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161  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.
162  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.
163  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)
164  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?
165  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.
166  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
167  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?
168  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.
169  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.
170  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
171  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.
172  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!
173  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
174  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.
175  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
176  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
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/21/14 - "First day of Spring?" Yeah right, edition. on: March 24, 2014, 12:07:31 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 21, 2014, 02:09:51 PM

Going to try and finish up Thief, as well as some FFX HD.

For once, that's exactly what happened.  smile  Wrapped up Thief yesterday and put about 3 hours into FFX.  It isn't grabbing me as much as I'd hoped this time around though.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: March 24, 2014, 12:06:22 PM
I'll get D3 at some point, but I'm in no rush.  Probably nothing this week.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 23, 2014, 06:08:20 PM
Probably my only real disappointment is that they did literally nothing with the existing Thief lore.  Not a single mention of Hammerites, The Builder, Keepers, etc.  I have no idea why they felt the need to start from scratch when there was such a rich lore to draw from.   Makes no sense, but the game is still fun regardless.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 23, 2014, 05:04:04 PM
Finished up this afternoon.  Completed all the missions except for one, which I think was a bug (was supposed to find 5 poems in a dudes house, and one of them wasn't where it was supposed to be according to the FAQ I read).  Took me just under 22 hours, and I played with the default settings.

I totally agree with Ron's review, and would give it right around the same score (85/100).  It was a very fun experience, even if it was a significant deviation from the previous titles.  In fact, I get the feeling that if it was a new IP - or had literally any title other than "Thief" on the box - it would have been far better received.  The stealth mechanics were tight and there were plenty of pulse-pounding moments as you swooped through a set of patrolling guards (I really liked the Swoop mechanic).  I really disliked the whole open City at first, but once I figured out how to move around and where things were, it wasn't really a big deal.  Even the map - which seemed completely unusable at first - became very helpful once I knew how to use it.  I tried to play through mostly on a no-kill, but did have to take out a guard or two along the way.  I probably only killed half a dozen in my 22 hours, and there were a number of my tools and weapons that I never even used. (did I even have a melee weapon, other than the Blackjack?).

I only had a couple big gripes:
-  I didn't think the story was nearly as awful as everyone was saying, but that was a horrible, horrible ending.  Seriously, I have no idea what the hell happened and it's like they just kinda said, "Well, I guess we'll stop here".  Awful.
-  The stupid gorram birds and dogs, which you had no way to silence.  At least let me shoot the damn things to shut them up.  slywink
-  Going up against humans was lots of fun.  Anything else, not so much.  I inwardly groaned every time I had to go up against those stupid zombie-things.

All in all, I'd give it a big thumbs up.  I was expecting the worst, but ended up very pleasantly surprised.
181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS - also on Steam] Bravelands on: March 21, 2014, 09:04:56 PM
Played for about an hour, and didn't come away terribly impressed.  It's got some of the HOMM flavor, but feels dumbed down waaaaaaay too far.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/21/14 - "First day of Spring?" Yeah right, edition. on: March 21, 2014, 02:09:51 PM
Going to try and finish up Thief, as well as some FFX HD.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 20, 2014, 07:23:59 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 20, 2014, 07:20:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 20, 2014, 03:13:42 PM

by Frontline Assembly

Next you're going to tell me that Front 242 is still together

<checks wiki>

Jeebus, they are.  Old fogies still playing industrial.  Who'd a thunk it?

I saw Skinny Puppy last month, and it was an amazing show.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 20, 2014, 06:08:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 20, 2014, 04:15:05 PM

Farscape is one of the few series that make me wish selective memory wiping was a thing.  I'd love to watch this again from the start without knowing how it ends.

and RE that music, it reminds me more of Alien than Farscape, with some Vangelis Blade Runner-esque mixed in afterwards. ~4:30.  good stuff though.

You know what, I think you may be right.  This page lists all the samples FLA uses in their music, and there is some Alien score in there ("Synthetic Forms" from the Implode album).  I guess Farscape copied it as well, as it sounds exactly the same.  Tried to find the exact song on YouTube, but ran across what I think may be a rather huge spoiler, so I'm going to stop looking.  frown

Spoiler for Hiden:
One of the tracks was called "Aeryn's Funeral", but I don't have any more context than that

Here's the samples from that song.

Quote
?.?? grinding, footsteps, ocean sound
Contact

?.?? orchestral and female choir samples
The Prophecy

0.36-1.02, 1.07, 1.12-1.28, rapid beeping sounds, orchestral strike
Event Horizon

2.41 looped orcehstra
Mimic

2.59 Light orchestra hits
Jerry Goldsmith, “Alien” score

3.54, 7.10 “This place is a tomb”
Event Horizon

4.06 Sound effect, “Scanning for life readings…”
Event Horizon

4.48 wierd effected drum loop
Depeche Mode, “Dangerous”
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 20, 2014, 03:13:42 PM
Almost done with Season 1 of Farscape.  Man, what an awesome show...can't believe I missed both this and Firefly the first time around.

Random sidenote:  Part of the music used in Farscape is sampled in one of my favorite songs, Synthetic Forms by Frontline Assembly (the back and forth strings that start about the 2:40 mark).  It's distracting every time the song is played in the background during the show because it makes want to go listen to FLA.  smile
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita]Final Fantasy X HD/FFX-2 HD on: March 19, 2014, 12:01:47 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 19, 2014, 10:23:57 AM

Are you playing with the unlocked sphere grids so you can experiment more with your character builds, or do you fall into the camp of people who believe that just removes the safeguards preventing you from hobbling your party?

-Autistic Angel

I went with the standard grid.  Partly because I didn't want to accidentally gimp my characters, and partly because the unique roles each character plays is a big part of the story.  Messing with that and making Yuna a melee fighter or Kimahri a healer would just mess with the core of the game, IMHO.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita]Final Fantasy X HD/FFX-2 HD on: March 19, 2014, 01:21:53 AM
Put in about 45 minutes this afternoon.  The HD graphics are absolutely gorgeous, although the characters still have that telltale stiff and awkward movement that comes with PS2 games.  The jury is still out on the revamped music.  It's a bit jarring at first, but the FFX soundtrack was never one of my favorites (outside of a few tracks), so it's not that big of a deal.

 Maybe it's just because I've played it at least half a dozen times, but man, the whole intro sequence is pretty dull.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita]Final Fantasy X HD/FFX-2 HD on: March 18, 2014, 02:45:39 PM
FF X/X-2 releases today, and the reviews so far have been very positive.  Happy to see they didn't just do a slapdash job of porting it over, as has been the case for some of their other re-releases (I'm looking at you, FF VIII on PC).

I think I'm going to bump this one up the priority list and jump in once I finish Thief.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 07:28:25 PM

Quote from: naednek on March 17, 2014, 06:06:39 PM

2: I think with the addition of the bots that takes away your focus on human pilots.  This has affected me countless of times.  It's a needless distraction.  It's great for immersion but it also can be a hindrance.

Yeah, but the bots are the only ones I can kill!  smile
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 17, 2014, 03:55:07 PM
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD.  (shocking, I know.  smile)
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 17, 2014, 01:45:55 PM
Spent most of my time with Thief, finishing up most of the side missions and getting through the first 5 campaign missions as well.

Put about 3 hours into Titanfall, which made me realize that MP shooters just simply aren't my thing at all.  Even the good ones that are (supposedly) more n00b friendly.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 12:49:11 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 16, 2014, 09:48:48 PM

I'm with Gratch on this one. I'm relatively good at FPS, and the chain of quick deaths from seemingly nowhere is getting fatiguing. There is precious little time to enjoy the environments or the mechanics.

That's what I can't figure out.  I've started watching replays of my deaths to try and get some tips on how to get better, and watch myself get killed with one or two shots every single time.  Doesn't matter what weapon they're using...I'm dead within a shot or two no matter what.  I've unloaded what feels like an entire clip into enemy pilots and they're still standing, so I can't figure out what they're doing that I'm not.  I do consistently see something about "amped" weapons in the kill notification...I'm guessing that's a leveling perk that I just don't have. Is there some sort or armor that can counteract that?

Quote
The more Casual FPS players will get turned off from Titanfall very quickly.

Pretty much.

193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM
After spending a couple hours with Titanfall, I've come back around to the notion that no matter how polished they are, MP shooters simply aren't my thing.  Everything is far too hectic, and I can't even begin to wrap my brain around what the hell is going on.  All I know is that if I meet up against another player, I'll be dead within 5 seconds.  With enough practice, I'm sure I could probably gain enough skill to improve on my current "get killed within 10-15 seconds after spawning" situation, but I'm not sure I really enjoy the core gameplay enough to actually put in that time...especially with other games that are much more my slow-and-steady pace waiting in the wings (i.e. Thief).

 I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 16, 2014, 12:16:56 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 15, 2014, 11:40:06 PM

You played the console version which implemented many of the same ideas.  You already owned and had completed the PC version, indicating that you felt strongly enough about the adjustments to shell out more money to get them early, and the fact that you completed a full playthough means even more given the fact that you never waste time on games that aren't fully engaging.

That's a better recommendation than most. nod

-Autistic Angel

In that case, I recommend it heartily!  smile
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 15, 2014, 08:02:01 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 15, 2014, 02:29:48 PM

Gratch also sold me on trying the new Diablo III patch and he was right: it makes the game *much* more fun.  A lot of attention has been paid to the new loot system, but there are also new power-ups, new challenges, and new monsters with new abilities that really spice up the combat encounters.  Many of the character abilities have also been rebalanced and shuffled around, so it's been a lot of fun experimenting with all my old Wizard runes.

Wasn't me...I haven't played with the new patch yet
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 01:47:26 PM
Is there a way to play against fellow low-level folks?  I just jumped into the campaign last night (figured that's as good a place as any to start) and when I got to the end of my last match, I noticed that I was the lowest level player by at least 15 levels.  I was 4, everyone else was at least 19.  Or do you just have to endure being target practice (me, doubly so) through the low levels until you gain some XP?
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 03:25:28 AM
Wow, I'm really...not good.  Played through the first three campaign missions and came in dead last in each one.  My matches typically ended up as a recurring cycle of:  spawn, run around for 30 seconds shooting grunts, hear 2-3 shots from a PC, dead (usually before I could even see what shot me), re-spawn.  frown  Going to keep playing and give it an honest try though...I really want to like it.  Unfortunately, after the third mission, I just kept getting a "Connection to server failed" error for about 10 minutes, so I think I'll go fire up Thief for a while instead.

How do I find GT'ers to play with?  Assuming you'd be willing to play with a n00b, that is.  I'm skinypupy on Origin...not sure if we have an Origin handle list around here or not.  Tried to import my friends list from XBL (no idea if it's cross-platform or not), and just kept getting server errors.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 14, 2014, 09:47:43 PM
Decided to break down and try something outside my gaming comfort zone.  Downloading now...we'll see how this goes.   paranoid
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: March 14, 2014, 07:19:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 14, 2014, 07:06:12 PM

I realize now that he's a bigot at heart, but as an adult he's been able to act appropriately in public.  But kids don't have that level of maturity by dint of being kids.  I guess I just can't wrap my mind around someone being confronted with this and not realizing that they need to change their ways for the sake of their kids.  



Because in his mind, there's nothing wrong with his kid's actions.  I'd be willing to be he's secretly proud of his kid for "standing up to liberals/Obama/the boogeyman/whatever". 
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 14, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
Maybe some Thief, or I might start Remember Me on PS3.  Or maybe something else entirely...who knows.
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