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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - Easter Bunny edition (3/25) on: March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM
I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 25, 2016, 01:04:10 PM
First impressions after a couple spins this morning.  The album is decent enough, but they certainly don't do anything to shake their "AC/DC of death metal" label.  It all feels very by-the-book and formulaic.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be missing the "edge" that they rediscovered on Deceiver of the Gods.  There's certainly nothing as brutal as Blood Eagle or Where Is Your God, and nothing as unique as Hel.  Raise Your Horns is definitely the standout track, and one that will be fun to see live (even if they're not hitting SLC on this tour   mad).  I do love the fact that Hegg is one of the few harsh vocalists that I have no problem understanding.  Being able to actually make sense of the lyrics helps to put the interesting story together.

It's not bad, mind you, just feels a little...meh.  Maybe it'll improve after a few more listens.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 25, 2016, 02:22:25 AM
New Amon Amarth album, Jomsviking is out tomorrow.  Hearing really good reviews so far.  Can't wait to check it out in the morning.
44  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 25, 2016, 01:47:22 AM
I'm on Uno, but have set it aside for now.  It's one that I think I'll eventually come back to at some point, but I just can't handle the level of frustration right now.

45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: 1 semester down, only 7 to go at the UofA College of Pharmacy... on: March 23, 2016, 08:43:54 PM
I had dinner with Pete and Mrs. Pete in Phoenix a few years back.  We had a great time, Pete was an awesome dude.

Looks like I still have his digits...might ping him and let him know his virtual ears should be ringing.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Salt and Sanctuary on: March 21, 2016, 04:26:54 PM
Guess I'll just add this to the ever-growing "games I would buy in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the crazy difficulty level" list. 
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/18/16 on: March 21, 2016, 02:11:05 AM
A little FF XIV (got my i230 chestpiece after working on it for a couple weeks, yay!), a little Fire Emblem Birthright (finally figured out why the FE games don't click with me, yay!), a little FF Theatrhythm (finally crossed the 100K mark, yay!), and I finally got around to trying Grim Dawn.  I think I like GD, but my PC keeps randomly locking when I play it.  Drivers for everything are up to date, so I'm not sure where to start troubleshooting (AA can attest...he was checking out my game when I wiped out this afternoon).  Also spent quite a bit of time with Tomb of the Mask, Train Conductor World, and Super Tribes (a fun Civ-lite game) on iOS.

Only bummer was the used copy of New Super Mario U I got from Gamestop looked like it had been mauled by a dog, and the system wouldn't recognize it.  Little B 7.0 was so disappointed.  frown  (we just won't mention my team's miserable performance in the NCAA tourney)
48  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 20, 2016, 02:26:58 AM
After playing another couple hours today, I think I finally put my finger on why I struggle to connect with the FE series:  there's simply too damn many characters.  During the last battle, I was trying to juggle 16 different characters on the battlefield.  I just can't keep track of trying to develop that many people.  Add in a bunch of the relationship building on top of that, and it's impossible for me to try and keep everyone straight.  I much prefer SRPG's that let me develop smaller parties, rather than having such a huge variety of toons to choose from.

That said, I'm having more fun with Birthright than I have any previous FE games. 
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 18, 2016, 07:00:53 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 18, 2016, 06:58:32 PM

uhhh...wtf is that thing!

Exactly my reaction as well.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/18/16 on: March 18, 2016, 06:59:59 PM
Mostly March Madness, but will probably get some FFXIV and Fire Emblem in as well.

Picked up New Super Mario U and Mario Kart 7 for Little B 7.0's birthday, so there may be some of that as well.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/15/16) on: March 18, 2016, 01:21:14 PM
It's Little B 7.0's birthday today, so I picked up New Super Mario U (WiiU) and Mario Kart 7 (3DS) for her.   She's going to have a blast.
52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS & Android] Clash Royale on: March 17, 2016, 07:28:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 12, 2016, 08:34:43 PM

<snip>

If you're like me, this game sounds like nothing you'd want any part of.  So try it, because you'll probably be surprised.  It really is a lot of fun.

Everything you wrote makes me think it wouldn't interest me in the least, but I keep hearing such good feedback about it.  My brother keeps bugging me to play, so I'll probably end up giving it a try.
53  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 13, 2016, 11:16:42 PM
Reading some reviews today, and everyone but me seems to love (or at least like) BDO.   icon_confused

I may give it another look and try to have a bit more patience with learning its systems before writing it off entirely.  Buffing my patience level... 
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 3/11 edition on: March 11, 2016, 11:45:08 PM
Somehow, my wife's niece's wedding is consuming my entire damn weekend.  Rehearsal dinner tonight, church ceremony tomorrow morning, family pictures tomorrow afternoon, and reception tomorrow night.  Just shoot me now, please.   mad

If I get any gaming time in the middle of that madness, it'll be with FF XIV and Fire Emblem Birthright.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 11, 2016, 04:18:05 AM
New Skeletonwitch track with their new singer, "Well of Despair".

I like it.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 07, 2016, 02:34:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 05, 2016, 04:46:42 PM

More FFXIV for me, with some FF Theatrhythm and Fire Emblem on DS mixed in as well.  I'm almost to the 100k mark in Theatrhythm...gotta hit that milestone  smile  Thinking about checking out Grim Dawn or giving Shadows of Mordor another look as well.

Lots of FFXIV, a little Theatrhythm, and I jumped into Black Desert Online (which so far seems like a complete waste of $50)
57  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 06, 2016, 10:30:29 PM
Decided to forgo the 7-day trial Kato sent me and just jump right in yesterday.  Yeah...that was a bad idea.  I should have listened to Hark.  smile

I'm not sure a game could make a worse first impression than this one. The UI is awful and completely unintuitive, half the quest descriptions are in broken Engrish that leave me wondering what the hell I'm supposed to do, the music is annoying, the voice work is terrible, it doesn't look that great outside of the detailed character models, there's very little explanation of combat, and even basic functionality goes completely unexplained.  Some examples, off the top of my head:

-  I try to sell what I assume is vendor trash to a vendor, and get a message stating "You could make more selling this on the marketplace".  Great...now where's the marketplace?  No idea, no indication, nothing in game that gives any guideance.
-  An NPC gives me two quests that require energy (the game's currency for doing quests, actions, etc.) to accept.  It was "Kill X Imps" and "Kill X Other Mob".  I accept thee...and there's nothing in my quest log.  No map markers (like there's been for every other quest so far).  Nothing that gives any indication that I took the quests, other than the fact my energy is now halved.  I'm not even 100% what it is I'm supposed to kill, and have no idea where to look.  
-  I get a quest telling me to "activate X nodes".  No explanation what a node is, how to find one, or how to activate it.  I find a node marker on the main map and go there.  It tells me I must "link to the previous node to access this one".  What previous node?  How do I link it?
-  There's some sort of conversation mini-game where you drag portraits from other NPC's onto a map and (I assume) it unlocks additional conversation options for the currently engaged NPC.  There is literally no explanation about this.  None.  So far, I've tried dragging multiple portraits and nothing happens.  Hell if I know what I'm supposed to do.

Honestly, I haven't played a game this ridiculously obtuse and unintuitive in a long time.  The only saving grace is that the combat (what little I can piece together) does seem rather fun.  It reminds me a lot of FF XIV when it was first released.   You can tell there's probably a decent game in there somewhere, but good luck figuring it out.  I'm spending more time googling how to do things than I am actually playing, and I certainly don't have the patience for that bullshittery.

Add in a bunch of technical issues like keyboard commands randomly unmapping, the game completely hard locking my system, and massive pop-in, and I'm about ready to just chalk this up to an entirely wasted $50.  Oh well...
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 05, 2016, 04:46:42 PM
More FFXIV for me, with some FF Theatrhythm and Fire Emblem on DS mixed in as well.  I'm almost to the 100k mark in Theatrhythm...gotta hit that milestone  smile  Thinking about checking out Grim Dawn or giving Shadows of Mordor another look as well.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: March 05, 2016, 04:41:24 PM
I've been playing this off and on (PC) and have been very disappointed in it.  It feels like they ratcheted the collection aspects up to 11 at the expense of everything else.   Seems like there's something flashing at me to pick it up every two steps.  I know I could just ignore them, but that doesn't eliminate the distraction.  The story (at least through 5 hours) is incredibly dull, and there's little in the way of the character development for Lara that made the reboot so interesting.  There have been very few set pieces, and even the ones that are there have been underwhelming.   Throw in some completely random performance issues (it'll run perfectly fine and smooth for 10 minutes, then suddenly slows down to a slide show for 30 seconds.  Rinse and repeat.), and I find myself mostly alternating between frustrated and just...bored.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider puts the series back in the 'meh' camp that Tomb Raider has always occupied for me.  
60  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 04, 2016, 02:58:56 PM
Trying to decide whether I love or hate Train Conductor World.  The gameplay is fiendishly addictive, but the advancement structure is infuriating.  It requires you to complete a "perfect" run on a level without stopping any trains, which is typically impossible.  That said, it's sucked up far more time than I would have expected over the last couple days.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 08:00:07 PM
Man, this thread is a funny read.  Concerns about BG&E2 being a Wii exclusive, playing the original on freaking Gametap, and this gem (from mid 2008).   icon_lol

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2008, 08:13:50 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 28, 2008, 08:08:12 PM

Um, wow.

 eek

Go for the Xbox or PS2 version.  Not sure if it's backwards compatable though.

It's not on the BC list, unfortunately.

I'm actually trying to temper my enthusiasm somewhat, at least until an official announcement.  Remember that even Duke Nukem Forever has a teaser trailer, and that one will never see the light of day.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 07:54:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 01:54:23 PM

Looks like this may be back in existence as a Nintendo NX exclusive.

It's a similar deal to what happened with Bayonetta 2, apparently.

It's working title is Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers.


I ignored the WiiU for a long time, but eventually bought it...mainly because of Bayonetta 2 (which I loved) and Xenoblade X (which was 'meh').  It has turned out to be a fantastic investment, simply because Little B 6.11 absolutely loves playing the Mario games (3D World and Mario Kart Cool

If BG&E2 gets very positive feedback for NX, I can see it being "the game" that pushes me into a next-gen Nintendo purchase.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: March 01, 2016, 02:32:43 AM
Keeping an eye on Black Desert Online. 
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 29, 2016, 05:04:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 26, 2016, 06:21:09 PM

The big 3.2 patch for FF XIV came out while I was on the road this week, so I haven't played any of the new story quests or dungeons yet.  It'll take up most of my gaming time this weekend, with some of the new Fire Emblem probably sprinkled in as well.  Hoping to get tickets for the Utah/Arizona b-ball game tomorrow, as it could decide the P12 title. 

You?

I actually stayed pretty close to plan this weekend.  Most of my time spent in FFXIV, tracking down a full set of Ilvl 200 gear and starting the new stuff.  Went with FF IX instead of Fire Emblem though.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 26, 2016, 06:21:09 PM
The big 3.2 patch for FF XIV came out while I was on the road this week, so I haven't played any of the new story quests or dungeons yet.  It'll take up most of my gaming time this weekend, with some of the new Fire Emblem probably sprinkled in as well.  Hoping to get tickets for the Utah/Arizona b-ball game tomorrow, as it could decide the P12 title. 

You?
66  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 25, 2016, 01:41:56 AM
The developers of Dungeon Raid (one my all-time favorite iOS games) have released a new game, I Keep Having This Dream.  It's a remarkably fun roguelike where you build the dungeon as you go.  Will definitely take up all the time I had set aside for FFIX on my flight tomorrow.  smile
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 25, 2016, 01:10:24 AM
I love it when I find previously unheard of bands who completely kick my teeth in and blow my mind.  Hyperion's latest effort, Seraphical Euphony has done exactly that.  Holy shitsnacks...this thing is gorram amazing.  It's like a more intense Emperor alum, but with actual hooks and melodies instead of simple chaos.  Can't stop listening to it.

68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 22, 2016, 04:19:54 AM
I caved and bought the new Fire Emblem Birthright tonight, so I guess that counts as this week.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 21, 2016, 08:15:36 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 21, 2016, 01:19:54 PM

Why not start a fresh series. To me it should have its own run at it, instead of the constant comparisons to the other Farcries.

As someone who has never been a fan of the FC series, I completely agree.  This game looks a little bit intriguing, but since I have no doubt they're going to stick very closely to the playstyle of previous games, I'll probably stay away.  If it were a new IP, I might give it a closer look.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 20, 2016, 04:23:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2016, 02:07:42 PM

Mrs. Gratch is headed out of town for the weekend, so I'm going to try and wrangle the Wonder Twins 2.6 and Little B 6.11 all by myself.  If we get through the weekend with no blood or broken bones, I'm calling it a success.

Gamingwise, I'll be bouncing around between trying to finish up the Guild Wars 2 story (started the level 70 story missions last night), Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC (4 hours in, still hasn't really grabbed me), and Final Fantasy IX on iPad.  I also have to admit being rather intrigued by XCom 2, even if it's way outside my typical gaming genres of choice.  

EDIT:  My wallet is wishing I shouldn't have read the glowing reviews of the new Fire Emblem.  Maybe this is the one that finally clicks...

Or I could do none of the above, resub to FFXIV, leave the FC (guild) that I've been with for 2+ years (frown), find a new FC that seems pretty cool, and have a blast running through both new and old content in preparation for the big 3.2 patch next week.

I could do that instead.  smile
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisigun Heroes - Kickstarter on: February 19, 2016, 05:14:54 PM
Definitely not my kind of game, but I wish him good luck!   thumbsup
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 19, 2016, 02:07:42 PM
Mrs. Gratch is headed out of town for the weekend, so I'm going to try and wrangle the Wonder Twins 2.6 and Little B 6.11 all by myself.  If we get through the weekend with no blood or broken bones, I'm calling it a success.

Gamingwise, I'll be bouncing around between trying to finish up the Guild Wars 2 story (started the level 70 story missions last night), Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC (4 hours in, still hasn't really grabbed me), and Final Fantasy IX on iPad.  I also have to admit being rather intrigued by XCom 2, even if it's way outside my typical gaming genres of choice.  

EDIT:  My wallet is wishing I shouldn't have read the glowing reviews of the new Fire Emblem.  Maybe this is the one that finally clicks...
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 18, 2016, 03:12:54 PM
I'm still catching up on a few things from 2015, as well as a couple of my most anticipated albums for 2016.

Myrkur - M.  An absolute mind-blower from one woman black metal whirlwind Amalie Bruun.  There is apparently some "controversy" in metal circles around this album because Bruun was in a pop band at one point, and the meathead subset of the metal crowd thinks that disqualifies her as being troo and kvlt metal.  Fuck that...this is as brutal as anything else you'll hear.  On the flip side, songs like this one showcase a beautiful voice and fantastic songwriting.  I was truly floored by this album.


Nervosa - Victim of Yourself.  We caught these ladies on the 70K cruise and thought they were absolutely fantastic.  This is the rare slice of pure trash that interests me, probably because they were so damn awesome live.  


Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess.  What happens when you combine the catchiness of the Foo Fighters with death metal?  You get Immortal Bird.  


Fleshgod Apocalypse - King.  FGA has finally found the perfect balance between the symphonic and metal elements in their music.  Every previous album has strayed just a little bit too far in either direction, but King gets it just right.  A concept album told from the perspective of different characters in a king's court, it's a wholly fascinating listen.  The Fool might end up as one of my favorite tracks of the entire year.


Mechina - Progenitor.  I think my expectations for this one might have been a little too high after last year's incredible Acheron.  The same spacey, "Mass Effect soundtrack meets metal" formula is still there on Progenitor, but didn't grab me as much.  It's still very good, I'm just not quite as high on it as previous albums.  You can listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp.  Plus, the cover artwork is just silly.


Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden.  This is one that showed up on nearly every "Best of" list last year.  I'm still not entirely sold on their particular mix of Candlemass, Dio, and Gates of Slumber, but it's growing on me.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 16, 2016, 06:19:11 PM
So Ghost apparently won the "Best Heavy Metal" Grammy last night...and had the most awkward acceptance ever.

 icon_lol icon_lol
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 15, 2016, 05:09:14 PM
Weekend was mostly all about Guild Wars 2.  Dinged level 72 last night, and am now on the home stretch for the personal story.  Not that it's terribly interesting, mind you, but I do so love the exploration aspects of the game.  Simy wandering around the world is fantastic fun.

Put a couple hours into Rise of the Tomb Raider, and came away fairly 'meh' about it.  Maybe it's just a slow starter, but the first few hours are just boring as hell.  Hoping it picks up further in.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 15, 2016, 03:39:55 PM
I'm sure my Fire Emblem routine will be the same as always:  get exited about it, play for 4-6 hours, get distracted and move onto something else, think to myself "I should really give that another shot", restart it multiple times over the next few years, and never make any real progress.
77  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: February 15, 2016, 02:26:30 AM
Thanks Hark.  I'll definitely keep an eye on reviews and such before jumping in.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: February 14, 2016, 07:14:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2016, 10:29:35 PM

MasterType! That was it. Doesn't help you but I feel better now. slywink



Holy crap...what a blast from the past.  I spent so many hours with that game.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 14, 2016, 07:13:06 PM
Good to see that the Wonder Twins are holding their own.  Apparently I need to give Corbin a bit more target practice at home.  slywink
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 12, 2016, 05:08:20 PM
Lots of choices this weekend, not sure where I'll land.  Still working my way to 80 in Guild Wars 2, started Final Fantasy IX on iPad, have both FF XIII - Lightning Returns and Shadows of Mordor starting at me from my PC desktop, and have been eyeing Rise of the Tomb Raider as well.  Final Fantasy Explorers is a 3DS option as well.

So many choice...where to start?  What's on tap for you?
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