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921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 03:37:35 PM

It was a good purchase.
922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 23, 2013, 03:37:46 PM
Yeah, the top bar on the left tells you how long you have left.  When the bar fills your giants will start to fall asleep, shortly after the era ends.

The bar underneath that one fills as your prosperity grows. Every time that bar fills a new settler will appear on the map, if you have made an empty resource rich spot somewhere he will seek it out and build a new city.

I don’t think you can end an era early.  You don’t really have a reason to though as you can unlock more upgrades than just the three it shows per era.

An in game viewable tech tree would be really nice.  I generally know what turns into what now but I still screw up sometimes when planning upgrades, especially desert plants which don’t make a lot of sense.
923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 22, 2013, 10:25:04 PM
To become efficient in the game you need to memorize a lot of information otherwise you do spend an awful lot of time reading tooltips.  

Here are some pointers.

Greed is generated when you help a village too much, meaning they have a lot more of a resource than they can currently use.  If the resource is 20 more than you currently can use you will generate 1 greedy red face in your city panel.  You can offset this with either resources that generate Awe or animals that are hostile. If you have more red faces than blue the village will attack a neighbor.  If it gets high enough the villagers will attack your giants.

You don’t need to destroy a village if they turn violent.  The swamp giants attack is great for destroying armies without hurting the village.  Alternately, you can use dangerous animals to prevent a village from growing too big too fast.

Resources are broken into three categories; minerals, plants and animals.   Minerals give you either Tech or Wealth.  Animals and Plants can give you Wealth, Food or Tech.  

Pay close attention to the range of a resource when you put it down (shown below the resource).  Animals in particular tend to have a long range which can add bonuses to many tiles.  

You upgrade resources through giant abilities that are earned via completing special projects for villages.  Always make sure to look what an upgrade will do before using it.  While most upgrades are better some change the resource that is generated, which may hurt you in the long run.

You also have buffs that you can put on resources. (leaf, fruit, toxic, heard, predator etc.)  Level 1 resources only hold one buff but you will get more later on.  These buffs stack so don’t be afraid to use or mix and match them.

Every so often a village will try to build a special building.  Not only do these buildings generate special buffs and resources but if you finish one you can add a new ability to 1 giant via a village ambassador.  Note that if you don’t like the project a village is building you can use your swamp giant to destroy it without penalty.

You must have 1 ambassador for each giant before you are allowed to take a 2nd.

Each ambassador will do something different for each giant, make sure to hover over the ambassador before picking him up to make sure it will give abilities you want.  
924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 22, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
It’s fun; just realize that it really is more of a tile based puzzle game than a god game.

The gameplay consists around building the most efficient layout of resources possible for the current biome your villagers settled in.  Every resource has some other type of resource that it reacts with to improve productivity so you are often stuck reorganizing your layout to squeeze out a few more points every time a resource levels up.

Early on you are limited to 30 minute games but as you earn achievements you unlock 60 minute and longer game modes as well as new animals and plants.
925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: May 22, 2013, 03:58:59 PM
Alan Wake actually did that as well.  Throughout the world there were a number of TV sets showing interviews and things.  The people on the TVs were always live video.  It may have worked better there given the paranormal aspect though.
926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One]Quantum Break on: May 21, 2013, 10:46:00 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 21, 2013, 09:37:27 PM

Well, you can always play that on your new PC anyway.

If they don’t do at least timed exclusives they are idiots.
927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One]Quantum Break on: May 21, 2013, 09:17:27 PM
Kinda happy with that.  Alan Wake 2 is probably the only exclusive (if it was an exclusive) that could get me to consider a One (damn that sounds dumb) at this point.  Now I don't have to worry about it!
928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: May 21, 2013, 04:13:34 PM
• Iron Man 4
Feige says Marvel Studios is talking with Downey about if and when he could reprise the character. But if it doesn’t happen, we could find ourselves with a reboot. It has happened before, though rarely with a character so singularly identified with one actor.
“I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th,” the producer says. “I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.”

That sounds terrible.  The Iron Man movies are fun but they are carried entirely by the charisma of Downey.  I doubt I would have any interest in seeing the movie with a different actor in the role.
929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 21, 2013, 03:43:32 PM
Vents in the front, or Sony decided that 16 controller port are better than 2.   
930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 21, 2013, 02:07:22 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 21, 2013, 12:31:24 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 20, 2013, 04:49:03 PM

How many of those people are working on piecing the still images together to get a look at the whole console?

well, someone did.  saw this shared on Facebook, it said a guy from Reddit (Taggart451) did it but there was no further link:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The PS4: Bringing modern art into every home in America!
931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/20) on: May 20, 2013, 06:32:11 PM
I have RE: Revelations for the 3DS and think it’s pretty good if you like the old style Resident Evil games.  If it was a cheaper I would consider picking it up for the WiiU just for the added features.  Allowing other players to tag monsters with text on death is just hilarious looking (think a monster with a comic-book chat bubble).  Ruins the horror atmosphere but I have a hard time taking the RE series seriously anyways so it just adds to it for me.  Not sure if all versions have that though.
932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 20, 2013, 04:49:03 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 20, 2013, 04:29:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 20, 2013, 04:21:23 PM

I get the feeling they're subtly mocking all those people who made such a big deal about not revealing the casing.
How many of those people are working on piecing the still images together to get a look at the whole console?

Also, wasn’t there already a leaked promo vid that showed the whole thing anyways?  Or was that proven to be a fake?
933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 20, 2013, 03:36:02 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 20, 2013, 02:50:40 AM

I'll add to your list:

A couple more

Minecraft, God of War, Gran Turismo, Viva Pinata, Borderlands (?) Rage, Dunno, Castlevania, Starfox?, Unreal Tournament, Mario Carto, Final Fantasy, LA Noire.
Earthworm Jim, dunno, Yoshi's Island, dunno, Street Fighter (?), dunno, Doom, Half Life, Fallout, Mass Effect, dunno, Rock Band
Sonic, Left 4 Dead, Pikmin, Grand theft Auto, Diablo, dunno, dunno, dunno, Pokemon, Portal, Rayman Origins, Mortal Kombat
PacMan, Halo, Lemmings, Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, dunno, Gears of War, dunno, Contra, Monkey Island, Fable, Donkey Kong Country
Prince of Persia, Dunno, Dunno, Dunno, Plants Vs. Zombies, Quake, Kirby, Starcraft, Resident Evil 4, Professor Layton, Sims and Deus Ex
934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OZombie or Alice: Otherlands- what will Spicy Horse's next game be? on: May 20, 2013, 03:28:01 AM
Alice 2 is one of the few games whose art style elicited real emotions from me.  I actually found myself rather depressed while going through the fish area and the not-so-subtle implications of the doll house were rather unsettling.

Unfortunately the gameplay was average at best.
935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 19, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
36 for sure.  Could probably get a few more if I were to guess.
936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 05:58:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 19, 2013, 03:15:30 PM

Nintendo themselves did divergent gameplay back on the Gamecube with a GBA extension which let you play 4 Swords and a Pac-Man game that is extremely similar to a lot of the games in Nintendoland (the GBA player was Pac-Man and everyone else played the ghosts).

It wasn't built into the console, which I think was your point, but it was a gimmick.
Back then I would agree that it was a gimmick.  Part of the problem was that you needed the new hardware to play and then even if you had it, you were limited to one game.  As such I don’t think many people tried it.  This is the same thing that occurred with Wii Motion Plus.  Basic motion controls with the system sucked but the add-on actually made them pretty good.  The problem was it was a rather expensive add-on.  Games didn’t support it because they couldn’t be sure that users would own it, as such, it never took off as more than a novelty.

The WiiU has a lot more potential in that regard (if only people would make use of it).  Everyone who has the system has the hardware.  

Even the half assed ZombiU multiplayer is pretty cool.  For those that don’t know about it, the person with the gamepad gets a top down perspective of the world and is able to place various types of zombies on the battlefield in real time with the stylus.  You are able to place anywhere that the other player cannot currently see.  The person with the classic controller plays a more traditional FPS and has to fight his way to objectives avoiding the zombie traps placed by the game pad user.
937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 04:55:01 AM
I wasn’t saying that they are always right, just that they develop hardware in anticipation of a game type they want to make, thus they are unlikely to want to be stuck with another companies hardware.

Quote from: Jumangi on May 19, 2013, 03:26:16 AM

There's nothing "ahead of the curve" with the WiiU tablet controller. Its a blatant attempt to get in on the tablet/smartphone popularity of the last few years. IMO its another gimmick by Nintendo.
Divergent gameplay is a thing though; as far as I know it has never been done before on a console (PC yes).  

Some of the games in Nintendoland do this very well (others very poorly) but give the player with the tablet a unique gameplay experience to what controller users have.  

Rayman Legends also uses this in an interesting way, allowing one player to manipulate the environment with the touchpad while the other player(s) run the course as a normal 2D platformer.  I highly recommend this one; by the way, we’ve been playing it extensively since they release new courses every day.

I can also see this used to great effect for future games that emulate table top roleplaying.  Basically, dungeon master on tablet.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 19, 2013, 04:34:25 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 19, 2013, 12:38:56 AM

GameCube – Duel Joysticks for better FPS.

The original PlayStation had a Dual Analog Controller released 4 years before the GameCube.  

I thought the PS1 had this thing?  
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don’t know personally, I never owned one.  Just going by what I remember from the article.
938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 12:38:56 AM
The thing with Nintendo on other systems is that they have a long history of developing technology because they want to experiment with/develop a certain type of game.  I don’t remember where it was but I remember reading a long editorial on it and it made sense.  They also tend to be at least briefly ahead of the curve control wise even if they aren’t graphically.

NES – Dpad allowed for easier side scrollers
N64 – Joystick to allow 3D platformers. 4 controller ports by default for party games.
GameCube – Duel Joysticks for better FPS.
Wii – Motion controlled games
DS – Touch controls
WiiU – Tablet for divergent gameplay experiences.  Player 1 doesn’t have to play the same type of game as player 2.
939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 18, 2013, 02:25:25 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 18, 2013, 01:46:06 AM

I'm not sure what the sales stats are on the 3DS at this point, but it's not at the GBA level for sure.  They may still be doing well with the DS, but I still doubt they could afford another Gamecube.

Actually, the 3DS is selling very well right now.  

3DS (+XL) To date has sold 38.87 Million over a little more than two years

The GBA(all versions) sold  81.48 million over 6 years.

The DS(all versions) sold 128.9 million over 9 years.

Also, for fun, the Vita has sold 5.12 million to date.
940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 17, 2013, 01:35:27 AM
The strength of the WiiU is that it can offer experiences that you can't get on the other consoles and a port of games made for other consoles are never going to make use of that strength beyond throwing in something gimmicky and pointless.  If EA isn’t willing to develop exclusives for the system than I would rather them not bother if it just means getting an inferior version of something I can get elsewhere.
941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 17, 2013, 01:22:03 AM
Seems interesting.  A lot of the early impressions on Steam imply that it’s more of a puzzle game than a god sim though.  Might pick it up after some later game impressions show up.
942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: May 16, 2013, 06:48:53 PM
All rumors for Nintendo.

Pokémon News
Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Rumble U news expected with no other Pokémon games revealed.

Game Updates

Yoshi Wii U is said to be a late 2013/early 2014 title.
Games said to be at the E3 showfloor include: 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Pikmin 3, W101, X, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team.

Rumoured/Unconfirmed Games
Capcom supposedly working on a Resident Evil remake from their back catalogue.
Nintendo wanting to continue Picross on Nintendo 3DS.
New Star Fox title, said to be more like Lylat Wars, expected this generation.
Star Wars expected on Wii U as “Disney likes the Wii U so far”.
Nintendo titles to use NFC – new IP from Nintendo.
New Animal Crossing expected, but “way off” for Wii U.
Nintendo tried to regain Banjo Kazooie but it didn’t work.
A Final Fantasy remake is being developed for Wii U.
Games that will use dual GamePad controllers will be announced.

Legend of Zelda
New Legend of Zelda is said to feature a return for past races like the Gorons, Zoras plus new additional species to encounter.
The game is also venturing into more “RPG-like” territory without “going full out RPG”, like Skyward Sword.

Hardware Revisions and Performance
Wii U periperhals expected this year (to connect to the GamePad).
A New Nintendo Wii U is expected by the end of 2014 with more internal storage but Blu-ray is unknown.
A new Nintendo 3DS revision is expected, but not within the next two years.
Denies Wii U clock-speed increases.
Achievements and linked accounts said to be coming but “in a different way than anyone else does”.
Nintendo working on trying to get more engines supported by Wii U.

Virtual Console Releases
Nintendo are expected to show and highlight classic GameCube titles heading to Virtual Console.
Online multiplayer for classic Virtual Console games isn’t likely from Nintendo but “third parties will”.
Plans to release classic titles, like Xenoblade Chronicles, on the Wii U eShop is likely at some point.

Retro Studios Wii U Project
The upcoming, untitled game from Retro Studios is said to be first-person, futuristic and “something everyone wants them to make”.
Said to be working on a Donkey Kong track for Mario Kart Wii U.
943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Among the Sleep on: May 15, 2013, 06:06:51 PM
I finished the Alpha yesterday.  Looked pretty good!  My one concern is that the FOV is a bit narrow and there is a lot of head bobbing in the game right now.  I sent the devs a question about it and they said that it has been common feedback and they will be offering sliders in the final version to fix both problems.
944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: May 14, 2013, 04:48:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2013, 11:31:26 PM

what if Elizabeth was more realistic (some coarse language).
945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Anno 2070 - Deep Ocean Expansion coming on: May 13, 2013, 09:19:48 PM
You should definitely play it if you already own it.  It’s my favorite builder in years.  I recently got back into it and would be interested to try some multiplayer if you’re interested.  It’s the one area I’ve never really experimented with.
946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/13) on: May 13, 2013, 05:03:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2013, 04:46:09 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 13, 2013, 04:39:25 PM

Super Metroid (eShop) for 30 cents!

only 30 cents?  what the hell, IN.

It’s part of their 30th anniversary promotion.  Every month they've released one game on the WiiU eShop for 30 cents.

Jan – Balloon Fight (NES)
March Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES)
April Kirby's Adventure (NES)
May Super Metroid (SNES)
June Yoshi (NES)
July Donkey Kong (NES)

Also, while not a new release it might be worth mentioning.  If you have any coins on your club Nintendo account you can pick up Super Mario RPG this month.
947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/13) on: May 13, 2013, 04:39:25 PM
Super Metroid (eShop) for 30 cents!

948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: May 11, 2013, 03:22:45 PM
Of all the things to complain about that wouldn’t make my top 100.  The original Turtles movie didn’t have a yellow jumpsuit and the movie was great for the time; it even holds up pretty well for today.  Just don’t try to watch the sequels…
949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA/PC]Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon on: May 08, 2013, 02:56:26 PM
I played through the whole thing without problem but I have heard of others with your issue.  It sounded like a work around was to disable cloud saves.
950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stonehearth: A DF-like Town Builder on: May 05, 2013, 05:53:43 AM
I really really want them to hit $400,000...
951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At the end of this I could very well go insane on: May 04, 2013, 02:59:13 AM
You might be interested in this video.  It's basically the origin story.
952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: May 04, 2013, 02:52:54 AM
Don't miss your chance to hear this stunning rendition of Eye of the Tiger as played on a Kazoo! New trailer. 
953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At the end of this I could very well go insane on: May 03, 2013, 08:04:39 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on May 03, 2013, 04:36:21 AM

My problem with the show besides being so random is the over-arching story (Which I was surprised there even was one) is given to you piecemeal.
I actually kind of like Adventure Time.  icon_redface

If you read a ploy synopsis it’s a lot more interesting than any random viewing of the show would lead you to believe.

From what I’ve been able to piece together…

First, Finn doesn’t matter much at all; he’s basically just a means to an ends to tell the more interesting story. 

Everything starts in the modern day or shortly thereafter.  A man named Simon finds a magic crown.  Not long after, World War III breaks out and nuclear and mutagenic bombs wipe out the majority of the world.  Simon survives and finds a young girl in the wreckage.  His crown gives him the power to protect her but it has a price.  Every time he puts on the crown and uses its power he loses a bit of his memories.  Finally he starts to go insane.  Knowing he soon won’t remember who he is or even the girl he is trying to protect, he uses his magic to create a kingdom where she will be protected.  His last act as Simon is to create the Candy Kingdom and once it is done he becomes the Ice King.

The girl was Marceline, who is the vampire in the current timeframe, which is roughly 1,000 years after the war.
954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bathroom Tycoon 2013 on: May 03, 2013, 04:59:16 AM
Did we really need two games in this genre?
955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not one person thought this might be a bad idea? on: May 02, 2013, 06:53:44 PM
That was horrible… I don’t get what’s racist about it though.
956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rash on: May 02, 2013, 03:11:34 AM
The list of games their team members have worked on is not all that encouraging.  That said, $15 isn't likely to break the bank, and if it is you probably shouldn't be using kickstarter.
957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kerbal Space Program on: April 29, 2013, 07:19:49 PM
I picked it up about a month ago.  I find the difficulty rather daunting because while all the parts are there and appear to work there is almost no explanation as to what they do.

I also found it a bit aimless.  Right now it’s just a sandbox, which is fine for some people but I want a REASON to put a Kerbal on the moon.

It has great potential though and I don’t regret the purchase, it just isn’t that rewarding for me yet.
958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 29, 2013, 03:33:52 PM
Sounds like they have encountered a few problems.
959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: April 27, 2013, 10:00:36 PM
So is anyone else playing the challenge app?  I’m really impressed with it so far, despite being a free download it’s one of the best things on the system in my opinion.

I’ve been getting mostly silver trophies in the daily levels but I have a gold in the current weekly as long as no one knocks me down before the scores are tallied.
960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 26, 2013, 05:23:19 PM
For those that don’t know, Nintendo released a new firmware update late last night.  It drastically reduces load times on the system, up to 30 seconds faster in places.  

Also available today is the eShop, which launches with the following lineup:
Super Mario World
Ice Climber
Kirby's Adventure
Donkey Kong Jr
Balloon Fight
Punch Out!!
Wii U Panorama View

Not super impressive but I plan to pick up Super Mario World.  It will be worth it just to be able to play it on the game pad while doing other things around the house.

And finally, the Rayman: Legends Challenge app is now available.  I downloaded it yesterday and was surprisingly impressed with how well it’s made.  You get one new level a day and one a week, you compete with other people from around the world.  Based on your previous score/time other players “ghosts” appear in the level to race with you.  As you beat people’s scores you gain points and move up the leaderboard.  You can also easily friend anyone whose ghost is in the level with you.  

It’s very cool, if you have a WiiU you should download it and add me as a friend.
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