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41  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...
42  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...
43  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
44  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
45  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.
46  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.
47  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.
48  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....)
49  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.
50  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
51  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).
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 29, 2014, 08:03:52 PM
Has anyone seen the final, special episode of the IT crowd from last Fall? It's not on netflix. I was wondering if it was any good.
59  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 28, 2014, 04:33:25 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on January 28, 2014, 03:01:49 AM

I thought of that JCC, but I'm so on the fence. However, the only thing I really care about is playing games with the detail cranked, and OC'ing won't make much of a difference one way or the other. But then I think I have a K version for no reason.

At this point, I think you should be fine performance wise without any tinkering with the CPU. And, it's not like it's that onerous to swap out the heatsink later if and when you do decide to dabble with overclocking.
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 28, 2014, 02:49:33 AM
Just don't overclock it. Install with the stock cooler. If a day comes when you want to squeeze more out of your CPU then buy a new cooler.
61  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 27, 2014, 05:45:57 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on January 27, 2014, 01:49:48 PM

Thanks for the tips!  Is the default cooler really that bad?

I think conventional wisdom is that the default cooler is ok if you don't want to over clock the CPU.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 24, 2014, 11:46:21 PM
Some mixed impressions from Gamespot.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 24, 2014, 10:10:55 PM
To be fair, I believe they did remove the QTEs after hearing lots of negative feedback from fans. I'm expecting to be disappointed with Thief in comparison to the first 2 masterpieces, but I am still hoping it will be a fun game.

I've also never done the Dark Mod... I guess I will fall back on that if Thief ends up sucking....
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
Ultimately the issues of in stock vs out stock do not in and of themselves lead to any conclusion (as I noted in my earlier post). I just think the rampant availability of the XBone is interesting because I can't remember any other console being this readily available this close to launch. I mean you can look at best buy's web site to see if they are in stock at your local stores. It's barely been out two months! I am just amazed by that. Until the January NPDs reveal the numbers any conclusion drawn about what that means is speculation.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 04:17:11 AM
I'm still trying to figure out if the XBone being readily available is a sign of MS providing more than adequate supply or is a sign of post launch lack of demand. I really have no idea which it is. Maybe some of both?
66  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem: Awakening coming Feb. 4 2013 to North America - Finally on: January 23, 2014, 10:45:33 PM
Just finished this last night. I loved it. I absolutely loved the "Casual" setting which took away a lot of stress I had playing the earlier games as I just refused to let anyone die and would restart missions over and over. It also meant that I didn't have to play so conservatively, which meant I enjoyed myself more playing through each fight. A great option that I hope carries through to all future Fire Emblem games. The story was a lot of fun too. Great game!
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 22, 2014, 06:32:57 PM
Caine, thanks for the heads up on the GMG savings. Went ahead and ordered it today. I have a lot of trepidation on this reboot of Thief, but I am such a Thief whore I can't resist being on day one!
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: January 21, 2014, 09:25:50 PM
Over the weekend the PC requirements were released:

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Minimum System Requirements

OS:Windows Vista with platform update

CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU

RAM: 4 GB

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250

DirectX: DirectX 10

HDD/SSD: 20 GB

Recommended Specs

OS: Windows 7 or 8

CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

RAM: 4+ GB

Graphics Card:AMD Radeon HD / R9 series or better / Nvidia GTX 660 series or better

DirectX: DirectX 11

HDD/SSD: 20 GB
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 05:41:55 PM
Agree on the Wii U. It's cheaper than the ps4 and XBone but still costs too much for me right now. Drop the price and get out new, good metroid and Zelda titles and I will be on board.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 01:29:06 PM
It was clear they weren't going to meet their target for the Wii U since it was some ridiculous number.

They also aren't going to meet their projections for the 3DS either - which is their successful system. I think whoever is making their hardware sale projections needs to tune into Sanity FM (to steal from Red Dwarf).

I think Nintendo is just lost about what to do with the home console market. They just had the overwhelming "winner" of the last gen in terms of systems sold. But, the Wii tapered off the last few years. Even with the astronomical hardware sales, the Wii still got porous 3rd party support. They came out with another underpowered, quirky/different, less expensive console and it has flopped. The last time they made a system that was similar in functionality/specs/power to their 2 competitors they finished 3rd. I'm sure there is plenty of panic in Mario Land.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 11:53:33 AM
I think the XBone price is only being referenced in comparison to the 3DS which did sell more units than any home console in December. At least that's how I read the article. Since NPD no longer gives real numbers I find their reports less interesting. Anecdotal evidence and public data from both Sony and MS do indicate that the ps4 has been less supplied in the US than the XBone. I know Best Buy's app/web site lets you see if the XBone is in stock locally now. I can't remember any console last gen where that happened so quickly after launch. MS wanted to focus on the US and they have certainly succeeded.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: January 15, 2014, 10:02:19 PM
So, not according to plan, I played a little more last night and actually enjoyed myself. My abandonment of the series has apparently been postponed. smile
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 14, 2014, 11:48:07 AM
The highlight of the captains is listening to all the incoherent answers the completely baked Avery Brooks gives to all of the questions (many of which he sings). And by the way you should watch DS9 if you haven't, since it is by far the best Star Trek series...
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBC]Sherlock on: January 13, 2014, 09:55:51 PM
I thought the series 3 finale was incredible. Awesome series overall (like the first two). Can't wait to pick up the blurays.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: January 13, 2014, 09:53:30 PM
Well, a friend of mine loaned this to me. I gave it a good 6-7 hours, but I think I just need to walk away from this franchise. Unlike the majority, I don't really enjoy the ship combat very much - though I found it more bearable here than in AC3. More disturbing, is how much I wasn't enjoying the normal Assassin stuff. I absolutely loved AC1. (Yes I was the one.) I thought AC2 and AC2 Brotherhood were big improvements. I don't know if Ubisoft pumping out one of these every year has burned me out, the quality of these games has dropped, or my tastes have simply changed. I do know that I used to love this series, and at this point I found AC4 to give me more frustration than fun.

It makes me sad that Assassin's Creed and Batman Arkham Asylum were games that I revered greatly (especially Batman AA). But now, I am just indifferent to these series. I think my tastes in games may just be narrowing and I am less willing to deal with things that irritate me to get to the parts I like (hello Skyward Sword!). I find I have given up on games much more in the last year than I ever would have in the past.

On the bright side, I am having fun with Fire Emblem for the 3DS. smile
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Female Antagonist and Enemy Fodder on: January 10, 2014, 09:30:08 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 10, 2014, 06:34:26 PM

I know I draw the line when it comes to children, so I don't think we'll ever see that in games

Oh I don't know. I know of a certain child at the end of Mass Effect 3 that many gamers would like to murder. smile
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 09, 2014, 01:13:17 AM
May 5th 2004.

I still miss Gone Gold a lot. It sucks that the community fractured after it dissolved. I think it's silly some of the more PC centric folks just couldn't bring themselves to embrace "Console Gold". Silly.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 03, 2014, 04:50:06 AM
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79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 03, 2014, 03:13:26 AM
I was relieved when the useless tom bombadil portions were cut. But, that was nothing compared to how happy I was that the completely anticlimactic scouring of the shire was excised. That add on to the ending just sucked.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 10:52:13 PM
I get the complaints of Kratz and others completely. They are definitely adding tons of stuff that was never in the books and are only adhering to the main plot points vs details from the books.

I think as I have gotten older and (less) wiser, I have lightened up a lot on movie adaptations of books. I have come to understand that what makes a good movie/tv show is not always the same thing that makes a good book. So, I don't obsess over strict adherence to the original material and try to enjoy a movie for what it is. Often I find I end up liking the movie(s) better than the book(s). That certainly applies in my case to Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and so far all of the LOTR/Hobbit movies. I should admit I am not the biggest fan of the books in all of those examples. I liked them but didn't love them, but I tended to enjoy the movie versions significantly more.

This is definitely true of Tolkien. I certainly appreciate how innovative he was propelling the high fantasy genre almost into existence or certainly laying the framework for what it is today. But, I find his books boring - especially Lord of the Rings. I actually enjoyed the LOTR books better AFTER I saw the movies. So anyway, not holding the source material in such high regard probably makes it easier for me to not hold the looseness of the movie adaptations.

Another example is the Steig Larsen books (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) I enjoyed the books to a point, but I absolutely love the Swedish movie adaptations. In fact, the 2nd movie is probably my favorite and it was based on my least favorite book! I enjoyed the Hollywood adaptation of the first book as well to a lesser extent (this isn't a knock on it, I thought it was VERY well done) and it was (shockingly) more strictly adherent to the books than the Swedish movies were!

On the other hand, I used to rail at all the wretched attempts at Stephen King movies back in the day, so I get where you guys are coming from. smile
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