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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 01:57:15 PM
Armello looks interesting, but probably not a Day 1 purchase.  Nothing else otherwise.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - (late) 8/28 edition on: August 31, 2015, 12:11:33 AM
Figured out a bit of solution to the PSN download issue.  Apparently if you manually change the DNS entry, it makes a huge difference in speed.  Took my 4GB remaining download from 13 hours down to 45 minutes.  Still really long for a 20 Mpbs connection, but better than before.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - (late) 8/28 edition on: August 30, 2015, 10:12:49 PM
I was all over the place this weekend.  A little FF XIV, a few levels in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, finished off Journey (PS4), gave Hands of Fate another look (meh), played some FF Theatrhythm, spent a little time with Xenoblade, tried my hand at Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and played a couple hours of Bioshock Infinite.

I also started downloading FFX/X2 HD Remaster for PS4 at 7:30am this morning.  Now at about 4:15pm, it's still telling me it has 3 hours left to go.  I just should have gone and bought the physical game...PSN downloads are just stupid.   Roll Eyes
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: August 30, 2015, 07:25:51 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 30, 2015, 12:12:22 AM

Game Informer is reporting that a Collector's Edition has been announced:

Quote from: Game Informer
You can find the contents of the special edition below:

  • The game
  • A 100 page art book
  • A USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a 10 music tracks from the game’s soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

MSRP is $90, US.  There's nothing about retailer exclusivity, so it can probably be preordered anyplace the regular edition will be sold.

-Autistic Angel


I picked up the original Xenoblade for my New has not aged very well.
85  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: August 30, 2015, 04:13:47 PM
I've tried to get back into GW2 a couple times, but something in the way they have designed it causes my PC to overheat and shut down after I play for anywhere from 60-90 minutes.  It's the only gam I've ever had this issue with, and apparently it's a known issue with certain components that they've simply ignored.

Bummed, as I'd really like to jump back in with the expansion.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2015, 08:17:19 PM
If we're going with sports derps, I will (painfully) add this one:

87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: August 24, 2015, 09:36:07 PM
Can you change the title to "monthly" instead of "montly"?   icon_razz
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 12:06:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 24, 2015, 01:46:07 AM

You can almost hear the call of the publishers this week as they rush to get their wares out before a certain big name hits on September 1st (and another, older name with promises of an established developer). 

I'm pretty much entirely out of the loop these days...what comes out Sept 1?
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: August 20, 2015, 11:30:38 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 20, 2015, 09:24:16 PM

Having said that, I don't know how much of it I would actually play in reality.  I find that with games that have a ton of user generated content my interest wains really quickly, as I have little patience for dealing with mediocre content, finding the really good stuff, or even playing short levels and having to download more in between.

My thoughts as well.  I struggle enough to stick with regular Mario games...slogging through a bunch of user made stuff doesn't appeal to me in the least.  I may check it out a year from now when there are some established "must-haves", but there's certainly no immediate urgency.
90  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 19, 2015, 08:28:02 PM
Final Fantasy VII is due out on iOS today.

This will now mark the fifth time I've purchased this game (twice on PSX, once for PSP/PSN, once for PC, and now for iOS).   icon_lol
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 on: August 19, 2015, 02:21:56 PM

So I picked up a New 3DS this week and grabbed Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.  This is my first real attempt at getting into a MH game...I tried one of them (back on PS2, I think), but didn't stick with it for long. 

While it's all very intriguing, the sheer amount of information they throw at you from the start is a bit overwhelming.  Any suggestions for a complete noob, or beginner guides that you would recommend?
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 18, 2015, 08:48:16 PM
Ended up with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Xenoblade.  Now to find time to actually play them...
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 17, 2015, 12:56:57 PM
lol, awesome.

Shoot me a friend request, I'm Bayard Elderwood.  Happy to get you an invite to our Free Company as well, if you don't have one already.  And ping me with any questions...I've spent more time with FFXIV than I have any other game in my entire life.  smile
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 04:41:31 AM
Thinking about getting myself an early bday present and picking up a New 3DS tomorrow.   If I do, I'm sure I'll end up with some combination of Xenoblade, the new Etrian Odyssey, Monster Hunter 4, and/or a Shin Megami Tensai game.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 17, 2015, 04:17:40 AM
I finished my gaming weekend with Journey, which is pretty much my gaming zen.  It's so beautiful and peaceful (especially on PS4) and I love just exploring that world.

Quote from: YellowKing on August 17, 2015, 03:41:17 AM

So I went a little unexpected route this weekend, though Gratch may have been working some subliminal magic on me.

I've been dabbling in F2P MMOs for a few weeks now, trying to find something that entertains me, and all of them have failed to grab me. Elder Scrolls Online, SWTOR, LOTRO - I'd play for a night and then either the F2P trappings would get too annoying or I'd just grow bored.

I realized that what I really wanted - an old school MMO with decent graphics - could only be found in FFXIV. So I re-subbed and have been having a ball with it.

 thumbsup  What server?
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: August 16, 2015, 07:31:11 PM
I finally finished Witcher 3 today, and unfortunately I got the uber-shitty ending.  The one that when Kotaku did an evaluation of all the potential endings, their comment was: 
"I’d have been pissed if i’d played like 90 hours of Witcher 3 to end like that.

While I really enjoyed the game for the most part, I do feel it could have been trimmed a bit.  I ultimately ended up skipping most side quests in the final third because I never would have finished it otherwise.  Things seemed to grind to a halt once you hit Skellige, and I really had to force myself to continue.  Still, the storytelling, graphics, and gameworld were all incredibly well done.  Despite some shortcomings, I'd still give it an A-.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 16, 2015, 07:19:18 PM
I pushed through the main storyline and finished Witcher 3 today.  I apparently got the "really fucking bad" ending*, which ended what had been a good game on a really sour note.

Spoiler for *
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ciri dies trying to stop the White Frost, Radovid takes over and basically murders everyone, Emyrs is killed by his own subjects, Cerys takes over Skellige.  Geralt kills the crone and finds Ciri's medallion, but is overcome by grief as soon as he does.  The last shot is him sitting in the crone's house sobbing while swamp monsters swarm the place, so I assume he died too

Yeah, don't go for that sucks.  frown  

Also played a little Rocket League (stupid fun, but I'm terrible at it), the Strider reboot from a couple years back (meh), Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (better on PS4 than on PC), and a little FF XIV.

Now I'm debating whether I have enough gumption to restart Pillars of Eternity...
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 06:12:56 PM
Mostly just trying to get over this head cold, probably with a liberal helping of FFXIV.  Hoping to get my Dragoon to 55, and continuing to work towards a full set of eso gear for my Bard.

Might get in a little SWTOR as well.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 08:38:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 11, 2015, 06:58:26 PM

I am waiting until the PS4 gets it, then I will show them that yes, they still have customers who support them on Sony.  TBH, I will use the gap to play the other games this year.  I can wait.

Pretty much this.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 10, 2015, 02:01:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 09, 2015, 06:06:57 PM

Yeah, I think it's the equivalent of staring at a 900-page Brandon Sanderson novel. I want to read it, I know it will be good, but it's just such a big project.

When I was younger that would have been no problem, and in fact - "challenge accepted." In these days of one hour gaming time a day - if I'm lucky - and various other hobbies competing for that hour at the same time, it's tough to start something I know could very well take me 3-4 months to finish, and that's IF I commit to it. I know the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, and that there is no reason to feel guilty for setting the elephant aside when I'm not feeling hungry, but it's hard for me to do.

I used to be in the "if a game isn't 20 hours+, then it's a waste of money" camp, but these days I actually get excited when I run across an RPG that's less than 40 hours. I think that's the only reason I beat Pillars of Eternity - I knew going in that it wasn't a 100+ hour marathon.

So much truth to this.  Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to finish PoE?  I started it once and got about 6 hours in, but shelved it because I wanted it to get patched further.  Maybe I'll give it another look.

My weekend went about as expected.  Gained another 255 Esoteric tomes in FFXIV, and will have my i200 weapon in a couple more days.   icon_cool  Also got my Dragoon sub-class up to lvl 54.  Spent quite a bit of time with SWTOR as well, taking my Jedi Knight up to level 18.  Burning through the story is fun, but gear/money are definitely going to be an issue.  I'm also struggling with learning the mechanics of a whole new MMO, and trying to decide if it's worth it.

Witcher 3 went unplayed again.  frown
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 09, 2015, 02:38:35 PM
Looks like we're not the only ones who had issues finishing Witcher 3
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 08, 2015, 11:51:35 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 08, 2015, 11:16:06 AM

I have been having a lot of fun playing Heroes of the Storm lately.  The community has been great for the most part, and characters like Azmodan, Sylvanas, and Chen have just been a blast to play.

I'm also something like 40% through Dying Light.  That game is incredibly good -- the developers really took all the lessons and criticisms from Dead Island to heart, and I've been having a great time free-running through the city.

-Autistic Angel

One of my friends keeps bugging me to play Dying Light.  The free running aspects look cool, but oh how I hate anything zombie related.  Might see if it shows up on a steam sale sometime and give it a shot then.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 08, 2015, 08:59:03 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 08, 2015, 11:55:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch
Witcher 3 is still sitting there glaring at me for not finishing it.  I tried putting in a couple hours last weekend, but wasn't feeling it at all.  It's so weird, I've never been so high on a game only to have my desire to play just...disappear.

I'm in the same boat. I bought it Day One, couldn't wait to play, and I've put maybe 10 hours into it total. It just didn't grab me. I'm sure I'll get back to it at some point, but right now I'm having more fun in GTA V.

I'm the opposite, in that I absolutely loved the game through the first two acts.  Thought it would easily be by GOTY.  Then I got to Skellige, and the whole thing just fell down for me.  Missions got very boring, I hate the long stretches of sailing between islands, everything started feeling very same-y...I just completely lost interest. 
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Galak-Z The Dimensional on: August 08, 2015, 08:55:09 PM
Thanks for the review today.  Looks like this will be yet another game that goes on the "looks really cool but far too frustrating" pile for me.  frown
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 07, 2015, 06:45:33 PM
I'm starting to stall again on FFXIV, as there's really nothing but the grind right now.  Still, I'm sure I'll keep doing the dailies to gear out my main at i200 until the next patch brings more dungeons and content.

I'm also getting that inexplicable urge that kicks in about every 6 months to go back to SWTOR.  I've always liked the story aspects of the game, but ended up burning out on the sidequest grind in the mid-30's.  I've heard that they have a 12X bonus to XP for the next couple months that would allow you to run through the main story without having to bother much with the bazillion silly sidequests.  May be worth another look...if nothing else, I could at least finish one of the storylines.

Witcher 3 is still sitting there glaring at me for not finishing it.  I tried putting in a couple hours last weekend, but wasn't feeling it at all.  It's so weird, I've never been so high on a game only to have my desire to play just...disappear.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 07, 2015, 12:12:43 AM
Upgrade complete, and that was remarkably painless.

Firefox, Quicken, Word, Excel, and Final Fantasy XIV work...that's pretty much all that matters on my PC these days.   thumbsup
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 06, 2015, 07:01:57 PM
This looks like it could be awesome...a Pac-Man "endless runner" by the devs who did Crossy Road.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 06, 2015, 03:02:18 PM
I'm doing the upgrade tonight...wish me luck.   paranoid
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 02, 2015, 09:59:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 02, 2015, 04:07:46 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 01, 2015, 02:57:14 PM

Detective Inspector Gratch is on the case!


-Autistic Angel


Maybe it's the beer talking, but I love you for this. 


Inspector Gratch out.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: August 01, 2015, 11:18:07 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 01, 2015, 08:01:21 PM

I wonder if Rob is interested in taking my license for Burning Board off my hands.

Who is this Rob character?  He sounds shady.   ninja
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 09:01:59 PM
Makes sense, as we didn't have to put in a new pad or drainage.  That shit gets real expensive real quick.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 06:43:26 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 31, 2015, 05:32:53 PM

Drink myself into a coma at the thought of the $6k I just had to ask Dad to spot me for a new air conditioner.  And maybe some World of Warships.

$6K?   eek  I replaced both my A/C unit and furnace for around $4,500 a couple years back.  You must have gone with the super deluxe version.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 04:29:43 PM
I'm going to make an honest-to-God effort this weekend to get back into Witcher 3.  I've tried three times since FF XIV's Heavensward expansion came out, and it just hasn't re-clicked.  I'm going to start mainlining the story and hopefully that gets the spark back.  There's no way I can leave a game I've put that much time into unfinished.

Will also be capping my weekly Esoteric tomes in FFXIV with a few dungeon runs.  Slowly inching my way towards i200.

114  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Weird error message on: July 31, 2015, 04:26:52 PM

Quote from: naednek on July 31, 2015, 03:37:45 PM

Sorry, I thought you were one of Eco's alt's...

Well, I am...but that's beside the point.  slywink
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So...Ron likes starting topics with "So..." on: July 31, 2015, 03:56:55 AM
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116  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Weird error message on: July 31, 2015, 03:55:18 AM
If I go directly to my bookmark for the forums (, I get a message saying
"Sorry Guest, you are banned from using this forum!

Going to the main page then clicking on the Forums link works fine.

117  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2015, 08:19:12 PM
A few things I've been playing recently:

Guardian Sword:  Combine Puzzle Quest and Dungeon Raid, and you get Guardian Sword.  The first hour or two are crazy difficult, but stick with it...the game really opens up after a while.  It's got awful Engrish dialog, but I find that it just adds to the charm.

Blades of Brim:  An endless runner/RPG hybrid by the folks who did Subway Surfer.  Took a while to click, but I've been playing every day since it finally did.

Prune:  I love the absolutely beautiful minimalist aesthetic, but I'm not entirely sold on the puzzle-solving gameplay.  Still early on...judgement pending.

Race to the Sun:  An endless runner (flyer?) where you pilot a spaceship through a really cool landscape.  Tough, but really fun.

Hungry Shark Evolution:  My brother got me hooked on this when I was in Nashville last week.  You swim around munching on fish, crabs, and unsuspecting humans.  Far more fun than it has any right to be.

The Executive:  A wholly bizarre brawler by the "Pizza vs. Skeletons" developer.  I dig the whole surreal, Monty Python-ish vibe, but am having a hard time getting any good at the actual gameplay. 

The Long Siege:  I think I've given up on this one.  Good concept, but falls down in the actual execution.

I'd be remiss if I didn't give another shout out to Radical Rappelling, as it's really my #1 "go-to" game.  I pulled up the stats to find that I've spent nearly 13 hours with it so far.   icon_eek  It's an excellent an wholly addicting game.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 03:01:23 PM
Picked up a few really good iOS games:  Prune, Guardian Sword, and Race the Sun.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 30, 2015, 02:58:45 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 30, 2015, 02:24:11 PM

So, back on the topic of "waning forum usage", people turning every thread into a political and/or religious debate is one of the top reasons I avoid so many threads around here.

I can think of a couple threads that got unexpectedly steered in that direction (this one due to Eco's threadshit, and the Funny Pics thread), but it doesn't seem like it's all that common of an occurrence.

Or maybe I'm just not reading enough threads to notice it.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 29, 2015, 05:57:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 29, 2015, 01:21:30 PM

I agree with many of the things he says about the liberal bias and how it has killed any and all dissenting voice but GT is just a microcosm of what's going on in our country.

Many of my conservative friends can discuss their ideas calmly and rationally, present supporting data when appropriate, and can clearly articulate the thought process behind their opinions.  While I may not end up agreeing with them, I can fully respect their opinions (see exhibit A).  Agree to disagree, and all that.

Expressing opinions through a series of insults, resorting to nothing but "you're all idiots because..." arguments, never providing even the slightest shred of data to support an outrageous position, and becoming increasingly hostile anytime someone disagrees with you will cause me (and most intelligent people, I would think) to immediately discount anything you have to say. 

Guess which camp most of the outspoken conservatives on this forum (and society at large, imo) fall into?
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