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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quantum Break looks great.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agreed.  To me, there's nothing "cookie-cutter" about either of those houses.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 09, 2014, 05:55:53 AM
Auntie Annie's pretzel dogs.   drool

It's a damn good thing they only sell those in airports.  Otherwise, my heart would have simply exploded by now.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 09, 2014, 05:54:09 AM
A bunch more FF XIV.  Wondering if Autistic Angel will bite the bullet and join in, since there is a 14-day trial available now.  smile
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 07:35:07 PM
House #1 is neat, but as everyone else is saying, location is everything.  I'm really not that crazy about my house itself, but I never want to move simply because I absolutely love my neighborhood.  Makes all the difference in the world.

#2 seems like a no-brainer to me.

Out of curiosity, whereabouts do you live?  Those seem like crazy low prices for homes of that size/quality. 
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 08, 2014, 07:31:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 08, 2014, 04:18:37 AM

Gave Godus a try. After 15 minutes it asks you to rate the game (by giving you an in game reward that turns out to be a message asking you to do so). Then it tells you if you want to keep playing you need to register with their site. Also told it not to allow notifications, it did so anyway. Deleted.

Yeah, people are pissed at Molyneux about Godus, especially those who backed it on Kickstarter.
130  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 05, 2014, 01:57:42 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 05, 2014, 01:21:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 04, 2014, 08:40:52 PM

Secret of Mana is only $3.99 today.  Worth it just for the music.  smile

On sale through the 10th. However, what worries me is it is an iPhone game... how does that translate to playing it on an iPad?

It's ok on iPad.  Gets a little tiny bit fuzzy when you blow it up to 2x, but I don't find it distracting a at all.
131  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 04, 2014, 08:40:52 PM
Secret of Mana is only $3.99 today.  Worth it just for the music.  smile
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 08:46:59 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 03, 2014, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile


Yeah, 02:07:30 if anyone else wants to see it too.

This is my first exposure to Final Fantasy XIV, but the fact that one of the streamer's quest objectives reads "Reattune to the aetheryte at Natalan" tells me it's very faithful to its source material.

Does that harp icon next to your name indicate that Bayard is your bard?

-Autistic Angel

Yep, icon indicates class/job.  Those two raids were fairly high-level content, so I was running them with my max-level+ Bard.  I've also got a Dragoon that's almost max level (44 of 50), and am working up a Gladiator (tank) as well.

There's a 14-day free trial now, you should give it a look.  The game has completely changed my perspective on MMO's.  It's an absolute blast and has (obviously) consumed my entire gaming world.

If you do decide to jump on, just wait until I get back in town on Friday so I can show you the ropes.  smile
133  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 07:25:22 PM
Was there a "final straw"?  Or was it more just a gradual separation?
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 02, 2014, 05:47:51 AM
Got a new mount (bomb chair), a set of weathered gear to hit ilvl 96, tanked my first dungeon in a year, and finished my 4th Animus weapon book in FF XIV.  That's a full weekend right there...and I got it all done tonight.  Lots more Saturday and Sunday.  smile
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 09:53:55 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 01, 2014, 09:16:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 01, 2014, 08:06:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 08:33:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 08:20:56 PM

so after asking everyone else not to make this a political thing, you go and do it yourself.  Brilliant  Roll Eyes

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:57:03 PM

I pray to God you're right, but with the Islamist extremists running rampant, I don't find it all that far fetched.
If  that's a political statement I'll eat my hat.  That's an accurate statement of what is going on in our world, not political, nor religious.  Go stir shit up somewhere else or contribute to the thread.

There are Islamist extremists running rampant...in Mexico?  And they're coming over the border?

Apparently I have missed some significant developments lately.

There are 1,000's of non-Mexicans crossing daily.    To think that those that want us all dead haven't already used the open border, or aren't actively trying to is completely naive.   Almost as naive as thinking a majority of those crossing are children.

That's what I thought you might have meant.  I'll refrain from comment so as not to take it in an R & P direction.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 08:06:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 08:33:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 08:20:56 PM

so after asking everyone else not to make this a political thing, you go and do it yourself.  Brilliant  Roll Eyes

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:57:03 PM

I pray to God you're right, but with the Islamist extremists running rampant, I don't find it all that far fetched.
If  that's a political statement I'll eat my hat.  That's an accurate statement of what is going on in our world, not political, nor religious.  Go stir shit up somewhere else or contribute to the thread.

There are Islamist extremists running rampant...in Mexico?  And they're coming over the border?

Apparently I have missed some significant developments lately.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 05:52:15 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 05:49:01 PM

Apartment life with a cat worries me. A lot of cats like to go outside, and while I am surrounded by woods, there is a major road not far from here. My last cats hated to be inside and I couldn't open a door without one of them trying to get out.

I've always had indoor-only cats and never had a problem with them.  Even in an apartment.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 12:08:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 01, 2014, 10:06:30 AM

Even though a cat can be way less maintenance than a dog, it's still a pet that will rely on you, that includes financially.

Wait until you have a more stable job or other income source.

+1.  Cats are awesome, but they can definitely be expensive.  We adopted our new kitten (Obi Wan Catnobi) a couple months ago, and between adoption fees, neutering, shots, checkups, toys, and the entirely random dislocated back toe he somehow managed, we've spent close to $1,000 on him. 



140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 04:34:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM

I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.

SOSHULISM!!!
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 02:27:46 PM
It's here, at least for the moment. 

I know nothing about Deadpool, but that was pretty damn awesome.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2014, 01:12:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 30, 2014, 04:43:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM

The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.

Really? If I like a game, I just want to play it, not wait for when it will let me play it again.

Let me clarify.  The timers are awful, but they are only one of the ridiculous freemium aspects.  In order to purchase even low-level weapon upgrades requires gems, which come at a ridiculously slow pace.  A basic weapon costs 500 gems, and you might get 5 after clearing an entire level of between 4-6 battles.  So you'd have to clear nearly 100 levels to be able to afford even a basic weapon.  And since a single level requires you to spend 10'ish battle points (the timer currency), you can only clear 1-2 before having to either wait for the timer to reset or pay for more.  I can't even imagine what it would cost when you get to the higher levels.  If there's a flat fee to remove the timers, I didn't see it anywhere.

It's really quite ridiculous, and reminds me of EA's Dungeon Keeper freemium fiasco.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 04:15:41 PM

Quote from: Lassr on July 29, 2014, 03:58:57 PM

I'd be curious to see mine these days. I remember about 10 years ago when I was buying a car from Nissan and I told them I wanted their 1.9% interest deal, they said that was reserved for people with excellent credit ratings, which I thought was kind of an asshole-ish thing to say to your customer but when he checked my rating I had an 815 score and was offered 0% interest.  Tongue

Same here. I had an 800'ish rating last time we bought a car (2 years ago), and I assume it would be the same.

Having 35% of the population with debt in collections is a staggeringly high number.  The more interesting question to me is how and why folks are in so much debt.  Catastrophic bills (i.e. medical)?  Unemployed or underemployed?  Simply not living within their means?  What's the largest culprit?

I'm amazed at how many people just in my neighborhood have the nice house, the new cars, the boat, the ATV's, do yearly cruises, etc...then you find out they have multiple maxed credit cards, are in collections or foreclosure, or rely on payday loans to make ends meet.  Folks that you would never suspect are in that 35%.
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM
The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.  The whole thing is a mess, which is a shame as the gameplay is actually very fun.
145  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 28, 2014, 03:48:19 PM
A friend posted this on FB this morning...I thought it was hilarious.

After being introduced as the "most influential woman in the history of the republican party" (no, really.  Stop laughing.), Sarah Palin proceeded to have a completely incoherent, rambling bout of talking point diarrhea on stage, leading many to wonder how drunk she was.  The hilarity can be found here.
146  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2014, 03:25:19 PM
Sword & Poker, one of my favorite "classic" iOS games, got a F2P reboot from Konami.  It all looks very slick and plays great, but they put in a stupid timer system that gives you one battle allowance every 15 minutes.  I played about 20 minutes on the initial allotment, then ran out of allowances and had to wait to play any more.  Deleted.

I also tried the F2P remake of Darkstone (a port of the 1999 PC Diablo clone), which apparently released a couple months ago without any fanfare at all.  I knew it was in soft launch mode, but just last night heard that it got a full release.  It's decent, but getting used to the touchscreen controls is proving to be quite challenging.  Brings back some good gaming memories.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 26, 2014, 05:41:52 AM

Quote from: Crawley on July 26, 2014, 04:20:39 AM

Found a PS2 emulator (PCSX2) earlier this week and got it working after fiddling around with it for about two days. Really neat. Just pop my PS2 games in to my DVD drive and launch and go.

Put a few hours in to Final Fantasy XII, this is the ones with the bunny women. With AA, AF, FXAA, and setting the resolution at 1920x1200 the game looks surprisingly good. The distance textures are great. And everything about the characters/monsters are smooth.


The fact there has not been a FF XII HD remake is baffling to me.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 25, 2014, 08:11:39 PM
Hoping to finish up the third (of 9) book for my Animus weapon, hit the final tier of the Kobol best tribe questline, run the new Syrcus tower raid, and hit max level on my Dragoon in FF XIV.

None of which means anything to any of you.  smile
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 04:40:31 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 25, 2014, 12:08:55 AM

I keep telling her I don't want to read it after her because I'm not a horny middle-aged housewife who enjoys terrible writing.

And thus begins YK's 6-month dry spell.
150  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 25, 2014, 04:16:11 PM
Chick-fil-a has never bothered me.  Jimmy Johns, on the other hand, I can hardly stand walking into.  Having 15 people screaming "HELLO!!!" when you walk in drives me nuts.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 03:39:57 PM
Archer: HOLY SHIT! Yogurt is amazing! Why have I never tried yogurt?
Lana:  How have you never tried yogurt?
Archer:  Mmm, I didn't know it was that good.
Malory: It's good because it's cocaine!
Archer: Oh my God, and little kids eat it!?
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 23, 2014, 10:27:47 PM
The only time I ever found those amusing was when I saw a pair hanging from the back of a Prius.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 07:47:10 PM
I watched lots of anime back in the day, but have been out of the loop for many years now.  I've tried watching a few of the newer series (Attack on Titan, most recently), but none of it really grabs me anymore.  I did enjoy Samurai Champloo, but that's the only recent anime that I've liked.

That said, my favorites back in the day were:

-  Ninja Scroll (the movie.  I thought the series was terrible)
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Rurouni Kenshin
-  Trigun
-  Cowboy Bebop
-  Vampire Hunter D
-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Anything by Miyazaki
-  Berzerk

I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. 
154  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 07:42:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2014, 05:44:09 PM

This pitch sounds pretty nutty, but it's worth noting that some countries do have forms of mandatory military training and service. 

Not for school-age kids though, right?
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 05:22:41 PM
NRA pitches the idea of "mandatory firearms training" in public schools that would be required for students to progress to the next grade.

Seriously...there are no words.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 08:53:46 PM
I thought both of the Two Worlds games were terrible, so I'm not holding my breath on this one.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 21, 2014, 08:33:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2014, 08:29:06 PM

Just a heads up, Journey to the West is up on Netflix streaming.  If you even remotely enjoyed Kung Fu Hustle, you'll love this new film from the same director/star.  It's silly but extraordinarily fun.

I randomly grabbed Journey To The West through iTunes back in March. My expectations were pretty low, as I wasn't a huge fan of Chow's previous work, but the 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes intrigued me.

It's a retelling of the 16th Century Chinese novel, as only Chow could do. I absolutely adored this film. It's by turns hilarious, ridiculous, thrilling, terrifying, and touching. Not everything about it works (some of the effects are pretty sketchy, but that might be by design), but it's just such a wonderfully fun ride that I can't help but recommend it. There were moments that had me laughing so hard the guy next to me on the plane kept giving me strange looks.

If you enjoy Chow's work at all, or are just in the mood for something fun and a little different, don't miss it. I'm guessing it's going to sadly fly under most folk's radar, which is a real shame.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 21, 2014, 08:09:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 21, 2014, 07:58:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2014, 10:50:27 PM

I've had Comcast cable and internet service for going on 17 years now, and can count the number of issues on one hand.  Even when one does arise, they've been pretty quick to get it fixed, and their people have all be quite nice (even if they don't seem like the sharpest knives in the drawer).  

Guess I should just consider myself lucky.

That you are probably paying entirely too much compared to what some countries in Europe or Asia get for their money should make you a little bit unhappy with them.

I suppose, but then you could say that about a lot of things.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 21, 2014, 07:49:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 21, 2014, 07:31:08 PM


I initially had zero interest in this, but definitely plan on seeing it in theaters now.  Every trailer I've seen just looks better and better.  These sort of comments (taken from that link) help too:

Quote
Random GUARDIANS thought: In many (good) ways, it's about as indebted to FIREFLY/SERENITY as it is to the look/feel of other Marvel Movies.
160  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:31:09 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 21, 2014, 04:03:25 PM

Okay fools I clearly am bad with explaining this. They are just plain old creepy. I don't need a side of "Jesus" with my sandwich. Period. Even my wife, who almost never complains, says he same thing . She stopped saying "thank you", because the conversation would go like this. "Thank you", "My pleasure, my pleasure, my pleasure, my pleasure". If you don't say thank you, the following doesn't happen in spades. She even filled out a comment card stating "enough with crazy amounts of MY PLEASURE!".

It just feels like Jesus meets twin peaks is the best way to describe it...

I'll ask again, what does any of this have to do with religion?  "Over the top" customer service has always been a Chic-fil-a trademark, but I'm having trouble connecting that to religion in any significant way.  If their response was "MY PLEASURE, JESUS LOVES YOU", then I could see the complaint.  Otherwise, they're just being overly friendly.

Not saying it isn't creepy (it kinda is), but I don't think it has anything to do with religious beliefs.
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