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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 06, 2016, 09:34:56 PM
Well I'm very interested. WWI is a time period that you hardly ever see in gaming.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 02, 2016, 09:05:59 PM
Thanks for the explanation. No wonder I was so confused. That was such an out of left field moment for me.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 02, 2016, 06:32:46 PM
I was a bit surprised that the big event happened so soon. I sort of expected it to be in the season finale but I guess that's the result of my own cynicism regarding the Walking Dead finale.

Anyhow, a good episode, but I was really thrown for a loop by the revisiting of Theon's  sister and dad. It's been so long since the show had anything to do with that area that it took a moment to figure out where that was. Even more disorienting was the confrontation on the rope bridge. Apparently the guy who tossed dad into the seas was Theon's brother. I didn't recognize him at all and I don't recall seeing him in any prior episodes. Maybe those of you familiar with the books can elaborate on this because I was highly confused.

The Bolton boy's sadistic ruthlessness knows no bounds.

I am ready to see Jamie run his sword through Jonathan Pryce's gut.

I really enjoyed Tyrion's scene with the dragons and the CGI actually looked good.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: April 25, 2016, 10:05:33 PM
IMO, the issue of screen time for characters has been a problem for quite some time. It's simply impossible to give enough room for everyone to develop in hour long episodes, so often the flow of the show jumps all over the place. A side effect of that is it's really hard to figure out how much time is passing from event to event or even from character arc to character arc. I love the show, but really the episodes need to be 90 to 120 minutes.

I really loved the moment where Brienne pledged her service to Sansa. She and Podrick have been chasing after her for so long it was nice to finally see that resolution. All those people who were mean and cruel to Sansa are going to get their fill of angry Brienne.

It was a good intro episode to the season, although it didn't feel like much happened.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 25, 2016, 09:54:39 PM
I've actually been surprised at how entertaining it is. I wasn't so sure after the first episode of this season but I really liked the second one where they meet the survivalist ranger and his family. Last night's was okay. Not great. The fight on the edge of the sand up high next to the beach was kind of lame, especially the bit with Nick the druggie son. I do like the character of Strand because you just don't know whether to trust him or not. It's interesting that they are focusing a lot on the moral decisions that the group is confronted with, like who to rescue and who not to. Not sure what to make of the plane crash survivors. I didn't watch and of the web episodes so I have no vested interest in those two characters but I am assuming at least the Asian lady is still in the mix? It would be pretty lame to bring along her story via the webisodes only to limit her to last night's episode never to be heard from again.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 24, 2016, 07:56:03 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 24, 2016, 04:31:13 AM

SNL is running their tribute this evening, hosted by Fallon. Those on the left coast should be on deck.

Just watched it. Man, the performances were unbelievable.

Also, I am speechless after reading this article and watching the CNN video embedded in it.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 22, 2016, 08:07:15 PM
I listened to Purple Rain, the album, today for the first time in years.

Wow, so many memories brought back and it's such a great album. The last track made me really sad in all its soaring, epic, guitar riff glory.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 22, 2016, 04:33:43 PM
A new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence

Loved the first one in all its cheesy, over the top, epic glory. This one is even more epic-er. icon_cool
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 08:14:23 PM
I have not seen it yet, but based on your impressions I get the sense that a lot of significant story elements got edited out. The disc/digital release of the movie is supposed to include about 30 minutes of additional footage so maybe a lot of the disconnected or disjointed aspects of the story will make more sense in the extended version.

Or it may not make a difference and it's still all about Zach Snyder's inability to reign in his fanboy nature of letting things get out of control. paranoid
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One on: April 07, 2016, 07:58:56 PM
My god the resemblance is unbelievable. Talking to a co-worker today, he assumed Mon Mothma was CGI'ed into the movie.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One on: April 07, 2016, 06:20:01 PM
That trailer was fucking awesome.icon_cool

Donnie Yen doing what he does best.

I cannot wait.

I did a double take when Mon Mothma appeared. The actress playing her is spot on.

92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 04, 2016, 08:22:01 PM
This was the most unstisfying season thus far. Between the nonsense with Glenn "dying/haha fooled you", the neutering of Carol, the incessant "you have a choice" pacifism of Morgan, and just unbelievable acts/decisions of stupidity by a collection of characters who should know better, the cliffhanger ending was the pinnacle of everything that sucked about the season. The explanation by Gimple and Kirkman during the aftershow was an insult to the people who have been watching since season 1. The show's success has really deluded them where their ability to tell the story has taken a back seat to their desire to be clever.

The only faint saving grace for me was Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of Negan. His dialogue is well written and he is such a charismatic and interesting character that I do want to see more of him. As for who was on the receiving end of Lucille, I could care less at this point, and social media being what it is, the whole world will know long before the next episode airs, so screw you Gimple and Kirkman. finger
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: March 28, 2016, 09:37:26 PM
Michael Bay and Zach Snyder should do a movie together. It would be three hours of nothing but slow motion explosions in 3D.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 28, 2016, 09:33:57 PM
As Rittchard points out, the second half of this season has been royally frustrating with all the illogical and reckless behavior displayed by characters who should know better. I guess the writers want to show how becoming over-confident and comfortable in their situation results in questionable decisions but it goes against everything that they have been doing the last 5 seasons for the most part. The group stupidity is jarring from a viewer standpoint. It was almost like a Benny Hill chase skit watching half the regular cast go chasing after Carol and Daryl.

Maybe it was just me but did it feel like that last voice over at the very end was tacked on? Almost like after the producers saw how much commotion resulted from Glenn's infamous dumpster "death" they wanted to put that last line in to make sure internet fandom doesn't have a collective brain hemorrhage.

As for who gets the bat at next week, my money is on Daryl or Glenn. Still not convinced Carol will be whacked because despite her new found angst, she is still the most complex character out of the three and I feel there is still more to explore about the character. Daryl seems obvious but since he is not in the comic, it might be too appealing to the writers to keep him around to give them freedom to write whatever they want with him. I still think Glenn is a likely candidate for the obvious comic book parallels.

I really doubt Rick, Michonne, or Carl are in danger. I can't remember where I saw it but I recall Kirkman saying that the the whole Walking Dead comic story is really about those three characters. Everything revolves around them. I wouldn't expect them to stray from that basic premise in the show.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: March 28, 2016, 09:18:06 PM
Zach Snyder has become the next Michael Bay. Visual director who has no discipline in his craft and no one telling him how to reign things in. Just make movies that are bigger, louder, longer and darker. Movies written around big action set pieces instead of creating a cohesive competent story first.

That being said, the average movie viewer eats this kind of stuff up.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: March 25, 2016, 07:04:29 PM

Is anyone still playing this? So, I've gotten into this game recently and am only at level 6 right now. While the game looks and plays great, I absolutely SUCK at it. Doesn't matter what multiplayer game mode I try, my kill to death ratio is awful. I'm not much of a shooter fan so I don't play these types of games that much but holy crap I didn't expect to be this bad. As far as I can tell a big reason is that I am at such a low level with mediocre power ups and weapons while most of the other players are kitted out with better stuff so I get killed much faster than I can kill them. I thought there would be some sort of mechanism for matchmaking that would sync up players of roughly similar levels, but I guess it doesn't work that way. Honestly, it's a bit discouraging to think that I have to simply keep getting my ass kicked over and over to eventually earn my way up the level progression and unlock the better star cards and weapons.

For those of you putting in time on this game, am I missing something or is this how the game basically works?
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: March 22, 2016, 04:52:41 PM
And...I finally finished the game, including the Sky Fortress DLC missions.

On the one hand, I really like the game and it says a lot to me that I stuck with it to the end since I rarely ever finish games. The open world stuff is great. The freedom of going anywhere (for the most part), and taking out settlements was a lot of fun. Interestingly, the actual story missions felt like a side distraction and were actually boring. The final boss fight was an annoying pattern based letdown with the game finishing literally with a trigger pull. There were a few frustrating missions, mostly where you have to take out waves of enemies who overwhelm you if you don't destroy key vehicles first.

On the other hand, I went through moments, particularly near the end where it felt like a real chore to get through the game. So many places to take out and they all felt the same. Attack, take over, rinse, repeat. The challenges were so frustrating after a while, especially the wingsuit challenges. You have to be some sort of ninja flyer to get 5 gears on all those.

The Sky Fortress DLC added a jet pack to the wingsuit which in my opinion really makes the game way too easy. The ability to fly indefinitely and more importantly, evade guided missiles pretty much took all the challenge out of how you approach enemy bases, towns and outposts. The air base carrier was fun to mess with but the story was incredibly cliche and throwaway. Just a loose excuse to fly around and blow it up.

The graphics are really good but holy cow the slowdown when things get busy is inexcusable (PS4).  I guess the XBOne version is the same.

I'll keep the game installed since I bought the season pass and there are two more DLC sets coming. After that, I can't see myself ever playing the game again.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Fable Legends on: March 07, 2016, 11:59:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2016, 03:11:44 PM

Huh.  Not totally surprising, I guess, since it never looked great and they've been so quiet on it for a while. 

The bigger surprise to me is this:

...and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.

Man, Microsoft has some really shitty track record with buying decent companies and kind of slowly killing them over time.

As a witness to what they did to WebTV years ago (I was an employee), this is what Microsoft excels at. Acquiring companies for their tech or engineering knowledge and then letting the rest go to shit.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: March 07, 2016, 11:56:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 07, 2016, 10:07:34 PM

So I finished this up yesterday. I'm definitely of two minds on the game. On the positive side, the island is amazingly huge, and filled with stuff to explode. It also have all sorts of caverns and caves to explore. Extremely well done on that front. I liberated everything on the first two islands, but when I got to the third island it was just too much and I was kind of ready to be done. This is kind of similar to JC2, where I think I had done less than 50% of the content when I finished the game. Flying around is really cool, all the weapons and vehicles are really cool.

On the negative side is all the super janky stuff. I got better at it as the game went on, but getting caught on geometry while you're trying to get around inside a base is very frustrating. I get it's probably difficult to deal with given the scope of the game, but that doesn't make it less annoying. Frame rate on xbox was terrible. Load times were terrible. I also wish they had kept the aim on left trigger from JC2 - there must have been somewhere else place they could have put the tether tightening. Then there is weird physics stuff like this:!1435&authkey=!AKjGDvEC00mCIaQ&ithint=video%2cmp4

Overall there's plenty of fun to be had as long as you know what you are getting into. I'm sure performance on PC is a lot better as well.

I have not finished the game, and I am on the PS4, but this is pretty much my opinion as well. The game world is pretty amazing and it at least looks great. Once I got to the third massive island, it's become a total slog to get through. I think part of the problem is that even though the island is big, the settlements are a long distance between each other so it's a real pain in the butt to get around, especially by car/truck. The latest patch addressed the long load times so at least it is tolerable to me. The framerate though is a real problem. When the action gets hectic with an army of enemy vehicles and air units coming at you, the frame rate goes way down. Still playable but really noticeable.

I bought the season pass for the game so I'll still keep plugging away at it and I am looking forward to the sky based first DLC with the wingsuit fun. Sometimes this game feels like work, but I still keep coming back to it.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: March 03, 2016, 12:32:53 AM
Well, regardless, Broforce is pretty awesome. Mindless hilarious bloody violent shooty fun.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM
I wouldn't expect a whole of significant plot advancement until the season finale, which everyone suggests will be horrific.

Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.

It felt really out of character for Rick and the gang to be so over-confident that they can take out Negan. Clearly it's a setup to have very bad things happen to them, but telegraphing so aggressively is a bit much.

I also don't like the way Abraham is being emotionally neutered and becoming soft. Again, it's like they are setting him up for something really bad.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 06:05:17 AM
It was an annoying episode up until the last 10 minutes or so. Dumb decisions resulting in ridiculous situations. I did like the scene between Carl and Michonne at the end. Then of course, that ending!  drool
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 09:42:59 PM
I totally understand what you are saying and I suppose it's the way parents are in this day and age, but it wasn't always that way. Being the old fossil I am today, I still remember when I was 10-12 years old, my parents were not movie goers at all, so they didn't know jack about what popular movies were but they had a hard and fast rule with me. Rated R movies were out of the question for me at the time. Didn't matter if it was because of sex, violence or language. The R rating was an automatic no go for me. Maybe that's a philosophy that wouldn't hold up today, but doesn't matter to me. It's the rule I apply to my 11 year old. The MPAA system might be flawed but at its most basic level, it should tell parents what is or is not appropriate for kids.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 15, 2016, 07:53:51 PM
One of the best things I learned is that Carrie Underwood and her mom are Walking Dead superfans.  icon_cool

Great episode. The body count was unbelievable. I believe this was the first time ever in the series run that:

Spoiler for Hiden:
They showed a kid getting eaten. That was awesome. I guess the death of Jessie was the one moment some people were referring to as a completely unnecessary, gratuitous character death that served no purpose. Whatever. It's the zombie apocalypse. People die. Get over it.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 11, 2016, 10:16:51 PM
Most parents will pay attention and realize it's not kid appropriate, but there will inevitably be a few who are completely oblivious and take their kids anyhow. They'll be the ones complaining loudly afterwards.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 11, 2016, 09:38:30 PM
Curious to see how many parents bring their kids not realizing that it is a hardcore rated R movie. Oh the humanity!
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 11, 2016, 03:59:55 AM
Based on looks alone, I'd go with the first one. The second one looks butt ugly.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 15, 2016, 02:13:54 AM
Rumor was that Kelly tried to trade for Kaepernick this past season, so it would not surprise me if they kept him, but the hints from York and Baalke all this season were that they were done with Kaep.

Honestly, I have no idea what York and Baalke are doing. It feels like they're just making it up as they go along. Who cares though? There's so much potential for crazy stuff to happen now it makes me giddy. Paranoid, power mad recluse in Baalke vs anti-social nut job in Kelly, with clueless Jed in the middle. If the team doesn't get off to a good start next season, the fireworks will be spectacular.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 14, 2016, 07:31:05 PM

Bring on the shit show! This is going to be an epic Michael Bay level explosion filled experience for all Niner fans!
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 13, 2016, 09:16:06 PM
Hue Jackson to coach the Browns.

The Niners lost their top head coaching candidate to the freaking Browns. I'm laughing and crying at the sheer ineptitude of Jed and Trent. They really do live in their own self congratulatory fantasy world.

I'm hoping they hire Chip Kelly just for the shit show train wreck potential. It would be epic.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 11, 2016, 05:08:05 AM
Never ever leave your playoff fortunes in the hands of a kicker.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 10, 2016, 06:43:42 PM
I agree. That is the one saving grace of Disney under Bob Iger. The way he's led the company has been nothing less than brilliant. Movies, merchandising, theme parks, whatever the property, they've generally done things right. I feel pretty comfortable that the quality and integrity of the Star Wars universe will be maintained.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 10, 2016, 06:39:14 PM
That was one of the most epic meltdowns in football I've ever seen. From Jeremy Hill fumbling all the way to the last second of the game, just EPIC. The enduring image from the game was the random crowd shot of some grown woman crying like baby. Football fans are the best!

The secondary result of the Bengals choke is that it looks like Hue Jackson is on the verge of being hired by the Niners to be their head coach.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 04, 2016, 09:16:35 PM
The way the Niners make decisions, the next coach will be Mangini. Then we can all collectively cry in our beers.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 23, 2015, 07:06:04 PM
My impression is that Jeremy might not have been considered so much of a physical threat as others because he only won one immunity challenge near the end. Everyone was so focused on Joe for a while and then Kelly Wentworth, then Spencer and Keith since they were winning all the challenges. That probably allowed Jeremy to get he social game going, but he played that aspect masterfully, although he could have really blown it by being so mean to Kimmi when she was eliminated.

Spencer did blow it though. He was all about working on his social game but judging from the comments from the jury at the last tribal council, he was only partially successful since they still thought he was an arrogant prick a lot of the time.

Tasha played the classic end game fail. Ride other people's coat tails to the very end and get no jury love because they all thought she coasted to the end.

I really hope they bring back the second chances format again soon. It's way more fun seeing a group of alpha types who all know how to play the game.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 22, 2015, 11:22:54 PM
Arise! Since the season ended last week.

It was probably the most entertaining season in Survivor's long run. Seemed like every week was a blindside vote at tribal and we had just about everything happen this season. Horrible torrential mind numbing rain, injuries, a player suddenly pulling out due to family emergency, crazy immunity idol shenanigans, alliances that changed literally week to week. My favorite moments this season:

1. Kelly Wentworth playing her idol, surprising everyone at tribal, including Andrew who was blindsided by the votes cast against him. The look on Andrew's face was classic, only to be topped off by him flipping Kelly the bird as he was leaving.
2. Stephen's Moby Dick-like obsession with trying to get Joe the golden boy out of the game. It was like a geek's life metaphor.
3. The wild final tribal council where two idols were played and ALL votes were nullified. First time in Survivor history.
4. Jeremy's emotional answer at the jury questioning tribal council. He pretty much won it right there by tugging on everyone's heart strings. Maybe a calculated tactic, but he seemed pretty sincere. He was a very worthy winner.
5. Kelly Wigglesworth absolutely laming out and having her vote for a winner determined by random number selection. It was stupid in season one and it's still stupid. Wigglesworth sucks.

Next season, in February is the return of a normal cast but they're bringing back the lame brains vs. beauty vs. brawn format. Ugh. It's going to be a massive letdown after the wild drama of second chances but of course, I'll be watching.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 10:18:15 PM
It's close to my price ceiling, but I'll get one then.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 09:06:50 PM
Unless it is outrageously expensive, I'm IN!
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 06:52:28 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
The reuse of plot elements and themes from the past movies, there was an article with JJ Abrams, which I can't find right now, where he says the repeating elements was intentional to drive the notion of passing the legacy on to a new generation. I know a fair number of people didn't like it because it invites the criticism that the movie is just a rehash of episode 4, but I think it works and it didn't bother me one bit. Yes, theme are recycled but there's still plenty of new fresh things and by grounding a lot in familiar territory it retains the whole "Star Wars-y" feel that everyone has been longing for since the prequels.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 18, 2015, 09:22:40 PM
Regarding Kylo Ren:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I love the fact that he isn't a one note villain. He's an evolving incomplete bad guy which I find much more interesting. It did strike me that he was moody, and a tad aggro-emo but somehow it was pulled off successfully, unlike Hayden Christensen's Anakin. Because Ren is still conflicted, it sets up the whole idea that maybe he can be saved, or he goes full dark side. We don't know at this point and we can only assume that is a thread of the next two movies.

On the visual starkness, that's kind of interesting. I sort of noticed that. Especially when the story moved off of Jakku. My theory is that was wholly intentional as a theme in the context that in the 30 or so years since Jedi, things have deteriorated across the galaxy. We all know Lucas's original vision was a world where things looked used and lived in. I think in this movie they took that notion to the next level. The interiors of the Falcon looked pretty drab and junky, as an example. A lot more than it was in the previous movies.


Spoiler for Hiden:
There were so many nods to the old movies I have to see it again to remember them all. I got a chuckle during the scene in the Falcon where I think it was Finn rummaging through the tool boxes and found the training drone from the scene in A New Hope where Ben is giving Luke an intro to the force when he was trying out the lightsaber.
The Daniel Craig thing was hilarious because when Simon Pegg accidentally spoiled it months ago, Craig emphatically denied it as being ridiculous. What a liar!
Finally, I got the little remote controlled BB-8 (the expensive one, not the crappy cheap one) when it first became available and it is all sorts of awesome.
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