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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 14, 2016, 03:51:34 AM

Quote from: farley2k on April 13, 2016, 12:43:10 PM

Doctor Strange

Seemed fine.  Didn't get me really excited but it also didn't give anything away which was nice.
As someone who knows almost nothing about Dr Strange, that looks ok.

The funny thing with all the Marvel movies is that I generally enjoy the first one in the series and then hate the follow-ups.  Once the heroes actually have powers and equally powerful villains resembling their comic book counterparts I find them far less interesting.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 13, 2016, 07:22:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 13, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 13, 2016, 03:51:08 PM

111 Megs is huge for embedding but really you should watch, then try to go to sleep...

So, before I it spider related? 
That should not exist.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 01, 2016, 09:13:41 PM
I was curious so I went back and looked at the reception that Alan Wake received; they are actually pretty similar review wise.  That gives me some hope that I will still enjoy the game.  I’m in no hurry though considering Microsoft is locking the PC version behind the Windows 10 store.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 31, 2016, 04:54:31 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 31, 2016, 10:36:53 AM

Apples and Oranges man. There are games on the PS4/Xbox that run fine. Also its ridiculous to compare Mario Kart or Smash Brothers to something like The Witcher 3. The games that run poorly on those systems is developers that push them too far and don't prioritize consistant performance enough.

In the end the WiiU frankly deserved its fate. Nintendo thought they had done something revolutionary with the Wii. They tried another gimmick with the pseudo tablet controller of the WiiU and it bombed.
But why did it bomb? I would say it’s because people thought that that the controller was all the system had to offer. Heck, a lot of people STILL think the WiiU is just a really expensive attachment being sold for the normal Wii.  That’s a perception problem, not a system problem.  The tablet was a cool feature for the games that utilized it but it was ultimately a tool that was optional, unlike the Wii Motes, there was nothing stopping developers from developing completely normal games.  People just got it in their heads that the system was a failure, so it was a failure.

Also, I looked up the games that do run at 60, it’s mostly a lot of sports games and re-releases from the PS3 era.  Not exactly impressive.  My point being that new games on the WiiU run better than *most* new games on the other consoles and still manage to look great. Art direction trumps pure polygons.  As someone who can’t really play games at 30FPS, that is very important for me.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 30, 2016, 06:37:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2016, 06:19:08 PM

While I agree that the controller is great to hold and play with, I would not say that I can come close to streaming a game to any room in my house.  Nor would I want to, since the screen's resolution is kinda crappy.

As a side note, the screen is also a personal problem, since I only wear reading glasses, and I have to keep putting them on every time I need to look down at the screen.  That's probably just me, though.
Really? The gamepad is 480p, it’s no Ipad Air but I find that perfectly acceptable for a 6inch display.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 30, 2016, 04:31:15 PM
Comments in this thread make me realize that the WiiU just had a perception/marketing problem.  Most of the things everyone is asking for is what the WiiU delivered.

Controller is weird.
Most people who actually used the controller found it very comfortable and even if you didn’t, did you know that you could play 90% of the games with one of these?

But why have THAT controller if I can just use a modified looking 360 Controller?
Did you know you can use that funky controller to stream and play your game from the console to any room in your house?  No TV required!  You can do the same with Netflix or YouTube.

Touch controls are weird and no one uses them.
Did you know the PS4 controller has built in touch controls that no one uses?

The hardware is underpowered.
Well I suppose, but every first party Nintendo game has looked gorgeous and most hold a solid 60 FPS despite the hardware limitations.  This is something neither the PS4 or XBone can come close to claim.

There are no games on the system.
Compare the number of exclusives on the WiiU to the other consoles and marvel at the bounty.  Heck, I’ll let you add the other systems exclusives together and then compare.  Now I suppose if you don’t also have a gaming PC you might also care about multiplats, but if you do have a PC I can’t imagine playing a multi-platform release on a console.

Nintendo only makes games for Kids.
Well, I guess you got me there.  Doesn’t make them any less fun though.  icon_biggrin  Oh, and Bayonetta.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29/16) on: March 28, 2016, 02:48:55 PM
I remember the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter looking pretty cool.  I wonder how it turned out…
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 26, 2016, 03:30:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 26, 2016, 03:06:58 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 25, 2016, 07:10:06 PM

We'll see what they really have to reveal, but that never seemed like a sensible design to me from technical, cost, ergonomics, or functionality standpoints.

None of that stopped them from making the Wii U gamepad slywink

The WiiU gamepad is probably my favorite controller ever...
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Salt and Sanctuary on: March 21, 2016, 06:33:03 PM
It’s strange how perspective can change the desirability of a game.  I can’t stand the Souls games in 3D but as a 2D sidescroller I’m actually pretty interested.
90  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 18, 2016, 11:38:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 17, 2016, 06:27:11 PM

Weekend Deal
Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.

50% off. Sale price $19.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score -  77% positive in 912 reviews

Offworld Trading Company is incredibly solid for an Early Access title.  The game is all about manipulating stock market prices and harvesting resources on Mars. I played a multiplayer game tonight and was suprised that I was able to get into a game almost instantly.  Having only played against the easy AI prior, I promptly lost, but it was fun nonetheless.   icon_lol
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 18, 2016, 11:31:42 PM
That looks incredibly awkward to use.  If it is a real device, the thing that seems like the oddest omission for a Nintendo console is the lack of their trademark Dpad. 
92  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: March 10, 2016, 03:46:41 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on March 05, 2016, 10:58:46 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 20, 2016, 04:51:07 PM

I have these to give away if anyone is interested.

Carmageddon TDR 2000

i have the CD for this still, but if no one will take the Steam key, i would take that.

Send me a PM with you email and I will gift it to you.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 07, 2016, 09:58:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2016, 03:21:24 PM

The very moment that I realized this new one would not be for me was when the ghost puked ectoplasm. 
Yep, that's when I knew I was out as well.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 04, 2016, 04:52:29 PM
I highly doubt that BGE2 will be a Nintendo exclusive.  BGE has a very vocal cult following but I doubt it would be worthwhile to make it an exclusive. Not to mention the Nintendo/Ubisoft relationship was strained pretty hard with the WiiU and even if it wasn’t, Ubisoft doesn’t like exclusives.

I was an early adopter of the WiiU.  I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of the system but I still think it would be a mistake to launch the new console already.  There will also be problems if the hardware IS comparable to an XBONE.  That system is already three years old and the hardware wasn’t that good to begin with.  Using old tech does seem like a Nintendo thing to do but if they want to be mass-market competitive they are going to need to go above and beyond.

All that said, a good BGE2 game as an exclusive on the NX would be enough to get ME to be an early adopter.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 03, 2016, 04:54:10 PM
I think I must have seen a different trailer…that looks abysmal.
96  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 01, 2016, 09:08:18 PM
I’m pretty sure I saw an option in the menu to start a new game from the decision point and skip the first 6 chapters of the game.  If you don’t like your current path you might want to look for that before starting again.

I’m currently playing through Birthright and really like it.  So far, I’m not quite as taken with the characters as I was in Awakening but they are still very solid and the gameplay itself is great.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 24, 2016, 05:09:57 PM
That trailer is the first time I've really looked at this.  It's hitting the uncanny valley and not sure I like it.
98  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: February 22, 2016, 09:48:12 PM
I would suspect it has more to do with not thinking that most people would care about the collector’s edition.  Fire Emblem games have not historically sold well in the west.  Awakening was the first game that hit mass market appeal.

For most gamers, Birthright is all the game they will need.

From what I’ve gathered…

All three games tell a complete story.

Birthright is the closest to FE: Awakening; you are allowed plenty of opportunities to level up your heroes.  It tells the story from the perspective of the defenders and is the easiest of the three.

Conquest has you side with the invaders but not in a traditional sense.  You basically acknowledge how evil your father is and are trying to bring his army down from within.  This version of the game is very difficult, does not give you bonus missions to level up, and plays out with a more linear quest structure.  This game is supposed to be very reminiscent of the more hardcore FE games prior to Awakening.

Revelations has your character reject both sides of the conflict and you go off to do your own thing.  The game recommends playing this one only after playing the others and is the hardest campaign. 
99  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 08:50:31 PM

Quote from: Fafhrd on February 20, 2016, 06:43:56 PM

I would be Interested in Nuclear Dawn please.  If steam ID needed: Fafhrd
There are a surprising number of people with that name.  Is this you?
100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 04:51:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 13, 2016, 02:48:29 AM

Stonehearth Gift Key  Steam Key
I’m interested in trying Stonehearth

I have these to give away if anyone is interested.
Portal 1 2x
Nuclear Dawn
Carmageddon TDR 2000
Talisman Digital Edition
Forced: Slightly Better Edition
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 08, 2016, 05:07:13 AM
I'm interested in both Firewatch and Unravel.  The Giantbomb video on Firewatch pretty much sold me, but I will be waiting for reviews on Unravel.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 05:50:12 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 07, 2016, 01:18:42 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
If it's helpful (maybe you might see some specific difference between our systems or driver versions etc?), I'm using GTX 970 and the game runs smooth as glass at 1920X1080. Am using the driver dated 1/22/16 (

Here's my basic Asus gaming PC specs:
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit

Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz:
Haswell 22nm Technology

16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)


SyncMaster ([email protected])
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (NVIDIA):

119GB KINGSTON RBU-SC100S37128GD (SSD):  [note: *It's a relatively tiny SSD, and I don't run games off it.]
*I know some folks who have moved the Preset setting down from High (and then adjusted some individual settings) seemed to get much better performance and/or fewer problems.

I think other folks found that switching from Windowed Mode to Full Screen (or was it other way around?) made a big difference.

P.S. What the heck does "Bokeh" mean? I don't understand any of the names under "Depth of Field"  icon_redface
My specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
   Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz   
   16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (EVGA)   
   931GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1TB ATA Device (SSD)
Really just seems like an optimization problem with the game. 
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanna play the new Grey Goo Definitive Edition? We got 5 keys for ya... on: February 04, 2016, 07:48:23 PM
I already own it so won’t be entering but nice contest. 
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: February 03, 2016, 06:36:52 PM
I just received my copy from the last Amazon sale.  Played a few rounds last night.  It's really fun.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 06:07:31 AM
I'm interested in giving Gravity Rush Remastered a try.  I've had my PS4 for a few months and it will be the first game I buy for it that didn't come with the system...

Also, Xcom2.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 09:44:29 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 27, 2016, 07:43:41 PM

The part where he speaks of no music, no story, no narrative, gives me pause. Once a few people complete their first run of the game, I'll make a more informed decision. But I'm still concerned about The Witness maintaining my interest if the environments are antiseptic and the story is nonexistent.
I was curious about that myself.  I found the “True/Secret” Ending on YouTube.  It is so pretentious that I almost love it just because of how absurd it is.  
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 09:18:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 26, 2016, 07:27:28 PM

It's a puzzle game. If that doesn't appeal to you on its own, it's honestly not a game for you. The rest of the stuff, mysterious or not, is irrelevant if puzzles alone don't attract your attention.
I love puzzle games where the puzzles have purpose within the story constructs of the world.  The Talos Principle was my favorite game of last year.  Games like that, Portal or even The Swapper have pushed “puzzle” games beyond simply being puzzles for the sake of puzzles.  I hope The Witness is such a game but my point was that the footage released so far makes it impossible to tell.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 05:02:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 26, 2016, 04:28:01 PM

Figuring out things is the entire point of the game, which includes even figuring out certain game mechanics. Showing off these things would ruin an important aspect of a game. This isn't just "we're trying to be keep the story secret". It's about maintaining the core gameplay about discovery and exploration and learning what you can do and how to do it.
In your opinion.  icon_razz  If it is not possible to gauge the types of interactions that are possible within the game it’s not possible to tell if the game offers anything worth looking into.  The one interesting thing that was “spoiled” in the Giant Bomb video was kind of neat but it’s been done before.  I need evidence that there is something more to the game than just somewhat clever puzzles.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 03:59:45 PM
Is anyone else getting annoyed with all the coverage of this game choosing NOT to show anything out of fear of “spoilers”?  It’s mostly, this game does really cool stuff but we’re not going to show it because we don’t want to spoil it!  The little I see makes me think it’s The Talos Principal with all the compelling bits removed.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 19, 2016, 06:55:25 PM
Early reviews suggests a solid campaign but lacking on the multiplayer front.  Only two races and 5 maps on release.  No map editor. 
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,XB1,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: January 19, 2016, 06:11:46 PM
For people who have finished the game, do the story/setting/characters ever come into their own?  I put about 2-3 hours into it and I thought the gameplay is fine, but the world building is nonexistent and I thought it just felt terribly dull.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PC] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 on: January 14, 2016, 09:55:25 PM
I enjoyed the first quite a bit.  I hope this one gets a bit more recognition on PC.  That trailer was super cringe worthy though…
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pony Island on: January 13, 2016, 11:16:33 PM
This is a game in much the same way “The Stanley Parable” is a game, but also completely different. You will either love it or just walk away confused.  I loved almost every minute of it.  It’s an exercise in 4th wall breaking and some clever logic puzzles thrown in for good measure.  I think the less you know about it the better but from the official about the game description.

Pony Island is a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. The devil detests having his puzzles solved and poor programming exposed; you will need to think outside the box to proceed and you will be insulted when you do.

It’s $5 on Steam.  Give it a shot.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 09, 2016, 08:10:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 09, 2016, 05:01:10 PM

I haven't done any of the side missions yet, so there should still be several hours of other fun after the main story ends.  If I'm not burned out by then.
Two quests you need to check out are the White Glove Society and the Repconn Test Site.  White Glove is probably one of the best questlines in the game with about 5 different ways you can handle the “situation”. 

Repconn just made me happy.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] A Boy and His Blob on: January 05, 2016, 10:58:02 PM
I played this back on the Wii.  It was good but be warned, the last world is tear-your-hair-out in frustration hard.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: January 02, 2016, 04:46:28 PM
This is pretty neat, you can now view your Mario Maker level stats online.  It's also the only way to view how hard your levels are rated as far as I know. 

I'm baffled that my Treetop Hooray level is rated as expert.  I guess I completely missed the mark on my intent of casual bouncy fun!  icon_lol
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 01, 2016, 05:28:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 31, 2015, 06:52:13 PM

Overall, I'm having fun but I'm less than impressed with this game.  I've had very few interesting choices to make, none of the quests are all that interesting, and I still end up shooting my way into or out of things 95% of the time.  Maybe I'm still not to the "good" part since I'm not in Vegas yet?
It sounds like you’ve been mostly doing “filler” quests.  Get to New Vegas and the main story opens up a lot.  You will find out what you are supposed to be doing and learn a lot more about the factions that are controlling things.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: December 29, 2015, 06:44:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 28, 2015, 12:58:30 AM

Unlike Fallout 4, New Vegas seems to really put you at odds with a couple factions from the start.  Of course I could side with the prisoners and the butchers, but they make them seem so cartoonishly pure evil that I'm not sure why I would. 

I was expecting a bit more subtlety and nuance making for tough decisions and deception, so hopefully there is some of that later.
Once you get to New Vegas itself the game becomes quite amazing.  I remember some people were a little turned off by how grey the morality is in some places but I loved it; very in spirit to the original Fallouts.
120  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: December 27, 2015, 05:37:50 AM
Fire Emblem Awakening was actually my pick for Game of the Year when it came out.  I had never gotten into a FE game before but I loved every minute of it.

Really looking forward to this one.
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