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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/02/15 on: January 02, 2015, 10:34:18 PM
I grabbed Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition for PS4, and have gotten hooked all over again.  Might get in some Wolfenstein as well.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 02, 2015, 06:38:26 AM
Tough situation.  I'll mostly just do a "ditto" on what Ironrod said, especially about the high threshold for divorce.  Mrs. Gratch and I have had our fair share of issues over the 17 years we've been together (including a religion issue very similar to yours), but giving up or splitting up has just simply never been an option.  That said, the idea of not being in love with my wife is completely foreign to me, so I'm not sure what to tell you on that front.

You mostly need to communicate with her.  See if there's some common ground you can start from.  See if there's a possibility of rebuilding.  Does she feel the same, and just want to call it quits?  Get a professional to talk to about it.  Good luck man.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished 2015 Edition on: January 01, 2015, 09:06:24 PM
2014 is here, a strange year in which I played one game exclusively for 9 months.  A first for me.

FINISHED IN 2014
-  Diablo III:  Ultimate Evil Edition - PS4 - A (Jan 17).  D3 is apparently just going to be an annual entry on this list, as this is now the 6th time I've beaten it.  Barbarian up to 70, starting on Adventure and rift modes now.  This version proves that console really is the best way to play D3.
-  Bayonetta 2 - Wii U - A+ (Feb 8 ).  I didn't think there was any way they could top the first Bayonetta, but somehow they did.  An absolute joy to play from start to finish.  8 hours.
-  Super Mario 3D World - Wii U - A (Feb 10).  A major gaming breakthrough, as this is the first Mario game I've ever completed.  Far more fun than I expected, and Little B 5.11 loved watching me play as well.  10 hours (?)
-  Jazzpunk - PC - Potato (Feb 28).  Since I have no idea what the hell I just played, I'll just go ahead and rate it accordingly.  Bizarre, nonsensical, hilarious, and insane.  2 hours.

Currently Playing
-  Lords of the Fallen (PC)
-  Wolfenstein The New Order (PC)
-  Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC)
-  Shadow Warrior (PC)
-  Transistor (PC)

Played and Gave Up On
-  Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky (PC).  A "classic" JRPG that is decent, but not interesting enough to really hold my attention when the next shiny comes along. 11 hours.
-  Resogun (PS4).  Stuck on one of the last levels and can't finish.  Game gives me a headache as well.  2 hours.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 01, 2015, 06:02:11 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on January 01, 2015, 03:44:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

oh wait, you're 'Skinypupy' on OO, right? so you figured it out.

Yeah, I got it working.  I liked the racing, but the way the cars "stick" together whenever there was a collision drove me absolutely nuts.  Seemed like there were tons of bugs too, stuff like random items (like a huge chunk of chain link fence) that magically attached itself to my car.  Kinda takes away the fun of slamming into other racers when your end up either stuck to them, or there's a bug that makes you restart.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 31, 2014, 05:37:32 PM
So much good music in 2014. My personal top 10 albums for the year (in order):

1. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
2. Anaal Nathrak – Desideratum
3. Vallenfyre – Splinters
4. November’s Doom – Bled White
5. Voyager – V
6. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
7. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
8. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
9. Behemoth – The Satanist
10. Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Year's Eve: How as your 2014? on: December 31, 2014, 04:58:50 PM
I'd rank this year as another solid A. 

Pros
  • I landed a couple huge deals at work, and ended up making nearly double this year than last.
  • As a result, I was able to pay off both cars and all the credit cards.  Only thing I owe money on is the house.   icon_cool
  • The Wonder Twins 1.6 are coming into my favorite age, and are an absolute blast.  Little B 5.6 has started school and is loving it.  At her teacher's recommendation, she is testing for advanced placement classes next month.
  • After my nearly year-long FF XIV obsession, I now finally understand why everyone loves MMO's so much.
  • I hit 40, and still don't feel old.

Cons
  • I am, at this very moment, in the worst shape I have ever been in.  I've got to start making some serious diet adjustments.
  • Lost two pets this year, including our dog.  Really damn hard.
  • Gout flare-ups are becoming more frequent and far more painful.  The last one actually put me on crutches for about a week.
  • I traveled more than ever last year, nearly hitting Diamond (the highest) status on Delta.  The big deals and significantly higher pay also come with lots more hours at the office.
  • I continue to lose interest in gaming as a hobby.  When I look through a list of new releases for the next year, there are only 2-3 games that stand out.  And we all know I probably won't like them anyways.  slywink

Here's to an excellent 2015!
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/26/14 on: December 27, 2014, 07:50:25 PM
Scratching a few off the list:

-  SWTOR:  Played up to level 20 over the last few days, and am just not feeling it at all.  So much has changed since I last played, I don't have the first clue what the hell I'm doing.
-  Flatout Ultimate Carnage:  Fun, but some quirks that absolutely just drive me up a wall (i.e. cars "sticking" together during collisions)
-  LA Noire:  Nope, just can't generate any interest to keep going.
-  FF VIII:  The music on the PC version is SO distracting that it makes it nearly impossible to play.  Might revisit this, if the original music can be modded in.  Needs more research.

I'm actually feeling the pull to go back to Guild Wars 2.  DL'ing now...we'll see how long that itch lasts.  Oh, and that new version of Gauntlet is a blast.  A mindless blast, mind you, but still quite fun.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/26/14 on: December 27, 2014, 04:42:40 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 27, 2014, 12:43:31 PM

All Far Cry 4 for me. I'm trying to focus on one game at a time right now. My theme for 2015 is going to be "Finish what you start."

Good luck with that. 
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 26, 2014, 07:52:28 PM
Man, I really don't need to spend another $25 on a game, but LotF is getting hard to resist...
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Christmas Loot on: December 26, 2014, 07:44:02 PM
Didn't really do much Christmas this year, as our "present" to each other is getting the floors (carpet and hardwood) completely redone.  The carpet in this place was kinda nasty when we moved in 11 years ago.  Three kids, a dog, and three cats later it's just...blech.  It's time for an overhaul, and I'm choosing to not even think yet about what it's going to cost me. 

Will also be getting a new microwave, since ours has been crapping out lately.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/26/14 on: December 26, 2014, 04:53:44 PM
I'm in sort of a gaming overload at the moment.  This weekend will be spent with some combination of:

-  Star Wars The Old Republic (had an itch for both Star Wars and MMO, so I resubbed for 90 days)
-  Flatout Ultimate Carnage
-  LA Noire (such cool tech, I just wish it was attached to a game I had any interest in.  1940 cop drama?  Meh.)
-  Wolfenstein The New Order (not overly impressed an hour in, feels like generic shooter 101.  Hoping it gets better)
-  Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
-  Thomas Was Alone (such a fantastic game, but I tend to burn out on these sort of puzzlers pretty quickly)
-  Gauntlet
-  Final Fantasy 8 (I'm determined to beat this game, and the PC version all but eliminates my biggest gripe:  the Draw system)
-  whatever else pops up on the Steam sale

Ugh.  Too...many...games.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 26, 2014, 07:33:35 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 26, 2014, 03:01:30 AM

Action Game of the Year: Lords of the Fallen Dark Souls lite, but with immensely better graphics, story, and weapons. The two handed weapons had real weight behind them, and you needed excellent timing to use them effectively.

Interesting.  I've heard it compared to Dark Souls on multiple occasions.  How's the difficulty on Lords of the Fallen?  I liked nearly everything about Dark Souls (the gameworld, the graphics, the combat, etc), but that insane difficulty level was a complete turn-off.  Would love something similar that didn't make me feel like I was bashing my head up against a wall.

You're the first person I've heard say that the story is good though.  Every review says that's a major weak point for LotF.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 25, 2014, 06:46:12 PM
I'm alternately intrigued and intimidated by this game.  How do you think it fare for someone for someone with ZERO experience in this genre?

I don't have a joystick, not sure I can justify that for a game I'm not entirely sure I'll like.  However, I might not like it unless I have a joystick.  Conundrum...
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/23) on: December 24, 2014, 06:10:51 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 24, 2014, 02:12:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 01:28:23 AM

Just grabbed the new Lara Croft:  Temple of Osiris ($8) and Wolfenstein ($24) off Greenmangaming.   ninja

Watch out for the Grogre!

True dat.

I also bought, and finished, Flower today.  Absolutely loved it...i'm such a sucker for those "art-projects-as-games".
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/23) on: December 24, 2014, 01:28:23 AM
Just grabbed the new Lara Croft:  Temple of Osiris ($8) and Wolfenstein ($24) off Greenmangaming.   ninja
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 23, 2014, 07:17:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 23, 2014, 06:04:11 PM

Need for Speed Rivals is pretty good if you like arcade racers and I think the Game of the Year edition is on sale on the PSN for $30 through today.

It's a big open world type racer in which you can drive around and take on various driving missions as a racer or as a cop. The handling it tight and the sense of speed is really good.  

Thanks.  Sale must have ended yesterday, it's back up to $40 this morning.  Might still grab it anyways.

EDIT:  Looks like it is available on PC for $15.  Only catch is that you have to buy it through Origin (blech).
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 23, 2014, 01:40:56 PM
Been a long time since I've played a good arcade-style racer.  Realism is entirely lost on me...I need something in the Burnout/Need for Speed vein. 

I'm out of the loop, what's the best option?
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 23, 2014, 04:10:46 AM
Just finished.  77 hours, level 22, Inquisition level 16 (I think).  A very satisfying ending to the best game of the year. 
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 22, 2014, 09:30:19 PM
Game of the Year:  Dragon Age Inquisition (without question the best game I played this year)

Surprise of Year:  The Wolf Among Us (I really had no idea I'd enjoy TWAU as much as I did)

Surprise of the Year #2:  Infamous Second Son (the first open world game I've ever finished)

Game Everyone Loved But Me:  Shadow of Mordor (I didn't think SoM wasn't necessarily bad, I just thought it wore thin pretty quickly)

Game I Loved That Everyone Else Hated:  Thief (no, it's not the Thief games of old.  But I thought it was still an absolute blast.)

Disappointment of the Year (that could have easily been GotY):  Bravely Default (such a good first half, such an absolute garbage second half)

Best "casual" game:  Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.  (Pretty much the perfect casual game)

Game That I Should Like, But Didn't:  The Banner Saga.  (BS has everything I typically look for in a game.  It's beautiful, tactical combat, unique gameplay, interesting story...and it left me completely cold.  Still can't figure out why.)

Game That I Should Like, But Didn't #2:  Child of Light.  (Another beautiful and unique RPG...that I lost interest in almost immediately.)

Game That Sucked Up The Most Hours In 2014:  Final Fantasy XIV. (it's not even close...hundreds and hundreds of hours with FFXIV.  It's the first MMO to really click, and help me understand why the genre is so popular.  I literally played nothing but FFXIV for 9 of the 12 months in 2014)

Best iOS Game:  Threes (duh)
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2014, 02:56:57 PM
The dreaded Sith Army Knife:

142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/23) on: December 22, 2014, 01:59:43 PM
I bought LA Noire off the Steam sale yesterday, will keep an eye out for anything else interesting.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Telltale and Game of Thrones! on: December 22, 2014, 05:34:32 AM
This game is pretty much unplayable on my iPad (4th gen).  Frame rate typically is in the single digits, dialog  constantly skips or repeats itself,  by the time the dialog options show up on screen the timer is usually halfway gone, etc.  it's very odd...I just finished The Wolf Among Us, which ran flawlessly.

I'll probably just wait until it's all finished and grab the full season for PC.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 21, 2014, 11:52:15 PM
Cowboys dialing 40 yard TD passes when they're up 35-0.  Looking forward to seeing karma come back and bite them in the ass in the near future.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 21, 2014, 10:23:41 PM
75 hours in, and I think I'm just about reaching the end.  The final quest is available from the war room.  The only quests I have left in each area are of the "collect 5 widgets" variety.  I don't much feel like wandering around trying to find the last magical doo-dad that's way up on a remote cliff...they just don't matter that much.

I have over 170 power, and nothing to use it on.  frown
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 21, 2014, 06:10:48 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 21, 2014, 05:25:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 21, 2014, 04:32:21 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 21, 2014, 04:11:10 PM

Its fine that you don't like the books, but saying its shitty storytelling is kinda you being a twatt, or whatever its called.

Um...ok.

I do think that series has shitty storytelling, and you obviously didn't.  Just a difference of opinion, not sure what is twat-worthy about that.

Writing is a craft. If a carpenter makes a chair, and you don't like the chair - do you call it shitty carpentry, or do you say you don't like the chair, according to your own sensibilities?

Steven Erikson is guilty of many things in his writing , but not knowing his craft is certainly not one of them.

I spent the bulk of my time with the first two books just trying to figure out what the hell was going on.  This exercise finally became so frustrating that I simply gave up.  So Erikson did a great job of creating a very interesting world with compelling characters, then made it so difficult to try and piece together what was actually happening that I felt it wasn't work the effort.  In my mind, that is pretty much the definition of failing entirely as a storyteller.

And for the record, I really wanted to like that series.  So much so that I read the first book twice in the hopes that it would make more sense the second time around.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 21, 2014, 04:32:21 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 21, 2014, 04:11:10 PM

Its fine that you don't like the books, but saying its shitty storytelling is kinda you being a twatt, or whatever its called.

Um...ok.

I do think that series has shitty storytelling, and you obviously didn't.  Just a difference of opinion, not sure what is twat-worthy about that.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 21, 2014, 02:48:37 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 21, 2014, 12:39:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 18, 2014, 01:06:20 PM

Obligatory, what should I read next post.  I'm at a loss as to what to read next. I want to hold off on Abercrombie's new series for now...

I still read here occasionally :-)

Anyways, here is what you should read next. Malazan Book of the fallen - a ten book series about a world every bit as brutal and gritty and with unique characters.

linki: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55399.Gardens_of_the_Moon

There is only one unfortunate caveat, and that is that you probably won't understand half of whats going on through your reading of the first book. Stick with it, and read the second as well, and you'll go "AAaaaahhhh!" and then the wonderful world of Bridgeburners, Ascendants, fallen gods, betrayals, darkets romances, deepest desires and kindest gods open up to you like nothing I've ever read before.

I can't stress strongly enough though, that you have to get through the first book.

I'll be the dissenting voice in this one.  While I appreciate what he is trying to do in creating a dark complex world, I absolutely hated these books.  I took everyone's advice and kept going even though I was completely lost and wasn't really enjoying them, and finally just threw my hands up about 3/4 the way through book two because I had no idea what the hell was going on.  Creating a complex world is fine.  Doing so through flat-out shitty storytelling, however, means I'm not going to have the patience to stick with you.  Reading these books and trying to put the disparate pieces together felt like work...not exactly what I'm looking for in a book.

I'd recommend that you steer clear of these, unless you have the patience of a saint and simply enjoy being lost.  YMMV.
149  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 20, 2014, 10:57:25 PM
I stumbled across Football Heroes Pro Edition (free) yesterday, which is an absolute blast.  If you liked Tecmo Bowl back in the day, you have to give this a shot.  It's a mashup of Techmo and NFL Blitz, with games able to be played in really short bursts (5 mins).  Highly recommended.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 12/19/14 on: December 20, 2014, 12:07:55 AM
All about Dragon Age for me.  Just hit level 20, just started exploring a brand new area.  I have the final quest unlocked, but haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 19, 2014, 01:16:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 18, 2014, 12:32:43 AM

Closed it out with Red Country.  3/5. Weakest of the 6 books.

Not that anyone who was involved in this thread is around anymore..

I've had Red Country sitting on my nightstand for months, and have just never gotten around to reading it.  One of my goals is to read more next year instead of watching shows on Netflix at night, and that will be one of the first ones I tackle.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 18, 2014, 07:59:28 PM
Chuck Norris vs Pac Man

153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 16, 2014, 04:20:06 AM
I needed something to play on a long flight, so I grabbed The Wolf Among Us for iPad.  I skipped this previously because it just looked...well...silly.  Shame on me, as this is a wholly engrossing game.  Just finished Episode 2 tonight, can't wait to see where it goes next.  My only gripe is that is chews through my battery so quickly.  Not really conducive to flights, but good for hotel rooms with an outlet.  Very impressed with what they've done.  I always enjoyed the TT games, but the nonsensical "tape the purple monkey to the ceiling fan" type of puzzles in the Sam & Max and Strongbad games always left me frustrated as hell.  Getting rid of those and just letting the narrative do its excellent work is a much more enjoyable experience.

I was so impressed with it that I grabbed TTs first Game of Thrones game as well.  In retrospect, however, I'll probably wait on starting it until there are a couple more episodes completed.
154  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 15, 2014, 10:48:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 15, 2014, 02:08:30 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 12, 2014, 08:46:29 PM

Always intrigued about papers please, glad it's coming to ios.  Maybe we will get Gone Home next?

That would be great.  As long as we are wishfully thinking I would love to see To the Moon appear on ios

One can only hope.  Such a wonderful game.

I started The Wolf Among Us yesterday and am enjiying it far more than I expected to.  I burned out on TellTale games after Sam & Max and Strongbad, but this one is really fantastic.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 15, 2014, 01:50:51 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 15, 2014, 01:35:07 PM

Seriously if you haven't upgraded Vivienne with a combo of Knight Enchanter (Everything except the snail skill) and the Spirit skill line, do it now, she can literally solo dragons.

I'm about 60 hours in as well, and have never even used Vivienne.  Her snooty, arrogant character bugged me so bad upon her initial introduction that I just never went back to her.  I dump my worst mage gear on her, but have never actually used her in combat, nor have I bothered to talk with her and start any of her story quests.  I probably should rectify that, but she just irritates me.
156  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / WTF is going on here? on: December 14, 2014, 06:28:52 PM
I seem to be having random issues with Firefox lately, and I'm not really sure where to start troubleshooting.  It bogs down horribly anytime there are any sort of animated, well, anything. GIFs, animated ads, even some videos cause it to slow to an absolute crawl.  I've also seen some sort of strange Chinese (?) writing towards the top of each tab on occasion.  Doesn't happen often (pops up once every couple days, and closing and restarting the browser makes it go away).  Hopefully it shows up in this screenshot:



I've run a virus scan (McAfee, it came with the PC), Malwarebytes, and Spybot, and they all came back clean.  I've also tried deleting and reinstalling Firefox.  It's not a bandwidth issue, as I typically get between 20-30 Mbps.  I'm not sure where to go with this...any ideas?  TIA

EDIT:  I installed Adblock, and that seems to have fixed many of the slowdown issues.  Running pretty smooth now, although I have seen the strange Chinese characters twice today.  Odd.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 12, 2014, 09:02:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 08:04:49 PM

Quote from: skystride on December 12, 2014, 04:43:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 12:41:06 AM

Hours later, I got back to Haven and realized I'd have to talk to everyone again.  It was too much.  Honestly, I can appreciate all the backstory they put into these games, but I rarely have the patience for it.  I stopped doing more than skimming books in DA:O pretty quickly, and even now I find my attention drifting when someone is telling me their life story.  It's not even that it's not interesting.  It is, but there's just soooo much of it.

I'm feeling the same way.  I wouldn't have minded back in the day when I spent 5 hrs gaming every night but when you have limited time and Dorian is yapping on and on through deeper and deeper dialog trees, it gets tiring.  And I know it's partly my fault since I don't really have to exhaust every talk option but I have to be a completionist.

Yeah, there's nothing like clicking on the last little subject in a lengthy discussion only to find a new option pop up after that chat with {Investigate} and behind that, five more options.

I don't mean to criticize this, by the way, as I know some people love this, but all the dialogue just gets overwhelming sometimes.

The extensive dialog trees are one of the things I find most enjoyable about DAI.  I love spending 15 minutes getting into a ton of detail on a character's background and opinions. 
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 12, 2014, 08:57:47 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 12, 2014, 05:21:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 04:34:10 PM

Also are they really porting the PC version? Is this because PC is more similar than the PS2 version. Hopefully they use the re-release and not the original PC version.



IIRC, there were improvements in the PC release, though that may have just been anti-aliasing or something.

The recent PC port was a straight re-release of the PC version that originally came out in 1998.  The problem with it back then is that all the polygon character models were hi-res, while they did nothing to improve the backgrounds.  So you had these sharp characters in front of a blurry, lo-res background.  There were also issues with the MIDI soundtrack sounding awful on PC.  Neither of those issues were fixed with the recent PC port, and given their track record, I doubt they will be fixed for the PS4 port either.  

The FFX/X2 releases were completely redone in hi-res (character models, backgrounds, everything) to take advantage of a more powerful system, and the music was also remastered.  If FF VII is a straight port of the PC version (which we're all assuming it is), it will have made none of these improvements.  Hence why many of us feel this version seems like a lazy cash grab.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 12, 2014, 06:22:32 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 12, 2014, 04:11:10 PM

ps The time stamp on Gratch's post makes it's pretty clear who he really is.

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Making a big deal about announcing this port proves that Square is completely tone deaf when it comes to their audience.  FF VII is great nostalgia for a lot of us, but the game really doesn't hold up that well.  I would imagine that playing it now for the first time would cause most people to wonder what all the fuss is about.  Those of us who are huge fans of the game are already likely to have copies in multiple formats, so re-releasing the exact same thing for yet another platform means absolutely nothing.  Add in the constant rumors of a remake, and this announcement really ends up feeling like nothing more than a nostalgia cash-grab for the very few who don't already have it.

Look, I'm as big a FF VII as you'll find.  I would list FF VII as my favorite game of all time.  I have finished it 4 times and have gotten 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through on three other occasions.  I have now purchased the game twice for PS1, once on PSP/PS3, and once on PC.  I have purchased all the spinoff games and movies.  I have 3 different versions of the soundtrack.  Etc. etc.  Instead of getting the loyal fans excited about something new related to FF VII and making me want to give Squeenix more money, this move did exactly the opposite.  It actually makes me less inclined to pay attention to what Square doing, since they are proving they have no clue what fans actually want.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 12, 2014, 04:00:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 01:59:42 PM

Quote from: Asharak on December 12, 2014, 12:57:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 12:41:06 AM

Now I just stopped because the stupid inventory system led me into a trap.  I've been good about clearing out my common items I'm not using and equipping everybody when I come back to Haven (and heading to Haven when I discover it's getting full), but I've been warned not to get rid of "valuables" because a lot of them get used for side quests.

If it helps, the only "valuables" that have actual value, that I'm aware of, are the ones with a black-and-gold icon that are marked as "Creature Research Items". Those ones you can turn in to one the NPCs in town for extra info on / damage against particular enemy types. So as long as you do that before going to a vendor, you can auto-sell the remainder of your valuables each time you're at home.

- Ash

I hit the research station first, every time, but from what I've read, there are a few valuables that are needed for quests later in the game, with no real indicator that they might be useful.

I have occasionally seen items needed for completing requisition requests get lumped in with the "valuables" category.  Items like Spider Ichor, for example.
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