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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/25/14 on: April 26, 2014, 02:22:26 AM
This is my first real foray into the DS games.  I just spent an hour and 22 deaths just trying to unsuccessfully get past the very first enemy in the game.

Thinking I may have just flushed $40 down the crapper...
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 26, 2014, 12:33:17 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 25, 2014, 11:12:17 PM

I wasn't super fond of BSG either.  I stopped watching towards the end of season one, and hearing where it ultimately goes I feel like I made the right call.

Yup, same here.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/25/14 on: April 25, 2014, 10:07:51 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 25, 2014, 08:48:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2014, 04:50:36 PM

I'm actually considering picking up Dark Souls 2, even though overly difficult games aren't typically my thing.  It just looks so damn cool.


If you decide to pick up the PC version, Green Man Gaming has a voucher code for 25% off: J4XXU2-JTFTLL-8ENDXZ

-Autistic Angel

I literally just purchased from GMG and started DL'ing 30 seconds before reading your post.

GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 25, 2014, 08:15:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 25, 2014, 07:50:57 PM

CeeKay      
Knightshade Dragon      
Purge      
metallicorphan      
Destructor      
Bullwinkle      
ATB      
Kevin Grey      
Calvin      
leo8877

Calvin quit GT a LONG time ago.
Kevin dropped off the face of the earth a while ago too.

And I know what you're thinking, but i disagree. I hope Bullwinkle stays around.

Purge hasn't posted since January either.

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Oh and posting has been anemic lately..and it's not directly attributable to the spambot ceasing his torrent of nonsense.

I've had a sharp decline in posting, mainly because gaming has taken a significant back seat to real life.  10-month-old twins tend to do that.  smile  I also find I have interest in far fewer games than I used to.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First CK, now MO? on: April 25, 2014, 07:18:20 PM
Looks like metallicorphan hasn't posted since late February.  He had some health issues IIRC...anyone know if he's OK?

Sucks to keep losing these longtime GT members.  5 of the top 10 posters haven't been heard from in over a month, most a lot longer.  frown
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/25/14 on: April 25, 2014, 04:50:36 PM
Not really sure.  My interest in D3 has taken a nose-dive now that the only thing left to do is run the same bounties and rifts over and over again hoping to get some slightly better gear.  FFX HD hasn't really grabbed me (much to my dismay), and there's nothing else in the way-too-big backlog that is jumping out at me.  I'm actually considering picking up Dark Souls 2, even though overly difficult games aren't typically my thing.  It just looks so damn cool.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 25, 2014, 01:38:10 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 25, 2014, 12:05:46 PM

I've got so many hundreds of hours of shows to get my fiancee caught up on, and neither of us have seen Farscape.  So between Bab 5, BSG and Farscape, what order should we watch em?  I've seen the first two myself.

I'm enjoying Farscape much, much, much, much more than BSG.  If you can suffer through a couple rough initial episodes, it becomes all kinds of awesome.

Can't speak to Babylon 5...never gave it a look.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/WiiU/360/PS3/PC] Child of Light on: April 24, 2014, 06:17:36 PM
I'm trying to temper my excitement (especially after how disappointed I was with Ni No Kuni), but this game looks absolutely wonderful.

New preview
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 24, 2014, 05:32:33 AM
Just watched the "Looney Tunes" episode of Farscape.  That might be the most delightfully batshit insane 45 minutes of TV I've ever seen.   icon_lol
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/20) on: April 21, 2014, 01:58:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 21, 2014, 01:46:08 PM

I really want Dark Souls 2 but considering how bad I sucked at Dark Souls 1 I don't see myself paying full price for it. So nothing for me this week.

Pretty much this.  I'll try Dark Souls 2 someday, but not at full price.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/18/14 on: April 21, 2014, 04:36:47 AM
Lots of D3, although I never did connect with AA.  Maybe next weekend.

Also tried a bit of Remember Me.  I don't really get what I'm supposed to be doing with the whole memory rewind/fast forward bit, but the premis is certainly cool.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/18/14 on: April 18, 2014, 05:27:38 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 18, 2014, 02:29:10 PM

I sent Skinypupy#1508 a friend invite through Battle.Net a few days ago, so hopefully I'll be playing some Diablo III with Gratch.  The program doesn't seem to offer any feedback at all about pending social requests though, so I don't know when he'll get it.

-Autistic Angel

Been in Boston all week, just got back last night.  Will check it tonight.
133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 18, 2014, 03:30:59 AM
Horn is available for free right now.  It's certainly worth the download.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/11/14 on: April 14, 2014, 03:23:25 AM
Couldn't pry myself away from D3...adventure mode is just way too much fun.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/11/14 on: April 13, 2014, 02:28:06 PM
Finished the Diablo 3 expansion last night, dinged 70, ran through all the bounties in each act, and did 4-5 rifts.  Fun stuff.  Going to (finally) up the difficulty level to Expert and see how that goes.

Will probably spend some time with FFX HD today.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 09, 2014, 04:35:27 AM
Wow, I seriously underestimated the boost that level 60+ gear brings.  Leveled from 59 to 63 tonight.  In the space of literally an hour, my DPS more than quadrupled (20K to over 80K), my armor more than doubled (5K to over 10K), my health tripled, and my critical % went from 8% to 29%.  I'm still undergeared, but the jump between level 59 and 60 was, frankly, a little ridiculous (in a fun way).  I haven't seen anything other than rares yet at this level...the only legendary I've seen wasn't for my class.  frown  My weapon has a worthless Dex stat, but I haven't yet come across the item which is now required to enchant weapons (Death's Breath).  I think I'm pretty close to the end of Act V (at least according to the map), looking forward to seeing how it all ends.

Did have an odd occurrence though.  When I hit 60, I received the achievements for "getting two classes to level 60" and "getting two characters to level 60"...but I've only done it with one character and one class (Crusader).  Strange...
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 03:17:12 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 08, 2014, 02:13:09 PM

If you feel the need to cover every square inch of every zone AND you don't like replaying areas... a game like Diablo probably isn't really your type of game fwiw.  It's based around getting to checkpoints and even more so about replaying the same stuff again and again.

Considering the hundreds of hours I've spent with the Diablo series, I'd disagree.  smile

There's a difference between playing through the entire game again at a higher difficulty or with a different class, and having to play through the same huge area tomorrow that I just cleared tonight.  I enjoy the former, the latter...not so much.  And maybe it's just the OCD gamer in me, but I can't imagine leaving huge areas of the maps unexplored.  For me, the chance of finding that legendary item tucked over in a remote corner is a huge part of the draw of these games.

That said, I don't play any MP and am not terribly concerned about getting to the uber high-end gear (I just play Diablo games until I get bored with them), so I'm sure my perspective is different than others.
138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: April 08, 2014, 03:01:38 PM
I had completely written off ESO after my mediocre beta experience.  However, I have to admit that I've become quite interested in giving it another look after hearing a lot of positive feedback. Will probably wait until May (since I'm on the road every week in April), but I can certainly see myself jumping in within the next month or so.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 07, 2014, 09:13:47 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2014, 06:31:39 PM

Something seems odd here, it almost seems like you are somehow playing with a corrupted or old version of the game.  I haven't heard any comments like these from people who have been playing tons and tons of hours of the game, myself included.  Particularly the bugs, I haven't seen a single one in Act V or in any Adventure Mode version of Act V.

I wonder if it may just have been an issue with the instance I was in.  Fired it up for a few hours again last night and everything was fine with no bugs. 

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Enchanting is working the way I believe it was intended.  There's always a gambling aspect to it, but that's the same as it is for everything in the game.  The idea is to allow you to tweak one bad stat you don't like.  They always allow you to roll the same original one so you aren't stuck with something even worse.  And before you roll you can always see a full list of what you can potentially get.  I don't see how they could make it much more friendly without unbalancing the game.  I'm not saying I've always got what I wanted, but certainly I've been able to trade out something I totally didn't want/need like Level requirement lowered.  Generally if I've wanted more DPS I can trade out something like +Vit and get +Str or +Dam or +Crit if I'm lucky.

I kind of misunderstood the enchanting system.  I thought there was the possibility of getting an huge "OMG JACKPOT" type of stat boost, and I just wasn't seeing it.  I realize how that it's more of an incremental adjustment to your gear, and have adjusted my expectations accordingly.  I just wish I had back the truckload of gold I spent trying to get a stat increase that was never going to come.  frown

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For #4 is it possible you've upped the difficulty too high?  On Normal I honestly felt the areas were too small/fast.  Keep in mind this is from me who has been ridiculed for my video gaming skillz lol.  I suspect if you are playing on a difficulty level that is too high the fights may be taking much longer and thus the maps feel larger/slower.  Or maybe back to point 1 there's something corrupted but I haven't heard about anything like that.

The levels aren't particularly difficult, they're just really, really big with not a lot of checkpoints in between.  I'm the kind of person who has to scour every single nook and corner of the map, and some of them feel like they take forever to get through.  I also don't really like replaying areas, so I like to get all the way through a map so I don't have to clear it again.  Like Lee mentioned, that swamp was brutal because it was so damn big. 
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 07, 2014, 02:40:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 07, 2014, 02:13:48 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 06, 2014, 05:58:31 PM


2.  I've tried Enchanting with the Mystic twice now, paying between $25K and $50K to replace properties.  On both occasions, of the two replacements I was offered, one was fairly worthless (something like "increase gold pickup by 1 yard) and the other was the exact same one I just paid to replace.   Roll Eyes  Needless to say, I don't think I'll be using that feature very often.


Don't give up on this.  You're going to get bad results sometimes, but you'll also get good ones.  I've gotten some wonderful replacements for useless stats.

I've heard this, but haven't seen much luck so far.  Dumped about $350K into enchanting yesterday and never saw anything other than very minor incremental improvements.  Guess I just haven't been lucky.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 06, 2014, 05:58:31 PM
Christ, would it have killed them to put a checkpoint or two in the bigger areas in Act V?  I just went nearly 45 minutes without one.   icon_evil

EDIT:  Can't say I'm hugely impressed so far with the expansion act:

1.  I've seen a ton of bugs, including placeholder "Bad Data" text instead of tiles, baddies getting stuck on the environment, enemies models stretching halfway across the screen when they are killed, etc.
2.  I've tried Enchanting with the Mystic twice now, paying between $25K and $50K to replace properties.  On both occasions, of the two replacements I was offered, one was fairly worthless (something like "increase gold pickup by 1 yard) and the other was the exact same one I just paid to replace.   Roll Eyes  Needless to say, I don't think I'll be using that feature very often.
3.  Is it just me, or are most of the "zombie" enemies just renamed models from Act I?
4.  The areas just seem to be getting larger and larger with fewer and fewer checkpoints, which is rather irritating.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 06, 2014, 01:01:39 AM
I'm amazed at how much faster leveling is now.  On release, my Barbarian played through the game 2 1/2 times on the increasing difficulty levels.  Took me 44 hours and I ended up at level 52.  My Crusader is about halfway through Act III on Hard (16 hours in), and is already at level 45.   eek

Really enjoying this Crusader.  It's my favorite of the melee classes so far.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/4/14 on: April 05, 2014, 12:21:52 AM
Diablo 3
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 03, 2014, 02:24:13 PM
The one benefit of being laid up sick in a hotel room yesterday was that I got to do a Farscape marathon.  Watched 13 episodes and wrapped up season 2.  I love this show, but when it goes off the rails, it REALLY goes off the rails.  One particular episode where John is, shall we say, "back home" was delightfully insane.  I about fell off the couch laughing when Crais showed up in heels.   icon_lol

So damn glad I gave this show another shot.   thumbsup
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 03, 2014, 02:16:07 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on April 03, 2014, 12:33:06 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 03, 2014, 12:23:42 AM


Ugh!  That is a first! (another country getting something first)  Thank you for the update, surely it will be in the US soon.

Great news

Actually, apps "soft-launch" in other regions quite often.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm worried....where is Ceekay? on: April 02, 2014, 03:18:49 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 02, 2014, 02:30:47 PM

I think Hark and a few others have been in contact with him, but from the gist of my thread is that he is taking a break, but is okay

He's fine, I've pinged him a couple times on FB.  Said he just needed a break for a while.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 09:56:10 PM
FF Tactics:  War of the Lions HD
FF VI
Zen Pinball (I've put over 130 hours into this game and all the unique tables)
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 10:19:56 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 31, 2014, 08:45:32 PM

...and of course, Titty Fail.

Wait...what?
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 03:46:27 PM
Nada.  Interested in AOW3, but I can wait until it goes on sale.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/28/14 - Hope Spring has Sprung edition on: March 31, 2014, 04:32:31 AM
Started a Crusader in Diablo III from the beginning, and got near the end of Act II.  I somehow found around 14 hours over the last 3 days to game...it was glorious.  smile
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 01:24:10 AM

Quote from: dangerballs on March 31, 2014, 12:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.

You get them in Adventure Mode when you collect bounties.

When does Adventure Mode become available?  I assume after you beat the game?
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM
This is kinda strange, wondering if anyone else is seeing it.  In my profile, it lists the classes I've played and the number of levels in each.  It shows my Barbarian (52), my Monk (18), and even my Demon Hunter that I only spent 3 levels with.  However, it doesn't show any levels on my Crusader...who I've spent the last 12 hours with and just dinged level 34.  What gives?



EDIT:  Here's my Crusader, who shows up under the "Heroes" tab


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/28/14 - Hope Spring has Sprung edition on: March 28, 2014, 11:54:31 AM
Diablo 3.  I also get to spend 10 hours on a plane next week, so I might blow the dust off Bravely Default so I have something to keep me busy during the flight.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 03:25:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 27, 2014, 05:42:46 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 27, 2014, 01:31:16 AM

Quick question about the difficulty...apologies if this has been covered already, I haven't paid much attention to the patches and such.

I started from the beginning with a Crusader.  The only difficulty options available were Normal and Hard.  Does Hard give me any extras (loot, XP, gold, etc)?  I switched over after the first couple hours, but am finding it to be...well...Hard. Thinking I might start again on Normal if there isn't any substantial advantages.

The difficulty selector shows you exactly what you get at each difficulty level. I think there's on undocumented part to it though: If I'm not mistaken, there are additional Legendaries available on Torment difficulty, though not many.

Correction:  The difficulty selector from the main character select screen shows you exactly what you get at each level.  The in-game difficulty selector (you can switch difficulty on the ESC screen in-game) doesn't provide any of those details.

I switched in-game, so I missed the descriptions...just thought it made my game harder with no real benefit.  smile
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 01:31:16 AM
Quick question about the difficulty...apologies if this has been covered already, I haven't paid much attention to the patches and such.

I started from the beginning with a Crusader.  The only difficulty options available were Normal and Hard.  Does Hard give me any extras (loot, XP, gold, etc)?  I switched over after the first couple hours, but am finding it to be...well...Hard. Thinking I might start again on Normal if there isn't any substantial advantages.
156  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 26, 2014, 01:53:01 PM
4 more tables coming for Star Wars Pinball.  Yay!
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 26, 2014, 12:12:08 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 26, 2014, 06:13:31 AM

Urgent. To buy at 30 or not!?!

I gave it a big thumbs-up at $60, so I'll let you guess.  Tongue
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 26, 2014, 02:58:44 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 25, 2014, 05:44:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2014, 02:47:38 PM

The pull of this was too much to resist.  Grabbed it this morning and will be jumping in a new game with the Crusader this afternoon. 


What time are you going to be playing?

-Autistic Angel

With 9-month-old twins, there's no such thing as a set gaming time.   smile. That said, I usually try to get on after they go to bed at 8:00 MT.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 25, 2014, 02:47:38 PM
The pull of this was too much to resist.  Grabbed it this morning and will be jumping in a new game with the Crusader this afternoon. 

I am so weak.  frown
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:05 PM
Oderus Urungus went back to his homeworld today.  

Never really got into their music, but now I'm really bummed that I never got around to seeing them live.  Kept saying "I'll catch them next time around", now there won't be a next time.  frown
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