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41  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Recommendations for PC Gameplay Recording Software on: January 26, 2015, 11:13:26 PM
Bandicam here.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 26, 2015, 01:39:21 PM
I am most excited for the following:

1. Homeworld: Remastered
2. Age of Wonders 3 (2nd expansion)
3. Galactic Civilizations 3
4. The Division
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 07, 2015, 01:24:10 PM
Good question. I wouldn't mind knowing that either.

Further thoughts on mining: This activity's "success" is based primarily on setup and prep work atm. I think AA (or someone else with equal experience) may have tried to explain this earlier, but I may have glossed over it. Bottom line: having the right equipment, finding the right fields, finding the right asteroids within those fields, and selling to the right markets all make an excrutiatingly tedious experience only a mildly annoying one. Scooping has gotten immeasurably easier when you cut into an asteroid that is barely spinning so the chunks all stay together, although it is still by far the worst part of the process imo.  All in all, I'd still rather hunt pirates 95% of the time, but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I will certainly revisit mining when/if I can buy drones to scoop up my liitle rocks for me.

One of the coolest things about EVE is the little drones you can slot on your ships to do different things. I hope they implement those in Elite somehow.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 02:08:51 PM
TiLT: I had heard if you get your rep high enough, the computer "police force" would dynamically react and offer you better protection. I had no idea it went to those lengths though. That is amazingly cool.

Soul: It really is an awesome game. Just sayin....

So, I broke down and bought voiceattack. I had no idea the customizability this program had. I spent the entire night building my command list, and then used the British female voice built into windows speech recognition to give me verbal responses to my commands. Geeky? Probably. Fun and Immersive as hell? Definately!  Keep in mind that I figured out how to do this after watching two short tutorial videos. Me. Mr. 'I need help from Soulchilde learning how to throw a grenade in Rainbow 6'. So if I can figure it out, anyone can.  I now use my keyboard for zero commands. Its all joystick or voice. Efficient? No idea. Fun? Yep!  There appear to be some pretty complex commands this thing can understand as well; but I'll try and tackle them later.

45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 11:02:10 AM
I'm no expert on co-op play yet, but you can absolutely play together to help each other out, even now. Unlike most mmo's though, in it's current state, Elite makes the player do much of the work the hard way. You have to find each other and be in the same sector for one. But after that (and that is really quite easy), there are some things in the game that help. The two biggest aids in my opinion are being able to go voice comms with anyone in your area quite easily, and anyone on your friends list from almost anywhere. Second, you can target a friend's low energy wake and follow them within a sector. This is important because of the need to supercruise often within a star system. People leave behind low energy wakes when they enter this supercruise mode. When you travel from system to system via hyperjump, (these are the big jumps that take you into light speed awesome fast mode) you leave a high energy wake behind. With the right equipment on your ship, you can supposedly even follow this person (I haven't tried it).

The short answer is: You could send your friend a text message or go voice comms and say, "Lets meet at mining cluster 4 and while I mine, you cruise around and protect me."  It's certainly not as elegant or simple as a typical mmo, but it is quite doable, even at this stage.  As far as trading goods/money to other players.... Not that I am aware of yet.

Edit to add: It is really cool to be in a mining cluster and see an NPC miner doing his thing and have two or three NPC guardian ships hanging around him to protect him from NPC/Player pirates. It is a small thing, but I love seeing things like that.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 03:13:56 PM
So after putting a significant amount of time in over the holiday, I continue to be pretty darned impressed with Elite. It is not as comprehensive a game as EVE by a longshot, as you may already know. But what it does do, for the most part, it does really well. Flying is so much fun. The flight systems are fun. Dogfighting is fun (especially in the more maneuverable ships).  A.I. is certainly passable.  Galaxy map is downright amazing, especially as you mess around with the filter system.  Ship customization is enjoyable, and I'm hoping, just like EVE, will get better and better as time goes on. I can't list all the positive things I have to say.

To be even-handed though, there are some things that baffle me. It goes without saying, these are just my opinion: Mining is excrutiatingly cumbersome and not worth the time investment. Many things in the game are poorly or not explained at all.  Missions, while having some amazing potential, can be an excersize in frustration because you have no clue "how" to accomplish them without getting outside help.

Despite these things though, I think the devs deserve an enormous amount of credit for having a base game to work from that is on the whole excellent. As with anything in life that I enjoy so much, I want more. More hulls, more weapon types, more abilities to interact with other players, more things to do, more gadgets to play with for my ship, etc.  One thing I don't need more of is star systems though!  I think it is absolutely impossible to try and explain to someone just how big the game is. You have to see it for youself to understand; and even then, I'm not sure my brain can interpret the enormity of this sandbox.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 02:54:21 PM
This happens to me from time to time as well. If I fly away from the pad, cancel my request to dock, immediately re-request clearance to dock, it must "reset" somehow. It takes about 20 seconds and fixes the issue every time. YMMV of course.

More in depth question about scanning: Do I get paid more if I buzz around the entire system and ID all the bodies? Is each planet/belt/sun worth 'X' - or just go in, ID the Star, and move on?
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 10:58:57 AM
I was very impressed with the Xbox controller. My brother is still using it, and has all but like 4 keyboard commands mapped to it. It is quite customizable as well.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 04, 2015, 01:36:27 AM
What I wouldn't pay (in real cash mind you) for someone to come up with a drone that would go scoop my mining fragments for me.

My goodness do I suck at the whole cargo scanner/scooper thing.

50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 02, 2015, 01:18:31 PM
Lee: If you got the joystick Hark recommended - the game does not automatically recognize the engine throttle on the bottom of the joystick.  You probably already know this- but you can go into options and set it up yourself in about 5 seconds.

Thanks for the link on the fuel scoop thing ping - I am so effing tired of self destructing my ship because I get caught in no-man's land.  I finally just bought one.  Problem solved.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 10:49:45 PM
Big help.  Thanks all.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 06:25:35 PM
Thanks.  Do we know if ship components are able to transfer ship to ship, or are they "bound" unless sold?
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 06:05:40 PM
OK, so here's a couple dumb questions I could use quick help with:

1.  I have about 150,000 credits banked.  I want to buy a ship to mine ore with to try it.  I'm thinking an Adder?  Any advice here?

2.  Once I buy my second ship, does my free Sidewinder get turned in?  In other words, am I now only in possession of my 1 new ship?

3.  If #2 above is correct, than any ship I buy from that point forward gets added to my ship count, correct?  In other words, it's only the very first free ship that goes away?  I need some clarification.

4.  Anyone try the Eagle just for simple bounty hunting at Nav Beacons?  If so - what are your thoughts?

Edit to add Question 5.   What about picking up illegal cannisters?  It is really bugging me how I get scanned about 75% of the time, and end up paying more in fines than my "stolen" cargo is worth at the Black Market.  Any tips for that?

AA:  I will eventually be taking your advice on the exploration focused ship.  I love that part of the game.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 12:49:30 PM
Thanks for the tips on the gimballed weapons, TiLT !!!!

I can confirm that as you fight the more experienced pirates, they use chaff extensively, causing my gimballed tracking mounts to become completely useless. (I too use gimballed weapons only, simply due to the fact that my aim is shit on a shit-stick awful).

And by all means guys, if you plan on fighting - upgrade your power plant and power distributors (as already mentioned).  If you only have the money for one, go with the distributor.  Significant difference.


So, funny story:  I'm now really into exploring and last night I am out there jumping away, just having a blast.  Completely forgot about checking my fuel.  Ended up in God-knows-where with no fuel and absolutely nothing around.  I was toast.  So I decided to fly into a sun and see how hot I could get my hull.  Result.... 325 percent before basically melting into oblivion.    icon_biggrin

55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 06:53:39 PM
Exactly that.  It's all good though. I just waited, got my clearance again, did the same approach, and voila. Docked with zero issues.

Who knows? It doesn't happen often enough to really even bother me. I was just curious.

I'm sure for copywright reasons they couldn't do it, but it would be cool if they copied the viper and raptor ship hulls from BSG and put them in the game. The flying model is so fun, it would be such a geek moment for me. Especially with the ability to turn Flight Assist from On to Off so quickly and easily.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 11:20:42 AM
OK TiLT.   I will keep those tips in mind.  I think I'm doing all those things, but it's certainly possible I'm not.

57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 11:10:51 AM
Are some docking pads bugged, or can they become bugged?  I've figured out the hard way that you must be facing a particular direction to dock, which has cleared up 90% of my original problem, but every once in awhile I simply can't get a landing grid no matter what. What am I missing?
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 30, 2014, 02:57:57 PM
I've entered the fray.  Am using the same joystick Hark pointed out earlier and I agree that for now it is perfectly serviceable and a better solution for control than my 360 controller (although I don't think the 360 controller is horrible by any means).

Without watching any videos, I have managed to suss out what I'm doing on my own pretty well. Coming from the early days of EVE makes almost anything else seem simple by comparison I guess.

Not sure what I want to focus in yet. Most games of this ilk I go for industrialist/explorer - but I'm finding the combat so much fun, I may change my typical m.o here.

Early Impressions are ridiculously positive. 
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 23, 2014, 07:56:34 PM
My GOTY:  Divinity: Original Sin  (Playing co-op with my brother was some of the best fun I've had in gaming).
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 05:53:41 PM
Divinity:Original Sin
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 19, 2014, 02:44:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 01:38:33 PM

I decided to get it for the ps4. It took me over two hours to play through the "introduction" and get to the title screen. Hysterical. If I continue on at this pace, from what I'm hearing relating to overall content, I may not finish this game until Easter 2015.  

Two hours?  Wow.

I doubt it took me 30 minutes to get to that point.

I know, right?  I laugh at myself, as I would imagine the average gamer gets through it in like 20 minutes.  Although that includes character creation, which probably accounted for a lot of that time.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 01:38:33 PM
I decided to get it for the ps4. It took me over two hours to play through the "introduction" and get to the title screen. Hysterical. If I continue on at this pace, from what I'm hearing relating to overall content, I may not finish this game until Easter 2015.  After a couple more hours I'm already engrossed in the story and love the gameplay.  It took a little while to get comfortable with the controls, but overall they are fine for me. I chose a female human lead, primarily on the same basis I do on all voiced rpg's, (as silly as it is) - because I love the voice actress who voices my character.  I went with the dual-wield rogue because it looked like fun in the previews I've seen.  And so far it's been great.

So excited to dig in for real after work today.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 01:28:22 PM
I agree. I normally free roam in games like this as well, leaving the main story until the end. In this one, I think I would recommend doing a few main storyline missions first, then going and doing whatever floats your boat.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 10:11:35 AM
Add me to the list of people that really like the game so far.  I started the game kind of 'free roaming' - ignoring the main questline so I could get the hang of combat first.  With only the most basic skills and not being the best (AC/Batman) combat person, I found myself quickly facing a Power 8 Captain and his grunts. That didn't end well.  But then I got this whole revenge vibe going and went after him again...twice.  On the third go-around of them using my face as a punching bag, I was smart enough to run away and use stealth to lure just the Captain into a one-on-one fight.  This guy was like a blood hound. I just could't shake him. Anyway, 1 on 1 it was a cakewalk, and he eventually fled back to an orc-infested area when I had him badly hurt, and he got away.  That was really fun.

After that I went on to the main questline and did some early missions, which helped teach some mechanics I was sorely missing.  I can play most of the game as a stealthy assassin so far, picking and choosing when I want to enter the 5+ orc fights.  The biggest issue I have right now is that I often hit the Square button when it tells me to hit the 'X' because I am so used to the xbox controller, which of course screws up my combat flow.  But that is more comical than frustrating, as I have done it so often, I just laugh at myself for being so inept.  So far though, the game is just plain old fun.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 12:33:33 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 30, 2014, 10:29:20 AM

booted this up this morning prior to heading out for work.  You can see a lot Assassin Creed/Batman in this game.  I've already took down two captains I think just by chance as they seem to wander a lot. 

Anyway, I am happy with the purchase

Same here, minus the taking down two captains.  I'm most interested in playing this as a quasi-stealth game, although I'm thinking this will be very difficult to do considering the amount of enemies and I'm guessing it wasn't designed to be played that way.  At any rate, I'll try and see how successful I can be playing that way if I focus on taking abilities that are geared toward a stealth-style gameplay.  I seem to want every game to be Splinter Cell, even if it isn't designed to be.   icon_neutral
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 10, 2014, 12:34:14 AM
I'm playing as well.  Really can't give it enough praise.  This game is extremely well done.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 16, 2014, 12:43:27 PM
Season Finale went by so damned fast.  It was over before I knew it.

So many great storylines.  I freaking love Arya Stark!!
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/2/14 on: May 02, 2014, 12:09:46 PM
Well, since the Flyers got embarrassed by the *&!@#$%! Rangers, I will drown my sorrows in the WildStar beta all weekend; taking my anger out in a perpetual pvp frenzy. 
Unlike a lot of others apparently, I think it is an incredibly fun game.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 07, 2014, 10:43:55 PM
Just watched Season 4 premiere episode.

Is it possible I could love Arya Stark anymore than I do!!??!!
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Music and I-Phone Question on: April 03, 2014, 12:52:11 AM
Good enough.  Thank you, Crusis.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon Music and I-Phone Question on: April 02, 2014, 11:43:29 PM
Ok... so I can be very, very computer/tech challenged at times.  Here is a dumb question:

If I switch from my crappy Android phone to a new I-phone, am I going to be able to easily access all my amazon music purchases from the new I-phone?

Thanks in advance for helping the tech-challenged.

72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon - FireTV - Set Top Box on: April 02, 2014, 11:37:33 PM
As a Prime member, this sounds totally awesome.

Is there any negative I'm missing before I jump all over this!?!
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 05:54:25 PM
Age of Wonders 3
74  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: March 27, 2014, 10:46:11 PM
I had a chance to play the game in two different beta sessions and didn't like it.  That being said, I know how long you've been waiting for an MMO to come along and not disappoint you, Arclight.  I really do hope you love it.  Crossing my fingers for you, man.
75  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark on: March 27, 2014, 10:42:15 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 27, 2014, 07:44:48 AM

Because I want to get a head start on the Player Studio (player created and sold content). I have a couple friends who have been pretty successful augmenting their income with similar setups for DOTA2, TF2, Planetside 2, and now EQN.

It just helps that this looks fun, and I know it's going to be a pretty big game. And the bonus items will help ease some of the tedium of resource collecting and management.

Yeah, I think if I had your artistic ability I would do the same thing.  If the game takes off, I could see people making some money off their creations for sure.  Especially if an item they make gets hot.  How cool would that be?! 
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld HD Survey on: March 18, 2014, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 18, 2014, 01:10:24 AM

...Perhaps more importantly, they list an estimated delivery date of early autumn 2014...

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77  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: January 30, 2014, 12:48:44 AM
Nice.  I am torn on this one.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Frozen Endzone on: December 05, 2013, 02:54:48 AM
Anyone who remembers Frozen Synapse (and liked it) might be interested in Frozen Endzone.

The beta becomes available Dec. 5th.  (assuming you pre-order the game).  Apparently you get two beta copies with one pre-order.  (one for a friend).

I think it looks awesome - but I would imagine it's not everyone's cup of tea.  Anyway, if you want to know more, I found this today.  The video is actually pretty good.  Has some gameplay.


79  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC] The Secret World MMORPG : No Longer Pumped, Just Playing it. on: November 12, 2013, 02:50:12 AM
Not sure you could be much later to the party than I am on The Secret World.
My brother and I are playing it together, and are just about ready to head to the Savage Coast (In other words - pretty early in the game I think).
So far I love it.  A lot.  This game is a ton of fun!
No idea if it stays that way, but so far it just gets better every night we play.
LOVE the story!
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 07, 2013, 09:28:05 PM
I didn't really enjoy it on the PC to be honest.  So little in fact... I didn't even finish Act II on the initial playthrough.  I still consider myself about 70/30 PC gamer over Console gamer - but I enjoy D3 much more on console so far.  That being said... I also enjoyed Torchlight more on the 360 than on the PC - which is probably not true of most people.
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