as a key representative their brand.  I can't bring myself to get too worked up over that.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: April 29, 2014, 02:36:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 29, 2014, 02:27:35 PM

ohmygodohmygodohmygod...

Godzilla is not alone

EDIT:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ah, apparently I assumed this was Mothra just like this I09 guy did, but I guess "Muto" was already known to be in the movie.

Holy shit, that looks awesome.   eek
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