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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 21, 2014, 05:48:21 PM
Arise!  icon_biggrin

I just got a Wii U Deluxe over the weekend. When this thing first came out, I swore I would never get one, but the temptation was too much. There seems to be a critical mass of good games out or coming out in the next year that makes it worth getting now. I got Mario Kart 8, which is a total blast. I downloaded the Zelda HD remake as my freebie game and it looks pretty awesome. A couple of things were really annoying thought. First, the initial setup is such a long and convoluted process, particularly since you have to download what seems like a fairly large software update after connecting to the internet. Second, I knew the pad battery life was not great but holy cow, does it suck. I had to do a full recharge the next day. I ordered a Wii U Pro Controller which apparently has a really long charge capacity so while the pad is pretty cool in concept, I think I'll do most game playing with the other controller instead. I've seen a larger capacity battery for the pad on Amazon. Anyone have any experience with these?

The game I am really looking forward to is Bayonetta 2. I loved the first one and played the hell out of it on the Xbox 360, so the Wii U will be worth it just for the sequel.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] - Kite on: July 18, 2014, 05:57:12 PM
Interesting. I wonder how faithful it will be to the original anime, which was pretty graphic.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 08:35:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 15, 2014, 06:05:13 PM

Did anybody else end up watching this (Live Another Day)?  Wrapped up last night, writing and direction in this last episode felt really choppy and discombobulated, and I found the last couple of plot "twists" irritating and contrived.  Pretty disappointing after a good start to the season, and I really liked Yvonne Strahotski in it.  I suspect the show won't be back, but who knows.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Really?  After all they did to bring Audrey back, this is how they kill her, without even a scene with Jack in the final episode?  I found it almost insultingly annoying, pretty much a slap in the face.  I call it the Game of Thrones effect.  Everyone and their brother now apparently thinks it's cool to kill off main characters for shock value.  The whole point of bringing the show back, I thought, was to service the fans with a last hurrah (or two).  Instead I guess they thought it would be cool to kill off one of the series' best characters (again) with an unceremonious random shot.  Sadly the only actress Kiefer Sutherland has ever shown any palpable chemistry with is Audrey, so it was pretty stupid all in all.  Oh well, time to move on.

It actually kind of makes sense in that:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just about everyone Jack really cares about eventually gets whacked.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 15, 2014, 08:32:50 PM
Senior (not Senor) QA Engineer at Roku Inc.

I basically watch TV all day.
165  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 08, 2014, 11:16:51 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations. There are some good looking games in there so we'll check them out.
166  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 05:57:29 PM
Actually we don't have much in the way of co-op games. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Forbidden Island. If you have any good recommendations, that would be most appreciated.

Dixit was appealing because the sessions seemed like they did not take too long to play. My family doesn't have a ton of time to spend playing board/card games, so reasonably quick games are what appeal to us.
167  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 12:32:11 AM

Unfortunately, an overwhelming percentage of people do not recommend the game for a group of three. That's a bummer. We rarely game with more than three people. Oh well...
168  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Question about Dixit on: June 26, 2014, 06:55:02 PM
I just read the review of the Dixit: Origins expansion on the GT front page and it's piqued my interest.

I was wondering though. It seems to be the kind of game that is more fun with a larger group of people. Anyone know how well the game plays with the minimum three people?
169  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 08, 2014, 01:51:25 AM
The only mobile gaming site I trust these days is Unfortunately their focus is more on strategy games, but it's still a really good site and their reviews are generally tough.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 OTAs on: June 05, 2014, 06:42:16 PM
No kidding. Kaep gets a shit ton on money if he keeps getting better each year and the Niners can cut bait at any time if they feel like he is not giving them what they want on the field or if he gets hurt. Baalke should get a trophy for hammering out a deal that seems to satisfy both sides so much.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 OTAs on: June 04, 2014, 11:33:38 PM
Considering what Cutler and Flacco are making, Kaep's deal isn't all that outrageous in the context of what upper tier QBs make in the NFL. Yeah, it's a lot of money, but I'm okay with it because it wasn't that long ago that the Niners were trotting out the likes of Tim Rattay, JT O'Sullivan, Shaun Hill and shellshocked Alex Smith at QB.
172  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 10:28:22 PM
Honestly, I would not have bothered with Dream Quest without all the positive word of mouth on the gameplay.
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 04:29:31 PM
Me too. The graphics are hilariously terri-bad. It's like 6 year old art quality, but man, the gameplay design is genius. the dev says he is willing to bring the graphics up to par at some point in a future update, but that would kind of kill some of the charm for me.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official good hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 12:15:47 AM
The reason why it happened is that you worship good instead of God. Heathen.  Tongue

Seriously, that freaking sucks! At least you were not ON the tractor when it got taken out.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 11:52:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 13, 2014, 11:46:35 PM

Am I the only one who got turned on by a bunch of hot nerdy guys talking about forcing things down each other's throats?   Tongue

LOL, you win.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: May 13, 2014, 08:32:57 PM
The suit has veins?
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 Draft Day on: May 09, 2014, 08:27:14 PM
Good pickup. He's a bit of a health risk but for what they gave up, definitely worth it. He grew up in SF so I am sure he is beyond excited to be playing for his home town team.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 Draft Day on: May 08, 2014, 11:30:37 PM
I really hope the Niners somehow manage to draft David Fales out of San Jose State. I've seen some of his games this past season and the kid looks about as pro-ready as any college QB. Big, mobile, strong arm and accurate. I was at the home game against Navy and while Navy's defense isn't exactly top caliber, Fales was incredible with his athleticism and arm strength.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 10, 2014, 11:04:04 PM
Yeah the whole pants episode was pretty suspicious.

I was laughing when Spencer was walking up the creek bed and Woo just suddenly came out all "oh hey what's up. I'm taking a walk". Thank goodness it's a reality show because his acting job there was stupendously bad.

I think Doofus is LJ. Athletic and physically fit but dumb as a log.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 10, 2014, 10:26:46 PM
 crybaby Nooooooo! Boobs McBooberson is out, although can't say that I am surprised considering she was a self entitled, lazy ass sloth around camp, but it's sad knowing her epic bouncing chest will no longer be hypnotizing us.

As for Kass, aka crazy old lawyer lady, good god she is a trainwreck waiting to happen. For a minute I almost thought she would switch back to her original group but her hatred of Boobs seemed to reign her crazy in this week.

Spencer seems to be picking up momentum and emerging as a smart player. For the most part, the contestants are all pretty harmless or clueless but the show will continue to be entertaining as long as Kass and Tony are still in it. There are too many people sitting back just waiting for things to happen. Someone or something needs to stir things up and generate some chaos.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 07, 2014, 11:31:16 PM
What a pain in the ass just to get a good piece of chicken.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Black Sails on: March 28, 2014, 10:23:54 PM
Is there even going to be a season 2? I have not seen any news that there will be one.

It certainly was not what I expected from a pirate show. Surprisingly, a lot of it was land locked in the town dealing with political and interpersonal drama. Kind of disappointed that there was not much in the way of stuff out at sea. The end with the battle against the Spanish galleon was pretty cool though.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 24, 2014, 09:42:02 PM
So, this group that Daryl is with. Are the they same guys that stayed at the house where Rick was hiding under the bed and ran away from with Carl and Michonne?
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 20, 2014, 08:07:24 PM
Clearly they edited out a lot of stuff that went into explaining why LJ did not play the idol, because the way the events unfolded, it would have been completely logical for him to play it. Too bad though. I liked Cliff and thought he was a pretty smart player. He probably fell trap to one of the oldest adages in Survivor. The moment you start getting really confident about your situation, that's when you usually get blindsided.

I have to agree with the general consensus about the older lady from Boston. Oh lord she is annoying as hell and has a laugh like nails on a chalkboard.

I'll remain completely engaged with this season as long as Morgan is still in the game. Her bouncing boobies are a sight to behold.  drool
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis on: March 11, 2014, 12:25:01 AM
Not really sure. It's definitely funny but the moving hairpiece reminds of Tribbles from Star Trek.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis on: March 10, 2014, 08:23:02 PM



187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 Offseason on: March 01, 2014, 05:54:58 PM
Oh shit, I've been outed! icon_smile
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 20, 2014, 09:20:00 PM
Oh man, the speaker scam out of the back of a van is LEGENDARY. Back in the late 80's I was hit up at a bank walking up to the ATM. Two guys in a plain white van came screaming around the corner, threw open the door and tried to sell me a pair of speakers they said they had extra stock of due to an inventory mistake. I'll never forget their sales pitch:

"The subwoofers have nitrogen cooling!"

Wow, really Mr. Wizard? Needless to say, I laughed at them and walked away.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 12, 2014, 05:15:10 PM
What a bunch of pointless stupid drama.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 11, 2014, 09:20:56 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 11, 2014, 08:35:45 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 11, 2014, 06:20:27 PM

So Ron, without giving anything away, were you ultimately able to beat those sadistically hard boss battles? It's one thing if those fights are hard, but if they at least are beatable in a mildly realistic way then I guess it's tolerable.

I was, but man...they always felt totally unfair.  I have 2000HP versus their 400,000HP?  And I can only heal with my 6 potions, but he has a skill that allows him to get all of his HP back once?  0_0   You really feel like the cards are stacked against you, and those fights take upwards of 15-20 minutes each.   It feels a little like a combination of luck, trial and error, and some laser-precision with blocking, and even then even the most minor of slips can kill you.   One boss had an attack that did just shy of 2k worth of damage if you missed the block.  No way to beat him when you have 1400HP (the staying in one area thing I mentioned), but if you do a bunch of side quest grinding and get up to 2k HP you can live through it, once.  smile     It's just odd to go from "this is kinda challenging" in a good way to "WTF?  How was I supposed to prepare for this?!" kind of moments.  

Sheesh, the Final Fantasy series really has jumped the shark. I just picked up the game but I have a feeling it's going to be one of those experiences where it stops being fun and becomes just a chore to finish for the sake of finishing it.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 11, 2014, 06:25:17 PM
There must be some correlation with how much of a Lego maniac you were growing up. I thought it was one of the best "kids" movies in a very long time. I found it clever, incredibly funny and surprisingly touching at the end. Then again, I still build Legos as an adult. My 9 year old daughter loved it too.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 11, 2014, 06:20:27 PM
So Ron, without giving anything away, were you ultimately able to beat those sadistically hard boss battles? It's one thing if those fights are hard, but if they at least are beatable in a mildly realistic way then I guess it's tolerable.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Superbowl on: February 03, 2014, 06:11:51 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 03, 2014, 06:04:55 PM



For god's sake, he has a FLAMING SLEDGEHAMMER!!
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Fable Anniversary on: February 03, 2014, 06:01:34 PM
Was your copy a pre-release copy or was it the final retail version?

Seems pretty outrageous that a game that old has bugs that serious, even if it has a new graphical shine.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 12:02:55 AM
Minecraft. I just don't get what the point is, much less the cult-like appeal.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: January 27, 2014, 10:23:43 PM
I finally finished this game on PS4 last night. I have mixed feelings about the whole experience though. I really enjoyed the pirate theme and the ship to ship combat is loads of fun. Ubisoft really nailed a lot of the period and the look and feel of the time. I really hated the land missions where you either had to chase someone or eavesdrop on someone because they really disrupt the whole free form world dynamic and forces you to complete that specific task before you can return to the open world. I think that was a bad design choice despite the fact that I guess those kind of missions were also in the prior AC games (I think, since I am not familiar with the past games).

Somewhere around 3/4 of the way into the game though, the story really loses steam and the end was pretty disappointing. The modern day stuff in the Abstrego offices seems tacked on and totally pointless, unless I am missing something. Also, without giving anything away, there is a character that shows up literally in the last minute of the game where it seems like such a cheap plot device to give Kenway some sort of closure at the end. But there is literally NO reference to this character at any point during the entire game until this last part. Felt really tacked on, like the developers were just tired of the whole thing.

Anyhow, I started out really loving the game but the end was a chore to get through and made me feel just sort of 'meh' at the end. I didn't even take on any of the legendary ship missions and now I feel no desire to do so. Maybe if I leave the game alone for 6 months and then return I'll feel motivated.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 21, 2014, 08:41:18 PM
Hmmm, does not seem to be a widespread problem then, although it would suck to be hit by it since it appears to corrupt saves in a really awful way.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 20, 2014, 10:26:40 PM
Anyone having issues with corrupted saves/games that won't load?

I haven't powered on my PS4 in a number of days but I never experienced these reported issues (knock on wood) in all the time I've had the system. The weird thing is that the huge Sony support forum thread that is referenced in the article is from the European support page. I took a quick look at the U.S. support forum and there isn't anything close to that in comparison.
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless router with good range? on: January 14, 2014, 12:48:52 AM
I have this:

It might be overkill for most people. I'm not some sort of networking power user that configs the heck out of routers, but the wireless range that thing puts out is ridiculous. The price has gone down though. I bought it for $199 when it was a new model release. In the time I've had it, I've never had any problems with it and it performs like a champ.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 08, 2014, 06:26:32 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2014, 06:21:03 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 08, 2014, 06:06:02 PM

I wonder if anyone archived any of the old Gone Gold web content. It would be kind of a kick to see some of that stuff again for old times sake.


Ha! OMG, you are the man. That is so awesome.
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