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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life: almost old enough to drive. on: November 20, 2013, 06:36:56 PM
Good on 'em for getting semi-official support from Valve.  I'll buy the retail version just to throw them some bucks for a job well done, but honestly, the current free version is excellent as-is.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 06:33:46 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 20, 2013, 04:50:40 PM


Bottom line is, speaking from someone that has a PS4 and have been playing it all week, Xbone is pushing the envelope.  

The more I reviews I read about the Xbone, the more intrigued I am.  My current consoles do more "family media" than gaming these days... If they can work out all the kinks and have it function like I'm sure they want it to, it could be very interesting.  Considering how drastically different the 360 from 2005 is compared to today, I'm sure it will get there - eventually.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life: almost old enough to drive. on: November 20, 2013, 12:08:27 AM
Half-Life released 15 years ago today.

In other news, Half-Life 3 still hasn't been announced.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 10:24:22 PM

Quote from: Travis on November 19, 2013, 06:02:44 PM

For AC, I briefly played the first one but was turned off by the Sci Fi concept.  Silly, I know, it was just my reaction.  How are the stories once get into them?  Is the out of body part a big portion of the games or just an excuse to constantly move environments/settings?  I haven't followed the series at all.  I see AC4 was released today.  Would that perhaps be a good place to start?

The first one was almost a tech demo - you can safely ignore that one.  AC2 and AC: Brotherhood are considered the best of the series by a lot of people.  Not sure how AC4 stacks up yet.

The sci-fi stuff is around the periphery, but the meat of the game is exploring the historical eras and being a general badass.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 10:14:24 PM

Quote from: Crawley on November 19, 2013, 07:50:41 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 19, 2013, 12:51:42 PM

Pac-Man for the 2600 was far worse, because everyone knew what Pac-Man was supposed to be like, and it was a far cry from the arcade version.

You are 100% correct about that. Pac Man was a travesty on the 2600. I also seem to recall they priced it higher, like $60, which just added to the disappointment. Although I only played ET a bit it just seemed like a confusing game to me.

I can still clearly recall the terrible Pac Man dot munching and power pellet sounds. That's how badly memorable the whole package was.

Indeed.  The sounds were picked up by some sound sample library, and for the next 15 years, they were used on any and every TV show where a video game was being played.  That and 2600 Donkey Kong.  The video game version of the Wilhelm Scream.
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As for my worst game, I'm going to go with Corridor 7 by Capstone.  A below average FPS built on the Wolf3D engine after Doom was out - bleah.

Back on AOL when chat was a thing one of the Capstone guys offered to send me Corridor 7 for free. I actually said "no thanks".  icon_razz


I was a beta tester for it - until I got kicked off the team for saying how bad it was during testing.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 19, 2013, 04:15:36 PM
My name is Laner, and I have not purchased a next-gen console.

Not to say I don't want one, I just don't have that kind of money lying around at the moment, particularly with Christmas bearing down on us.  And due to Steam/PS+/Xbox sales I have literally hundreds of games I have yet to finish.

If backwards compatibility was included, or proper DLNA support out of the box for the PS4, I would be more inclined to jump in early.  But for the moment I'm OK to wait.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 12:51:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2013, 01:43:12 AM

Quote from: msduncan on November 19, 2013, 01:05:42 AM

ET

you know, that might be mine too.  I remember playing a ton of it as a kid, well before I knew the game sucked.

I still hold that game isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be.  Mediocre, yes.  It's biggest crime was being was a high profile game that was rushed out the door.  Yeah, it's not the most intuitive game, but any 2600 game that tried to be more than an arcade port was pretty much impenetrable without the manual (and often even with the manual).  

Pac-Man for the 2600 was far worse, because everyone knew what Pac-Man was supposed to be like, and it was a far cry from the arcade version.

I've got a cart for my 2600 that has every game ever commercially released, and it is littered with games that make E.T. look like Half-Life in comparison.

As for my worst game, I'm going to go with Corridor 7 by Capstone.  A below average FPS built on the Wolf3D engine after Doom was out - bleah.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2013, 08:27:24 PM
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/15/13 on: November 17, 2013, 02:08:32 AM
I'll probably finish up the Burial at Sea DLC, and crank through some more AC Revelations.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's November 14, 2013. What's your Franchise/Game of the Generation? on: November 14, 2013, 04:22:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 14, 2013, 02:25:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 14, 2013, 02:23:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 14, 2013, 02:22:06 PM

Easily Uncharted and your opinions on the series make your opinions null and void and that's that!

I didn't have any attachment to 1 or 2, so when I got 3, it was just meh.



No attachment to 2? You have no soul!


Guess I have no soul.  I loved Uncharted.  2 was OK until the last quarter of the game - at that point I just wanted it to be done. 

You may commence the throwing of stones.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's November 14, 2013. What's your Franchise/Game of the Generation? on: November 14, 2013, 04:16:11 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 14, 2013, 01:37:41 PM

In terms of franchises, I'd rank:

Assassin's Creed
Mass Effect
Bioshock

... in that order.  If it weren't for the ending of ME3, it would have easily been the FOTG for me.

Can't believe I forgot Fallout 3/New Vegas.  Potentially a contender for #1.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's November 14, 2013. What's your Franchise/Game of the Generation? on: November 14, 2013, 01:37:41 PM
In terms of franchises, I'd rank:

Assassin's Creed
Mass Effect
Bioshock

... in that order.  If it weren't for the ending of ME3, it would have easily been the FOTG for me.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/08/13 on: November 10, 2013, 02:07:33 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 08, 2013, 11:02:43 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 08, 2013, 07:49:14 PM

Either AC: revelations on the ps3, (going to try to power through it and ac3 for when I get AC4) or KOTOR on the PC.


My recommendation for Revelations is that you stick to the story quests and avoid as much of the secondary stuff as you can.  That includes the bonus "constraint" objectives.  Speaking as someone who finished every last one of them, I can assure they are poorly designed and absolutely not worth the aggravation.  Oh, and do the "Animus Island" content about Desmond -- the first-person platforming is stupid, but the backstory will be valuable for AC3.

In AC3, you should spend as much time completing hunting challenges, building up the homestead, unlocking fast travel stations, and completing those stupendous naval missions as you possibly can.  That's easily the best part of the game.  By contrast, the main plot is such an tangled warren of logical holes and narrative dead ends, your best bet is to put it off as long as possible and then power through it as quickly as possible to reach the end. 

You definitely do want to see the ends of these games -- Assassin's Creed games have become famous for packing really awesome stuff into the denouement -- but the process of getting there might make you roll your eyes so much that you get dizzy and pass out.  STICK IT OUT!

-Autistic Angel

Gracias... I got sucked into all of the side content & collectibles in AC2 and Brotherhood, but I know if I don't "critical path" Revelations and AC3, it'll be a couple of years before I get around to 4, and I'm really eager to sail the high seas.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 11/08/13 on: November 08, 2013, 07:49:14 PM
Either AC: revelations on the ps3, (going to try to power through it and ac3 for when I get AC4) or KOTOR on the PC.
55  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kindles 15% off (not the Paperwhite) because of eased FAA rules on: November 06, 2013, 03:03:53 AM
Just tried it, Amazon says it's expired.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Previous Launch Console Experiences on: November 05, 2013, 12:50:43 AM
My most memorable was the 360 launch.  I preordered one from Circuit City and received it on launch day... my fiance was at my apartment when it arrived.  I didn't bother to open it, because I saw what they were going for on eBay.  I was disappointed to sell it, but 100%+ profit was too much to pass up, with the wedding/honeymoon/new home coming up quickly.

Christmas morning, she had a 360 for me under the tree.  (Of course it was the "core" version, but hard drives were easy to find compared to the actual consoles).  I'm sure she regrets it as I spent *way* too much time on it prior to having kids, but next to my PC, it's gotten more play than any other console/home computer I've ever owned.

The only other consoles I got at launch were the Dreamcast and the Gamecube.  No particularly interesting stories about those two.
57  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My PC is getting long in the tooth on: November 01, 2013, 04:51:38 PM
I have a very similar ASUS board, and I dropped in a 770 with no problems.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 14 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 01, 2013, 03:18:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 01, 2013, 02:40:44 PM

This thread is beneath GTers. It really is.

Speaking as someone who has no interest in purchasing either one at the moment...


59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 30, 2013, 06:55:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 30, 2013, 06:28:16 PM

I'm disappointed that the PS4 doesn't seem to support MP3s or media servers. Especially the latter is an important part of my living room experience. It's not a worse problem for me than to just boot up my PS3 instead when I need to use a media server, but with the improved CPU and network support, I was hoping that it would work.

Yeah, that's a big no go for me.  No DLNA == no sale.  Hopefully it's just an oversight.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Riccitiello: Console games need more variable pricing on: October 29, 2013, 12:51:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2013, 11:09:38 PM


plus some of the $60 games that were decent but not quite AAA may have sold more during the initial release period had they been $40.

I'd argue that that already happens, especially around this time of year.  Amazon and other retailers will drop prices pretty quickly on new games that aren't selling particularly well.  Whether that's a more successful strategy than coming out the gate at $50 or $40, I dunno.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! Leviathan DLC released! on: October 29, 2013, 12:37:40 PM
You're not alone.  Even before getting to the original ending, I felt 3 was missing much of the magic of the first two.

Edit:  That being said, there *are* a handful of great scenes that are worth seeing.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today I weep... on: October 23, 2013, 04:48:15 PM
Yeah, we're getting hit with 9.25% sales tax on Amazon purchases starting Jan 1.  First NewEgg, now Amazon - pah.
63  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PSN Sale of The Dead - Puppeteer $20, TWD $3 on: October 23, 2013, 04:45:32 PM
Walking Dead GET.

Next week's deals look even better.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/21) on: October 23, 2013, 04:43:29 PM
$4.99 for the Deus Ex Director's Cut upgrade is a no brainer.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 22, 2013, 06:26:09 PM
Don't know if many people here still use Fitocracy, but their latest update is royally screwed.  The site/apps are virtually unusable at the moment.

Put in my numbers for this morning, gained over 4700 points and a dozen new achievements.  I knew I had broken some PRs, but I'm pretty sure I didn't bench press 500+ lbs.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 19, 2013, 01:29:23 AM
My first order in 2000 was a big 'un... $569 for a Playstation 2 Family Fun Pack, PS2 DVD remote, and a PS2 memory card.  Not sure what the "Family Fun Pack" consisted of... probably an extra controller and some games.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 18, 2013, 01:24:23 PM
I've made it known that I wouldn't say no to a new console for Christmas, but the odds of that happening are slim.  But I'm not particularly chomping at the bit for either one right now.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Music] Daft Punk's Random Access Memories is... on: October 18, 2013, 11:05:58 AM
I don't love the album as much as I thought I would (though it is pretty good).  Regardess, the fact that one of the most popular electronica acts essentially created a love letter to 70s soul does my heart good. 
69  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PSN Capcom Anniverary Sale on: October 16, 2013, 07:03:54 PM
Been waiting for Okami HD to go on sale, so I'll definitely grab that one.

Is Remember Me worth $14, or would it be better to wait for a Steam sale?  
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 04:09:08 PM
2006 Nissan Sentra.  At least it gets good gas mileage.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: October 11, 2013, 03:46:46 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 11, 2013, 02:13:29 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 11, 2013, 01:42:43 PM

Sony is really trying to diminish Microsoft's Assassin's Creed 2 promotion these days, isn't it?  icon_razz


well haven't Microsoft just got one more month of their Games With Gold promotion?(i heard it was only running until the Xbox One is released)

The ToC on the Games with Gold page says it runs through the end of the year, and there have been murmurings that they might continue it past that date.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: October 11, 2013, 03:23:55 PM
Just watched it last night, and liked it a lot more than I expected to. 
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 10, 2013, 06:53:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2013, 08:47:49 PM

Laner isn't a hick?

Whut y'all flappin yer gums about?
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father - 2014 on: October 09, 2013, 12:42:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 08, 2013, 05:59:27 PM

Nice! I never got to play the original (but played and finished the second one), so this will be a good chance to catch up. Sort of a shame about the missing voice files though, but maybe it's for the better? I know Tim Curry is great, but this game was made in a different time with different expectations of voice actors. Would most of them even hold up to today's standards?

Probably not, but that opening scene in the bookstore is burned into my memory.  Watching that with different voices will be a (minor) disappointment.  Otherwise I'm looking forward to it.

I hope it's a success and they remake the second one (my favorite of the three).
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box - pre-made or build your own in 2014! on: September 27, 2013, 05:33:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 27, 2013, 05:21:23 PM

wat

LOL.  My thought exactly.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 24, 2013, 02:50:48 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 01:35:40 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM

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In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.

Or I could just play the game on my gaming rig.


What's the point of this thing? Because I don't see it.

*shrug* I prefer playing on the couch on a big TV for a number of reasons.  Having access to my entire Steam library in the living room sounds great.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM
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In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: September 23, 2013, 02:58:13 PM
the what?
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 17, 2013, 11:03:59 AM
Just canceled both of my preorders. At this point I can't justify spending the money, and I'd rather wait a while and see how things shake out.  Maybe next year sometime.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 03, 2013, 04:11:58 PM
Diablo 3 - someday.  May wait for the next gen console version.
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