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721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: September 01, 2013, 02:59:30 PM
They are but you really donít have much danger in losing them.  Nintendo tracks all your digital purchases and if something happens to your console they will replace them for you.  Itís more of an annoyance in having to do an extra step than anything.  I have a 3 terabyte hard drive hitched to my Wii U and itís pretty nice not having to worry about switching disks.

Also! For anyone with the Deluxe, donít forget about the Wii U digital promotion.  I just signed into the site a few day ago and discovered I had earned $15 in gift certificates. 
722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 10:38:28 PM
Do you have prisoners living in the holding cell area instead of getting their own rooms?   Judging by your picture you have 58 inmates. If you only have 20 beds thatís a problem.

Also I just noticed half your toilets are installed backwards.  I feel bad for your prisoners.

723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 30, 2013, 09:47:24 PM
Once Upon a Time season 2 is now available.  Rough first couple episodes aside, I greatly enjoyed the first season.
724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 09:45:40 PM
It's hard to tell from the screenshot but it looks like you have have forgotten to zone each individual room.
725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brace yourself - Fall 2013 preview list on: August 30, 2013, 04:14:15 PM
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs should be on that list since it comes out in a couple weeks. Even if you don't like horror, watching the "Lets plays" on YouTube should be wonderful.  icon_biggrin

The new slide deck is an improvement. The old one used to freeze on Chrome.
726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 03:05:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2013, 11:31:12 AM

been playing this on and off.  it's interesting, but I wished they would give you a bit more time before your first inmates showed up to design a layout.  if there is an option to do so I must have missed it.
I accidentally found out a way to do this.  If you remove the inmate access area the first drop off will just keep driving.  Doesn't appear to be any penalty.
727  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Weekly 8/29 - 9/5: Paradox (super bundle available) on: August 30, 2013, 04:27:53 AM
Dungeonland is fun but ridiculously buggy.  The dungeon lord mode (one person places monsters and the rest have to fight them) is something that needs to happen in more games.
728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 30, 2013, 04:21:19 AM
Just a heads up. I tested Netflix (on the WiiU) with the Wii remote, or rather I tried to.  Netflix does not support the normal remotes from the Wii.
729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: August 29, 2013, 07:19:47 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 29, 2013, 07:10:18 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 29, 2013, 01:37:37 AM

It looks pretty but it doesn't make me want to buy it.

$100 more and I get a PS4 which blows it away as far as specs go.

I don't think Nintendo tried to compete in terms of specs with the other consoles.  They go their own way and see what happens.  So are (DS, Wii) it has been a pretty sound strategy. 

Having said that I still own a PS3 as well as a Wii U so I can have the horsepower when I want. 

You do know the WiiU is more powerful than the PS3, right?  Or do you mean that you WILL buy a PS4?

Personally, I have a very powerful PC and I enjoy Nintendo games.  Most games for PS4/XBone will arrive on PC as well whereas Nintendo games never will, so the WiiU was a logical choice for me.
730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 29, 2013, 04:14:36 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 28, 2013, 11:59:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 25, 2013, 04:47:49 AM

...but that's like saying shit looks better after it's hardened a little.

You see, you have it all wrong there. Shit definitely looks better when it's not a fly.  Tongue

I'm not very impressed with the Netflix interface either, but that's because I mostly run it via my 360. I do think the PS3 interface is much better but of all the device it runs on I've been most impressed with the Wii Netflix interface. Unfortunately there's no high-def on the Wii. Heck if the Wii-U version has the same interface and works as well with the Wiimote, I might just buy a Wii-U this year.
I run it with the Wiiu pad.  You get a touch interface and since it has its own screen you can look for new things to watch while something is already playing.  You can also pull what is playing onto just the pad and watch something else on the TV if need be.  If you have a cable box it also interfaces with that and you can set favorites and check listing schedules on the pad.  It's pretty cool actually, the only problem is battery is not great.
731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 08:33:34 PM
I put a sword through the hand of a friend of mine in high school while rehearsing for a play I was directing.  The school knew we had swords but probably didnít realize they were real.
732  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 2DS? on: August 28, 2013, 04:36:44 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 28, 2013, 04:26:54 PM

Guess this means Nintendo is over the 3D gimmick, fun while it lasted.

Not necessarily.  This is launching alongside Pokemon X and Y to take advantage of the younger demographic.  The 3D that the 3DS has is bad for childrenís eyes so they are offering a 3D-less option for concerned parents.

It should also be noted that this has the basic sized screens, instead of the XL that most people seem to prefer. 
733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 28, 2013, 04:26:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 28, 2013, 04:16:53 PM

just saw this posted in portable:  $50 price drop for the 32 gig version, making it $299.99.

it's a start.
Yep, and it comes with Windwaker.
Nintendo has announced a price cut for the Wii U today, stating that the Wii U Deluxe bundle will sell for $299 starting on September 20th. The Wii U Basic model has also been cancelled. The limited edition Wind Waker HD bundle will retail for this new price point, which includes a new deluxe model, the game, a digital copy of Hyrule Historia, and the Zelda-themed GamePad.

Now if they were really smart they will have the update that links games to accounts instead of systems before this comes out.  Officially, there is no confirmation that it exists but some screenshots of it leaked from Europe a couple months ago.
734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime vs. CGI Animation on: August 27, 2013, 04:42:56 PM
I know several people in the industry, even one who works at an offshoot of Disney, and they all outsource the bulk of their hand drawn animation to eastern countries.  I think it has a lot to do with division of labor and costs to produce.  Hand drawn animation is time consuming to produce and so we sell it off to countries willing to work for much less per hour.

CGI based animation has a very high cost entry point to begin a project (and a fair amount of technical skill) but once models and sets have been built they can be reused by animators with very little input from the original modelers.  This also means that sequels and TV series can be produced relatively fast and cheap.

With hand drawn animation all that matters is time and skill, in a lot of ways this results in a more thought out design process.  When adding an extra minute of animation can add an extra week (or more) to your expenses you need to make sure that it was worth it.
735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: August 26, 2013, 08:18:30 PM
Reviews are coming out and they are very good!  While this did end up going multiplatform it sounds like, if you have the option, the WiiU is the superior version to play.  I'm looking forward to picking it up next week!
736  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV limited Edition FS on: August 26, 2013, 02:33:46 PM
Have you registered it to club Nintendo? 
737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: August 25, 2013, 07:32:19 PM
Iím really looking forward to this one but I want to wait until itís closer to being finished.  The content they are talking about adding sounds like it will add a lot to the experience.
738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: August 23, 2013, 05:05:48 AM
Some more details:

Triforce quest Ė the five Triforce pieces can now be grabbed directly
Only the remaining three require translated charts instead of eight
Hero Mode available from the start
Picto Box has been upgraded
Upgraded camera could still be used to snap photos of unsuspecting villagers or enemies
Pictures can go up on Miiverse
Link can also take funny self-photographs
Switch between happy, sad, and surprised emotions
Get the Swift Sail at the auction house after completion of the first dungeon
No alert via an in-game prompt to signal the special sails availability
No longer possible to accidentally skip Tingleís island, as the developers have inserted an introduction to the quirky character into the main quest
Enhanced first-person camera
Can now have full movement in that perspective
Can travel through hallways and shoot arrows like youíre in a FPS

Upon starting Wind Waker HD, players can select either Normal or Hero Mode. Normal Mode plays almost exactly like the original game. If this isn't your first time sailing around the Great Sea, you can kick it up to Hero Mode, where enemies deal twice the damage. To make matters worse, the only way to heal is to either purchase potions or to quaff a fairy.

Previously, sailing about the Great Sea was mostly controlled by the winds, which you could change with a song. Wind Waker HD will have a Swift Sail feature that allows you to remove that extra step and simply sail wherever you will, with the wind always at your back. That's a feature that even weak mortals playing on normal mode can take advantage of (if they so desire).
739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mayonnaise on: August 22, 2013, 09:12:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 22, 2013, 07:14:10 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 22, 2013, 04:52:34 PM

Mayo is disgusting.  Miracle whip goes in the refrigerator.

ick.. Miracle Whip is nasty.
To be completely honest I donít consider mayonnaise having much of a flavor at all.  Itís just slightly greasy tasting and meh.  Miracle whip on the other hand is sweet and tangy and goes well on most anything.

Iím fairly convinced itís one of those things where if you grew up being told mayo is the proper condiment you just go through life assuming whoever told you that was right.  nod
740  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: To the Moon + Just Cause sale on: August 22, 2013, 04:55:03 PM

Quote from: Crawley on August 21, 2013, 06:22:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 21, 2013, 06:13:55 PM



Its sales like these that show me I should not be buying these games until I actually play them. I think I bought this way back when it came out for $10 or whatever and still have not played it.
You helped support the developer and as such may get more unique and excellent games as a result. Why is this a bad thing?
741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mayonnaise on: August 22, 2013, 04:52:34 PM
Mayo is disgusting.  Miracle whip goes in the refrigerator.
742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gone Home on: August 21, 2013, 04:57:10 PM
You should go play Dear Esther and then be shocked by the amount of gameplay in Gone Home compared to that one.  icon_biggrin
743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Squirrels on: August 20, 2013, 03:51:20 AM
I had a giant grey squirrel run up my leg once while walking down the sidewalk.  That was pretty scaryÖ
744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Origin Great Game Guarantee on: August 20, 2013, 03:49:04 AM
While Iím not getting my hopes up that is promising, especially considering they also put out their recent games for charity humble bundle.
745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Expensive Time of the Year: The Fall Gaming Rush 2013 on: August 17, 2013, 10:02:57 PM
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Watch Dogs
Saints Row 4
Total War: Rome II
Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Wonderful 101
Rayman Legends
Sonic: Lost World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World

Zelda: A link between Worlds
Yoshis New Island
746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: August 17, 2013, 02:25:42 AM
In case anyone is interested and missed it, The Brigmore Witches came out this week.

I actually just finished it with a nonlethal play through and itís pretty great.  It does carry on from The Knife of Dunwal both in story as well as upgrades and chaos level.  Both this DLC and the Knife of Dunwal are a concurrent storyline with the base game and there is quite a lot of overlap in story.  Itís really interesting to find out everything that was going on while Corvo was busy doing other things.

If you put both DLC campaigns together it works out to be about 14 hours; comparable to the main games campaign.  Not bad for half the price.  Highly recommended if you enjoyed the base game.
747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gone Home on: August 15, 2013, 11:40:41 PM

Quote from: davidrobots on August 15, 2013, 07:15:50 PM

You compare the game to both Kentucky Route Zero and Dear Esther.  I like Kentucky Route Zero but Dear Esther is my most hated game of the last few years.  Where on the spectrum does this belong?
748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Better for kids to watch me Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3 on: August 15, 2013, 11:36:12 PM
Iím am always a little surprised that the Batman games are only rated ďTeenĒ, I mean technically they donít have any blood or gore but they are VERY mature and the fighting is brutal. 
749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360] Tropico 5 on: August 15, 2013, 09:27:58 PM
You know, I keep buying these games when they are on sale but I donít think Iíve played more than 10 minutes of any of themÖ
750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 14, 2013, 08:28:24 PM
That test is waaay too long...

I actually scored equally for Lawful and Chaotic.

Lawful Neutral Human Sorcerer (4th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 14
Constitution- 14
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 15
Charisma- 14

Lawful Neutral- A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.
751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 05:54:45 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 14, 2013, 04:27:20 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2013, 04:23:21 PM

The people designing items or levels are not normally the same people working on engine upgrades.  I'm not sure you aren't blinding yourself here.

Ok, the point still stands, it's not my fault their development model is bad.
Itís not so much that development model is bad itís that people expect a lot more from their games now.  AAA titles are not cheap and require a boatload of manpower to produce.  Even if a developer has moved onto the next game cycle, that project is going to be stuck in preproduction for a good long while.  Even if you assume that that will take half of the studio to work on, that leaves a ton of people without direct work.  

I mean, once again there are really bad studios that exploit DLC for all itís worth but you shouldnít hold the industry accountable for a few bad studios.
752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten... Starcraft: Brood War? on: August 14, 2013, 03:59:20 PM
Three times!  Back in my high school days StarCraft was my all-time favorite game.  Unfortunately, I only had access to crappy 56k internet so playing online was often met with disaster.
753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 03:56:10 PM
While I wouldnít dream of defending all companies, Capcom for example, is notorious for bad DLC practices. However, many companies produce day one DLC because its stuff a small team worked on between the time a game went gold and when it actually shipped.  Basically, the game WAS done but the company needed to give the team SOMETHING to do to justify giving them a paycheck, so they got put on DLC duty.

When you consider how large game development studios have ballooned to it makes sense that you canít just have 30+ people sitting around with nothing to do for a month.
754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 04:28:27 AM
For the people who say $0, do you feel the same about the expansion packs of yesteryear?  And if youíre fine with expansion packs where and why do you draw the line at DLC? 
755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 14, 2013, 12:07:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 13, 2013, 11:50:57 PM

That's also one of my main complaints about games to be played with the nunchuck and Wiimote, there is no right stick to control the camera.  I am a camera control freak and hate most default cameras (especially those from Japanese studios in general).
With the WiiRemote + Nunchuck you can snap the camera to the direction your character is currently facing with a single button press.  Not quite the free roaming camera you are looking for but it works well enough for Pikmin.
756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 13, 2013, 05:51:35 PM
Depends on the DLC.  Dishonored has been releasing DLC that is basically expansion packs.  The Knife of Dunwal + The Bridgmore Witches are $10 each and offers one complete 8-10 hours story.  I am very happy to pay $20 for a full on expansion so that is a great price.

However, if your DLC is a single character or weapon then you probably canít make it cheap enough for me to buy it.
757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 13, 2013, 04:29:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 13, 2013, 05:03:05 AM

It's funny, for a game that most of the time is so laid back and lets you do things in your own time, the boss fights are just terribly punishing.  Especially for someone who chose to use the gamepad.  I didn't even keep track, but on the last level and boss fight I must have used at least 10 in-game days, which is just ludicrous.

So all in all, if you haven't finished the game, just enjoy finding all the fruit and then quit.   icon_frown

Not to rub it your face butÖ so far the boss fights are pretty easy with the WiiMote + Nunchuck.  Being able to both run and throw pikmin in an opposite direction with pinpoint accuracy is clearly the way they intended the game to be played.
758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/12) on: August 13, 2013, 04:25:25 PM
Payday 2 - I preordered because it was only $22 on GMG and friends want to play it.

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches - Because more Dishonored!
759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: August 13, 2013, 04:19:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 13, 2013, 01:12:19 PM

Not that it's super complicated, but it's unique enough that a little more handholding would make me feel less like a clueless spaz.
A simple tutorial would have made all the difference.  I was half way through the demo before I realized half of the things I could do.  At that point it was an ďoh, wow!Ē moment followed by a ďdamn it game!Ē   

It may also have to do with what sort of gamer you are.  Personally, I am not someone who replays games so I want to experience everything in my first play through.
760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: August 13, 2013, 02:48:59 AM
I enjoyed it as well. Not enough to play through another 20 times but I fully expect to pick it up on launch.   icon_smile
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