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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2017: Traveling Through Marvel's Cinematic Universe on: April 24, 2017, 03:06:13 PM
Less than two weeks!! biggrin

Already have my ticket for Thursday evening.

 Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch Cabbage Patch
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: April 24, 2017, 03:02:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 17, 2017, 06:06:57 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 17, 2017, 03:39:48 PM

I enjoyed the droid, the death star, and Vader, and that the visual representation is very close to Ep IV.

Otherwise, it was decidedly meh for me.

You're dead to me.

JK, I thought it was hilarious in the other thread  Tongue

Tongue Which thread? I missed this post.

Edit: Oh this one :'s-cinematic-universe/msg999490/#msg999490

 icon_lol icon_lol

I am looking forward to the next movie(s). Both Star Wars AND GotG:Vol2.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/21/17 edition on: April 24, 2017, 02:58:17 PM
Got some Zelda: BOTW in this weekend on the WiiU, as my son had monopolized the X-Bone for his Farming Simulator 2017 (look at the new mods I got, dad!)

Bolivia moves closer to freedom as I continue to clear out province by province in Wildlands, now playing it with a buddy and having a blast (drone explosions and helis' dropping to MSR shots sans-silencers, specifically).

Couple of stand-out moments include forgetting the silencer was off when we started in on a Unidad (target-rich) base. Yeah. We managed to survive and get out of there after completing our objectives spending most of the time at ^^^^.  The other was haphazard driving and flying (once where my buddies' game bugged out with the "incoming missile"  warning siren going off for 5 min straight as he exited the chopper while we were at risk.  icon_lol
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 24, 2017, 01:00:38 PM
I love my MSR, and I generally go with either the 556xi or the AMR as my secondary.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 23, 2017) on: April 24, 2017, 12:58:52 PM
I'll be getting both NA and DA, exclusively in that order.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 20, 2017, 01:02:25 PM
I've put up with Iron Fist (and Luke Cage's second half of season 1).

So, you know, I'll watch this. :/
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 19, 2017, 06:36:26 PM
... imagine the size of that below the surface. 
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 19, 2017, 12:39:33 PM
Voodoo Vince never grabbed me then, so I don't really have any rose-coloured glasses.

Full Throttle, however - besides the driving mini-game in the canyon, I loved every moment.

"Take that. And that." (kicking the dumpster you wake up in).
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 19, 2017, 12:34:21 PM
Punisher nailed it.

Claim that the nudity is because the last 8% in pay is clothing costs. Sit in public areas, and on people's desk edges.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2017 - Most Anticipated titles of this calendar year ... on: April 18, 2017, 06:27:33 PM
Simple enough :

Title       -        developer/publisher        -       estimated date       -         platform(s)        -       Reason (short blurb) 

... and GO!!!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Swithc] Mario Kart 8 on: April 18, 2017, 04:16:42 PM
What's a Swithc? slywink

When I own one of these (I'm thinking 2018) this will be a must-buy unless MK9 comes out.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: April 18, 2017, 04:15:06 PM

The storytelling in "a kid's cartoon" is head and shoulders above Episode I, II and III IMO, and I disagree that the Season 4 closer out of a 6 seasons isn't very, very late.

That said, Maul is ...

Spoiler for Hiden:
... a significant character even in the current Rebels.

He is a fantastic Sith-cut-loose contrast to Ahsoka Tano's Jedi-cut-loose.

The Clone Wars and Rebels help further illustrate the grey nature between the balance of light vs dark. and I'm pretty OK with including Maul in that.  Feel free to disagree, but for me until Vader's scene at the end of Rogue one (IMO the only scene of real significance ), the cinematic presence of Darth Maul was more malevolent and visceral. He was an unstoppable beast and one of the few reasons to watch Episode I.

His display may be a sign of the times, but both held up to current light Vader had more screen time and less ... punch?

Further to the "too much stock" there have been references to Rebels in Rogue One and events in each affect each other (Thrawn's victory over the rebels is reputed to be a motivating factor in why the Rebellion do not trust Jyn at her word).

Even if Ray Park's character was cut and tossed away, perhaps him being significant in two parts is a way to bring things together. slywink
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 18, 2017, 03:49:02 PM
After the first trailer I blacked out media on GOTG:V2

I want all of that to be a surprise and I know too much already.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 18, 2017, 03:48:01 PM
How's Voodoo Vince Remastered?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 18, 2017, 04:22:57 AM
Screw risk aversion. Allow yourself to be successful. #2 shouldn't be the thing you're looking at. Keep looking if #1 isn't going to work.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P Charlie Murphy on: April 17, 2017, 03:43:49 PM
Back to Charlie Murphy:

 I didn't ever watch the Dave Chappelle's show, so other than Eddie Murphy's bigger brother, I didn't know (of) him.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 17, 2017, 03:41:11 PM
I love how when I've "directed" my guys to stack up on the vehicle side-missions (at the comms towers) they instantly find the locations of all the enemies inside the locked and sealed building before I blow the doors off. (I c4 several doors, get my squad to attack from a different entrance than me).
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 17, 2017, 03:39:35 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 17, 2017, 03:36:57 PM

I've had Pac drop vehicles on top of me. As in I now need a revive.

At least I can get to those. slywink
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: April 17, 2017, 03:39:05 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2017, 10:05:27 AM

I think you're giving Darth Maul way too much credit. He wasn't a character, he was a vehicle for a dual bladed lightsaber.

I think you think he died in Episode One. slywink
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 17, 2017, 03:34:26 PM
I use a high-powered rifle to take out the driver of the truck, let my guys take out the cars (and snipe the chopper as necessary)

Mines are almost useless in this game - you kill more civilians than enemies. I find explosive drones are more effective. I've yet to find a use for the flare gun, and the EXTREMELY RANDOM placement of vehicles sets me off. I've had rebels drop UNIDAD vehicles inside SB bases with the doors locked and I'm on the outside.

I've also left choppers where it keeps running and drifting across the countryside.

Last night I posted a video on my feed where I did a pirouette off a salt-pile in a Hummer(tm). 
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 17, 2017, 12:34:59 PM
Didn't notice any changes. I have, however, moved closer to killing El Sueno. Completed a bunch of provinces, hit level 30 and have most skills etc. Nothing like taking the suppressor off the MSR and shooting birds down - mind you, if their Unidad choppers the Apaches that follow can be a bitch.  slywink

I really should play coop sometime (XB1) as I'm getting tired of my squad shooting up supply trucks we've ALREADY DISABLED and then losing half the bounty to the fire.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P Charlie Murphy on: April 17, 2017, 12:32:52 PM

(sorry! slywink)
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 17, 2017, 12:31:39 PM
Got the Season pass for Wildlands, so the DLC.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: April 12, 2017, 07:36:55 PM
Well, that settles it. <goes online to buy season pass>

While Just Cause 2 was a favourite of mine, JC3 did not grab me. Wildlands has.
25  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Spring Sale 2017 on: April 12, 2017, 03:17:06 PM
My kid has been bugging me for Farming Simulator 2017.

I may also (finally) pick up GTA V. Maybe.

I did pick up the Arkham Knight Season pass DLC.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 11, 2017, 03:18:49 PM
Still have this on BC for 360. 3/4s of the way through. I should finish that up. I just remember the lava overflowing on some outdoor church-like hallway as the last place I've been.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: April 11, 2017, 03:17:09 PM
Yeah, having the game work on the controller (Wii U) was nice as my kid didn't monopolize the TV.

It's not that I don't think the Switch has a place in the market - I just can't see myself buying something for that much when my Wii U goes pretty much unused (with a bevy of grade A(+) games for it)
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: April 10, 2017, 07:14:20 PM
On that video in the comments they report this issue was a bad batch and not some total QA failure, and you can send in the controller and they'll replace it for free.

But that will cut into playtime... slywink Advanced RMA, perhaps? biggrin
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 10, 2017, 07:06:20 PM
Got all the sniper rifle parts, most of the assault weapons in Bolivia. I have literally completed only one province sofar, even though I've done a crapload of travelling.

I sometimes complete missions accidentally.

I also played some Breath of the Wild. I hate accidentally throwing my sword.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 10, 2017, 07:02:23 PM
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 10, 2017, 06:46:20 PM
Infamous : Second Son was one of the few exclusives I bought the PS4 for. Played it front-to-back, when I own a PS4 again (it'll happen, maybe) I'd like to play the evil side through.

It is gorgeous, though I found some of the combat mechanics to be really forced (will kill with smoke, but won't pick up a gun and shoot people at a distance when you run out of smoke? puh-leeze)
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 9, 2017) on: April 10, 2017, 06:42:13 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 10, 2017, 02:46:26 PM

Same thing I said I was buying last week and plan on buying next week, nothing!

I guess the 1Q rush is over.


Just started playing Breath of the Wild.

I discovered running around tall grass with a burning club is a quick way to find non-flammable items.

It is, conversely, a TERRIBLE way to find flammable ones. :/   (Including oneself)
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 10, 2017, 06:40:36 PM
I still love Strider (I have it for XB1). Great change of pace for the games you've been playing.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 10, 2017, 04:41:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 09, 2017, 09:33:03 PM

I thought I read recently that a Sunset Overdrive sequel was happening, but not as an exclusive.

I also never understood why MS didn't lock down Titanfall 2 as an exclusive.

Respawn (IIRC) wasn't even on-board with the Titanfall exclusive that EA had. Titanfall 2 didn't even work with the 10% discount for EA Access games. It seems DEV/PUB strains were a main factor in that.

As to superfan, I stated why I've got the one console, and I've spent more money on owning PS4 than I have on XB1's (granted, I recouped them with re-selling them).I'm not the MS supporter you think I am though. Ask me about how their lines of business have sucked (in a different thread).

I've spent less time gaming than I have wheeling. It takes a certain game to compel me - it's why I don't do reviews anymore. Forcing myself to play killed any interest in playing a game, at all.

I have fantastic titles in my backlog that I've not gotten around to - and if a really powerful console is going to let me continue playing my older games, with a potential up-scale and get new games on it? Great.

The other thing that I absolutely love is the digital licensing - the one thing that stood out for me back in launch days : You have an online account token and a "home console" token.

My son has an XB1 at his mom's house : this is my "home console". Anyone using it gets access to live gold features (online gaming etc) and access to my game library of digital media. My account is password protected there and no one signs into it.

I sign into my account at my place, and play the same (or different) games simultaneously, on-or-offline.

At 300+ games digitally, that's quite the compelling reason to not change consoles.

Edit: Respawn. For some reason I have this mental block where I say Remedy. Might be because I use BMC Remedy all day long. :/
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 12:34:51 PM
I recall them saying there would be different models for scorpio. It would not surprise me, given the news that they're using scaling, that while the one we're hearing about is the top of the line model and that it'll come out at 600+ with a mid-range system sitting between that and the existing Xbox One.

As for hotness? I'm not grabbing a Switch. It does not compel me and while it may be selling well (I don't know) Nintendo has to climb out of the dead 3rd party support.

I've owned a PS4 three times now. I still don't have one - my time is at a premium and I simply can't justify owning both for "exclusives" over giving up my library of games. Those PS4 only games simply don't compel me beyond the 3rd party games that I get along with the XB1 exclusives (I still play Forza Horizon 3).

36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 08:02:42 PM
Bullwinkle, what I mean is that there is no next step planned. There is no revolution of the tech, simply evolution.

PS1 -> PS2 changed more than just system capacity, as did PS3 and PS4.

Not from a performance set, but instead a completely different architecture - and that's where versioning this as a half-step is a misnomer - from a performance difference, as the only change between the two systems, you'd reflect that in either a product number (eg: Xbox TWO), or based on the scaling (let's go with peak shader throughput of 1.3 vs 6 TFLOPs or XBOX FOUR-something).

Your PC isn't your last PC+0.5. Like Windows as a Service, the product is simply the latest platform hardware. It's an XBOX. Or a Playstation.

Is it the current one or the last one? That context is when the question is asked.

No doubt there will be branding - maybe Xbox 4K. But something like PS4 Pro as a name? WTF is "Pro" about it? It's professional grade, for those people doing serious gaming at work? Maybe we'll see the naming reflect year of release (Xbox '17, like what sports games have done).

As to price point, this is their premium console. The "old" consoles aren't invalidated, so I expect that we're going to see them say "grab an XB1Slim for cheaper" or "pay for the best gaming console at $500. Plus a Kinect".

I'd rather pay a little more and get something that doesn't compromise. I'd love for that drive to be an SSD. It likely won't be.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 04:24:35 PM
Last thing :

PLEASE HAVE MORE USB 3.1 PORTS! Six would be nice.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 04:18:06 PM
Thinking about it, the last truly disruptive tech is online network (for Sony/MS consoles). I can't think of another tech that wasn't introduced mid-way through a console lifecycle besides the motion-gaming found in Wii Sports, and can't simply be added without changing hardware footprint.

Kinect, PS Motion, VR, UI changes - all have been up to change through console updates and addon peripherals rather than needing to change the stuff below. And with VR, the only demand is because of the tech pushing the work down on the console (consider that the original Kinect had a processor but was gimped to  cut cost and make it marketable).
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 04:12:05 PM
I don't see this as 1.5, because I don't think a 2.0 is really coming. I doubt we're going to see massive changes to consoles going forward. I suspect we're going to see platforms not changing the way they used to (Nintendo, for instance, is still in this mindset).

Both Sony and MS have added features and changed UI over the past few years - the Xbox One is unrecognisable from the one announced in 2013. Neither company sets their market up by making money on the hardware, so it's in their best interest to drive towards the keeping their gaming audience without having to rely on dropping old content. There is no need for revolution until something truly disruptive comes along.

Consider how, if this was applied to the Xbox One launch (where 360 games etc still worked as is) how many people wouldn't have jumped ship to Sony. Neither company wants to risk that.

Besides games, the stand-out functions of each console is pretty much on par with each other (yes, even including VR which IMO is still basically a tech demo much like the Kinect was). Those things can still grow in either garden, but other than additional GFLOPs, RAM, etc, there is no complex architecture change.

It's nice to see the extra cost to develop around ESRAM is being put aside with this new tech direction.

Reminds me of PC gaming. Your rig gets more powerful, but your old games (for the most part) still work.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 06, 2017, 03:07:26 PM
If this costs me twice as much as a switch, this is still worth it (with my gaming sitting at over 300 games on my digital library).

It also means I don't have to get a new video card moving forward for the next few years.
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