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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 22, 2015, 11:43:33 PM
NOT Batman...take that! slywink

Just FFXIV Heavensward for me.
82  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: June 22, 2015, 02:55:36 PM
Spent most of last weekend with Heavensward in Early Access, and the new content is absolutely awesome.  The Ishgard areas are stunningly beautiful, especially with the DX11 upgrade they finally implemented.  There's a ton of stuff to do, including a brand new 50-hour storyline, new dungeons, a bunch of new leves (including the very challenging Temple leves), and - most importantly - flying mounts.  Seeing my Chocobo take flight for the first time was a beautiful thing.

Very happy I decided to jump back in...even if it means every other game got immediately shoved to the back burner for the next, oh, 9 months or so.  smile
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 20, 2015, 09:16:30 PM
Thought this might be the first sale where I come away empty, but I ended up grabbing Bioshock Infinite for $7.49.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/19 on: June 19, 2015, 07:51:44 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on June 19, 2015, 05:38:38 PM

Watch out, this thread may randomly be moved to another forum now.  You've been warned.

 Roll Eyes
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 19, 2015, 03:13:14 PM
Not a thing so far.  The few games I've been interested have still been too expensive (over $15).
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 19, 2015, 01:46:17 PM
The new game from Halfbrick (Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride) is out, titled Radical Rappelling.  The premise sounds silly (an endless runner as your climber rappels down the mountain), but it's actually a hell of a lot of fun and completely addicting.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 6/19 on: June 19, 2015, 01:15:21 PM
Early Access for the FFXIV expansion Heavensward opens up today, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to spend some time with that.  Might do some more Witcher 3 as well.

You?
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 17, 2015, 01:46:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 04, 2015, 07:12:26 PM

You Must Build A Boat is out...and it's awesome.  It's by the same guy who did 10000000, which is one of - if not the - best match 3 games out there.  YMBAB is more like a full-fledged expansion of 10000000, adding a ton more collectable and RPG elements to the mix.  This will be a serious contender for mobile GOTY.

After spending quite a few hours with YMBaB, I think I have decided I like 10000000 better.  There's more to do in YMBAB, but it feels like there's a point in every run where the game simply says "nope, you're done now".  I.E.  Giving you four chests in a row without spawning any keys.  It's almost like the game will let you get a certain point, then simply just...stops.

10000000 felt a bit more balanced.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 17, 2015, 02:27:48 AM
Interesting that the E3 I have paid the least attention to and was the least interested in in years has now come up with two of my most anticipated games:  FF VII (both the remake and iOS) and the Nier sequel (something I never in a million years thought would happen).   thumbsup
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:25:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 16, 2015, 01:48:25 AM

New trailer for what looks like a FF7 sequel.  

Yup, they had a pic of Cloud.

It's a real FF7 Remake this time.
Out first for PS4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kznek1uNVsg

I was at a concert last night, just caught wind of this.   icon_eek

/begin happy dance
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 08:02:14 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 15, 2015, 05:45:34 PM

I played around with it for a bit this morning.  Seems like a AAA time waster.  Awesome production values with zero substance.  I guess that’s OK for free but…meh.

Yeah, this was my takeaway as well.  Maybe it appeals more to those who are bigger Fallout fans, but it did nothing for me.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 15, 2015, 03:26:07 AM
Thanks for the well-wishes all.  smile  Dad's doing better, will be in a rehab facility through end of the month.  Will see how he's doing then.

Concrete curbing guys didn't show up until late on Friday, and since it takes 24 hours to cure, I didn't get any of the additional stuff done.  Oh, darn.  Instead, I split my time pretty equally between FF XIV and Witcher 3.  Got frustrated with the crazy long FF XIV queue times, so I just started playing W3 while I waited.  Made lots of progress, as I waited for 3 hours last night and the raid I needed still didn't start.  Awfully glad there will be some other stuff I can do in Heavensward while I wait.  smile

Unfortunately, I also ran into a nasty bug in Witcher 3, and I'm not sure I'll be able to access the top tier blacksmith.  Lame.   thumbsdown 
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: June 13, 2015, 04:59:14 AM
The first expansion for FF XIV, Heavensward, comes out next week.  I swore I was done with this game 3 months ago, but this expansion has me pretty intrigued.  I've jumped back in the last few weeks, and it's been lots of fun.  Finished the main story and my iLvl is now 113, which should increase by the end of this weekend (should have enough to get some 130 armor to replace my 110).  Not quite as high as I was hoping for, but it'll get there.

Here's my bitchin' disco coat (Snow's outfit from FF XIII, courtesy of some special event or another) and a shiny new bow.





Not looking forward to the crazy dungeon queues for DPS next week, but am glad that I'll have something to do besides crafting/gathering while I wait.  smile
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 12, 2015, 03:50:28 PM
Gaming time will be scarce this weekend.  Dad had a "tiny" stroke on Tuesday, so we're trying to get him settled into a rehab center today.  frown  I'm getting concrete curbing put in around all our flower beds this afternoon.  There's 200 bags of mulch in my garage waiting to be spread in said flower beds after the curbs are installed, which has to be done before the Wonder Twins big b-day party on Sunday (they turned 2 yesterday  eek).

If I do manage to get any gaming time in the midst of all that nonsense, it will probably be spent with Final Fantasy XIV.  It has completely sucked me back in, and I have a bunch of stuff I'd like to get done before the Heavensward expansion hits.  Might get some Witcher 3 in as well, although I feel it has ground to a halt once I hit Skellige.  Stupid goddamn sailboats.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: June 11, 2015, 01:45:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2015, 01:37:19 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on June 10, 2015, 11:54:05 PM

<certain thread lock>. I agree, I could give two shits about "Caitlyn" and hope to never hear another word about it.  It's whole family is a talentless joke and we would be better off if "Kardashian" wasn't in our vocabulary.

This Caitlyn stunt was nothing more than a money grab, from a slut filled fame hungry family.


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Okay, I said I'd let it go.  I went away from the page, read some articles, then said out loud, "Nope" and came back.

Look, there was money to be made here for Caitlyn, sure.  There's a reality show coming and everything.  And, yes, the Kardashian clan is spine-shiveringly awful.  However, for Caitlyn to put herself out there so far was really a bold move and should be applauded.

I saw someone mention that we are in a post-Caitlyn world now, which seems hyperbolic, but it's true.  

Before this happened, transgendered people were getting the shit kicked out of them regularly.  Just two years ago, a trans woman was beaten to death right outside of a NYC police station.  The reason these things happen so regularly, I think, is twofold.  For many, understanding what would bring a person to do this to themselves is completely incomprehensible.  And like most things we don't understand, we fear it.  Secondly, seeing an attractive person who is not actually the gender that you're supposed to like makes you feel weird and confused, and rather than deal with that rationally inside, an external attack is made.

Caitlyn put herself out there into that world.  Overnight, the world (for the most part) kind of got it.  The world, or at least our part of it, really did change because of this.

I know people get all pissed off when Caitlyn gets called a hero.  I understand that the men and women who put their lives on the line are a greater level of hero.  But Caitlyn put herself out there into a world of obvious danger for those like her and managed to change the world in doing so, making it a little more understanding.  That's no small feat.

Say hi to the Political/Religious gang for me.  I won't be going in there.

Well said, and I agree.

I don't think there's too many people who would argue against Eco's general assessment of the Kardashian clan.  However, for someone who has such a high media profile (for good or ill) to take a strongly visible action that increases the social acceptance of trans folks is important.  There are thousands of transgendered people fighting some seriously horrific discrimination and mistreatment battles on a daily basis, and we never hear about it because they are doing it out of the public spotlight.

If Caitlyn's actions helps even one of them have a better life through a more accepting general public, then it's absolutely worth it.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Sir Christopher Lee on: June 11, 2015, 12:01:18 PM
Damn.  frown
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 Games you care about on: June 10, 2015, 08:01:36 PM
Nothing comes to mind.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: June 10, 2015, 03:55:41 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 10, 2015, 03:04:49 PM

Well, I certainly have my differences with ATB's views occasionally, but he may just be annoyed with the media blitz surrounding Caitlyn's transformation, rather than the change itself (benefit of the doubt).

This was my initial thought as well. Caitlyn herself is just fine...I'd nominate the media (on either side) who can't stop tripping over themselves with non-stories to be on the rocket. 

99  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 10, 2015, 02:42:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 27, 2015, 01:54:05 PM

If you enjoy endless runners at all, they just released a Tomb Raider flavored version that is really pretty awesome.  It adds a ton of additional elements, such as vehicles, shooting enemies, parkour, wall runs, vine swinging, tightroping, etc., etc.  It's far more difficult than your standard Temple Run, and the production values are off the charts.  The core gameplay isn't anything new, but there are enough new things to do and see that make it really quite fun.

Lara Croft:  Relic Run

Lara Croft:  Relic Run has replaced Temple Run 2 as my "go to" game whenever I have 5 minutes to kill.  Now that I've gotten used to the terrain, I've had a few pretty decent runs.  I'm one relic away from unlocking the next area, but that's going to be really tough to get.  Individual clues barely move my relic meter...I think I need around 30 to get the next one.   eek

EDIT:  Finally got that last relic and opened up the second area.   icon_cool  Man, it's hard.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 10, 2015, 02:39:16 PM
Not enjoying Skellige nearly as much as the previous areas.  The quests haven't been nearly as interesting, and a huge chunk of the map markers require swimming (controls are so bad).  Not a big fan of sailing either.  Twice now I've been way out in the middle of the ocean, and I get attacked by Sirens who total my boat.  I then have to make the loooooooooooooong swim back to the closest map marker or harbor to find another boat.  
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 09, 2015, 10:18:20 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 09, 2015, 09:37:46 PM

Who the hell thinks I'm grown up enough to own a house?!?

I've asked myself that on many an occasion.  About me though...not you.  smile

Good luck with the move!
102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: June 09, 2015, 04:50:59 PM
Do console and PC peeps play together?  I would assume so.

I loved ESO, but can't imagine playing it without mod support.  The vanilla game was decent, but could also be frustrating as hell.  Mods fixed most of that frustration by adding map markers, more quest info, market board support, DPS calculators, details XP breakdowns, etc., etc.  I'm hoping they built in some of those mods, if only for the sake of those taking the plunge for the first time.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 08, 2015, 09:15:46 PM

Quote from: Crusis on June 08, 2015, 04:11:58 PM

Considering Elder Scrolls online. Is there any hope that it's a good game? The PC launch seemed to be a mess.

I played it a lot over the last couple months on PC, and can affirm that it is vastly improved from where it started.  In fact, I actually enjoyed it more than any of the previous Elder Scrolls game.  Sure, it's a little strange to have 20 other "chosen ones" running around with you, but the quest structure and world exploration are top notch.  Even though it's technically an MMO, I'd list the main storyline as one of the funnest single player RPG's I've ever played.  The main campaign (max level, finished the storyline) took me a little over 90 hours, and I haven't even touched the storylines for the other two factions yet.  There's plenty to keep you busy, and it's a blast to play.  I'd give it hearty thumbs-up, with the caveat that I have no idea if the high level end-game, raid, or PvP content is any good (99.9% of my playtime was solo PvE.  I literally ran a single group dungeon.  smile).

That being said, I can't imagine playing this without a few crucial mods (namely those that displayed tomes, Skyshards, and undiscoverable locations).  There were also some mods around DPS calculations, marketplace vendors, and a few other things that I found extremely useful.  Playing without out those would have been extremely frustrating, and I doubt I would have gotten all the way through it without them.  So change that to an iffy thumbs-up without mod support.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 - Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on: June 08, 2015, 06:58:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 08, 2015, 05:19:45 PM

For Uncharted 1, I think they should add a Very Easy mode that was in U2 and U3. I'm not sure they have the resources to make significant changes, but a Very Easy difficulty setting would only require blanket tweaks to health and damage. This allows people to play through it for the full story effect.

If they did this, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.  I tried a couple of the Uncharted games and while I loved the setting and characters, I absolutely sucked at the combat. I ultimately gave up on them because the combat was so frustrating for me.   Would love to re-try them with a "combat for dummies" setting that would allow me to enjoy the world and story without getting bogged down.

Witcher 3 nailed this perfectly.  It's tough enough on the higher settings to provide a significant challenge for those who want it, and is easy enough on the lower settings for those of us who suck at combat to still enjoy it.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 08, 2015, 01:54:45 PM
Debating pre-ordering the FF XIV Heavensward expansion, but that would be it.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 08, 2015, 04:06:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 05, 2015, 07:27:41 PM

Witcher 3 got patched today, so I'll be spending most of my time there.

Against by better judgement, I've also started playing FF XIV again.  Thought I was definitely "out" for the Heavensward expansion that hits in a couple weeks, but now I'm not so sure.  Outside of queuing for dungeons, I still really love this game.

Probably spend some time with You Must Build A Boat and maybe Chaos Rings 3 on iOS as well.

What's on your docket for the weekend?

One of the few weekends where I've actually stuck to my plan.  Spent most of my time with Witcher 3, but put about 4-5 hours into FF XIV as well.  Trying to finish up the storyline so I'm ready for Heavensward if I decide to jump in.  Spent some time with YMBAB as well, I'm starting to cool on it at the more difficult levels.  Still fun, but hugely frustrating as well.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 07, 2015, 09:18:00 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 07, 2015, 08:54:06 PM

I heard somebody mention that the most recent patch significantly improved the basic movement response (possibly in the PS4 version, specifically).  Anybody notice that? 

Nope.  Geralt is still clunky as ever.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 07, 2015, 04:25:51 AM
BREAKING NEWS - Geralt of Rivia (aka The Butcher of Blaviken), feared Witcher, monster-hunter extraordinaire, and one of the most powerful men in all the land was found dead today in his home.  Early reports indicate that he fell off a 2 1/2 foot stepstool and sustained grave internal injuries as a result.  More details to come as they are available.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 05, 2015, 07:27:41 PM
Witcher 3 got patched today, so I'll be spending most of my time there.

Against by better judgement, I've also started playing FF XIV again.  Thought I was definitely "out" for the Heavensward expansion that hits in a couple weeks, but now I'm not so sure.  Outside of queuing for dungeons, I still really love this game.

Probably spend some time with You Must Build A Boat and maybe Chaos Rings 3 on iOS as well.

What's on your docket for the weekend?
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Steam Family Sharing! Cross Region Trading in trouble? on: June 05, 2015, 05:48:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 04, 2015, 07:46:37 PM


So there's no second thumbstick, just a touch pad on the right side?  Not sure I'd like that.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: June 05, 2015, 03:05:49 AM
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 05, 2015, 01:59:01 AM
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113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 04, 2015, 08:22:33 PM
I got hit with two bugs last night:

1)  Mini-map doesn't load.  I can still see quest markers and the dotted line path, but there's no detail...just a blank brown circle.
2)  Completed quests not giving any XP.  A fairly significant program for an RPG to have.  smile  My understanding is that it was by design, in that you didn't receive any XP for quests that were too far below your current level.  I'm level 14, and the quest I finished last night was level 12...that doesn't seem like a very significant gap.  It also would seem to be a disincentive for players to actually and explore the world, if they knew they had to keep all quests within a certain range in order to get anything from them.

Hoping an upcoming patch will fix...probably holding off playing any more until it does.
114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 04, 2015, 07:12:26 PM
You Must Build A Boat is out...and it's awesome.  It's by the same guy who did 10000000, which is one of - if not the - best match 3 games out there.  YMBAB is more like a full-fledged expansion of 10000000, adding a ton more collectable and RPG elements to the mix.  This will be a serious contender for mobile GOTY.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Final Fantasy Type 0 on: June 02, 2015, 02:17:38 PM
FF Type 0 is coming to PC. 

Will be interested to see if they are able to do anything to bump up the visuals.  This was originally a PSP game, after all.  And with all these FF games coming to PC, where's my remake of FF XII dammit?
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 02, 2015, 01:32:31 AM
Great news, congrats!
117  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Pop-ups from ads on mobile on: June 01, 2015, 10:39:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 30, 2015, 08:40:23 PM

I have been getting pop up ads on Safari on iPad the last couple of days. Even worse today though, an App Store redirect for something called DraftKings.

Same here.
118  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 01, 2015, 09:54:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 01, 2015, 08:44:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2015, 03:41:04 PM

Woah, Chaos Rings 3 got stealth released last night.  What a pleasant surprise!

How is it?  I really like the idea of these deep JRPGs on mobile, but I find the time commitment needed ends up prohibiting me from getting too far.  Curious if it plays well in very short bursts, like 3-5 minutes, or is it more like a true JRPG that needs 30+ minute play sessions to play effectively. 

I really like it so far, but I've barely scratched the surface.  Definitely a good fit for mobile, as you can jump in and out pretty seamlessly.

It's been getting really good reviews, and I'd certainly give the early game a big thumbs up.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5/29/15 Edition on: June 01, 2015, 02:22:54 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 29, 2015, 02:00:28 PM

Lots of Witcher 3 (PS4) and Chaos Rings 3 (iOS) for me.

Spent a few hours with both.  I think I'm figuring out how to strike a better balance between world exploration and questing in Witcher 3 to avoid burnout.  My OCD tendencies are to chase every "?" on the map, which gets a little dull after a while. 

I also spent a few hours with Wildstar, after hearing it will be going F2P in the fall.  I apparently still had 30 days free, and figured I'd give it a legitimate look (my last attempt was during my FF XIV obsession).  Came away (again) with a giant 'meh'. Runs like absolute crap on my mid-range system, which I can't figure out because it mostly looks very bland. Quest tracking system is a pain, and it's filled with boring fetch or "kill 10 of X" quests. Was also the quietest MMO I've ever seen. In the 15 levels I played, I maybe saw people in zone chat twice. It was weird.

Completely uninteresting, imo. Maybe it shines in PvP or raids, but as someone who plays 99% PvE, I doubt I'll give it another look.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How the gaming market is changing on: May 29, 2015, 07:59:32 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 29, 2015, 05:28:40 PM

I thought I'd be an iOS gaming junkie but about the only things I play anymore are Spelltower and Freeway Solitaire. I echo all the comments about touch and swiping just not working for me in most games.

While I empty my wallet for Steam regularly, my main complaint is more and more the service itself is not some repository for "good" games. It's a gargantun landfill of games, many of them excellent, lots of them horrendous messes that probably have no business being carried on Steam. But now Steam just buries us in Curators, Tagging and other desperate efforts to filter its stinking decay of terrible PC titles and lackluster mobile ports and sometimes fine/sometimes not console-to-PC ports to try to unearth gems and undermarketed/underappreciated titles.

Steam regularly feels to me like someone came into my computer room and dumped several garbage cans of games on my floor and told me to sort through them to find the gems. Most of the time, with no playable demo to help me figure it out.

I'm waiting for someone at Steam to leave the company, drag a bunch of colleagues with him/her, and try to create a "better Steam" when it comes to newer titles. I realize GoG to some extent is maybe more what I want -- an online store focused on "good games," not on carrying everything in God's Creation.  icon_razz

If I may use a cliche:  One man's garbage is another man's treasure.  There's plenty of stuff I might personally consider to be crap on the Steam store, but I also realize that my tastes aren't the same as your tastes which aren't the same as YK's tastes which aren't the same as EddieA's tastes which...you get the idea.  There's certainly a ton of games available within multiple genres, but I don't know that I would label the bulk of it "crap" simply because I don't happen to like it.  Just my .02.
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