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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 28, 2013, 03:18:44 PM
Autistic Angel is right.

I've played some bad games and many disappointing games, but nothing, I mean nothing comes close to even standing in the shadow of the execrable shat-spackled monument to unfun-ness that was Masters of Orion 3. Battlecruiser 3000 A.D. annoyed me so badly I actually bothered getting into an online fight with Derek Smart trying to convince him what a piece of crap his game was. But for MOO3, I was so paralyzed by the badness, so shell-shocked by the turd-bagel so brazenly called a "game", that I couldn't even summon the strength to get angry.

On a side note, despite it's crap-tacular bug-ridden censor-destroyed incompleteness, I loved Temple of Elemental Evil. If only...
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 01, 2013, 08:42:47 PM
It figures I de-lurk for the first time in forever and OO is down. Hi Gaming Trend friends, long time no see!
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 06, 2012, 05:32:13 PM
I've been playing a "Use found items only" Barbarian for fun on the European servers during maintenance. No vendors, blacksmith, jewelcrafter or auction house until level 60 smile I am having a blast so far.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 01, 2012, 10:56:24 PM
Just started INFERNO!!! Didn't seem so bad at first. Then a Risen in the first "Cellar" I encountered, one-shotted me. The loot drops are obscene. Everything has stats WAY higher than anything that dropped in Hell.

I'm a level 60 Wizard, with 54814 Life and dealing 9132.73 DPS. Just finished the fight against Captain Daltyn in Adria's Hidden Cellar. The fight took over two minutes and I was near death several times. Thank goodness for Teleport with Fracture.

There is  going to be some white-knuckle combat ahead! biggrin
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 31, 2012, 01:59:08 AM
DING 60! biggrin I've never reached max level in a Diablo game before so I am pleased by this.

It got really hard and frustrating playing my Wizard in Act II Hell Difficulty until I heard this crazy tactic (maybe it's what everyone does and I'm the one who's crazy). I unsocketed ALL my gear and filled the sockets with +VIT. My Life went from 26K to 41K. HUGE difference when taking on Elites. Those few extra seconds of health buys me time to hotfoot it to the nearest health globe and keep killing. I am woefully undergeared, so now begins the expensive process of equipping myself with all iLvl 60 items (or better). I am really enjoying this! Back to crushing demons biggrin
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 30, 2012, 07:39:59 PM
Invulnerable Minions is now my least favorite Elite Mob skill. I thought Arcane Enchanted and Waller were bad. I was wrong.

58 Wizard now, Hell difficulty, Act II. Should hit the big 60 tonight. Am still in love with the game! biggrin
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 29, 2012, 05:31:52 PM
I've been playing for hours, despite the maintenance. Simply start the game, and BEFORE you log in, change your account settings to Europe or Asia, then you can play all you want while the North American servers are down. Keep in ming you can't transfer loot between regions so these out-of-region alts are on their own. But you can still play.

Then when the NA servers are back up, again BEFORE you log in, change your account settings back to North America and you'll be all set!

8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 26, 2012, 09:00:14 PM
My Wizard just finished Nightmare at Level 51 and I've had my first taste of Hell. It's pee-inducing so far. My first pack of elites was Vampiric, Electrified, Arcane Enchanted. I nearly had heart failure taking them down. Much running and swearing was involved. biggrin

Seriously as much of a Fanboi as I am of the Diablo series, Normal is actually fairly boring. Please don't give up on the game till you've tried Nightmare. That's when it gets really fun and you feel really powerful yet appropriately challenged. And the loot is sweet.

Not sure about Hell yet. It's too early to tell. smile
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 19, 2012, 02:20:39 AM
I haven't had disconnect problems either. I wandered away for over ten minutes once today and I was still logged in and in-game when I got back.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 17, 2012, 03:57:50 PM
I never thought I'd say this but, the game only starts to get really good in Nightmare. I just fought for my life across the Weeping Hollow and each of the half-dozen Elite fights were intense. I had to really work to beat them, tactics were critical. And the loot they dropped was nuts. Mostly rares and gems. Between finally opening up the better skills, getting the good loot drops and Elites that fight back hard, Nightmare is twice the game Normal was. I'm having a blast!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 17, 2012, 01:21:52 AM
I swear its like the entire Internets is playing a different game than me. I've had no troubles logging in, played when I wanted to and happily enjoyed the game. Already finished once (see above).

If it's any consolation when the game does work, it's wonderful. And it gets WAY BETTER in the later Acts. FYI.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 17, 2012, 12:21:18 AM
Just finished my first game on Normal as a Wizard. Took me 17 hours 56 minutes. Finished at Level 31.


Almost every aspect has been improved upon over Diablo 2. The most notable change is the combat. Its hella fun. You really have to pay attention and try, combat gets interesting fast. Tactics and strategy matter. The days of playing with my mouse hand and eating waffles with the other are over. Also notable is the difficulty. Normal difficulty is FAR MORE difficult to beat than vanilla Diablo 2 at launch. Felt like just the right amount of challenge. Though some of the boss fights were ridiculous until I figured out a strategy.

There's more loot, more kinds of loot, more awesome loot, crafted loot, loot, loot, loot. And loot really matters since all DPS is calculated off your weapon DPS. And the only way to alter your base stats is with armour and equipment. I really enjoyed the loot. Did I mention there's loot?

Minor issues: Gameplay gets slightly choppy during peak hours. The visuals look a lot more like WoW than Diablo. It really suffers from lack of an Act V biggrin (which I'm sure will be remedied). Acts III and IV are brutally short.

That's my review. GO PLAY IT NOW.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 15, 2012, 05:56:23 PM
It's working fine for me up here in Happy Canada. No crashes, no bugs, no errors.

I'm loving the game so far. Am partway through Act II. I loved the cutscenes between acts 1 and 2. Awesome. I'm playing a wizard and enjoying it but I'm very surprised at how much more difficult the finished game is than the beta. I've died quite a bit, especially against certain elites. Not complaining though, would hate if it was too easy. They've also made crafting so expensive it's almost prohibitive for a first-time playthrough. But that's ok too.

Two Thumbs Up, way up, so far.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 14, 2012, 07:51:41 PM
Installed! Waiting patiently. Was at work during install so never saw the install intro sequence, is it posted somewhere?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cabin in the Woods on: April 23, 2012, 12:22:36 AM
I too was unsatisfied with the last 5 minutes, but 98% of awesome is still awesome.

I would have preferred to see
Spoiler for Hiden:
Fran Kranz sacrifice himself to save the world
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cabin in the Woods on: April 22, 2012, 05:50:51 AM
Just got back.

My fairly spoiler free thoughts, but just in case, to be polite...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Original, funny, brilliant! Not perfect, but very entertaining. Third act build-up to the climax was the coolest scene since The Battle of Minas Tirith from RotK or The Freeway from Matrix Reloaded. My mind was blown. A genre-bender and mind-twister on par with Memento, Sixth Sense or The Usual Suspects. Best horror movie to come out of Hollywood in a very, very long time. Strongly recommended for fans of the genre.
In short, I LOVED IT.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: March 16, 2012, 03:18:58 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on March 16, 2012, 03:09:01 AM

I am very interested in this game, but have not played Diable 1 or 2. Is it worth trying Diablo 2 now, or just want and play Diablo 3?

Depends on your age and nostalgia tolerance. The Diablo games are VERY outdated both technically and in gameplay conventions. But they are both hella fun. I've recently replayed and finished both of them. For a noob I'd recommend playing Diablo 2 or waiting for Diablo 3.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 28, 2012, 01:20:07 AM
Hey there's a Science Fiction Short Story Contest going on over at Maybe I'll give it a try. It would be a good exercise I think.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 09:20:56 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on January 26, 2012, 09:16:08 PM

Orgull, sorry to hear you've decided to hang it up as a filmmaker. Independent filmmaker is not for the faint of heart. It's brutal. You must a tremendous thick skin, stamina, ability to network, and just a hardcore work ethic. I've been making films independently for over 6 years now, and I'm about to embark on producing my first feature length after much soul-searching and preparation by producing shorts. I've not had tremendous sucess, but have been told that I'm talented and have potential, so I'm going to forge ahead with my project. It'll take the better part of the next two years to put my first film out. And I'll be age 40 when it happens. Still, when you have the conviction that you've a voice and have something to say, which I do, you just can't quit.

That's very mature to you to see that you didn't cut it as a filmmaker. I wish you the best of luck as you embark of being a writer. How about writing screenplays and see if you can get your film ideas produced that way?

Do not give up being creative. Creativity takes courage. Creativity takes cojones. Creativity nourishes the mind and the sould tremendously. Even if you never make it at some sort of mainstream commercial level, much good will come from you staying creative.

Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring post PR_GMR!

That's an excellent idea you mentioned. I have several unpolished screenplays I plan to finish after I've blown the cobwebs out with a novel or two.

At this moment, writing is providing an outlet for my creative energy without costing me any resources. It's also cathartic and great therapy.

I'm very interested in seeing your future features and providing you with plenty of constructive criticism. smile
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 08:13:32 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 26, 2012, 08:00:43 PM

I want to work on films some day. A friend of mine entered a contest on Amazon last month. The goal was to write a synopsis based on a framework they set forth for a sci-fi movie. Well he was one of the 4 winners picked to help write a treatment. He will receive $10K to work on this team. How freaking awesome is that?
That's wonderful! I'm so glad there are opportunites like that for creative people to get involved and get noticed. smile
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 06:03:20 PM
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 06:02:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 26, 2012, 05:27:39 AM

+1 for Cruisis. Whacktards of the Apocalypse was a really fun (if incredibly demented) read.
Man. He wins for that title alone. That's a whole lot of awesome smile
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 12:35:48 AM
Pros I mean. I've seen plenty of evidence of good storytelling on the boards over the years, but I'm wondering if anyone here does it for a living? Would be interested to know.

I ask because I've always been a creative person and a storyteller, but my dreams of becoming a pro filmmaker are collapsing. Despite being a crazy, driven, creative personality, I am capable of self-criticism and can fucntion within the bounds of reality.And the reality is, I'm not a very good filmmaker. I enjoy it. My friends and I have a great time doing it. But I'm not very good at it. I can write a good script and can tell a good story, everyone can agree on that, even people who don't like me. People seem to like my music too, but that's something I do for pure pleasure. But my movies really suck. I know they suck and I know why they suck, which puts me slightly above the herd, but the odds of me becoming a pro before retirement age are very slim.

So I've been looking for work and in the process, thoroughly examining my skill set. Ten years ago I spent 3 months doing a creative writing course in college. It's the only post-secondary education I have. I recently dug out all my work, going back to 1990 when I first tried to write seriously. The early stuff was beyond abysmal. It was so bad it warps space around on itself until it touches itself and becomes awesome in its badness. Then there was the stuff before the writing course in 1997. Bad but there were moments of funny and/or ok. The stuff i did during the course was good enough to ace the course, but not good enough to publish.

I've started writing fiction again while I job hunt. The work is awful but I know why it's awful and I know what do to to fix it. I find it satisfying and I'm wondering if I can make a career out of it. I'm sharing with you guys because none of my friends and family are creative, at best they don't understand me, at worst they think I'm fucking Van Gogh and I'm in constant danger of cutting off my own ear. I just wanted someone to express these thoughts to.

Any feedback, positive or negative is welcome.

P.S. I hear Crusis here is a writer?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight 2! Torchlight 3 before Diablo 3? on: January 25, 2012, 07:20:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 25, 2012, 07:05:14 PM

Which does beg the question, not to get too OT, but how much freaking money does Blizzard have anyway?  It's hard to imagine any company being able to have so many employees working full time without new product being delivered.  For all their talk of releasing "when it's done" everyone knows it's BS - if they ran out of money they would release tomorrow, they'd have no choice.  I guess WoW is just a monsterous cash cow that everyone feeds on?  Or Mitt Romney is funding them?   icon_lol

World of Warcraft.

10,000,000 players @ $15 mo = $150,000,000. Per month. They have more money than God. I realize my math may be slightly off but it's illustrative at least.


10,300,000 subscribers as of Sept, 2011 @ 14.99 (1 month) to 12.99 (6 months) = $133,797,000 to $154,387,000 (Recalculated using the most recent data I could find.)
25  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (GT forum member characters) on: December 21, 2011, 08:50:57 AM
Server: Kath Hound (RP, U.S. East)
Name: Bellemorte biggrin 
Class: Sith Warrior (Level 10 Dec 21)
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight 2! Torchlight 3 before Diablo 3? on: October 29, 2011, 04:47:43 AM
Thats awesome and hilarious! biggrin
27  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Access Denied? Forums Rejecting Me on: October 26, 2011, 07:16:08 PM
I get it every time on my new PC. Rocket Mobile stick on alienware Laptop. I dont mind, but it is a nuisance.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What 'Must Play' games have I missed? on: October 12, 2011, 03:55:05 PM
Thanks for the replies! I see some Civ V, Fallout New Vegas, Tropico 4 action in my future smile. At least until Diablo 3 comese out!
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What 'Must Play' games have I missed? on: October 12, 2011, 04:20:41 AM
Ah yes. Missed New Vegas AND Civ V. Looks like I'm headed to the store tomorrow smile

I like to play games that are actually games and that are fun. Genre is irrelevant to me, though RPG's are extra appealing to me.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What 'Must Play' games have I missed? on: October 12, 2011, 04:08:24 AM
Just bought myself an Alienware M18X (It's Wonderful) and I've realized I barely bought any games over the past two years.

In the past two years I've bought Torchlight, Dragon Age Origins and um... I can't recall buying much since Spore actually. Love Civ IV, play Diablo, TItan Quest and Sacred 2 constantly. Need a game that can really use my rigs power and look good doing it.

Any suggestions?

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend a TV series on DVD please? on: December 25, 2010, 05:24:12 PM
Cool thanks for all the replies.

I think I'll go with The Shield then Firefly next.

32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recommend a TV series on DVD please? on: December 24, 2010, 06:39:03 PM

Looking for a series to watch on DVD (the best way to watch tv).

Series I enjoyed with no reservations: Supernatural, Dexter, The Wire, Fringe

Series I enjoyed: Buffy, Dollhouse, Mentalist, Lie to Me, Sons of Anarchy, The Unit

Series I enjoyed despite glaring flaws: Lost, Heroes, Sopranos, Ghost Whisperer, Medium.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkspore? a Spore sequel? Being announces at Comi Con? on: July 21, 2010, 09:56:37 PM
Wow. Count me in. I love the idea. It sounds like a cross between Warhammer, Diablo and Starcraft with the benefit of the Spore Creature Creator.

34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best CRPG ever? on: July 21, 2010, 09:51:27 PM
Game or Series, PC CRPG, any subtype. Which is (or was) the best in your opinion and why?

(The loosest definition of Role-Playing-Game applies)
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: July 19, 2010, 12:10:11 AM
I was having trouble believing the hype, but I just got back from seeing it.

Inception in a masterpiece. Easily one of the best films produced in my lifetime, if not the best so far. I so need to see it again ASAP.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My New Puppies! (Cute and Angry inside) on: July 15, 2010, 03:28:09 PM
Congrats Ron! They're beautiful.  icon_biggrin
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: June 25, 2010, 11:50:18 PM
Oh hells yes!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: new Bond Film suspended indefinitely on: April 20, 2010, 05:23:53 PM
Sad. I like the new Bond franchise. I hope MGM's troubles pass or they get bought by someone with a lot of money.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suggest me a game cause I'm playing Diablo again on: April 14, 2010, 04:32:35 PM
So I bought Torchlight and I'm enjoying it very much. When I got to the first crypt I thought I was playing Diablo 3 and that was a very good thing. I like it a lot, thanks!
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suggest me a game cause I'm playing Diablo again on: April 13, 2010, 04:27:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 13, 2010, 04:26:15 PM

Risen is like Gothic with normal controls.
Ah. I might have to check it out then. In the short term, I'm Steam-ing the Torchlight Demo now smile
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