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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 25, 2015, 09:42:37 PM
The hidden immunity idol became a part of the show starting season 11 in 2005 (Survivor: Guatemala). Those players from the first 10 seasons better get their game going fast.

I can't wait to see what other crazy stuff Psycho Abby stirs up. You get the feeling that she is a ticking bomb ready to blow up. She talks about being more patient and becoming "a better person", but trying to learn life lessons on the fly in that environment is going to be hard.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 25, 2015, 12:00:33 AM
I'm excited about this season too. Having all these returning players means it's hardcore strategizing from the moment they hit the beach so hopefully we don't have to endure the stupid stuff when novices have no idea what they hell they are doing.

I won't mention who got eliminated first in case there are people who have yet to see the first episode, but the person booted out first was a bit of a surprise. There are a couple of people already on shaky ground, like Abby the crazy psycho Brazilian woman ("WHERE'S MY BRACELET!!!") and Stephen the physically hopeless nerd. Since these people all more or less know how to play the game, I expect big blindsides of some of the physically strong people long before the merge happens. It'll be awesome.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 22, 2015, 05:32:22 PM
Yeah, I guess I can see that comparison with the Alexandria group, but it's a weak premise to me. Taking a step back, it's kind of ridiculous for us to second guess how people would behave during a zombie apocalypse. It's not like any of us has any experience with that.  icon_razz paranoid

I think for me, I'd be willing to accept the whole notion of pretending life is normal if the characters were more appealing and easier to sympathize with. For whatever reason, I just have not had an easy time getting behind all these people.

I wonder how the show would have been perceived if the original series had never happened. The bar has been set so high and Rick and the gang are so ingrained in viewers' minds it's hard not to compare the two series even if it's not a fair comparison.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 2 --- GIVE ME MORE FOOTBALL!! on: September 21, 2015, 06:20:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 20, 2015, 10:39:35 PM

ALL OF THE LOLS.

Its really hard to do anything if your offensive and defensive lines are terrible. QUEST FOR SIX WINS.

The good news was that it gave me an excuse to stop watching at halftime and start playing Destiny. At least in that game, my offense was SWEET.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 21, 2015, 06:01:57 PM
I'm trying to think back to when I watched season 1 of Walking Dead for the first time and I don't recall any of the characters being so annoying or plain stupid. Maybe Dale or Carol, but most importantly, Rick and Shane were well written believable characters from the very beginning and as the focal point of those early episodes, the show was way more compelling than this new series. Honestly, I find ALL the characters on Fear the Walking Dead to be annoying, stupid and not very believable. The episode last night, they were making it so hard to stay with the series. Without spoiling anything, the mom did something so unbelievably stupid and irrational I was shaking my head. The drug addicted son is such an unlikable character you WANT him to get bitten. The emo daughter is useless. The dad is a weakling, and maybe it's me, but jogging in the middle of the zombie outbreak?? Is he in training to run away from them? And 9 days after the outbreak, the army sure did erect that fence in a hurry. Donald Trump should hire those guys for the border fence he wants to build.

I love the original WD show, even with all its faults, but holy crap, this new series is so hard to watch. There's a lot of potential material telling the story of the outbreak origins, but building the story around such a collection of unlikable characters is derailing all the potential. I'll keep grinding through it since there are only two more episodes, but the writing HAS to get better for the inevitable season 2.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 21, 2015, 05:45:29 PM
I have to say, I suck at these type of games, online shooters, so I've been focused on the basic story mode by myself. After a number of missions, I hit a mandatory co-op multiplayer mission which matched me up with two random people. I don't use a headset during gaming so there was no coordinated effort when we hit the level boss, but I really enjoyed the level. The other two players were a lot higher level than me but just the simple notion of ganging up on the boss and resurrecting each other when someone died was more fun than I had expected.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 18, 2015, 05:00:47 PM
I'm assuming it's the original release of the game, without any of the DLC.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 15, 2015, 07:38:59 PM
Dilfer didn't bother me as much as Chris Berman did. Every time he referred to Levi's Stadium as "the big bell bottom" I wanted to punch him.

In other news, I could watch this clip all day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbqD0l1Oxu8
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 15, 2015, 05:32:09 AM
Wow, Carlos Hyde is pretty good.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 14, 2015, 10:46:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 14, 2015, 12:56:38 PM

Oh man.  Really trying to hold it together. One game doesn't mean anything. But we might be on the cusp of something special in Buffalo.

Must...not...become...optimistic....


They have guaranteed at least a  1-15 season.

There's that's more like it.

At least the Bills QB has one of the best football nicknames ever: T-Mobile  icon_cool
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 12, 2015, 12:40:36 AM
I kind of think the Niners will surprise people this year. That's not based on anything tangible other than my desperate hope to not suck anymore.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 09:00:36 PM
I remember when I saw Aliens in the theater for the first time. Ebert's reaction is totally not what I felt. I walked out thinking "phew, that was intense, but AWESOME!".

I had the same reaction walking out after Mad Max Fury Road.

From a technical standpoint, both movies were about as good as it gets.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 06, 2015, 05:17:04 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 03, 2015, 09:51:37 PM

The prologue chapter was pretty nuts. I couldn't tell if it was a fever dream or actually happening (in the game, not me personally)...

Several times during the prologue, I was thinking "what the hell am I playing??" icon_eek
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: August 24, 2015, 09:52:22 PM
But it's the full montly!
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: August 24, 2015, 08:48:33 PM
I don't have any of those games and all of which are interesting enough to me to download.

That's a first.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Preseason on: August 07, 2015, 06:07:03 PM
Fuck that guy. Cut his ass asap. I don't care how good a football player he is or how much he counts against the salary cap.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...Ron likes starting topics with "So..." on: July 31, 2015, 08:28:45 PM
Could be worse. He could be starting topics with "welp".
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC's Hell on Wheels on: July 24, 2015, 09:39:06 PM
This final season is being broken up into two seasons, like AMC did with Breaking Bad. 7 episodes now and 7 next year. Kinda lame.

I've watched the show from the beginning and it is fantastic. What I like is that the portrayal of the era, sets, costumes, props, are authentic. The best thing about this season is that finally they show the contribution of the Chinese in the construction of the railroad. It's something that is rarely shown in westerns.

At the least, Cullen Bohannan is a total bad ass.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 23, 2015, 05:36:14 PM
I agree! icon_lol

Seriously though, I kind of think there is a correlation to the notion that the volume of major game releases has decreased over the last 20 years or so, both PC and console. The industry has consolidated so much that games are either derivative high profile AAA releases or indie/crowdfunded obscure releases. The result is that there simply isn't the volume of decent games to talk about or get excited about. As a group, we seem to be on the older side of the gaming demographic here so it takes a lot to get amped up about a lot of games. I know for me personally, I used to be a big PC gamer but the way gaming has evolved, I rarely game on PC and spend almost all my time on consoles but even then I play for shorter sessions than I used to. It's often because life in general intrudes, but frequently, by the time I have free time in the evenings to game, I'm just too tired. Getting old definitely has an effect on my gaming habits.

100  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 23, 2015, 04:54:41 AM
Wow really? Where did you hear that?
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Coversations with Creators Series on PSN on: July 21, 2015, 11:04:19 PM
Anyone watching the streaming "Conversations with Creators" series on Playstation Network? I was curious about it and turns out it's really quite good. Wil Wheaton is the host so how much you like/hate him might taint your enjoyment of the series. He does get over the top fanboy-ish at times but he does ask some pretty insightful questions. Anyhow, the first episode was with Bungie, the second one was with Naughty Dog and the third one, out today, is with Treyarch (Call of Duty). Not sure how many episodes are in the series. The format is just Wheaton sitting with several people from each company, having a conversation about their games, the development process and other various topics.

Highly recommended for those who have PSN access.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 21, 2015, 10:55:07 PM
Well...that turned rather quickly! icon_razz
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 11, 2015, 04:10:18 PM
I realized the hype for this movie went thermonuclear when my 67 year old mom told me she wants to see the movie with me. She hardly ever goes to see theater movies. Unreal.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 11, 2015, 05:18:17 AM
There is no way that this movie will suck.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: June 25, 2015, 11:15:21 PM
Wow, that looks spectacularly bad.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:51:19 AM
To me it seemed like a wash in the Sony vs. Microsoft comparison. They each had their share of exclusives, but for me, the Sony exclusives seemed more compelling. I don't think either one "won" the battle of presentations. It all seemed sort of by the book and uneventful. No 'holy crap' moments for me. I was mildly surprised about the Xbox backward compatibility reveal, so I may end up getting an Xbox One this Christmas.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:44:57 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 16, 2015, 02:39:12 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on June 16, 2015, 02:33:41 AM

That jeep driving sequence was hilariously over the top.

And then the two talking heads post presentation are god damn annoying. Somebody punch them.

I wouldn't want to have to keep trying that Jeep sequence over and over even if it does look good.

Maybe it's due to the partially developed state of the game, but the worrisome thing is that there were NO visual cues telling you where to go.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:37:30 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 16, 2015, 02:33:28 AM

No sign of the Morpheous hardware on stage?  Hmmm.

My impression is that the thing is nowhere ready for release. I certainly wouldn't expect it this year.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:33:41 AM
That jeep driving sequence was hilariously over the top.

And then the two talking heads post presentation are god damn annoying. Somebody punch them.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:28:52 AM
Do my eyes deceive me? The graphics don't look quite as impressive as the previous gameplay footage release months ago (the jungle/cliffs sequence).
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:25:35 AM
I missed the beginning of Sony's presentation but I guess Vita really is a legacy platform. No featuring of any Vita games at all.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:21:00 AM
Whoa, different Battlefront footage!!
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:20:27 AM
That guy presenting Disney Infinity 3.0 was dangerously close to Chris Farley levels of spazziness.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:13:06 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 16, 2015, 02:11:44 AM

Confirmed COD MP way too fast for me.

Welcome to old age. Population: us! icon_wink
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:09:38 AM
I do like the futuristic theme, so I will get it.

Damn, the action in that last sequence was so frenetic it was making me dizzy.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:04:16 AM
Another year, another Call of Duty game.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 01:52:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on June 16, 2015, 01:51:55 AM

Shenmue 3!!

Holy shit! eek
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 15, 2015, 11:17:31 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 15, 2015, 11:12:59 PM

Good start with South Park and good finish with Ghost Recon but that was a messy middle.  You are up Sony!  Let's see some Morpheous action.

Totally agree. At least Aisha Tyler made it entertaining.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 15, 2015, 11:15:58 PM
So, a marginally better presentation compared to EA. Ubi showed more actual gameplay but they still were heavy on the prerendered video. That's the way E3 is evolving now I guess.

Sony is up next. I have low expectations based on what I've see so far today.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 15, 2015, 11:11:31 PM
Holy crap. New Ghost Recon game. Kill the drug dealers!
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