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121  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Warband + EVE - Mass Effect 2 - Deep Silver Sale on: October 27, 2013, 03:12:33 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 26, 2013, 07:33:46 PM

10-26


$3.39

Oh, how I long for a sequel....
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 26, 2013, 01:21:34 AM
I think the surprise is while the XBone only runs at 30 FPS in 720p and the PS4 runs at 60 FPS at 1080p, the PS4 version is only displayed in black and white while the XBone is in color. I was pretty surprised!
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: October 25, 2013, 07:05:42 PM
Definitely waiting for the bargain bin for this one. I liked Arkham Asylum significantly more than Arkham City.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 19, 2013, 04:28:16 PM
Nothing for me. I already bought my last gaming console for a while this week, the 3DS XL. smile

I think the launch lineups are awful for both consoles. Of the 3 "next gen" consoles, the Wii U has one game I am interested in (Wind Waker HD) which is something I've already played.

I really was hoping the XBone or the PS4 would come out for around $300. At $399 or $499, I am just not interested until one of them has multiple games I am interested in playing.

Now, I keep hearing about how these things are basically "PCs". If someone hacks one puts Windows on it and declares one or the other a viable gaming PC, then I would be far more interested. Or, if not viable as a gaming PC, if viable as a HTPC, then I might get one sooner than planned.

But, no immediate plans to buy either running their native OS.
125  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 16, 2013, 11:24:36 AM
I own a DS but haven't done much with it the past few years. I think the last game I bought for it was Zelda spirit tracks which I really didn't care for. I'm excited for the Zelda in this thread which looks fantastic. I am curious about the new lungi mansion game which looks cute. I am curious about super Mario land 3d if isn't too difficult. Any other must haves for the 3ds?
126  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 15, 2013, 11:30:32 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 14, 2013, 06:18:23 PM

What is your problem with the 3DS?  I've been very happy with mine.

I have no problem with it as much as I have tried to avoid it due to my tiring of the portable gaming device form factor. I prefer gaming in front of a PC or on a big TV rather than my hands cramping and my eyes straining on a small hand held console. I'd probably prefer it if the 3ds had a form factor more similar to the Vita (one big screen instead of 2 smaller screens).

Having said that, games wins out I guess. I finally took my first leap to the "next gen" and got a 3DSXL yesterday. I was very concerned about how bad the screen looked for a while until I finally figured out that the 3d slider clicks off to turn actually turn off the 3D. (I have double vision so 3D doesn't work for me. With 3D on, even on the lowest setting the whole screen looked wobbly to me in a very bad way.). Of course it took a couple hours for me to figure this out.

Fry's had one for $20 off and I couldn't resist. smile

So once I finish with Ocarina (which looks very nice on the tiny eye straining screen and heaven knows I needed to spend money on yet ANOTHER copy of that game) what should I get next?
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 14, 2013, 10:47:04 AM
Anyone know if it's possible to get inside (indoors) the airport? I am on my 3rd full work week traveling and when I return I think I could really channel a lot of frustration if I could run wild in a virtual airport.
128  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 12, 2013, 08:35:32 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 11, 2013, 11:01:15 PM

Looks pretty damn good to me.

Agreed, I thought it looked awesome. Too bad it's only on a system I don't plan to ever own. I'll repeat it again. I would buy a Wii U today if it had a GBA player like functionality for 3DS games.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 03:05:16 AM
Memo to the sopranos writers..... THAT is how you end a series!

Just awesome. I withdraw all of my earlier sentiments about wishing the show ended at the end of season 4.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Putting down a pet sucks on: September 27, 2013, 11:42:56 PM
We had to put our oldest cat down on Labor Day weekend. We've had to put 3 cats to sleep over the past six years. It just keeps getting more and more difficult. This recent one was my "stalker". 9/10 times when I would sit on the couch he would be on the couch within a few minutes butting his head against me to get on my lap and be petted. It almost got annoying. Now my lap is cold. Even after nearly a month I keep looking around when I am on the couch (like right now) looking for someone that isn't coming.

Sorry for your loss.
131  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Router on: September 27, 2013, 07:43:40 PM
I actually got the 66U, the AC one, this week. Haven't really put any heavy load on it yet, but it's fine so far. Very simple to set up and seems to have a wide array of options for stock firmware.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 23, 2013, 12:22:27 PM
Awesome. The ending was awesome seeing the transformation on Walt's face. I expect high amounts of bad assery next week.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 22, 2013, 02:30:41 AM
I don't care if Intellivision has better graphics than my Atari. I don't like that goofy disc controller and Atari still rules.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 19, 2013, 04:53:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 18, 2013, 04:17:34 AM

hold down on the left d-pad to bring up a radial wheel with all the stations, then use the right thumbstick to browse them.  whichever the thumbstick is on when you release the d-pad will be your new station.

Thank you! (Big help! I am sad that Just or Unjust didn't seem to make it to the sequel.)

Despite the lower potential for firey carmageddon, I am really enjoying the game. One thing that is so much improved here is when you fail missions (I do this a lot) you can restart (or retry if you have progressed in the mission) without replaying lots of things over again. I think the mission which drove me to give up on GTA4 was the strip club mission. Once I got to the driving/chasing/shooting part of that mission, I just could never complete it. Not only did I have to start the whole mission over every time, I had to drive across town to get to the damn mission. This is a huge improvement in 5 (at least so far).

At some point I am going to hope Franklin dies... How many times is he going to keep going along with Lamar's hair brained schemes? I'm beginning to think Franklin is actually the bigger idiot of the two since he just keeps going right along with him...
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 18, 2013, 03:50:01 AM
The glowing reviews and finding out I had $170 in Best Buy reward zone points resulted in me unexpectedly buying this.

It does seem to look a bit better than 4. I don't really notice any big differences in the driving. I don't really have much empathy for any of the characters yet, unlike Nico. I do like that fairly early on you can pretty much drive anywhere you want, unlike in 4 where they kept you locked in one section of the city. On a drive around, I did see some awesome scenery.

Having said that, I am disappointed in this early on. Oh, the game may end up better, but a couple of the things I loved about 4 don't seem as good here:

1. The radio. I wasn't exactly a huge fan of 4's music either, but it just seems dreadful here. I need to look up the song list. I also have been disappointed in the talk radio I've heard so far. I chuckled a lot at this in 4, but thus far, I've barely cracked a smile in this one. Plus, I hate the interface for the radio. It's hard for me to tell what station I am on (it goes away too quickly) and I hate only being able to tune in one direction. BOOOO! I really wish they'd do another 80s game. I love Vice City's soundtrack.

2. It's hard to blow up cars in this game! I never finished GTA 4, as I just lost interest in doing some of the goofy missions. But, I played GTA 4 enough hours to probably get through the game a few times. The main thing I loved to do in 4 was drive around in a car, crash into a lot of other cars until it caught on fire, then try to park the car in close proximity of other cars. Then I would run from my car and watch my car blow up, and cause a chain reaction of other explosions on other cars. This always cracked me up. I swear one time I blew up around 40 cars from my car's first explosion since more and more cars kept driving up and catching on fire. This just doesn't work well in this game. So far, 2 out of the 3 times I got a car on fire, the flames simply went out and the car was dead. BOOOO! I did get one to blow up, but I had to get it seriously burning first, and I barely got out of it on time to not be blown up. Probably no big deal to most people, but seriously, this was my favorite part of GTA4. frown

Guess I will have to find new ways to have maniacal fun in this new sandbox. Maybe I'll play the main story all the way through, although I tend to suck at these missions in these games.
136  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Finally making the jump to flatscreens. Yes, finally. on: September 16, 2013, 11:17:32 AM
At your price range buy a Panasonic plasma. The low end 50" can be had for as low as $450. Even these bottom of the barrel 720p plasmas look better than the vast majority of the much more expensive LED sets you'll see. Spend a little more and you an get a 1080p plasma for well within your budget.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 12, 2013, 11:43:47 PM
I loved TP. I thought and think WW is great, but it had some glaring flaws, especially the excessive sailing and triforce hunt. TP I think is on par with Ocarina of Time (I probably prefer TP but OoT was more original and TP to a great extent mimics it). I have still never played Skyward Sword since I have heard so many negatives about the controls.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 12, 2013, 03:13:49 AM
The HD version is almost universally better... but, the bloom is overdone for me. Of course, I generally don't care for bloom effects anyway. I feel there are some scenes where the colors are a bit washed out looking on the HD one. Still for the most part, the HD version is pretty impressive. When the Wii U is cheap in a few years, I'll probably check this out again. (As I mentioned earlier, been playing the cube version the last few weeks, and it still looks great on a 60" plasma.)

(Forgive me if I posted this earlier). I really think Twilight Princess would benefit more from the HD remake than WW. The cel shaded style holds up pretty well, but TP had some seriously blurry textures that would probably look amazing cleaned up in HD. I also like TP a lot more... not that WW isn't great.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 10:27:34 PM
Sigh... I knew it wasn't coming but still bummed at the lack of a bigger screen size. Oddly enough I am mildly tempted by the cheap 5c. If the S4 would drop to $99 this Fall, that would create a nice dilemma for me.... Or I may just suffer with my Razr for another 6-12 months....
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 03, 2013, 02:09:01 PM
Rest of the world to Microsoft: we will continue to not buy them.

I look forward to the next wave of Windows phones... With mobile Kinect bundled in.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brace yourself - Fall 2013 preview list on: August 31, 2013, 12:12:33 AM
Nothing for me.

GTA 5.  maybe later..
Ac4. Not now. Revelations and III burned me.
Batman... After AC not willing to pay full price... Unless I hear it's more like AA.

I think the next new game I'll pick up is Thief depending on PC system requirements.

I think my tastes are drifting away from the norm somewhat, as I think this fall release slate is pitiful. I also can find zero launch games of interest for the new consoles.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 2DS? on: August 28, 2013, 05:24:42 PM
I would be SO IN if this were clam shell. Sigh....

(Still might be in... Damnit)
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 11:18:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2013, 04:28:54 AM

The restaurant scene, the confession, and the desert scene were all incredible.  Chin hit the floor, holy shit I can't believe that happened type of awesome.  Jessie piecing together the ricin cigarette from Huele lifting his dope felt like a HUGE stretch though.

I agree 100% with this. I was grinning like a madman when hank and Marie watched the confession video. The Jesse revelation at the end was my least favorite part, and I agree seemed a stretch.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: August 25, 2013, 03:41:26 AM
Stessier if you want a simple right or wrong answer to your theory...

Spoiler for Hiden:
wrong!
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: August 23, 2013, 04:38:29 AM
I wouldn't say no to an HD remake of twilight princess either... That might sweeten the Wii U a bit... Still way too much for me right now, even with WW bundled in.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: August 23, 2013, 01:30:36 AM
I watched some footage on gamespot and it looks very nice. I like that they have added a fast mode for sailing. I also think managing items on the pad is nice, plus they added touch screen aiming for the now and the ability to move in this mode - Zelda FPS!

Having said that, I still think the Wii U is around $100 too expensive for me, so last night I hooked up my GAMECUBE~! and fired up vanilla Wind Waker. I have all 3 "current gen" systems and none of them have my love like the cube did. It warmed the cockles of my heart to fire it up again. Wind Waker holds up VERY well graphically after all this time. Yes, 480p is a bit glaring on a 60" plasma, but the artistic style is still beautiful. The most jarring thing is how awkward the Wavebird is now. That was my favorite controller ever, but the 360 controller has converted me. Anyway, I am in the forest dungeon now, and the game is still a blast... at least until the tri-force hunt starts...

If you have a Wii U this will be a no brainer.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 22, 2013, 05:27:24 PM
I've enjoyed the last two episodes but generally find season five to be far less compelling than the first 4 seasons. Part of me still thinks they should have jut quit after season four as its ending was fantastic and would have been fine as a series finale.

I am still excited to see how they end the series.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Metroid Prime 2] God! The Emperor Ing! How do I get this over with?! on: August 19, 2013, 10:41:40 PM
I haven't played echoes in 7 years. It was a great game, but it was super hard. I still can't believe i finished it. I don't remember any details about the fight you're on, but I remember it was hard as hell....
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home theater speakers? on: August 18, 2013, 11:08:10 PM
I think the Andrew Jones pioneer speakers are supposed to be pretty well thought of budget speakers. (They can be had on Amazon.)
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: August 18, 2013, 09:20:44 PM
Just finished first mission of Brigmore Witches. fun, fun,fun.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Expensive Time of the Year: The Fall Gaming Rush 2013 on: August 17, 2013, 04:19:03 AM
I'll be picking up the new dishonored dlc soon. Otherwise, I have nothing planned until Thief comes out.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Series(All of them) on: August 15, 2013, 09:20:57 PM
The Jack the Ripper one was always a favorite of mine. City on the edge of forever (which you already watched) remains my favorite original trek episode.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Expensive Time of the Year: The Fall Gaming Rush 2013 on: August 15, 2013, 09:11:34 PM
Uh.... Nothing?

I might consider batman if I hear it's more like AA and less like AC.... I am not getting AC 4 until it hits the bargain bin or until a friend of mine lends it to me.

My backlog is huge anyway...
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: August 13, 2013, 12:01:57 AM
So now all MS has to do is announce the $399 kinectless sku and they win next gen, right?
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS] Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar on: August 10, 2013, 01:06:10 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 10, 2013, 01:01:40 PM

runs like ass on my iphone 4

I believe it's supposed to be iPhone 4S/ipad 2 or higher....
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS] Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar on: August 10, 2013, 01:02:03 PM
Sounds like android is the next platform later in the year. They will revisit the PC after that.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS] Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar on: August 10, 2013, 12:25:06 AM
I think it's supposed to come to the PC at some point. So far, not bad. smile
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS] Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar on: August 09, 2013, 10:40:46 PM
Downloaded this yesterday. It's not bad. Engine is a bit glitchy with crashes, lag, and some frame skipping on my ipad 3. It's an action rpg and the touch controls aren't bad. It does have some of the Ultima feel. OK so far. Better than Ultima 8!  icon_razz
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten....an Ultima game? on: August 06, 2013, 06:47:09 PM
Beat akalabeth once.
Beat 1-4 too many times to remember.
Beat 5 and 6 twice.
Beat 7-9 all at least once.

Played the underworlds and worlds games but haven't beaten them.

Looking back I am amazed at how me and a buddy were able to finish many of the early ones without the Internet. I think we had clue books for 2 and 3 but I am pretty sure we just compared notes for 4 and 5.

I've replayed pretty much all of them recently (within the last five years) and they hold up pretty well - admittedly with a heavy heaping of nostalgia. Eight and nine were horrific disappointments but even they have one or two things going for them.

It makes me sad that the franchise is essentially dead and has been for over a decade. Yet another reason to love EA...
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the new Doctor is who? on: August 04, 2013, 07:38:25 PM
I am pleased and relieved....
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