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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 09:07:33 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 16, 2016, 08:35:35 PM

Gratch, he did just release your pawn (with a gift!) and then re-recruited her.  I don't know how long it takes for that to filter through the servers, but you should be able to see if you got any RC presently.

-Autistic Angel

Just logged in...nothing.  No notification that she had been used, no rift crystals, and no gift.  Pawn system is completely broken right now.  Oh well.

EDIT:  Watching Engine's stream now.  Glad to see she's at least useful.  smile
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 08:25:25 PM
I'll be very interested to see if my pawn (Bryn) gets any RC for that little adventure.  I'm not holding my breath.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 07:01:56 PM
Well, I was going to spend the weekend with Dragon's Dogma.  But seeing as how the Pawn system - a fairly important component of the game - is completely broken right now (can't see Friend's pawns, pawns aren't receiving rewards when being used, etc.), I'm not sure where I'll end up.

Really bummed, as I was having fun with it last night...up until I realized the system was totally borked.   icon_evil
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 16, 2016, 06:28:37 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 16, 2016, 04:11:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 16, 2016, 02:54:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 16, 2016, 06:38:00 AM

So I'm friends with a bunch of you on Steam, but it says there are no Pawns available when I filter it to search by "Friends Pawns".

Does it not pull pawns from your Steam friends list?  That would suck...  frown

I think it does, but I know I haven't yet gotten to the part where I create my own pawn.  I just got to the little encampment after finishing all the quests in the main town I could.  

Hopefully later today depending on how much time I spend with family.


It works. I've already hired Pawns from Razgon, Caine, and Hotfreak.  When you first zone in the place where you choose your pawns, the room will be populated by the pawns marked as a favorite and by your friends list first.  
After that you can filter out what you need or want.  I like browsing my pawns with the creators name on top so I know who to pick smile

I'm obviously doing something wrong here.  When I enter the Rift, I just get a bunch of pawns from random people.  If I go back to the stone, select "Search", and do "Friends List", I just get a message saying "No Pawns Matching the Search Conditions Can Be Found".  All vocations, weapon skills, and genders are checked under the "search conditions" tab, so I know it's not filtering people out based on those criteria.

You guys can obviously see mine (since Engine said he hired her), but I have no idea why I can't find any of your pawns.   icon_confused

EDIT:  In poking around the forums, it looks like I'm not the only one with this issue.  Lots of people are saying that can't see any friend's pawns.  Even better, it seems like the pawn rewards system is bugged, so even if someone does use your pawn, there's a good chance you might not get anything from it.  Super.   Roll Eyes

EDIT EDIT:  You guys have rested at an Inn so your pawn uploads, right?  I can't imagine that every friend I have playing hasn't done that yet (hence the empty list), but stranger things have happened...
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 16, 2016, 03:23:00 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 16, 2016, 02:54:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 16, 2016, 06:38:00 AM

So I'm friends with a bunch of you on Steam, but it says there are no Pawns available when I filter it to search by "Friends Pawns".

Does it not pull pawns from your Steam friends list?  That would suck...  frown

I think it does, but I know I haven't yet gotten to the part where I create my own pawn.  I just got to the little encampment after finishing all the quests in the main town I could.  

Hopefully later today depending on how much time I spend with family.

Might be that folks just haven't gotten far enough in yet.  Also remember that pawn changes (gear, skills, etc) aren't available to others until you rest.  They're uploaded after the rest is complete.

I'm going to have to fiddle with the graphics options.  It kinda runs like crap (big framerate dips), even on the low settings.  I just updated my video card drivers on Thursday, so I know that's no the issue.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Omikron: The Nomad's Soul - Free in honor of David Bowie on: January 16, 2016, 02:54:59 PM
It wasn't a very good game imho, but like everything Bowie did, he was way ahead of his time getting involved with the gaming medium.  And "New Angels of Promise" (the song used in the game) is fantastic.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 16, 2016, 06:38:00 AM
So I'm friends with a bunch of you on Steam, but it says there are no Pawns available when I filter it to search by "Friends Pawns".

Does it not pull pawns from your Steam friends list?  That would suck...  frown
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 15, 2016, 10:45:23 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 15, 2016, 03:42:29 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 15, 2016, 03:17:26 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 11, 2016, 06:44:52 PM

I am "Engine Nine" on Steam for anybody who wants to add me (assuming the pawn system uses Steam Friends lists).

It does. Also, Pawns rented out via Steam friends cost nothing to rent (or so the Steam forums say).

I've grabbed it (and Kato apparently found me on the Steam friend list as I got a request yesterday or so). Looking forward to playing it....right before I go to work for the day.

Damn timed unlocks.


Yes the pawns were absolutely free when drawn from the friends list. This was how it was on the 360 so I hope this is the case on steam.  Glad I found Destructor on the GT steam group, and I will also be sending out more friend requests because for some reason never bothered to check the group page.

Think I'm going to grab this today.  How do I find the GT Steam group?

EDIT:  NVM, I found it.  Shooting friend invites to you fine folks.  I'm skinypupy...you'll recognize the avatar.  smile
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 15, 2016, 09:57:56 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 15, 2016, 09:44:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2016, 03:07:26 PM

For the first time in a long time...I have no idea.  There's nothing that's really floating my boat right now, to be honest.  And with both Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy Explorers coming out soon, I don't want to jump into a big game that I know I'll never finish.

Might give Uncharted 3 Remaster a look on PS4.  Might try to finish off my FIFA16 season that I stalled out on.  Might check out what the new Diablo 3 patch added.  Might try (again) to wrap my brain around Rebel Galaxy.  Might grab Dragon's Dogma on PC and give it another whirl.  Might fire up another GW2 or SWTOR toon.  Might spend time with Stella Glow.

No idea, really.

Why not play The Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel?  Game Informer's Kim Wallace says:

Quote from: Game Informer's Kim Wallace
Many traditional role-playing games get a bad rap for taking too long to let you experience the best they have to offer. Whether it's poor pacing, tutorial-heavy introductions, or a repetitious structure, the entry barrier can be difficult to overcome. With Cold Steel, I was eager to jump back into combat and exploration throughout the entire journey. That's what makes it such a delight - every component is so well-done and wonderfully paced that no part outstays its welcome, making The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel one of the most absorbing JRPGs I've encountered since Persona 4.


Sounds like a perfectly Gratchy game to me!

-Autistic Angel

Sold my Vita ages ago and gave away my PS3 for a Secret Santa this year.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 15, 2016, 03:07:26 PM
For the first time in a long time...I have no idea.  There's nothing that's really floating my boat right now, to be honest.  And with both Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy Explorers coming out soon, I don't want to jump into a big game that I know I'll never finish.

Might give Uncharted 3 Remaster a look on PS4.  Might try to finish off my FIFA16 season that I stalled out on.  Might check out what the new Diablo 3 patch added.  Might try (again) to wrap my brain around Rebel Galaxy.  Might grab Dragon's Dogma on PC and give it another whirl.  Might fire up another GW2 or SWTOR toon.  Might spend time with Stella Glow.

No idea, really.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: January 15, 2016, 04:42:51 AM
Dark Cloud 2 coming next week.
132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Endgame in MMO's on: January 14, 2016, 02:28:13 PM
I realized today that while I thoroughly enjoy getting to the end game in an MMO, I have very little desire to continue once I get there. I've spent thousands of hours getting max level toons in 5 different MMO's now (SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online), but the only one I have spent even a nanosecond with after hitting that plateau is FFXIV (which I'm thoroughly burned out on at this point).  I've tried going back to all of them recently, and simply can't generate any interest to jump back in...no matter how much I enjoyed them up to that point.

Stupid gamer ADD.   icon_confused
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How is everyone? on: January 12, 2016, 03:53:19 AM

Quote from: Azhag on January 12, 2016, 03:03:28 AM

Gratch, what level you need to be to realistically do the expansion?

I think it unlocks at 60.  With the way they're redone the leveling structure, though, I actually hit max level about midway through the first expansion (Hutt Cartel).  Everything story-wise is basically all just easy mode now.  I literally didn't use a single healing item or defensive skill through my entire 100+ hours with the class story and 3 expansions.

The story is fantastic, but there's no challenge whatsoever.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How is everyone? on: January 12, 2016, 02:44:41 AM
Welcome back!  Glad you're on better footing now. 

Kind of a shitty day today...see the RIP Bowie post a couple under yours.  frown

Just finished the Knights of the Fallen Empire expac for SWTOR and really enjoyed it.  Probably the closest thing we'll see to a KOTOR3.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 11, 2016, 11:55:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 11, 2016, 09:48:18 PM

Apparently he look the project very seriously. He added music to the game, and also played a part in it. I still remember the opening song "New Angels of Promise" like it was yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSIhX-VWhtQ

A different version of "New Angels of Promise" is on the Hours... album.  An album that I absolutely adore, but everyone else seems to hate.

We did this over at OO, but I figured it can go here too.  Top 10 Bowie songs:

1. Life on Mars
2. Sweet Head (I've often said that if I had to pick one song that encapsulated everything "rock & roll", it would be this one)
3. Starman
4. Panic in Detroit
5. Queen Bitch
6. Ashes to Ashes
7. Thursday's Child
8. Ziggy Stardust
9. Bring Me the Disco King
10. Kooks

With at least 20 others waiting in the wings, depending on my mood.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 11, 2016, 06:12:55 PM
I'm typically rather ambivalent when celebrities die, but this one is different.  I feel gutted today, almost like I lost a family member.  Bowie was simply incomparable.  Was always three steps ahead and four steps outside everyone else.  There isn't a musician working today that wasn't influenced by him in some way or another. 

Fittingly, he goes out after dropping an absolute masterpiece of an album last week in "Blackstar".  I've listened to it a couple times this morning...it's amazing how different it sounds today than it did yesterday.  I can't watch the video for Lazarus without tearing up.

The world is less today because he's gone, but is so much more because he was here at all.  RIP Starman, you will be greatly missed by so many.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/8 edition on: January 11, 2016, 02:16:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 08, 2016, 08:39:37 PM

After finally finishing a class story + expansions in SWTOR this week, I'm going to jump into something else for a while.  Since my little Divinity Original Sin experiment clunked last week, I'm going to give Pillars of Eternity (PC)( another go.  Kinda in the mood for an Infinity Engine-esque game right now anyways.

Will also spend a little time with Stella Glow (3DS) and maybe see if I can survive for more than 5 minutes in Rebel Galaxy (PS4).

How about you?

Well, I can say now with certainty that the deep, involved, complex CRPG has passed me by.  frown  After spending about 8 hours with PoE, I just simply lost all interest to keep going.  At least I can scratch both it and Divinity OS off my "need to play" list now.  Tried them both multiple times, and came up empty.

I decided to try and finish Undertale instead.  I got up to the final boss, but after about a dozen tries, can't manage to beat him.  My bullet-hell reflexes just aren't what they once were.

Worked my way through a few more Stella Glow battles, still really enjoying it.

I also had my once a year urge to go back and try WoW again.  I have no idea why...I've started it at least 4 times now, and have never even made it to level 20.  Maybe 4th time's the charm. 
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 08, 2016, 10:33:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 08, 2016, 07:57:02 PM



Alternately  icon_lol and  icon_cry
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 1/8 edition on: January 08, 2016, 08:39:37 PM
After finally finishing a class story + expansions in SWTOR this week, I'm going to jump into something else for a while.  Since my little Divinity Original Sin experiment clunked last week, I'm going to give Pillars of Eternity (PC)( another go.  Kinda in the mood for an Infinity Engine-esque game right now anyways.

Will also spend a little time with Stella Glow (3DS) and maybe see if I can survive for more than 5 minutes in Rebel Galaxy (PS4).

How about you?
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: January 08, 2016, 02:24:43 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 08, 2016, 01:32:32 PM

3TEETH. Not conventional metal, but industrial metal along the lines of Ministry or Godflesh. They are on tour at the moment opening for Tool, I saw them over a year ago at a tiny punk club near Boston.

They have a full album out and on Spotify. Heres a sample
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Mq6u8kZNE

Here are a couple of tracks from their next album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6paaCkzA3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNpl71gNBCU

Wow, I really like both of those songs.  Thanks for the heads up.

Not sure how I missed these guys before, as I'm a huge fan of Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, Ministry, etc.
141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 08, 2016, 12:51:01 AM
How aggressive are the IAP elements.  I liked the last mobile MMO I played (Order & Chaos 2), but the way the game ALWAYS had its hand out for $$ (and was basically pay to win)  ultimately drove me off. 
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: January 07, 2016, 03:58:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 07, 2016, 03:33:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 07, 2016, 04:55:49 AM

Quote from: Azhag on January 07, 2016, 01:08:56 AM

I would have gone PS4, but not waiting that long. GMG pre-order is a go.

Same here.

Much as I loved the first one, still perfectly happy to wait...

If it's anything like the last one, I'm sure I'll eventually get it for both PC and PS4.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: January 07, 2016, 04:55:49 AM

Quote from: Azhag on January 07, 2016, 01:08:56 AM

I would have gone PS4, but not waiting that long. GMG pre-order is a go.

Same here.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 05:16:06 PM
$600?  LOL, no.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,XB1,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: January 06, 2016, 02:36:13 AM
So, I'm really early on (like, first hour), but this feels for all the world like an incredibly oversimplified version of Elite:  Dangerous.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose...just surprised that was never mentioned in any of the reviews.  Maybe it opens up later.

Also, can anyone recommend a good combat tutorial?  So far, I've found myself flying into a battle (even ones marked as "low" threat), a bunch of shit starts blowing up around me (I usually can't tell what or why), then I'm dead.  I'm sure it's just a matter of practice, but any sort of tutorial help other than the quick "here's how to shoot" the game provides would certainly be helpful.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: January 05, 2016, 03:02:18 PM
Coming to PC on January 28.  That was quick!
147  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4) on: January 04, 2016, 02:14:32 PM
No matter how many times I try this game (twice now on PC, once on PS4), I never end up anything except frustrated.  I have finally come to the conclusion that it simply isn't for me.

$25 shipped.  Perfect condition, it's been in and out of my PS4 once.

**SALE PENDING**
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5/16) on: January 04, 2016, 12:50:58 PM
Rebel Galaxy is very tempting.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 04, 2016, 12:28:27 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 03, 2016, 10:10:20 PM

Yes, that's the part I was thinking of.

"Hello.  My friend and I have journeyed far to reach this small seaside hamlet so that we may investigate the murder of a local land owner."

"Yes, greetings, and welcome to the End of Time!  I am the ageless extraterrestrial goblin who lives in this asteroid manner house with the Woman Who Weaves The Strands of Fate.  Can I get you a space cappuccino?"

-Autistic Angel

 icon_lol  That about sums it up.  I tried a little more today, and came away with the newfound knowledge that trying to finagle my team of three through a doorway that is surrounded by poison gas while trying to drop a barrel onto a switch to turn it off can induce controller-throwing levels of frustration.  This game might just not be for me.

In between bouts of Divinity frustration, I have gravitated back to Stella Glow this weekend.  Put in about 8 hour now, and have come to the conclusion that it really is a fantastic little SRPG.  Very reminiscent of FF Tactics Advance (but with a better story) or Jeanne D'Arc.  It's chock full of anime cliches, but is just so damn charming that it's easy to overlook.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 05:34:49 PM
I haven't made it out of town...hell, I don't even know where to start in town.  Every time I turn around, some jackbag is throwing another random quest at me that I have no idea where to go to finish (or even start, usually).

I basically rage quit last night after I innocently tried healing some dude with a stone (figured that was a good a place to start as any) and somehow got teleported to another dimension and given a whole new questline about Star Stones by the "Weaver of Time".  I had quite enough WTF for one night at that point.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 04:49:48 PM
I'm trying SO damn hard to like Divinity OS, but every time I get to the first town where you meet 574 NPCs and get 132 quests (all with very little guidance or direction) within 30 minutes, I just simply feel...overwhelmed.

Is there a way to, I dunno, streamline the game a bit so it isn't just all one massive quest dump?  Or is that just the way it is?
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games finished 2016 edition on: January 02, 2016, 09:27:11 PM
Let the new year begin!  2015 is here, a year with lots of good games, but nothing that really stood out as great.

FINISHED IN 2016
-   Star Wars:  The Old Republic (Hutt Cartel, Shadows of Revan, Knights of the Fallen Empire Xpacs) - PC (Jan 6) - C- for Hutt, B+ for Revan, A for KotFE.  A very good set of expansions overall.  Took the story in some interesting directions, with a heavy focus on story instead of MMO'ing.  Hutt was pretty bland, but the other two were fantastic.  33 hours (on top of the 55 spent in the class story).
-  Astebreed - PS4 (April 3) - B.  A completely insane SHUMP.  I honestly didn't have the slightest clue what the hell was going on, other than some anime girl screaming at me in Japanese while I tried not to be consumed in bullet hell.  Other than that, it was a pretty fun couple of hours. 2 hours.
-  Pony Island - PC (April 5) - B?.  One of the more peculiar games I've ever played.  Not even really sure what to make of it, but I enjoyed it.  I think.
-  Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward - PC (ongoing) - This will be an ongoing entry on the list, since it takes up the bulk of my gaming time.  Finished all the MSQ and main side quests up through 3.2.  ALL THE HOURS.
-  Epistory:  A Typing Adventure - PC (April 30) - A-.  Typing of the Dead meets Zelda by way of Bastion.  Far more fun than it had any right to be with a surprisingly touching and compelling story.  6 hours.

Currently Playing
-  Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning Returns
-  Grim Dawn
-  Fallout 4
-  Bravely Second
-  Dungeons II

Played and Gave Up On
-  Divinity Original Sin (PS4):  I tried.  I really did try.  Started it twice on PC and once on PS4, and simply came away frustrated every time.  Something about this game simply just doesn't click with me at all.
-  Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU):  I'm torn on this one.  One one hand, the exploration elements were absolutely fantastic...probably the best I've ever experienced in a game.  On the other hand, it was willfully obtuse, the story was dull, and the lack of explanation for, well, anything eventually drove me away.  41 hours.
-  Undertale (PC):  Got all the way up to the final boss, but there's no way my shabby twitch reflexes could get past him.  I'm bummed, as I was really hoping to finish this one.  7 hours
-  Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS):  Turns out I just don't like the Monster Hunter formula, even when it's got a FF wrapper.  7 hours.
-  Stella Glow (3DS):  Decent enough SRPG, just not much personality.  Kept drifting away every time I went back to it. 8 hours.
-  Rebel Galaxy (PS4):  Never really got it's hooks into me, mainly because I couldn't wrap my brain around the combat. 2 hours.
-  Guild Wars 2 (PC):  Got up to level 72 with my Asuran Warrior, finally burned out on the final levels because it was nothing but events (no heart quests).  Hoping to go back and actually finish the main story at some point.  83 hours.
-  Pillars of Eternity (PC):  It makes me sad that the last two games in my once-favorite genre (western CRPG) have fallen entirely flat.  10 hours.
-  Shadows of Mordor (PC):  Nope, didn't like it much more on PC than I did on PS4.  1 hour.
-  Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC):  All of the intrigue of Lara Croft goes out the window when you replace her personality with that of Superwoman.  Puzzles were dull, I disliked feeling like I had to pick something up every third step, and the overall game was just 'meh'.  A huge step back from the promising reboot.  5 hours.
-  Blade & Soul (PC):  A promising MMO to start, but turned into far more of a twitch-fest than I liked.  10 hours
-  Dragon's Dogma (PC):  It's a shame the pawn system was completely broken when it released.  I played for about 5 hours before they finally got it fixed, and by that time I didn't feel like going back and starting over again (for a fourth time).  
-  FIFA16 (PS4).  Lots of fun, even if I completely sucked at it.
-  Black Desert Online (PC).  I tried.  I really did.  BDO is so obtuse that I simply couldn't break it's code, even with help from a group of IRL friends.  What I did manage to figure out, I didn't really like all that much.  Too much work for a mediocre payoff.  15 hours.
-  Fire Emblem Birthright (3DS).  Hey look, another FE game that I play for 6-10 hours then get bored with.  I really need to stop thinking that "this one will be different" when it comes to FE games.
-  Abyss Odyssey (PC).  Looked pretty and sounded good, but ended up being too much fighting game and not enough action/platformer for my tastes.  1 hour.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 02, 2016, 09:23:23 PM
I really enjoyed FFXIII, but that had mainly to do with the characters/story and the fantastic battle system.  The game does eventually open up around the 30 hour mark, but until then, it is just a long series of hallways.  Oddly, I actually liked it better before it went all open world.

I also snagged an indie SHUMP called Astebreed off PSN for $7 as well.  Looked neat, figured what the hell.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 02, 2016, 06:45:42 PM
I'm hoping to finish up the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion in SWTOR today.  It really is fantastic, if a little on the short side (I got through 6 of the 9 chapters in about 5 hours yesterday).  Probably the closest thing we'll ever see to KOTOR 3.

Also thinking about jumping back into one of the CRPGs I bought, then promptly ignored in 2015.  Either Divinity Original Sin or Pillars of Eternity.  Leaning towards PoE, but playing Divinity on the PS4 is awfully tempting.

EDIT:  Divinity for PS4 was $20 off.  It won.  smile
155  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 01, 2016, 12:02:20 AM
Final Fantasy IX announced for iOS and PC today.  Yay!
156  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / What happened to the smilies? on: December 30, 2015, 07:01:19 PM
Doesn't look like any of them are working anymore.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 30, 2015, 06:25:24 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 30, 2015, 05:40:42 PM

Gratch, my advice is to come up with a gaming schedule. It's what I've done and it's a schedule my wife has agreed to, which means she isn't harboring resentment towards me for playing video games anymore, and also gives me more time to exercise, or see friends, or what have you. My schedule is usually Tuesday and Sunday evenings which affords me about 6-8 hours of solid game time each week which is about all I need.

That's a really good idea, will have to try that.

As far as getting her involved in gaming, that will never, ever, ever, ever, ever happen.  She simply has zero interest in gaming.  Never has, never will...much to my chagrin.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 30, 2015, 03:39:46 AM
Vastum - Hole Below.  I somehow missed this one until it popped up on three "year end" lists.  Old school death metal that just about gets everything right.  Would definitely go in the "honorable mention" category on my Best of 2015 list.

159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 29, 2015, 08:34:58 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 29, 2015, 05:10:45 PM

The best option is to find a way to exercise *while* you're gaming.  Walking on a treadmill or peddling an exercise bike are ideal activities while exploring in a game like Xenoblade Chronicles X, seeking out collectibles in an open-world game like Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, or playing through a narrative game like The Walking Dead.  This gives you something to look forward to while you're working out, and be amazed how much further you can push yourself when you have something fun to occupy your mind!

I've always subscribed to the theory that if I can do other things while I exercise (i.e. play a game, read a book, talk on the phone, etc.), that means I'm not working nearly hard enough.  I can't just do a mild walk or jog, I have to get in there and bust my ass for 30 minutes.  I think that mentality is a holdover from my soccer conditioning sessions in college, and is damn near impossible to break.

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One alternative to gaming while exercising is to listen to an audiobook or podcast.  There's nothing inherently better about reading the words yourself -- it works best for some people, while others assimilate information most quickly when it's heard or practiced.  Education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.  For me personally, physically writing something out with a pen even once is the best way to embed it in my memory.

The only distraction I can handle during workouts is music.  I'm actually looking forward to getting back into a routine, as that's when I had a chance to listen to a lot of new metal albums.  
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2016 gaming resolution on: December 29, 2015, 06:04:42 AM
I'm anticipating that my gaming time will be significantly reduced in 2016.  I'm realizing that I spend way too much time in front of a screen, at the expense of other things.  So my goal in 2016 is to do two things:

1.  Not turn on any game until I have exercised for at least 30 minutes.  Yay for a new treadmill!  
2.  Spend 30 minutes reading for every hour I spend gaming.  I honestly haven't read a single book this year (I did listen to two audiobooks)...and that's simply pathetic.

Gaming is way out of balance compared to other areas of my life right now, and it's starting to impact my health (I've gained 23 pounds this year), my relationships (the nightly routine has simply become "Gratch goes downstairs to game while Mrs. Gratch watches TV"), and my career (there's industry things I need to keep on, and I'm simply not).  Something needs to change, and I think this is probably the best way to start.

Besides, I feel more and more that gaming is simply passing me by as a hobby.  I have zero patience to learn how to play new things, I get bored with games easily, genres that used to really interest me have become 'meh', and I just don't really have any enthusiasm for it anymore.  Maybe I'm just getting old...who knows.

So if I'm not around nearly as much, at least y'all will know why.  smile
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