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81  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 02, 2014, 10:39:13 PM
I gave in to temptation and picked up Metro Last Light and Skyrim legendary today. No idea when I will have time to play either making me already rue the decision since I am sure they will both be cheaper before I can try them out.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 06:28:37 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 02, 2014, 01:18:40 PM

One thing that really bothered me was Legolas' eyes. Every time they showed him they had the blue contacts cranked up to 11. It was like Peter Jackson was going "Look at his eyes. They're blue! Blue as the motherflippin sky! LOOK AT THEM!

Yet in the LOTR trilogy they are not that blue. In fact, in many scenes they're so dark they almost look brown. If you're going to insert a well-known character in your prequels, at least have some consistency.

Agreed, both my wife and I were freaked out by that. Maybe legolas will have his eyes burned by dragon fire or something in the next movie...
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 02:01:38 AM
Saw it this week. Loved it. I think I may end up liking these movies even more than the LOTR trilogy (which I love). It's nice to not endure constant doom and gloom which gets ponderous on repeated viewings. Plus, Bilbo is so much more likable then Frodo. Thinking about it, I've also always preferred the Hobbit book to the LOTR book trilogy as well.... Hmmmm....
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 02, 2014, 01:46:26 AM
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85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: December 28, 2013, 09:57:22 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on December 28, 2013, 05:19:50 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 28, 2013, 04:01:48 AM

I usually play mine slouched or lying down. That way I can rest it on my chest. I can't handle the thumb nub for long without discomfort if I'm just holding it.

Don't take this out of context anyone. I did, and regret it.

LOL!

I was, of course, talking about my .... 3DS XL.... I think....
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: December 28, 2013, 04:01:48 AM
I usually play mine slouched or lying down. That way I can rest it on my chest. I can't handle the thumb nub for long without discomfort if I'm just holding it.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: December 27, 2013, 04:10:41 PM
The special is now available on BBC America on demand if you have it.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: December 26, 2013, 03:47:39 AM
I am surprisingly dry eyed compared to the last regeneration, but that was lovely.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 23, 2013, 11:54:07 PM
My Best Buy had 5 XBones in stock today. I've still never seen a ps4 in the wild yet.

My in laws actually gave me $500 in amazon gift cards for Xmas so I am considering one when they get in stock.... Hmmmm...
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/9) on: December 09, 2013, 12:11:56 PM
Might get something for the 3DS. Debating between fire emblem and luigi dark moon.
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: December 05, 2013, 04:24:16 AM
Finished this tonight. Loved it from start to finish. So nice to play a Zelda with basically ZERO padding. Just about every second of the game was spent doing fun things as opposed to mindless fetch quests. The difference between this and Skyward Sword which I had been trudging through prior to this is quite stark. After playing through this, I have zero desire to go back to where I left off in Skyward Sword and suffer through annoying fetch quests, constant backtracking, and horrid, frustrating controls. I hope future Metroid and Zelda efforts from Nintendo are of similar quality to this title, and far from the DS Zeldas, Skyward Sword, and Metroid Other M.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 05, 2013, 04:19:31 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 05, 2013, 03:22:48 AM

Are we sure on those Wii U numbers, that those are sold through and not shipped?

I was going by the Gamespot editorial which claimed they sold 3 million in the first month. I have no idea if it's correct or not. I do know the Wii U started off very well too. My point is once the initial demand faded, it has pretty much flopped. I am not saying that either the XBone or PS4 will flop. The only thing I am saying is that the hot launch sales do not mean that the XBone or the PS4 will have huge sustained sales that will eclipse earlier generations. Will either outsell the Wii or the PS2 over their lifespan? Maybe, they will. Maybe they won't. I maintain that the 360 could have easily sold as many consoles as the XBone or PS4 at launch had the SUPPLY been there back in 2005. Same for the Wii.

We're going around in circles, so I'll stop belaboring this from now on. Feel free to get the last word in Turtle.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 05, 2013, 02:27:04 AM
I don't have any dog in the console fight. I owned all 3 consoles in the previous gen and own none of the new gen. I still think the ps4 and XBone are the best supplied launches ever, but that's it. IMO it's premature to draw any other conclusions but that. I do firmly believe both sony and Microsoft will be far more successful than the Wii U long term. But, I still believe launch numbers don't mean this will be a more successful (or less successful) generation.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 05, 2013, 01:35:32 AM
Gamespot editorial: Launch numbers don't matter

The Wii U sold 3 million consoles in its first month. Launch numbers mean nothing.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 04, 2013, 12:29:02 PM
I'll repeat what I said before. The sales #'s right now don't mean a lot about how successful the 2 new consoles will be. They just mean they are probably the 2 most well supplied launches ever. Of course they are both going to sell all consoles they can make right now. EVERY major console does well at launch. Even the Wii U sold all the consoles they could make at launch time.

We can't make any conclusions about how well the new systems are doing until we get past the holiday and initial months of the console. How are these consoles going to sell in March next year? That's what I am much more interested in knowing.

Do I think either of these will fail like the Wii U? Of course not. Do I think this will be the BIGGEST GENERATION EVER~! ? I want to wait and see.
96  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: December 03, 2013, 09:58:10 PM
I think I have 3 dungeons left. Just an awesome game. Trying to explore all the nooks and crannies of the 2 over worlds now. Definitely a worthy sequel to my favorite Zelda game.

I am OK with the item rental/buying mechanic. It is nice to be able to (mostly) tackle dungeons in the order you want. I think I may have still preferred the old school method of getting the item in each dungeon and progressing down a more linear path, but it hasn't been a deal breaker at all.

AWESOME GAME. I will be sad when it's over.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 01, 2013, 10:15:36 PM
So I was at Best Buy today running an errand. I was stunned to see they had (at least) 2 XBones in stock. I couldn't believe they had restocked so quickly. Years ago, I would have bought it on the spot with DR3, but I just can't afford to make $560 impulse purchases anymore. No PS4s in stock that I could see.

Also, FINALLY, Best Buy now has playable demos for the new systems. So, I finally got to hold the much ballyhooed DualShock 4 for the first time. I was very impressed. I still prefer the XBone/360/Wavebird left stick placement. But, the DS4 was by far the most comfortable I felt using the left stick in the lower, non-offset position. I was very impressed.

Still not nearly enough games for either console to make me really want to dump $400-500 for them. Now that I feel comfortable with the DS4, I will really have a tough choice whenever I do decide to jump into the next gen. And... I do want to see what happens when Steam Boxes comes out...
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 27, 2013, 03:28:42 AM
Hmmm... Maybe it's time to add the Steam Box to the next gen discussion if the rumored price is correct. That would cover the vast majority of the games I want to play on either the XBone or PS4. Plus I would already have a library AND backlog for it. Plus I can play purchases on it or a PC.... Very intrigued....
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 11:14:59 PM
I have always preferred offset vs next to each other. I greatly prefer the Wavebird and 360 controller to that of the Wii classic controller and dual shocks 1-3. It just feels more natural and comfortable to me. I truly hope the ds4 is different, but i have my doubts. I still haven't held one yet.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 03:47:37 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 26, 2013, 03:39:08 AM

Even Sony said the offset stick design tested better in focus groups, but they stuck with parallel out of tradition. Sounds liked they improved everything else aplenty, though, and moved the sticks apart enough to prevent most cases of thumby bumpy syndrome.

I really wish that Sony would acknowledge their own focus groups' results and simply make an alternative controller even if it's not the one included with the console. I always meant to pick up a 3rd party PS3 controller I saw in stores with the left stick in the correct (IMO~!) place, but it sold out before I pulled the trigger. Oh well. Even with their crummy (IMO~!) controller, they are the Higher Def console I am leaning towards... once there are many more than zero games I want to play on it.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 03:44:44 AM

Quote from: Canuck on November 26, 2013, 03:27:20 AM

Quote from: JCC on November 26, 2013, 03:19:01 AM

They still have the left stick in the position that is not my personal preference so I remain skeptical, but I would like to pick one up and feel it for myself.
Fixed that for you. Essentially, the controller difference is down to personal preference now.

Sigh... yes, of course this is all in my opinion. I didn't really think that needed to be spelled out, but thanks. smile (added a smiley to make it clear I am just clowning around)

For the record the first gamepad I ever owned with an analog stick was a Dualshock 1, so it isn't like I had some MS/Nintendo preference before using a Sony controller. I just don't like having the main movement stick in the lower position since it feels so unnatural. Likewise, while I haven't yet held it, the new Wii U classic controller which has the right stick up where the buttons should be seems equally non-intuitive. In my oh so humble opinion of course. slywink
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 03:19:01 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 26, 2013, 03:07:23 AM

Quote from: JCC on November 26, 2013, 12:35:50 AM

I will say the controller was AWESOME. Like the 360 but the sticks feel way better. Why oh why can't Sony give up the horrifically bad Dualshock design?! I am still yet to see a playable demo for either system anywhere, so I still haven't had a chance to hold the DS4.

If you had, you would know that they DID give up on the horrifically bad Dualshock design. The PS4 controller is excellent.

They still have the left stick in the wrong, uncomfortable position, so I remain skeptical, but I would like to pick one up and feel it for myself.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 26, 2013, 12:35:50 AM
(For those wondering I own a Wii, 360, and PS3 from the current/previous gen. I do not own the Wii U, PS4, or XBone.)

So I had a buddy in town this weekend who brought over is, as yet, unboxed XBone. After much alcohol, Doctor Who, and football Saturday we finally hooked it up late Saturday night. I was impressed with the look at the box, though it is definitely pretty large. Those are certainly some hardy/thick cables. Even the HDMI cable is surprisingly stout.

Once we fired up the XBone, we did initial setup and downloaded the 500 MB update. I was impressed with how quickly this went. I don't remember how long it was, but it did not seem long. We then started navigating the interface a bit. I absolutely hate the interface. It's not surprising. I've hated the 360 interface ever since they ditched the original one, which was just fine. I also pretty much detest metro on my Windows 8 PC. I can't believe that MS chose THIS look for their "unifying" interface across all platforms. YUCK~!

I was very frustrated that I couldn't find the settings menu anywhere (yes I was drunk). Finally I had a moment of inspiration and said "Xbox go to settings", and it worked! Plus 1 for that.

So after everything was set up we put in Call of Duty and it installed. AND THIS TOOK FOREVER. Granted after 20 minutes or so I think it was ready to play while being installed, but MAN it was slow. By that point, we were watching an online video that was around half an hour. After it was over, the game STILL wasn't done installing. WTF?! So after about 40-45 minutes, it was 100% done and we started it up. (Yes, we knew we could have begun playing earlier, but when it wasn't done after our video we wanted to see how long it would take...)

So we wanted to play local only split screen multi-player co-op. We couldn't find that mode. So, either it isn't in this game or we were just drunk and stupid (or both). I found this to be as much fun as getting a prostate exam since I would take 3 steps and get killed immediately by some player. Hardly an inducement to break my "There is no way in hell I will ever pay for Gold." policy. Anyway, I was pretty unimpressed with the graphics. It definitely didn't look next gen to me, although I am sure it probably looks better than the 360 version in some ways.

I will say the controller was AWESOME. Like the 360 but the sticks feel way better. Why oh why can't Sony give up the horrifically bad Dualshock design?! I am still yet to see a playable demo for either system anywhere, so I still haven't had a chance to hold the DS4.

So, after that we were pretty wiped out and went to sleep. Sadly, I didn't get to play DR3, which is the only launch game for either system that I have any interest in. He also had Ryse, which we didn't have time to play either.

So, I am lukewarm on the system as a whole. The MS network seemed more than solid, which is impressive given Sony's issues the previous weekend. I thought the controller was AWESOME. I think if you are already predisposed to pay for Gold, than the XBone is a better value for you. Since I never plan on ever paying a subscription for a console, and so many features on the XBone require Gold, I just think it's not a good value for me. On the other hand, I barely play any games on my PS3, due almost entirely due to the controller.

Definitely sitting out on this new gen for the immediate future. I still expect the Wii U will be the next console I get depending on if/when new quality Metroid/Zelda titles come out for it - hopefully after another price drop for the system. With the release of the fantastic new Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, I have some hope again that this might actually happen.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season - Happy 50th Birthday Doc! on: November 24, 2013, 11:30:46 PM
Simply magnificent. By far the best anniversary or multi-Doctor story ever. I loved it.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season - Happy 50th Birthday Doc! on: November 23, 2013, 01:24:16 PM
I was very pleasantly surprised by Mark Gattis' docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. The final scene actually moves me to tears. I just teared up again showing the scene to my wife.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 23, 2013, 01:11:00 PM
Maybe I'm cynical, but I don't read anything into both consoles' massive start other than both MS and Sony manufactured more than they ever had previously for their respective launches.

 The true health of console gaming in this new generation will be determined by looking at game and console sales over the entire life of the consoles.

On another note, I'll bet Nintendo didn't send out any laudatory messages to either Sony or Microsoft. How many Wii U's have sold after a year? 4 million? Sony and MS got 25% there in 24 hours.
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: November 22, 2013, 11:54:59 PM
I have played to the start of the 2nd dungeon. I think it looks beautiful. Videos don't do justice to how good this looks on the 3ds screen. I think using 3d would be an asset at times in this game. (I can't see 3D.) I also think the music quality is probably the best of any Zelda. It's the same old tunes but they sound awesome even through these puny speakers. I need to try playing with headphones as I know that will sound incredible. Gameplay so far is a perfect update on link to the past. Very impressed so far.
108  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: November 22, 2013, 04:11:29 AM
So I am still a bit leery on the item rental mechanic, but the reviews are overwhelmingly positive for this. It seems like Nintendo has finally removed the hand holding and filler that has plagued recent Zelda games. Also, I saw somewhere that there aren't any fetch quests. I am excited to pick this up tomorrow!
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 21, 2013, 05:03:01 AM
Gamespot unboxing video.

I think this is different from the one mentioned above.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season on: November 19, 2013, 11:39:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2013, 11:27:33 PM

huh... BBC America has two showings of the Day of the Doctor on Saturday.  both have the same description, but one is longer.  I guess I'll let the DVR record both.

The afternoon one is a live simulcast of the BBC broadcast. The evening one has commercials and behind the scenes/interview type clips.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 11:31:41 PM
Thinking about this topic, I keep going back to Ultimas 8 and 9. Easily the two most disappointing games I've played, if not the worst.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season on: November 15, 2013, 07:29:01 PM
The TV Movie was a disaster on many levels since there were too many chefs in the kitchen, but McGann is great in it.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season on: November 15, 2013, 01:44:25 AM
I squealed like a little girl when I heard McGann's voice. That was seven minutes of Doctor Who fanboy awesomeness!

For people like me who reveled in (and still listen to) Big Finish Doctor Who audios, it was just glorious. Big Finish is just awesome and most of my all time favorite Doctor Who stories were made by them.
114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: November 13, 2013, 12:18:25 AM
I'm excited for this, but I am wary of the item rental mechanic. Getting items/upgrades in dungeons is a big part of the fun for me in this series.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moto X is the best phone I ever purchased. on: November 12, 2013, 01:34:19 AM
You're right. I skimmed my article quickly and missed that it was just working from the home screen.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moto X is the best phone I ever purchased. on: November 11, 2013, 11:17:18 PM
It sounds like the voice activation will work with other phones running KitKat. Below a site got it by hacking the google launcher from the Nexus 5 update on other phones. I would guess, that when phones get "officially" updated to KitKat, that they will also offer this feature. Still, cool for the Moto X to be ahead of the curve on this feature.

Linky
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 09, 2013, 11:02:29 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 09, 2013, 10:25:51 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2013, 10:03:57 PM

Is anyone considering buying a Wii U when Mario comes out rather than an XB1 or PS4?

(PR laughs.. heartily)

No one is buying a WiiU until Nintendo gets off their asses and make the next Zelda or Metroid game.

Quoted for truth. Though I'd add "good" to that sentence. smile
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 09, 2013, 10:50:37 PM
From the article it sounds like Blizzard is skeptical about D4 working well on such a small screen.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 09, 2013, 03:23:41 PM
For those who care, the PS4 version will not support remote play per gamespot. Though blizzard is still mulling it over.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: November 08, 2013, 10:02:52 PM
I thought the first half of season 5 was less interesting than the rest of the show, but season 4 was tremendous (my favorite season) and the 2nd half of season 5 (or season 6, whatever they are calling the last 8 eps) was awesome, and I absolutely loved the ending. Maybe the best ending a show ever had.
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