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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free keys for Gaming Trend forum-goers for Lawbreaker Closed Alpha on: August 05, 2016, 12:58:24 AM

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Oh hai there.  how would you like some codes for this weekend's closed-Alpha for Lawbreakers?   While we are working on giving away some in our other social media channels, these are just for you, our loyal forum readers.   Try to mark them off as you use them so others can have a shot.   Enjoy!

FXAG4-GITGX-GGPWE               5H0JV-P7NIG-ZC39P            N6DJM-VG7ZT-BKCNZ            ZXZWY-KP75Q-7K0WP
X6K6W-8YQQ4-QPKWX               V33WR-GZCC4-AVX7P            XTBKI-CDM6V-M4820            TD9G9-E8MJ8-BYAKZ
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XN28E-T57CZ-7I2HF               J9KA0-Q5AVJ-6P8HB            WDNKZ-39RNY-7W6K9            PRD5R-DZRQD-LX36Q
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4YVB9-AJIK8-6M3Q9               5NX4B-NBLVN-VPILY            9A6FJ-E89IT-T0W2I            L2DTV-BYAJQ-3TXYM
ADBV5-PMQ6J-V9BNH               797NV-33MXR-Z50R7            YMM23-EEGA8-AFRIM            NINVC-MBAI8-WBWHW
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NIZCW-6WGGI-HIBWK               7Y9AC-W5YBJ-D6IM3            N6QHB-RJP0F-WGH22            8K00F-XJKF8-Y33LM
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VB8YY-Y90CR-B3XXQ               NPGD8-NYA69-Q3AHX            LHTLI-Z3IKG-ZT0IC            KTEDY-KMRT0-ILWYF
PRVK2-6QVRZ-VM5J6               QBJ2B-82AGL-CIK5Q            0I9WY-YXML2-IFMZH            MN7HI-BHNAC-KVA6F
AZH9Y-0GFCE-ZEWDR               874G2-INFTF-3ALWY            P2VY6-LKFK8-NRIQ0            DKREJ-IEPXA-C6WVG
WPR9C-6V7KC-J074K               44KGN-RZ3PF-QHZKJ            4R5G7-58CF6-93MCD            TDBLK-992XI-6ZYFI

Thanks, Ron!  I've put a strike through the key I took.  Enter them on Steam, fwiw, kids.

I'll be surprised if we actually have that many active forum members anymore, but it would be a nice surprise.  smile

WOOT!  Free stuff!

Thank you, KD.

Took one as well.


I'm one of those lurkers, but hey, I've at least been registered for a while!  Tongue  This is pretty awesome though. I've been quite interested in this game, especially since I am one of the weirdos that just didn't catch the Overwatch fever.  Thanks!
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 22, 2012, 04:07:20 AM
I have been playing a DH, and am currently 41 in Act II on Nightmare.  I'm getting bored because DH seems too easy.  Using Smokescreen runed for longer duration, and Preparation, it's easy to avoid all damage in a fight. Couple that with my lucky drops and him somehow having 1500 DPS already, it's not very difficult.  Act boss fights are the only time I have to conserve Smokescreen and use it smartly.  The rest of the time I just charge around invulnerable.  So I am thinking of starting a new character.

I avoid the forums, since they are a whine fest, so any of you who have played a Witchdoctor past Normal, what are your thoughts?  I know all the classes are good on Normal, and Nightmare, but from what I understand their weaknesses start showing in Hell and Inferno.  I would like a challenge, but not an adventure in hopelessness.  I am also debating a Wizard, but the DH has bored me of the glass cannon type of play. 
3  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 27, 2012, 02:01:32 AM

Quote from: Booner on April 26, 2012, 10:04:29 PM

Quote from: Grimwar on April 26, 2012, 09:53:20 PM

So I am curious, I have the client downloaded and even though I preordered the first day it was available, I have yet to get an e-mail about the beta weekend.  My retail key is registered, so would I still be able to play this weekend or am I boned?  I did some searching for an answer, but I didn't come up with much other than people complaining about not being able to download the client.

From what I've gathered.... one way is to check is by starting the client and providing your log in info, if you get an error roughly stating that "Your account is all prepared, but there are no events running at this time", then all is good.

I tried that and it looks like I am good to go.  Thanks!
4  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 26, 2012, 09:53:20 PM
So I am curious, I have the client downloaded and even though I preordered the first day it was available, I have yet to get an e-mail about the beta weekend.  My retail key is registered, so would I still be able to play this weekend or am I boned?  I did some searching for an answer, but I didn't come up with much other than people complaining about not being able to download the client.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer Beers on: April 22, 2012, 01:16:30 PM
Pliny the Elder if you can get it and they don't limit how many you can purchase there.  Here I can only buy two bottles at the bottle shop that carries it.  

Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA is a good one too.

I am also partial to Saisons and Brett Ales in the summer.  Funkwerks makes a couple of good ones, if they distribute to Reno.  
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop on: April 07, 2012, 02:13:45 AM
I highly recommend the G74SX.  I have one and have not been disappointed with it.  It runs Skyrim quite well.  You can't max AA and shadows, but with FXAA on, high shadows and everything else maxed it ran very well.  BF3 did well on it too. If you want to run everything on max settings, you won't like the G74, but it holds it's own well and will play anything out there on high at least with good frame rates.  It's also nice and quiet and stays very cool.  My only gripe was the screen, but I am really picky.  It has a blue tint to it that drove me nuts, but no one else who saw or used my laptop seemed to notice.

However, the G75 is coming soon, as are new laptops for MSI.  The G75 will have a 660M in it with the new Ivy Bridge processors and 12GB RAM.  I have not heard any definite hardware specs on the new MSI laptops.  Unfortunately, based on early testing, the G75 won't be a major upgrade from the G74 but I think it would still be a good idea to wait because I am sure the G74 will drop in price. 
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Damn it. Best Antivirus? on: April 01, 2012, 02:04:28 PM
I didn't want to make a whole separate thread, so I apologize if I derail, but do any of you guys have antivirus/malware recommendations for Mac also?  I reformatted my gaming PC and I now use it only for gaming.  I bought a MacBook Air as a general purpose computer, but it is my first Mac and I am not familiar with Mac software.  I have always heard they are less likely to get a virus, but with the rise in popularity in Macs I figure more viruses will be written for them so I want to make sure I am covered. 
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dusty computer is REALLY dusty (need advice) on: March 03, 2012, 09:36:14 AM
I wanted to add, just compressed air isn't normally enough in my opinion.  I clean my PC every 3 months or so and I can not stand one spec of dust being left behind.  I usually come at it with a bottle of alcohol, an army of Q-Tips and a thin, lint free cloth.  The Q-Tips with alcohol get in between all of the nooks and crannies. Then I use the cloth and canned air afterward to do a final wipe down and get rid of the remnants of dust an Q-Tip lint.  It takes some time, but it's worth it.
9  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: February 05, 2012, 03:46:16 PM
My favorite character so far has been my Scoundrel, Scrapper spec.  With Risha, mobs die in seconds.  When I use Guss Tuno, I can solo anything in my level range (43) except for some of the wandering bosses in the heroic areas.  Guss is a beast of a healer. In PvP, even post nerf, I have no issues.  People die fast and I rarely get killed.  I'm not sure why so many people are crying about the Scrapper/Operative nerf.  OK, so we can not kill someone before the stuns wear off, but we are still very dangerous. 

My only complaint with Smuggler has been the story.  It seems so random.  The first act flowed well, but it was kind of boring.  The 2nd act has some very cool parts, but it just doesn't seem to flow well.  The Smuggler dialogue options are entertaining though.  Calling Darth Magus "Darth Mashface" gave me the giggles.  Whoever did the Smuggler voice acting is really good too in my opinion.  His delivery of the one liners is perfect.  The biggest beef I have though is with how fickle Risha is.  I always take her along on the important story bits, just because I like her story better than the other companions, and sometimes she completely contradicts herself.  She advised me to kill this Hutt I was talking to, so I took the dark side option and threw a grenade down his throat.  I lost -78 affection with her for it.  What the hell?  You just told me it was a good idea to kill him!  I know she doesn't like me killing innocent people, but this Hutt wasn't an innocent. 

Overall though I am really liking this game.  I doubt I will get into end game stuff, but this is the first MMO where I want to play all of the class and faction combos just to see the stories. 
10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any recommendations for a good backlit gaming keyboard? on: December 30, 2011, 04:40:24 PM
I have the Sidewinder X4 and love it.  It doesn't have the detachable numpad like the X6 Purge is getting, but everything else is the same.  I definitely recommend either one.  It has the full gambit of media controls, volume controls (which I love, especially since my headset has no volume control on it) and a calculator button.  I'm not sure how useful that is, but it's kind of cool.  It is cabable of running macros, but since you are not interested in macros you may be happy to know the macro keys do not take up much space.  Plus, it's cheaper than most other gaming keyboards. 

11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest surprise hit/disapointment of the year 2011 on: December 04, 2011, 02:54:48 AM
My biggest surprise was Skyrim.  Yes, it was one of the most anticipated games this year by most people, but I never have had a good relationship with Bethesda games.  I liked Morrowind well enough, but not to the levels a lot of people did.  I hated Oblivion.  Neither of the new Fallout games did anything for me either.  However, Skyrim got it's hooks in me and I have not played  another game since it came out.  I love everything about it.

The biggest disappointments for me were L.A. Noire and Deus EX.  L.A. Noire just bored me to tears.  Finding clues was brainless and interviews were tedious.  Deus Ex I did enjoy well enough, but it just felt so hollow.  For me it had no personality and the story was terrible.

Battlefield 3 is also somewhat of a let down.  On maps like Caspian border that are more in tune with the old BF games, BF3 really shines and I love every minute of it.  On maps like Metro and Grand Bazaar, I hate BF3 and feel like I am playing another generic shooter.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 10:16:09 AM
I really like this game (I am not a CoD veteran, so the gameplay is still pretty new to me) but it is also infuriating. People just seem to be too good.  I have no idea how people head shot me so accurately over and over, especially from across the map.  I also have given up on trying to be sneaky, it seems pointless.  So, I just run around willy nilly now.  It feels more effective, even though I still suck.  I wish the maps were just a bit bigger to allow for more sneaky play, that's really my only gripe with the game itself. What is interesting to me is playing MW3 made me 10 times better at BF3 in gun fights when I played that for a bit tonight. 

Having been playing these two games on 360, my first foray into console FPS, I am almost wanting to switch over permanently.  Everything in me says "Bah, PC is better", but for some reason I have more fun on console.  Maybe it's because I have played on PC for so long, the change is interesting and I enjoy seeing myself get better with a controller.  That and I have grown tired of hassling with PC drivers, patches, and components.  The older I get the more I want stuff that just works as is and doesn't tempt me constantly with the latest a greatest hardware upgrades I don't need to buy but still do. 
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 12:14:56 PM
Please tell me there is a way to turn off voice chat in this.  I can't find it and I can not tolerate listening to all the punk ass high school kids and college frat bros.  Man, their stupidity makes me rage.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: November 05, 2011, 06:57:26 AM
Well, I broke down and bought the 360 version.  I tried playing on PC again and my hand shakes pretty much made me quit for good.  I have never played FPS on consoles, except for a few rounds of Halo 3 a while back so I was worried about my aiming.  Surprisingly, I am doing well.  I noticed though I play differently than a lot of people.  The PC play style is definitely different than the general console play style, and I get the drop on people a lot.  It seems console players in general are more reckless.  I am actually getting better scores than I did on PC (mostly due to no hand shake).  I just can't drive a tank at all on console.  It feels so awkward.   

As far a graphics go, yeah, it looks better on PC, but I don't notice most of the time.  The 360 graphics are definitely good enough to keep me from missing the PC visuals. 
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: November 04, 2011, 08:43:35 PM
How does the game perfrom and look on 360 or PS3? Which version is the recommended one to get?  I bought it for PC, but for some reason, as I get older, my hand shakes uncontrollably when I am shooting people, so I can barely play.  I have only had this problem for a couple of years, but it has killed my enjoyment of FPS games.  (I am only 33, so I shouldn't be getting the hand shakes, but I do, even when not playing games)  So, I am debating dropping another $60 bucks so I can play it since the shakes don't affect me on console controllers.  I just can't aim on consoles after years of FPS playing on PC, so I'll need some practice.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: November 03, 2011, 12:13:26 AM
Glad they fixed the Dragon Head glitch.  I tried it on an alt so I wouldn't mess with my main, and man was it retarded.  I taped down the square button and went to go grocery shopping.  I had 600 million souls when I got back.  Used them all to level and the game became too easy.  I was killing bosses in 5 hits on average.  It was cool for a few minutes, but I went back to my main character. 

I am kind of sad about the Gold Hemmed nerf.  I love being mobile and the Gold Hemmed armor was great for people who like to dodge instead of tanking.  I guess I will go see how bad it was nerfed before I make a judgement.  Havel's will probably be my new armor set if the nerf was severe, especially if Gold Hemmed can still not be upgraded.  I am so used to dodging and parrying everything though, it will take a while to adjust to blocking. 

I am just glad they did not touch the Artorias Greatsword.  I am not sure why people say it sucks.  It is by far my best weapon, out performing my +5 lightning spear by quite a bit.   The only time I use my spear anymore is in very tight quarters.

Has anyone gone back to Demon Souls after Dark Souls?  How does it compare overall?  I never got far in Demon Souls, I was still a WoW junky then.  Dark Souls is making me want to go back and give Demon Souls a proper play through.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 30, 2011, 05:27:05 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 30, 2011, 05:09:28 PM

Fatty and Skinny boss fight is killing me - stepping away. icon_mad

Spoiler for Hiden:
You can cheese this fight.  Kill Ornstein first.  Just keep as much separation between him and Smough as possible.  Use the pillars to slow Smough down.  Once you kill Ornstein, use the pillars again.  Keep Smough on the other side of the pillar from you at all times.  You should be actually touching the pillar.  When he goes to swing, just step back, then run around the pillar to get a hit or two in.  Reset and do it again.  You can kill him without out ever taking a hit in the second stage.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If I could have dinner with anyone on: September 21, 2011, 10:20:01 AM
Neil Gaiman and Richard Feynman.  I think my brain would explode though.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wasted on Steam (calculates your Steam stats) on: September 21, 2011, 10:01:12 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on September 21, 2011, 08:48:42 AM

The problem is that its calculating based on what Steam currently shows, which at least in my case is wrong.  My suspicion is that Steam only calculates time played based on a rolling timeframe from today to a specific amount of time in the past.  So, for example, Steam says I've only put 6.2 hours into Half Life 2, which is totally wrong.  But its likely I've only put that much into the game in the last two years or so.

Mine is way off too.  I have played TF2 at least 10 hours in the past 7 days (738 hours total since launch) and it doesn't even show on my list, but it says I played 200 hours of Rift, which I haven't touched in 3 months or so.


Has logged 836.1 hours of playtime that's 34 days, 20 hours, and 6 minutes worth
Has spent the most time playing RIFT, which accounts for 27.0% of their playtime
Has played 62 games, while 30 remain untouched frown you can also view unplayed and played games
Owns 92 games for a total worth of $1142.17 (at the games' current prices)
Six games Grimwar currently owns are on sale. View all of them?
Their overall account cost per hour of gametime of the games list below is $1.37
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: September 21, 2011, 03:31:29 AM
I finally found a Stronghold by sheer luck.  I was just digging up some coal I found while treking through the forest and underneath one of the coal veins was a stone brick block.  I broke through that and fell into a stronghold.  It was pretty cool, but disappointing overall.  There were very few monsters, so exploring it was easy.  For now, the abandoned mine shafts are way more dangerous and lucrative.  Hopefully Notch does something cool for the strongholds in 1.9.

As far as everything else in 1.8, I really like it.  The terrain is far more interesting and caves are just awesome now, especially the new, huge open caves.  Enderman seem pointless and feel more like a novelty than a dangerous creature to be wary of.  Despite a few minor gripes, I really like 1.8.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: September 13, 2011, 10:22:07 AM
Maybe so.  It did seem odd I could just run around willy nilly on the last stage and no one would attack me, just yell at me then go about their business. If it is a bug, that is one hell of a game breaker.  If they had attacked me it would have been a lot more interesting.

Spoiler for Hiden:
If the last fight was bugged, that is an even bigger game breaker.  All I did was hide behind a pillar when the guns activated then shot at her with the laser rifle for the hell of it.  Seems it worked.  I read up on the last boss fight afterwards and apparently a lot of people did the same thing.  So if it's a bug, it is a quite common one.

I guess I am being harsher than I should be.  Oh well, hopefully some of the other titles this year live up to the hype.  I know I am in the major minority, but Deus Ex was a huge bust for me.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: September 12, 2011, 11:00:23 PM
Finally finished this and my final verdict is "meh".  I normally don't trash games, but this game really pissed me off with the seemingly complete disregard to telling a good story.  Some brief thoughts.....

The gameplay was fun, up until the final level.  It made so little sense to me.....

Spoiler for Hiden:
Not the way things went down in the story, but here I am, some fully augmented super human and I can just walk right through all of the mad men without firing a shot or incapacitating anyone.  They just ignored me, or ran to me then stopped and yelled at me. Shouldn't they have set up the level to test me more than previous parts had?

The story was horrid in my opinion.  It started out with a ton of promise and I was all into finding out what was going on.  Then, it just falls apart.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The motives were just dumb and I did not get any sense of some grand conspiracy like I hoped there would be, other than the brief mentions of the Illuminati wanting to control people.  It was just a few dudes with their own interests at heart using each other.  The ending was just terrible too.  I wonder if they even cared about telling a good story because the ending was about as anti-climatic as you can get.  Jensen giving a philosophy lesson isn't an ending.  **Edit** Adding another point that irked me.  All this crap about Megan and her history with Adam, Adam hellbent on saving her and what happens when he finds her?  Nothing.  She just acts like it's no big deal, fixes his augs and takes off.

Finally, the last boss fight was so stupidly easy I stood there thinking something else just had to happen, and it never did...

Spoiler for Hiden:
All I did was grab my laser rifle and shoot Zhao Yun Ru.  She died in less than 5 seconds and i never took a hit.

I did enjoy the game for it's combat and stealth though.  I thought it was well done and gave the game a sense of danger I liked.  However, I love good stories and want my games to get me sucked in to the plot.  Deus Ex: HR left me not caring at all about any of the characters or the plot.  

23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: August 28, 2011, 04:04:25 AM
I have had it with this game, unless someone has a suggestion for a fix....

I love the gameplay and story, when I can play it.  I get really, really bad lag spikes all the time, then it just crashes.  It will only crash sometimes, but the constant video lag makes the game unplayable for me.  The even more frustrating part is it does it on both my laptop and my desktop, regardless of what setting I use.  Even on the lowest possible setting and resolution.  Both of my PC's are more than capable of playing this game.  Specs are as follows:

Desktop - Windows 7 64bit, Intel i7 930, 16GB DDR3 1600 RAM and a Radeon 5970.  Drivers are current.

Laptop - Widows 7 64 bit, Intel i7 2630, 12 GB DDR3 1333 RAM, nVidia 560M.  All drivers are current.

The Deus Ex forums are zero help and I am quite upset at the major performance issues on both of my rigs.  I wish I could return it on Steam and go buy a console version =/
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 xbla games from past year or two on: August 23, 2011, 03:00:42 AM
The only suggestion I have that hasn't been mentioned yet is Super Meat Boy.  It's the only XBLA game I continually go back to play.  I am always trying to get better times on the levels I have finished.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: August 20, 2011, 03:14:47 PM

Quote from: Xmann on August 20, 2011, 02:16:25 PM

Ya i've been using charcoal for 2 years and won't ever go back to gas.   Bought a chimney to get my coals lite and in 10 minutes i'm grilling.    Everyone i have talked to hates a charcoal grill because of the "perceived" effort it takes to light the coals.   I tell them to go buy a $10 chimney and all lighting problems are a thing of the past.

I will second what Xmann said.  Chimneys make charcoal grills very easy to get going.  I have always preferred charcoal to gas for taste alone.  Gas grills leave a taste on the meat I do not like.  Plus, charcoal grills are so much easier on the wallet.  For me, paying a higher price for a gas grill just is not worth it.  A good charcoal grill is going to have a can for the ashes, so disposal is easy if you are worried about that and coupled with the chimney you really can not go wrong.  If you do go charcoal, Weber is still the brand of choice. 

But, if you do go gas, the Weber Genesis others have suggested is the way to go.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey military-type folks, what do you like to get in your care packages? on: August 20, 2011, 02:07:10 PM
I will back up what Kato wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes.  Every time I have deployed it has been somewhere hot and nasty.  Baby wipes were gold to me.  Wiping down my sweaty man areas and ass crack with those things was bliss.  If he dips, a few roles of dip is good.  Maybe Afghanistan has some available on the bases but everywhere I have been dippers resorted to smoking because you could not buy any chew anywhere.  It usually cost them too much to get it in (or so I was told) and since cigarettes are available anywhere in the world, they would just bring in the regionally produced versions of American cigarettes.  Finally, I would suggest any kind of snack food that is only available his your area.  You can always get Ruffles or Doritos in deployed locations, but if you live somewhere that has local brands like Cascade or Sun Chips and he likes those, send that stuff his way instead of national brands.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cyborg Rat , Mouse Controller for gaming? on: April 30, 2011, 03:34:25 PM
All the reviews I read on it liked it, particularly Ars Technica.  It looks like too much hassle for my taste.  I have yet to find anything I like better than the Razer Death Adder.  It's cheap as far as gaming mice go, comfortable and the newest one only improves on the original (faster, better sensor).   I have also heard good things about the Steel Series Ikari, but have not personally used one.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends - Free to Play on: April 07, 2011, 05:59:42 AM
Anyone know what the cap is on attack speed?  I was playing Jarvan again today and by the end of the game I had Berserker Greaves, Youmuu's Ghostblade, Stark's Fervor, Phantom Dancer and the Black Cleaver.  Jarvan turned into a a slice and dice machine, but I am not sure if I over did it on the attack speed and crit items.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends - Free to Play on: April 06, 2011, 07:45:35 PM
I started this up again and already am about to bail.  I played a game or two against the computer to get acquainted again, then a couple of player made practice games.  Once I felt I was good to go I joined a regular game.  Big mistake.  I got yelled at, cussed at and generally abused for not being some pro.  The bad thing is I don't know what I was going that they were mad about.  I never fed the other team, but all I kept reading was "You are a noob, learn how to play" in much more nasty words. 

I forgot I still had a stash of points to spend so I picked up Jarvan IV on a whim.  He seems pretty cool, kind of a clean up guy to make sure people go down.  Kassadin and Shen are still my favorites though.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: April 05, 2011, 10:05:51 AM
Is it a fairly new one?  I read that Logitech purposefully set up their non-gaming keyboards to not allow you to do that so they can sell more G series keyboards.  It sounds crazy that they would do that but I have seen many people report the same issue with non G series Logitech keyboards.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: April 04, 2011, 07:56:00 AM

Quote from: msduncan on April 04, 2011, 12:50:27 AM

It's funny.   It seems like the experience breaks down into three groups:

1.  Can see the 3D, but gives headache or dizziness
2.  Can't really see the 3D at all, or has trouble seeing it, or sees only a tiny bit of depth no matter the slider
3.  Sees the vivid 3D without problems, and doesn't have any trouble keeping it in the sweet spot

I fall into category 3 and thus think this thing is awesome sauce to the extreme.    icon_cool

I'm in group 3 also.  A couple of my co-workers tried it out and they both had issues with it.  One couldn't see the 3D clearly and the other claimed it gave him motion sickness.  I really love the 3DS and find myself playing it quite a bit.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 28, 2011, 07:26:23 PM
I hope this patch fixes a lot of the graphics issues.  I am really liking this game, but I am getting constant graphics glitches.  I have the typical flickering people complain about and RadeonPro helped me fix that, even though it will still come back for short periods of time.  I also get a ton of ghosting in high action scenes.  The images will stay on my screen for 5-10 seconds, creating a massive collage of everything that crossed my screen in that time.  Finally, everything in the distance is extremely fuzzy and looks awful compared to everything else.  Anything more than 50 feet ahead of me looks very out of focus.  

I want to keep playing, but these issues are driving me batty.

**As an added note, I loaded up Crysis 1 while I wait for the patch.  I have not touched the game in 3 years or so.  What amazes me is it looks just as good if not better than Crysis 2.  I also forgot how much fun the first one is.
33  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest celebrates it's 12th birthday on: March 24, 2011, 05:43:42 AM
Dear lord that screen brings back memories of sleepless nights when I was new to EQ.  Before I had any real knowledge of the game someone had suggested farming those goblins on those two islands for experience.  I killed hundreds of those bastards.  Finally I got clued in to some other zones where I could group up and at least have someone to talk to while mindlessly grinding.
34  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift on: March 07, 2011, 03:21:24 AM
Well, I may already be calling it quits.

I like this game.  A lot.  Too much maybe.  I just can't justify giving it the time I find myself wanting to give it.  I hit 46 today and it really sunk in I have been playing too much.  My other problem is that I am one of 5 people in the guild above 40, so when I am not on and they want to do an instance run, they freak out.  It doesn't help that I am the tank too.  This leads into the other reason I just can't keep playing.  They want me to be the raiding main tank and the guild's tank "leader".  Sorry, I am not giving my life to this game.  I've been down that road before.

So, I am quitting for my own sake.

I wish I could play MMOs casually.   icon_confused
35  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift on: March 01, 2011, 02:45:32 AM
I ended up rolling a warrior instead of a Bard like I planned, and so far I am enjoying it, but still wish I made a Bard.

I just hit 30 today and have 3 specs now.  Champion/Riftblade is my PvE DPS build.  It does good damage, but I hate it for soloing. He just dies to easy if I get more than two mobs. My tank build is Reaver/Pally and he does a decent job it seems so far.  It's pretty much a group build.  It can solo, but it's really slow.  My 3rd build is Riftblade/Reaver.  this build is just silly.  He is a solo powerhouse, can tank and deals more damage than a lot of people. He is a really good AoE killer. I used to quest in my Champion build, but the Riftblade/Reaver is just too strong.  Sadly, I can't use him in a PvE DPS role because he is also an aggro monger between his damage and threat. My Champion does come close in DPS, but I don't have to worry about threat as none of his skills have built in threat generation. 

Unfortunately, my experiemt in the Riftblade/Reaver spec is not a secret.  Apparently others have figured it out and are spreading the word.  I see a nerf coming soon.
36  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: February 25, 2011, 05:57:58 AM
I got some time in today and man, the only thing really pissing me off is no one is using the public group option on quests.  I see people fighting the same mobs I am, I join their group and they immediately leave it.  What sense does it make to compete for mobs?  Stupid people.

Otherwise I am impressed with the launch and the improvements they made for live.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - now with babymaking contest! on: February 25, 2011, 03:41:39 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 24, 2011, 07:29:13 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 24, 2011, 06:57:23 PM

Quote from: Grimwar on February 24, 2011, 04:09:09 PM

That video is my first real taste of the new theme music.  It is quite possibly the best I have heard for any game, ever. 

i love how they revisited the morrowind theme.

not quite sure what you mean,as i just heard The Elder Scrolls theme same as Morrowind and Oblivion,but with a choir(which i agree was brilliant)'s always just slightly different with each game...unless you meant another part which i didn't recognize

Yeah, I know it is the Morrowind theme redone, but the choir makes a huge difference.  It just sounds more powerful to me.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - now with babymaking contest! on: February 24, 2011, 04:09:09 PM
That video is my first real taste of the new theme music.  It is quite possibly the best I have heard for any game, ever. 
39  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: February 21, 2011, 10:45:51 PM
So beta is over and I am feeling withdrawals.  Good sign for the game, bad sign for me.  It's been a while since an MMO got my attention so I am in a state of anticipation for release and dread of knowing how I can get sucked in.

Any plans yet for a guild as in past MMOs?  I am sure there is mention of it in the thread somewhere, but since we are close to release I figured maybe some more concrete plans were in place.
40  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: February 20, 2011, 06:11:04 PM
Speaking of soul choices, I think I have finally settled on a combo.  I have tried almost all of the suggested soul combos for each archetype, but the most fun for me so far has been my Rogue with a fairly even split between Bard and Riftstalker.  He is a machine when it comes to densely populated areas I see most people avoid or get clobbered in.  If I ever get below 75% HP I seriously did something very wrong.   I was in Iron Fortress last night finishing that quest line. I never had to stop and just mowed the place down.  He does really well in Rifts and takes the beatings well.  So, this is most likely the combo I will play when the game goes live.

My second favorite has been my Chloro/Archon/Warlock.  He is slow to build up but once he gets going in a fight he can hurt stuff and stay alive well.  It's also fun to show up at a rift with no healer types and the small group trying to close it is hurt pretty bad.  Watching the people go from wanting to run away to gathering a second wind and pushing forward once I get in the fight is pretty cool. 

Least favorite has been the pet classes.  I don't have a specific reason, I just don't enjoy them.
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