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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 11, 2014, 12:41:48 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 11, 2014, 12:18:31 AM

Quote from: JCC on April 10, 2014, 11:37:16 PM

Sounds like punishment for people who haven't bought the  expansion to me...

how could you possibly see that?  paranoid?  seems odd.  they didn't say nobody gets loot unless they bought the expansion.

They've reduced loot drops in the main game and increased them in content that is expansion only. Seems like a logical inference to me.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 10, 2014, 11:37:16 PM
Sounds like punishment for people who haven't bought the  expansion to me...
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 11:14:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 27, 2014, 07:39:24 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 27, 2014, 05:24:42 PM

Holding out for the PS4 version of this is going to be tough....the new expansion sounds awesome. Hopefully, the "Ultimate Evil" edition will be out by summer on the PS4.

Agree Hetz, I played D1 a bit, didn't touch D2, but Hearthstone and the forum effect has made me all over D3 when it comes to PS4.   Can't wait...

You'd be better off playing diablo 2 in the interim. The loot patch improves 3 a lot and it's a lot of fun, but Diablo 2 is a better game.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 01:41:04 AM
According to the diablo 3 website, 75% bonus exp and gold on Hard.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 25, 2014, 06:28:40 PM
I think they have recently bumped the bandwidth up to 3Gigs now.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 16, 2014, 04:43:04 PM
Just finished. I had an extremely long review in my head ready to type up, but really the Zero Punctuation review nails it. My only real difference of opinion is that I enjoyed this game much more than he did despite everything in the ZP review being 100% correct.

I think the low reviews are quite warranted. But if it's a 6/10 game, it's at least a fun 6/10 game for people like me who want more Thief 1-2 and can't get it, but can still enjoy bland substitutes for what they are.

I have discovered over the past few years that I am starting to hate open world games except in RPGs and GTA like games. First the Batman Arkham series has been ruined by it, and now (and before in Thief 3) Thief. FUCK CITY SECTIONS. If you want to allow us to explore the city, put a fucking mission in it. Don't make me traipse through the same sections over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (and over) again. Especially when it means I get fewer missions.

And, while I found the new voice actor for Garret acceptable in the missions, he was at times awful in the (awful) cut scenes. There was no good reason not to bring Stephen Russel back unless he didn't want to besmirch himself by playing such a mediocre characterization of Garret. The story in this game was by far the least interesting.

Thank goodness for The Dark Mod! Thief with a graphical upgrade that doesn't have small, linear missions!

(Seriously, I did like the game, but it's a distant 4th in the series. Behind the 3rd which was a distant 3rd in the series.)
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 09:20:13 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2014, 07:57:22 PM

Ummm I don't see any war here - if anything I see camaraderie...

Agreed. One person with neither console discussing sales numbers and what they mean with another person who (now) owns both consoles. Which opposing sides of the "war" are we supposed to be on?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 15, 2014, 01:03:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 15, 2014, 12:39:40 PM

I don't know why it should make a difference, but I got a Titanfall bundle this week and the box is not a slipcover. It's a fully custom-printed box for the bundle. Everything inside the box is standard except for the Titanfall download card though.

Yes I saw one of these at best buy this week. I thought it looked pretty sharp, and that's coming from someone with no interest in titanfall.          
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 02:12:25 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2014, 12:23:32 AM

Quote from: JCC
I really don't have any dog in any console war since I am sitting comfortably on the sidelines, but I think any comparison between XB1 and PS4 monthly sales is meaningless until the PS4 is as readily available as the XB1. I haven't seen a PS4 anywhere in weeks.

I don't think it's meaningless for the simple reason that the PS4 outsold the XB1 2:1 in January, yet one would presume it was just as scarce then (if not scarcer).

(Shrugs) I can't possibly comment on whether or not the ps4 was more or less supply constrained in the US in February vs January. What I do know is that the xbox one was not supply constrained in February and the ps4 was. I am not in any way implying that the xbox one is doing poorly, but comparing sales of it to the ps4 is silly when ps4s are hard to find and xbox ones are not.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 14, 2014, 08:33:27 PM
The Wii U actually did "180%" better than last year. Which I am guestimating means it sold somewhere around 150k-180k. I guess people really wanted a new Donkey Kong country game...?  confused

I really don't have any dog in any console war since I am sitting comfortably on the sidelines, but I think any comparison between XB1 and PS4 monthly sales is meaningless until the PS4 is as readily available as the XB1. I haven't seen a PS4 anywhere in weeks.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 05:01:38 PM
I think the game is a lot of fun, but I still have many annoyances with it. I will go into details once I finish it. I currently have two chapters left. I think it's obviously a game that had competing philosophies behind it.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 08, 2014, 02:43:49 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 08, 2014, 06:32:23 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 07, 2014, 09:44:34 PM

Nintendo is selling the Wii U deluxe for $200 on their website. I'm still not biting until they put out a good Zelda and/or Metroid.

It's refurbished, before anyone gets they're hopes too high.

Damnit! I apologize. I knew perfectly well it was refurbished, but I tend to leave out words when I post on my iPad since I get so impatient using the on screen keyboard. I have edited my post.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 07, 2014, 09:44:34 PM
Nintendo is selling the Wii U (refurbished) deluxe for $200 on their website. I'm still not biting until they put out a good Zelda and/or Metroid.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I get wireless home theater rear speakers? on: March 01, 2014, 02:12:09 PM
I also use the older version of the rocketfish system, and it works fine. However I am not sure if that will be viable with a HTIB. A lot of those have more "custom" speaker connections.
15  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: March 01, 2014, 02:07:01 PM
Wow, looks like a monster to me. Hope you enjoy it for a long time!
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 28, 2014, 11:02:58 PM
Tilt, let me know if you get through chapter 3 (and get all of the loot) without focus (and without cheating). I am in there now, and I have no idea how you could possibly get a specific collectible without focus vision.

I am finding more issues with this game as I go on, (On chapter 3 so far) primarily with the quality of the mission/level design, but still having a lot of fun with it. I will hold off going into details until I finish the game.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS on: February 26, 2014, 09:44:59 PM
I have had a similar experience with my DS Lite lately. I got my wife the 3DS animal crossing game for her birthday a month ago, and have never seen my 3DS since. For a while I was playing some stuff on the DS Lite. Like yours, it hadn't been on for years and yet still had a charge. I am also struck by how much lighter and more comfortable it is in comparison to the 3DS XL. On the downside, the screen is TINY! It is without a doubt a great little machine.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 26, 2014, 04:10:06 AM
I'm enjoying it. Playing on Master difficulty for now, since I figure I would play the game as designed before turning things off to make it more like the originals. I am pleasantly surprised. It definitely still feels like Thief. I generally have found Master difficulty too easy, so far, but finally in chapter 2 I am encountering situations that aren't trivial to get past. I think the new guy doing Garret is adequate, but there really was zero reason not to use Stephen Russel. I certainly don't buy the motion capture excuse they gave. I think, so far, the mission design pales in comparison to the earlier games. They are very linear and merely offer multiple paths down the same linear path.

I am THRILLED that the game does actually have true Quicksave/Quickload functionality. I do wish they would let us have multiple save slots, but one true save anywhere slot is better than not having it. I was worried when it wouldn't let me save in the prologue, but once I got past that, I have been able to save whenever I want.

So far, I am finding navigating the city between story missions to be much more engaging than in Thief 3. I like the short little missions you can do in the city. I am also finding it bigger, and more fun that Thief 3 to this point. I hope that it doesn't get tiresome as I trek through it repeatedly which was a big issue with Thief 3.

My biggest regret so far in regards to early purchase decisions is that I didn't buy the wrench right away. Lots, and lots of opportunities to use it so far that I haven't been able to take advantage of.

I am playing this on the PC with a system that's barely above min requirements. The benchmark menu option gave me avg 20 fps, max 30 fps, but generally looked much more choppy than I have found the game to actually play so far. So, I am pleased with that. I generally took all the default graphic options with the exception of bumping the resolution up to 1080p and dumping the shadows down a notch. I think the game looks nice, but nothing mind blowing, but I am sure I am not seeing it in all its glory due to my modest, aging system.

The only real glitch I had today was a constant crash when I tried to perform the first (mandatory ) pick-pocket. Thankfully, updating my video drivers resolved this.

So, generally I feel positive about this so far, even if I don't think it will surpass or reach the glory of  the originals. I'll reserve final judgements until I complete the campaign.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 21, 2014, 07:44:54 PM
My GMG code arrived today and I am preloading on Steam as I type. I am both giddy with excitement and filled with trepidation for this. I still haven't decided if I will take a day off to play this...
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 20, 2014, 04:03:26 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on February 19, 2014, 06:00:24 PM

Count me in the minority, but I thought that was an awful trailer.  I had less interest in watching the movie after seeing it.

Agreed completely. My miniscule interest, due solely to Karen Gillan being in it, completely evaporated after watching that trailer.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 19, 2014, 10:31:23 PM
I have enjoyed all 3 Bioshock games, with the first being my favorite. But, the "shock" game that makes me mourn for Irrational more than any other is still System Shock 2. It took me a while to get over how different Bioshock was from that game when I first got it. I appreciate it for its own merits, but I still long for a true System Shock 3, which will likely never happen or be a pale imitation like I hope the new Thief is not.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 18, 2014, 10:34:08 PM
I would say this is more 80s.... (To be fair this was from an early 90's compilation of a 70s-80s band.)

23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 18, 2014, 10:27:56 PM
I have seen the PS4 in stock once at a local Best Buy while I was in the store. One earlier time, I looked at the web site and they were available in store. They are certainly out of stock more often than in stock (per my experience) but if someone was diligent about checking, I think they could have bought one within your bet window.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 16, 2014, 02:51:52 AM
Does anyone know what the save system is in this? Thinking about it, if they don't have a save anywhere/anytime option that may upset me about as much as anything...
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 16, 2014, 12:57:44 AM
Was it the whole first mission? I am concerned if missions can be finished in 17 minutes, but don't want to watch it and be spoiled... Hopefully, if it is the whole mission they get longer...
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 09:40:46 PM
On another note, I enjoyed looking at these photos of the actors in/out of their Abbey garb. It's particularly striking how much more attractive Edith is outside of the show.

Pics in/out of character
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 09:37:30 PM
I didn't mean to imply the writing is poor... far from it. But, the plots are far less engaging than the characters, dialog, and scenery (for me).

When I finish with series 4, I am going to give "Upstairs, Downstairs" a try. I have heard some fans describe Downton Abbey as "Upstairs, Downstairs for morons". smile
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 06:44:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2014, 01:26:24 PM

...oh, wait that plot was just terrible.  Why am I pretending to care?

LOL. That greatly encapsulates my continuing reaction to the show. I can't quite explain why I enjoy it as much as I do, since many of the plot lines irritate me, but it's just so charming and well performed, I keep returning to it. Plus, as others have noted, any scene with Maggie Smith is just fantastic.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 09:27:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 11, 2014, 05:25:18 PM

They even did bring someone back from the dead already (though he wasn't a character we knew).  Granted, it was the single worst storyline in the show's history, but they did it.

Did they? I liked how they left that ambiguous, but I left that thinking he was a fraud.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 05:19:09 PM
All they really need is to have some married couple be revealed to be brother and sister and have someone come back from the dead and they'd have hit all the major soapy plot points. smile

Three episodes into season 4 (or two episodes by the way PBS broadcast it) and I'm still enjoying it, suds and all, though I was groaning a bit at how they've decided to add more angst and turmoil to the Bates couple.
31  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: February 11, 2014, 05:15:38 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on February 11, 2014, 04:53:43 PM

What rez do you like to game at? Just curious. Since I have no desire to fork over for a new monitor I'm at 1650x1080 and my 770 is breezing through everything with all effects maxed. But then, I don't have Crysis 3 yet!

I am pretty sure you mean 1680x1050. smile

I would guess most people who buy high end video cards are rocking at least a 1080p (1900x1080) or higher resolution. I would think your card will be more than good for quite a while. I think the current "sweet spot" for price vs performance is probably a 760. (I stare forlornly at my nearly 6 year old gaming pc with a 460 in it....)
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: February 11, 2014, 01:27:37 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 11, 2014, 12:31:59 AM

Picked one up to play Bravely Default, which they were sold out of so ordered it off Amazon. Bought Zelda A Link Between Worlds. What else do I need to get? Mainly an RPG player, love games like FF Tactics. So I guess Fire Emblem? Animal Crossing? Pokemon?

Definitely Fire Emblem.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 05:58:27 PM
I have been watching the whole series for the past few weeks, and started series 4 last night. I enjoy it a lot, even if it is a soap opera wrapped in period piece clothing. It's supposed to be MORE soap opera this season?! It's been nothing but a soap since the start. smile
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Comcast cable modem choice? on: February 07, 2014, 11:51:34 AM
The modem linked above is the current version of my modem, the 6121. It's worked fine. You can still buy my modem from amazon for $67, compared to $80 for the 6141 (I would just buy the 6141 today).
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 06, 2014, 06:00:59 PM

Quote from: JCC on January 24, 2014, 10:10:55 PM

I've also never done the Dark Mod... I guess I will fall back on that if Thief ends up sucking....

Apologies for quoting myself.

I didn't wait. I downloaded the Dark Mod this week. It's fantastic. It isn't a Dark engine game, (Thief 1 and 2) but it feels WAY more like one than Thief Deadly Shadows did. They have made some minor changes to the mechanics: Lockpicking is different, reading a scroll/book does NOT pause the game, the use item key/click is not the same as the FROB key/click, etc. but wow does this feel like the first 2 games' engine with a new coat of paint. The game comes with a tutorial mission (good to learn some of the differences) and one fan mission (which was great). There are around 70 missions available to download right now, and it's all done from within the game itself, so it's super easy and convenient. This no longer requires Doom 3 to run.

If you are fretting over the new Thief not being like the old Thief, stop fretting and download this NOW.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 04, 2014, 05:13:51 PM
Already preordered. Full of trepidation, but that trailer was very nice.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 01, 2014, 04:18:56 PM
The article's "source" says the original model would also be dropped to the PS4 price. Apparently you would be choosing between black with optical drive vs white with bluetooth and no optical drive. Seems odd to me, which makes me doubt it being completely true. We'll see.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 01, 2014, 02:00:33 PM
Today there are no ps4s in stock at the best buys in the state. There are XBones in stock at all of those stores.

Gamespot has an article rumoring that a $399 XBone model may be released this year (possibly with no optical drive). A $399 model would greatly increase my interest in the XBone but not without an optical drive. Of course the lack of games for either system that I care about has kept me from jumping in yet.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 31, 2014, 05:42:45 PM
Since I was marveling about this last week for the XBone, I will report that today the best buy site is showing me whether or not a ps4 is in stock at my local store (it is). I'm amazed this is happening so quickly after launch for both of these consoles. Has demand plummeted since the holidays or are they just making that many more than all previous launches? January NPD numbers should be interesting.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 29, 2014, 11:04:59 PM
The sputtering Wii U managed to sell 1.9 million in the final quarter of 2013.
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