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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 16, 2015, 02:29:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 16, 2015, 02:11:12 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 16, 2015, 01:48:20 PM

Very nice... even if it does fall into what one reviewer called "cookie monster metal".  icon_wink

So I can see the four albums on Amazon but where are the "handful of singles"? I found "The World We Lost"  thumbsup at Bandcamp and guessing that is one as it doesn't seem to be on any of the albums. Can you point me in the right direction?

Cephus and To Coexist is to Surrender are on their Bandcamp page, click "More Releases" on the right side.  I've only listened to Andromeda on Youtube...not sure where to download that one.  It streams on the Wiki page as well.

FWIW, the albums get stronger as they go, with Acheron being my personal favorite by a long shot.  You don't necessarily lose anything by listening to them out of order (just read the story background on the Wiki to get a basic understanding), so I'd recommend Acheron as a starting point to gauge if they're your thing or not.

Thanks for that - I've been a fan of concept albums since I first put needle to vinyl so this kind of thing could be right up my alley in an epic way. I was also impressed that one of the band members was on the Wikia helping explain the story and timeline. Didn't really help me much, of course.  icon_smile
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 16, 2015, 01:48:20 PM
Very nice... even if it does fall into what one reviewer called "cookie monster metal".  icon_wink

So I can see the four albums on Amazon but where are the "handful of singles"? I found "The World We Lost"  thumbsup at Bandcamp and guessing that is one as it doesn't seem to be on any of the albums. Can you point me in the right direction?
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: October 15, 2015, 01:51:55 PM
Anyone still on the (green) Arrow train? Thought it was interesting that at the end of the first episode for this new season, they
Spoiler for click to:
show Oliver at a grave site with the inference (all we see is the back of it) that it is Felicity.  crybaby
And then another grave comes into play afterwards but we knew that one was coming for the new show.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: October 10, 2015, 01:46:19 PM
True, forgot to mention it was overclocked by the vendor to 4GHz.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: October 09, 2015, 01:45:53 PM
Same here, recent splurge was on a system with a i7-5930K and a GTX 980 Ti.  icon_cool
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 02:44:34 AM
Uncharted, me thinks.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 01, 2015, 04:28:40 AM
That one damn Discover message ("You can easily access your preferred power options") that has been popping up every time I turn the system on since the end of March is still an issue after the 3.00 update. Perfectly well aware it doesn't happen from Rest but that's not the point. Read that they are aware of it and it is off in the hands of the firmware team but come on, six months on and not resolved?  Roll Eyes
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 23, 2015, 01:37:26 PM
Just Redbox'd this last night to watch it again.  thumbsup

Had to turn on the subtitles to understand what they were saying when calling out the cargo they were hauling for the exchange:

We're hauling Aqua Cola!
We're hauling produce!
We're hauling Mother's Milk!


Sitting there thinking "Aqua Cola?"  Oh... water. I guess he needed to give it a brand name so he could copyright it, eh? icon_wink
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 04:47:03 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 21, 2015, 07:48:40 PM

I'm surprised there isn't more interest around the release of Soma. If you enjoy horror games, you should absolutely take a closer look at this title. It is getting fabulous reviews:

http://m.neogaf.com/showthread.php?p=179511967

Dang, that's a LOT of gushing.
90  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time to research home theater speakers? on: September 20, 2015, 01:53:30 PM
Nice! I'll have to keep those in mind when next I needs some.  thumbsup

Found this from 2012 when looking for In-Wall speakers a couple of years ago for a friend, too bad they're no longer keeping it up-to-date.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 20, 2015, 04:37:42 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 19, 2015, 04:05:19 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 19, 2015, 03:36:15 PM

I'd be curious what you love about it as I've owned them all but have a hard time actually playing any of them for any length of time before giving up. And I still have Ground Zeroes. Un-played.  icon_frown

Was trying to find a YouTube review of it I'd seen from someone who was less than impressed but I wasn't logged in so have no history to back through. He got very worked up, might have had an accent and was constantly ringing a bell (like the kind you'd have on a service desk - ding! ding!) whenever he made a 'point'. What I remember was the 'open world' aspect of it wasn't really all that open (roads only?) and the AI was supposed to be bad. Anyone know whom that might be?

I don't know why you'd focus on some Youtuber when the game is critically acclaimed from essentially every gaming site out there...

Anyhoo, as to your questions.  Afghanistan is sort of funneled into roads and canyons, but you can still basically go anywhere in it as you see fit, Africa on the other hand does have wide open plains so that complaint (which I think is rather unfounded really) is addressed in the second zone.  As to the AI it can be dumb, but does a reasonable job, it investigates when your noisy or sees something, checks last known positions, shoots down fultons, and wakes up sleeping soldiers.  Yeah you can make it do some dumb stuff if you try but like, what game can't you do that in?

Graphically the game looks great, and runs at a solid 60fps on consoles.

Gameplay it really shines.  The controls, specifically in shooter mode which I'm using, make a lot of sense.  So that's one way it's been improved over previous games.  The other thing is it is very much a stealth/combat sandbox whereas I feel the previous games (and frankly most stealth games) got a little too puzzley.  This does not suffer from that problem, you don't feel like you are trying to solve a puzzle, and more that you are coming up with a strategy.  You can go loud or quiet, and the game gives you numerous tools for either approach.  You have sleep grenades, decoys, stun grenades, mines, emp mines, sleep mines, anti-vehicular mines, c4, silenced weapons, stun weapons, a vast array of guns from pistols to assault rifles, to sniper rifles to grenade and rocket launchers and machine guns, to eventually being able to fully customize and build your own guns from parts of others.  You get to choose the time of day or night and the general approach you take to infiltrating a base, you can even call in air strikes or helicopter overwatch.

Then there is the extra strategy layer of managing your base, research, and sending teams on combat missions.

Thanks for that, helps with deciding on going in on yet-another MGS game or not.  icon_wink

And I wasn't "focusing" on any one in particular, just would like to go back and hear his rant again now that I've been off in happy review land for awhile. Got the impression he had a whole string of reviews with this little bell so thought maybe someone could point me in the right direction. No big.

Question, will going through Ground Zeroes actually give me a good idea as to what Phantom Pain will be like?
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 19, 2015, 03:36:15 PM
I'd be curious what you love about it as I've owned them all but have a hard time actually playing any of them for any length of time before giving up. And I still have Ground Zeroes. Un-played.  icon_frown

Was trying to find a YouTube review of it I'd seen from someone who was less than impressed but I wasn't logged in so have no history to back through. He got very worked up, might have had an accent and was constantly ringing a bell (like the kind you'd have on a service desk - ding! ding!) whenever he made a 'point'. What I remember was the 'open world' aspect of it wasn't really all that open (roads only?) and the AI was supposed to be bad. Anyone know whom that might be?
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: September 15, 2015, 02:18:25 PM
Saw this today and immediately thought of this thread. And Tilt.  nod
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Last Ship on: September 12, 2015, 01:04:00 AM

Quote from: rittchard on September 11, 2015, 11:34:05 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 11, 2015, 03:17:51 AM

And of course we had to have a cliff-hanger of a season ending episode.

Yeah that was annoying.  That said, I was really impressed with much of the rest of this season.  I loved the Hunt for Red October submarine action plotline.  Some pretty convoluted/contrived plot situations but extremely well executed.  Haven't seen this style of ship to sub action in a long time and I really enjoyed it.  All in all I thought it was a more engaging season than the first.

Was a bit worried as to how they were going to have the Nathan James manage to take out the nuclear sub (it's not like that wasn't going to happen somehow) but I thought it worked out very nicely. thumbsup
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 11, 2015, 03:22:37 AM
The fourth season of Longmire premiers today. thumbsup
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Last Ship on: September 11, 2015, 03:17:51 AM
And of course we had to have a cliff-hanger of a season ending episode.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 05, 2015, 12:25:18 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 04, 2015, 10:44:56 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 03, 2015, 01:52:33 PM

I've seen what this looks like on a high-end PC and was wondering... how is it on a PS4? Anyone playing there and can comment on that version?

I've seen it on the PS4 via my neighbor, but I own it on the PC, ultra settings. The PS4 looks excellent. To me the differences seem to be:

1) better framerate on PC
2) PS4 seems to be High settings, as opposed to Very High or Ultra

You cant go wrong with the PS4 version.

Excellent, thanks for that.  thumbsup
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 03, 2015, 01:52:33 PM
I've seen what this looks like on a high-end PC and was wondering... how is it on a PS4? Anyone playing there and can comment on that version?
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 03:04:14 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 26, 2015, 06:21:19 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 26, 2015, 04:24:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 26, 2015, 04:36:04 AM

"Argh! It doesn't allow me to invert the Y axis!", he says nodding his head in the wrong f'king direction.  icon_evil

This ain't a flight sim!  Tongue

I have to be honest, though, this news has made me hesitant.

Who the hell doesn't allow inverting the Y axis in this day and age?

Exactly! Fut the wuck?
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 26, 2015, 04:36:04 AM
"Argh! It doesn't allow me to invert the Y axis!", he says nodding his head in the wrong f'king direction.  icon_evil
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Last Ship on: August 18, 2015, 03:45:58 AM
I'm still watching and enjoying this.  thumbsup
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 12, 2015, 03:48:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 11, 2015, 08:38:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 11, 2015, 06:58:26 PM

I am waiting until the PS4 gets it, then I will show them that yes, they still have customers who support them on Sony.  TBH, I will use the gap to play the other games this year.  I can wait.

Pretty much this.

Same here.
103  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 07, 2015, 01:44:47 PM
Just got a nice update and is an awesome game for fans of the turn-based tactical genre.  thumbsup
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resume writing guides? on: August 07, 2015, 01:39:51 PM
I'll echo the 'three pages max' suggestion, even with as much time as we old dudes have spent working. It doesn't need a ton of gory detail past the most recent couple, typically. And there was nothing I hated more than getting a resume to evaluate that was 14 pages of filler and I've seen longer!

"I attended meetings"
"I used Word to write documents"
"I used Excel to write spreadsheets"
"I used (tool that only does X) to do X"

Oh really? And at every position you've ever held? That's... amazing.  Roll Eyes
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 04, 2015, 05:20:17 AM
We can rebuild him! Philadelphia hackers offer to help.

And then there's this - video of the 'killer'.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 01:19:51 PM
Made it across Canada and Germany but not Philadelphia. So much for relying on 'human kindness'.  icon_frown
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 03, 2015, 01:13:21 PM
10 Reasons Gamers Will Love Windows 10. As compiled by Brad Wardell.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 12:53:27 PM

Quote from: JCC on July 31, 2015, 11:22:24 AM

I think Sony is bat shit crazy to stubbornly stick to a controller that all but about 4 people think is vastly inferior to the Xbox ones from the last 2 generations. WE WANT THE LEFT STICK HIGHER!

Errr... no. No we don't. And this from someone with both from practically all generations.

Quote
The Xbox One has the absolute god awful worst interface I have ever used. It's just terrible.

Now on this I am in full agreement.  icon_wink
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 01:01:26 PM
For some reason, decided to pick up Lost Dimension on the PS3.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest XI Announced on: July 28, 2015, 12:38:04 PM
Interesting... but I had to go look up what the Nintendo NX might be.
111  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2015, 02:54:02 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 28, 2015, 01:46:17 AM

I like match 3, I don't really care for the 'slide the whole row/column' variety of match 3 though. 

Ditto. Also noticed that my iPad heated up while playing it, too.
112  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 26, 2015, 05:13:33 PM
So... pulled the trigger and everything does seem to work fine on my 3rd gen iPad. Other than the whole "Defeated!" "Defeated!" "Defeated!" thing so far.  finger

The purple tiles haven't been mentioned yet...
113  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 26, 2015, 03:08:04 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 25, 2015, 08:06:00 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 25, 2015, 03:24:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 24, 2015, 08:11:20 PM

Definitely a big thumbs up for The Long Siege.

Crap - minimum compatible iPad is the iPad 4... and me still with a 3.  icon_cry

so far it works fine on my ipad 3

Interesting... they seemed to be very adamant about what is (and isn't) supported:

SUPPORTED DEVICES
iPhone 5 and above; iPad 4th gen and above; iPad Mini 2nd gen (Retina) and above; iPod 6th gen.
Other devices are not supported. Thank you for your understanding!


Be curious if you run into any issues.
114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2015, 03:24:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 24, 2015, 08:11:20 PM

Definitely a big thumbs up for The Long Siege.

Crap - minimum compatible iPad is the iPad 4... and me still with a 3.  icon_cry
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/21 on: July 20, 2015, 12:31:43 PM
The Talos expansion at some point.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Magic Circle on: July 18, 2015, 01:10:45 PM
 icon_cool
117  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New videocard on: July 17, 2015, 01:11:00 PM
If you'd like to come in under budget, I've got an EVGA GTX780 FTW Dual BIOS I'll be putting up for sale in a few days.  icon_wink
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2015, 01:04:07 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 16, 2015, 02:50:28 PM

The placement of the final segment of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, 1965

Blown up by Datak and Stahma Tarr in 2048.  icon_wink
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 17, 2015, 12:56:24 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 13, 2015, 03:28:18 AM

Quote from: TiLT on July 08, 2015, 06:36:11 PM

I guess it would help understand my frustration when I say that the pre-release marketing for this game specifically said that it could be played either alone or with another player. They never gave any sort of indication that multiplayer would be forced upon you. To most people that might be a pleasant surprise. To me it was false advertising, leading me to purchase a product I might otherwise have reconsidered.

This sums up my anger with the game. I would have loved to play solo, or invite one specific friend to enjoy the landscape with me. Instead, when I attempted to play it was clear the person who dropped in to my game had already completed it in the past. He was a complete distraction throughout the short time I played.

Mine as well. While I would normally pick up stuff like this, really hesitant.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Suicide Squad on: July 15, 2015, 12:50:03 PM
Official trailer uploaded and linked to from your article.
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