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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 12:07:37 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 06, 2014, 11:15:45 AM

I'll be interested to see how the reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows turn out.  The preview content they've been putting out has looked so polished, I initially had no idea it was a PSN downloadable title.  I like stealth games, and I've been on something of a fantasy kick lately with Shadow of Mordor, Age of Wonders III, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On the downside, Styx is made by Cyanide Studios, a developer that has become increasingly notorious for undercutting its awesome game mechanics with the most brain dead AI this side of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.  It wouldn't surprise me learn the AI guards in Styx have dialogue like, "Eh?  What was that?  I must be hearing things again....better jam this dagger into my own ear to be sure-BLRRK!"

-Autistic Angel

I'm keeping an eye on reviews for Styx as well.  I'm always a sucker for a good stealth game...hopefully this one delivers.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 10:07:38 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 04, 2014, 08:17:31 PM

1) What is your PSN gamertag?

2) Are you going to come play Destiny with us?

3) Now that taking the Gratchcast live is literally a button on your controller, are you planning to start the show this week or next week?

4) Do your Final Fantasy XIV characters import from the PC version, or do you have to start from scratch?

5) Seriously: GRATCHCAST!

-Autistic Angel

1.  skinypupy
2.  Probably not.  I'm absolutely terrible at FPS on PC, doubly so on console.
3.  lol, that would require me figuring out how that all works.  Probably not anytime soon.
4.  Apparently.  I did the upgrade this afternoon, and will know in a couple hours once everything downloads. 
5.  We shall see.  smile
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 07:15:02 PM
Got a bonus from work this week, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a PS4.  That new Middle Earth game looked too cool to pass up.  Will be hooking up and jumping in later this afternoon.

May even try FF XIV on it and see how that works.  Would be cool to play on the big screen.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/3/14 on: October 04, 2014, 01:51:08 AM
I was *this* close to buying a PS4 today, but none of the stores I went to had a copy of Shadow of Mordor.  Oh well...

Will just spend the weekend with FFXIV instead.  Our free company just got a house yesterday, which opens up a bunch of new stuff to do.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 03, 2014, 12:21:56 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 03, 2014, 08:28:55 AM

This was my favorite of those Colin Mochrie puns -

Our top story today - Famous playboy Hugh Hefner managed to successfully stop an order of monks from operating a business on his property. The police forced the friars to close down their stall, which was outside the playboy mansion, where they had been selling flowers. Said one friar, ‘Well if it was anyone else, we may have gotten away with it but, unfortunately, only Hugh can prevent florist friars.

 icon_lol
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Longest Journey game (kickstarter) on: September 30, 2014, 02:30:03 PM
ARISE!!!!

Dreamfall Chapters comes out October 21.

I loved, loved, loved the video in that article.  This might be the game that finally pulls me away from my year-long FFXIV obsession.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/25/14 on: September 29, 2014, 02:08:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 26, 2014, 06:56:12 PM

My FF XIV Free Company (guild) might be able to get our house this weekend.  It's taken nearly 8 months to save up the 36 million gil (we don't have a lot of crafters), but we're just about there.  Looking forward to working in the virtual garden and raising Chocobos.

We were able to buy the virtual land, but then found out you need an additional 3 million gil to get the actual house.   mad  In order to raise some Gil, I spent nearly all weekend crafting and gathering...two things I swore I would never do in an MMO.  It was actually pretty fun though.
168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 27, 2014, 07:40:35 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2014, 03:20:01 PM

I think it's more important to be as good a person as I can rather than ascribe to a religious dogma. 

That's pretty much the manta I live my life by.  If it means I can't get into some sort of exclusive afterlife club because I didn't happen to do it "in the name of Jesus", then so be it.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/25/14 on: September 26, 2014, 06:56:12 PM
My FF XIV Free Company (guild) might be able to get our house this weekend.  It's taken nearly 8 months to save up the 36 million gil (we don't have a lot of crafters), but we're just about there.  Looking forward to working in the virtual garden and raising Chocobos.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: September 25, 2014, 03:56:04 AM
Anyone else watching the final season of Sons of Anarchy?  Yes, it's all very silly, but I thought the first three episodes have been excellent, and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up.  With the path Jax is currently on, things are going to go very bad for all involved, methinks.  I'm really interested to see who actually comes out the other side alive.

171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 25, 2014, 03:47:33 AM
I just turned 40 in August.  It's probably time to actually get serious about some of this health stuff.  I haven't had anything really serious, but I also haven't been in for regular checkups.  My diet has gone to hell and exercise has been non-existent since the Wonder Twins showed up, and I'm pretty sure my blood pressure and cholesterol are going to be a mess.  I've gained nearly 30 pounds in the last 18 months, and while I don't have any serious health issues (that are manifested, anyways), I can tell that I'm headed down a bad path.

Thanks for the reminder to go get checked, even know I know I'm not going to like the results.

Oh, and I miss Pete.  frown
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XV on: September 23, 2014, 01:43:35 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 22, 2014, 10:59:02 PM

Will your frequent flier points have expired by then, or will they carry over so you can get it for free?

-Autistic Angel

They carry over.  Will probably cost fewer by the time FF XV actually comes out too.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XV on: September 22, 2014, 10:53:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 22, 2014, 09:05:12 PM

So what do others think? 

Looks neat.  I'll buy a PS4 when this comes out.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on: September 22, 2014, 05:30:09 PM
I put about 10 hours into this over the weekend, and am absolutely in love with it.  Takes everything great about the first game and ratchets it up a couple hundred notches.  220 songs ( eek), 60 characters, multiplayer, collectables, quests...there's a boatload of things to do.  I really like the way they tweaked the character customization aspects this time.  Being able to allocate specific skills gives a very noticeable advantage during the tougher songs.  There's actually a sense of progression, rather than simply gaining meaningless levels.  The quest medley mode is very fun (a huge improvement on the iOS version), although I do wish the nodes had randomized rather than set songs.

I really only have two complaints:

1.  Switching from playing the original on the iPad to this one on the 3DS is a really difficult adjustment.  I find stylus control to be far more difficult than touch, and it can be a little tough to see the directional arrows on the smaller screen.  While I could knock out the Ultimate Score for most songs in the original, I'm stuck at Expert on the 3DS. 

2.  I find that I have to press quite hard during the FMS songs, otherwise it stops registering the slide notes.  I've unexpectedly lost many a Perfect Chain as a result.

If you even have a casual interest in FF or rhythm games, I would highly, highly recommend picking this up.  It's all kinds of awesome.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 21, 2014, 06:53:32 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on September 21, 2014, 10:20:13 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2014, 03:49:11 PM

Looks like I can cash in about a third of my Delta Frequent Flyer miles and get a PS4.  Debating whether I want to or not, as there's nothing out at the moment that I'm really dying to play.  

Decisions, decisions...

Well then, let me entice you.  I picked up the standard black console, two controllers, Infamous Second Son, and Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition for a little less than $500.  It wasn't supposed to be here until Tuesday, then just shows up yesterday morning.  Turned it on about 1 in the afternoon when I got home from work and it stayed on until 11 that night when I went to bed.  Absolutely love it so far, haven't felt this good about a console purchase since the Dreamcast.  Spent most of the time playing D3 with my daughter.  She's rolling with a Wizard, me a Crusader.  We finished act 1, will move on and hopefully through act 2 and maybe 3 today.  It's a pretty cool feeling mowing down monsters with her, especially since I remember playing the original coop with a friend 16 years ago when she was less than a month old.  Now here we are powering through this one together.  I have to say it puts a big old smile on my face.  Even her decidedly non-gamer (at least if it's not Sims, Nintendo, or South Park) twin sister is showing a mild interest.  I only played Infamous for about 5 minutes, but I really liked what I saw!  Now back to D3...I'm already thinking of trying a hardcore witch doctor.  Plus I'll either roll a monk or barbarian to play with my wife.  Sucks the controllers are 60 bucks, I think I'm gonna end up needing four eventually.

Meh.  I've played D3 to death on PC (and no one to play co-op with), and have zero interest in Infamous.

Think I'm going to hold off until there's an RPG or two that are console exclusive.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/19/14 on: September 19, 2014, 04:58:41 PM
My mood this weekend will be entirely dependent on the outcome of the Utah/Michigan game tomorrow.  smile

Gaming-wise, this weekend will be split between Final Fantasy Theaterhythm Curtain Call on 3DS and FF XIV.  I absolutely adore the Theaterhythm games, and this one is a huge improvement on the original in every way.  It's a little tough switching from the iPad to the 3DS, but the superb gameplay additions make it worth it. 

In FF XIV, I'm nearly finished with my Bard's Animus weapon.  Only one book to go.  smile
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 19, 2014, 03:52:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 19, 2014, 01:09:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 19, 2014, 03:44:13 AM

Well, I was going to hold off getting the new Final Fantasy Theaterhythm and see if it came it on iOS,  but the stellar reviews have convinced me to grab it now. 

It's excellent.  Even after 60+ hours with the original, I still can't stop playing Curtain Call.

Put in a couple hours this morning, and I'm really enjoying the changes they've made to this version.  The only challenge is switching from iPad touchscreen to stylus control is really damn difficult.  I'm having a hell of time on the FMS stages, but I'm sure I just need practice.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: September 19, 2014, 01:11:51 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 18, 2014, 05:51:56 AM

Now that Wasteland 2 is being released tomorrow, almost the entire team from that game will be moving over to Torment. Most of them already have, I think. As part of that process, inXile just released some actual gameplay footage, and it looks awesome.

Wow, even better than I was expecting.   icon_eek
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 19, 2014, 03:44:13 AM
Well, I was going to hold off getting the new Final Fantasy Theaterhythm and see if it came it on iOS,  but the stellar reviews have convinced me to grab it now. 
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: September 17, 2014, 01:02:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 17, 2014, 12:48:27 PM

So if you're like me and you hate games that make you play 90% stealth, will you enjoy this game? At $18 I may pull the trigger, but not if I know I'm not going to like it.

You'll hate it.  It's nearly 100% stealth-based...hence the name.  slywink
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 16, 2014, 08:08:07 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 15, 2014, 07:13:02 PM

Yeah that recently viewed list can be troublesome. 

There's lots of things I haven't watched on Netflix, simply because I didn't want to have "that discussion" with Mrs. Gratch.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 16, 2014, 03:49:11 PM
Looks like I can cash in about a third of my Delta Frequent Flyer miles and get a PS4.  Debating whether I want to or not, as there's nothing out at the moment that I'm really dying to play. 

Decisions, decisions...
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 16, 2014, 03:41:38 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 15, 2014, 05:37:16 PM

Crazy week for me - Theatrhythm FF CC and Fairy Fencer F on Tuesday, Elminage Gothic and Endless Legend on Steam on Thursday.  Wasteland 2 is an eventual buy too.

I adore the Theatrhythm games, but rather than blowing the dust off my 3DS, I'm going to hold out on Theatrhythm in the hopes that it eventually comes to iOS like the first one did. 
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 15, 2014, 09:45:20 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:28:53 PM

Minecraft has fallen into the space where Pokemon and Skylanders reside - it's my big mental box called "Shit that Kids Really Love That I Don't Care About."  icon_biggrin

I futzed around with it for a long time when it first came out.  It was a fantastic sandbox and I had quite a bit of fun.  That said, the crazy way it has taken off is a bit surprising to me.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 15, 2014, 07:05:41 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 15, 2014, 10:41:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2014, 03:16:36 PM

Spent my long flight yesterday getting back into FF Theaterhythm on iPad.  Such a fun game.  Will try to get in some FFXIV tonight, get to spend all day tomorrow writing proposals.  Blech.


How have things been going with your Thaumaturge?  Does he get to become a Black Mage at some point, or do you have to play that class up to a certain level to unlock the class for another character?

-Autistic Angel

Yep, Thaum eventually becomes a Black Mage...though I doubt I'll get that far with it.  Found that I didn't particularly enjoy playing that class.  However, I'll need to get him to at least level 34, as there are a couple cross-class skills that will be very helpful for my White Mage.

Decided that trying to focus on multiple classes wasn't the best choice, as I ended up getting too distracted.  I'm going to focus on finishing my Animus weapon and getting Aural gear for my Bard (both of which involve a crazy long grind), as well as leveling my White Mage (even if I'm not a particularly good healer).  I've starting fiddling with a couple crafting classes, but mainly just so I can check off a few more things on the weekly quest log and earn some extra gil.  Doubt I'll ever get serious about it.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 13, 2014, 03:16:36 PM
Spent my long flight yesterday getting back into FF Theaterhythm on iPad.  Such a fun game.  Will try to get in some FFXIV tonight, get to spend all day tomorrow writing proposals.  Blech.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: September 13, 2014, 04:37:03 AM
If you're even casually interested in doom metal, the new Pallbearer album Foundations of Burden is an absolute must-buy.  I've honestly listened to nothing else this entire week.  This is so goddamn good...it's pretty much what Black Sabbath wishes they could still be.  I thought the AMG review hit the nail on the head:

Quote
A good friend of mine described them as “Funeral meets Fleet Foxes,” and while it’s a good summation of their sound, it doesn’t nearly do them justice. This is a band that deserves its place in the doom pantheon along with the greats of yore, and is an incredible album to purge your heart to.

188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: September 11, 2014, 05:41:06 PM
Dammit, sorry Hark.  We lost ours last weekend.  So damn tough.  frown
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 09, 2014, 11:02:06 PM
The only thing that comes to mind when I hear "Destiny"
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 09, 2014, 10:58:22 PM
Welcome back Purge.  Glad to see you again.  smile
191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 09, 2014, 10:37:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 09, 2014, 09:58:40 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2014, 07:23:00 PM

Quote from: Drazzil on September 09, 2014, 02:21:15 PM

The JW's are sort of the fascists of the Christian faith

JWs are not Christians just as Mormons are not Christians.

Except, they are.

Pretty sure we covered most of this already.

Also pretty sure ATB and I will never agree about it.  smile
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 08, 2014, 12:33:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 08, 2014, 03:01:48 AM

360 is red ringing again so I didn't get to make much progress there. I still have Nier and Fable 3 left and I'm afraid they are going to wind up left unplayed. Finished Blood Dragon on PC though.

That's a shame, Nier was wonderful.  Very odd, mind you, but an absolute blast.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 07, 2014, 06:21:06 AM
Some FF XIV, but my heart's not much into gaming this weekendfrown
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My awesome/awful Friday on: September 07, 2014, 06:06:56 AM
I took the day off work on Friday to attend my first ever con, Salt Lake Comic Con.  I had no idea what to expect, but have been wanting to go to one of these things for a long time.  Mrs. Gratch and Little B 5.6 came with, along with my dad.  We had an absolute blast, and watching my daughter as she saw Spiderman, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Darth Vader, etc. was simply magical.  Everyone who walked by in a costume got a "woooooah Dad, look at that!" response, and she was over the moon when they would come up and give her high-fives.  Someone handed her a free comic book in the kids area (Avatar Airbender something-or-other), and she hasn't put it down for two days now.  It was a wonderful experience, and her reaction was everything I could have hoped for.  Here we are at the Weta workshop booth.  She insisted that we get a picture in front of the dragon (who was incredibly lifelike), even though it "freaks me out a little bit when he opens his eyes and looks around".   icon_lol



Fast forward a couple hours.  My dog (Vader) is nearly 12, has liver cancer, and we knew he only had a little while to live.  We got home from Comic Con to a mess of dog poop all over the house.  We had taken Vader into the vet earlier in the week, and the doctor said that the tumor was causing the poor guy to retain a huge amount of fluid and was starting to cause his other organs to fail.  We had an appointment scheduled for him to be euthanized on Sunday, but after he started losing control of his bodily functions, we knew it was time.  Called the after-hours vet, and the doctor came in at around 11:00 last night to put him to sleep.  Holding him as he went was the hardest damn thing I've ever done.

Even with Little B and the Wonder Twins 1.2 running around, the house just feels...empty without him here.  I know the hurt will pass eventually, but I miss him terribly.  Here he is many years (and many pounds) ago.  Such an amazing friend.



Not very often you get such highs and lows, all in the space of a few hours.   icon_cry
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: September 01, 2014, 04:49:27 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 31, 2014, 06:31:20 PM

Has anyone heard from Gratch yet?  It isn't like him to miss a weekend playlist and he hasn't posted any updates about his Final Fantasy XIV Dragoon or raid plans yet.

-Autistic Angel

It's comforting to know that if I completely disappear from the internet, at least a couple people will realize it.  smile

Just more FFXIV for me.  Running a bunch of the high-end raids to try and gear out my bard and dragoon in ilvl 100 gear, while leveling up both a white mage and thaumaturge (precursor to black mage).  Plenty there to keep me busy.

I did decide to give Wildstar one last look, as I hate paying $45 for a game and not really giving it a fair shake.  I also thought that maybe I just didn't like it during the initial couple tries due to my FFXIV addiction. 

This try confirmed it...still dislike pretty much everything about that game.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 24, 2014, 03:41:11 AM
Saw it tonight.  Absolutely LOVED it.  Haven't had that much fun at a movie in a long, long time.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 23, 2014, 08:14:45 PM
Oh man, I'm so sorry
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 08:06:23 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 22, 2014, 03:47:43 PM

It's!!!!... The Weekend Playlist! Today is my birthday. 41.

Happy Birthday! 

Probably not much gaming this weekend, as my 40th birthday is tomorrow.  We're doing a get together with the extended family tonight, and Mrs. Gratch has some sort of surprise planned for me tomorrow.  Will hopefully get in a little FF XIV on Sunday.  I've started leveling a healer class, which is an MMO first for me.
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 09:26:22 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 08:04:30 PM

Actually nothing to do with Palin. I said that because when I check here I seldom post because the only R&P posts I see are someone mocking a conservative followed by a handful of other patting him on the back or trying to outdo whatever conservative attack was launched. Can't recall when the last time I saw an intelligent discussion here with people differing on the position in a civil manner and discussing nuances.

I'd love to discuss politics here with civility and nuance.  But when the only ones who bring a conservative viewpoint are scorched earthers like Zeke and Eco (and occasionally you), I'm not even sure how that's possible.
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 07:09:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 05:38:00 PM

This forum should be renamed to "Echo Chamber"

And here I was thinking that mocking Sarah Palin was the one thing folks on both sides of the aisle could agree on.
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