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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: April 23, 2014, 07:03:22 PM
There's a bunch of new stuff up on the front page.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: April 22, 2014, 08:54:00 PM
Whoa, some of those screenshots are incredible. I skipped the game because the gameplay didn't grab me, but the graphics whore in me is drooling...
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 22, 2014, 05:38:04 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 22, 2014, 02:22:46 PM

Suikoden II apparently coming to PSN

Yippiee!  Great game and I am sure it will be great fun to play again!

Coming to PS3 frown

Suikoden II was one of the few JRPGs I ever finished.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 21, 2014, 08:34:17 PM
Way, way too early in the generation to start predicting winners and losers, anyhow.

We don't have a complete picture until we get the 360 data. Why would Titanfall create a substantial demand for XB1s with a comparable 360 version around the corner? It doesn't make sense to me.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 18, 2014, 08:05:09 PM
It'll probably sell better on the 360 than the XB1, plus it was made by a smaller staff than a lot of AAA teams (like Infinity Ward or Irrational) so it shouldn't need to sell as much to make its money back.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 18, 2014, 05:49:01 PM
Typing "Wii U internet connection" in a search engine brings up a lot of results so I know it's not a completely isolated situation.

What's a good alternative security setting for routers aside from WPA+WPA2?
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 18, 2014, 04:57:23 PM
I received the system from Amazon last night and bought Super Mario 3D World from GameStop. Getting it to connect to my wifi was a huge hurdle, and the lack of an ethernet port is an outright dumb omission. After looking for help online I found that I had to manually configure the wifi connection which completely undermines Nintendo's philosophy of making their platform and games approachable for everyone. Not only that, but the network card is apparently a piece of shit because I have to have the Wii U in the same room as the router in order to hold a connection. So... online is a no-go with this machine for me.

I didn't have much time to play Mario after fucking around with the wifi settings and waiting for the system to update, but so far I'm really disappointed in the hardware.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: April 16, 2014, 09:08:12 PM
Very cool. Thanks for the pics Crawley.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 16, 2014, 09:07:06 PM
I probably just need to give the Gamepad more time, I've only spent a little bit of time with it and I thought it felt awkward. I'll still want a Pro controller for my fiance, the wiimotes are pretty terrible.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 15, 2014, 11:52:14 PM
It was hard to resist a Wii U after Super Mario 3D World released, but Mario Kart 8 looks so absolutely cool that I caved in and ordered one. I'm not a fan of the Gamepad, does the Pro controller serve most games well? In particular, 3D World and DK Jungle Freeze?

11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 11, 2014, 03:46:25 PM
It's great that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and The Last of Us are the first current-gen re-releases, they're setting the bar high and it's what people are going to expect from other games as well. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 11, 2014, 02:45:16 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 10, 2014, 03:51:31 PM


That's awesome.

Did we see late-gen games get remastered/re-released so quickly on the PS3 and 360? I'm trying to think of any games but nothing is coming immediately to mind.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games Bastion) on: April 11, 2014, 02:36:31 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 10, 2014, 04:11:10 PM

Nice! I wasn't expecting this to be out till fall.

Same here. I'm more excited for the soundtrack than any other part of the game.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 09, 2014, 03:59:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 09, 2014, 03:34:28 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 09, 2014, 03:27:36 PM

yup, the image is displayed on the web store right now.  although, given the link is broken, I'd say either of two things will happen.  they'll pull the image from the banner rotation until it's been properly announced, or the link will actually go live later today.

I wonder if they are waiting for PAX East to announce?

Maybe. I'm hoping we get to see some in-game footage as well.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 06, 2014, 12:16:24 AM
I ended up really liking the movie, everything about it was better than the first one in my opinion. I didn't like Falcon though, I thought he was pretty lame except for some of the aerial gunplay. And then the leap into the helicopter? Ugh.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 04, 2014, 05:17:32 AM
I literally fell asleep during the first movie, I'm hoping I stay conscious for this one.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does Microsoft also sell our data to advertisers? on: April 04, 2014, 12:43:19 AM
Google and Facebook make their money by selling our data, I know that. But what about Microsoft? Aside from the alleged Kinect stuff, is Microsoft selling the data they collect when using their services like Bing and Hotmail, or just using it internally?

I tried searching around for this but couldn't find any credible sources.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 26, 2014, 08:39:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 25, 2014, 03:41:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 25, 2014, 03:24:25 PM

Quote from: JayDee on March 25, 2014, 03:19:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 25, 2014, 02:55:54 PM

Console release date please!

So much this.

Well I guess I could take you two out to Applebees and a movie or something when it releases if it means that much to you.

Quote from: Teggy on March 25, 2014, 03:27:25 PM

It's out on PS3, right?

Yep and I enjoyed it so much more on the console that I'm skipping the PC xpack and waiting for the PS4 version. 

I'm doing the same, even without playing the PS3 version.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 03:46:21 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 17, 2014, 06:24:50 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 17, 2014, 06:14:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 16, 2014, 07:51:56 PM

Which means that my $400 machine runs a game that looks better than your $700-$1500 machine.

Which isn't to put down sleeping dogs, but there's also a lot of subtle differences as well.

The incidental objects in the next gen games are more varied and common. There's more building styles and textures for them. Infamous also has a bigger vertical aspect.

There's less real-time reflections going on the past gen game as well.

In the end, if you're making an open world game set in a city, eventually you're going to get a lot of parallels since there's only so many extra effects you can throw in.

Keep in mind that Sleeping Dogs came out almost two years ago. I'm not that impressed with Second Son's graphics from a raw technical perspective, which is fine because I don't go to consoles (PS4 and XBO included) for high-end graphics, but I am hoping for advances in other areas such as animation, AI, gameplay, etc. If all it ends up being is a better looking version of the previous games, I don't think it deserves being labeled a definitive next-gen experience. We should hold our standards higher than that.

What game would you say is your current standard bearer for next gen then?

Are graphics your only metric for measuring advancements in a video game? New generations are marked by the likes of the Mario 64s and GTA3s, not by a game like Second Son which is just a graphical upgrade to last generation's game.

That's the way I see it, at least. I would have stopped gaming a long time ago if all there was to look forward to was improved graphics.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 17, 2014, 06:14:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 16, 2014, 07:51:56 PM

Which means that my $400 machine runs a game that looks better than your $700-$1500 machine.

Which isn't to put down sleeping dogs, but there's also a lot of subtle differences as well.

The incidental objects in the next gen games are more varied and common. There's more building styles and textures for them. Infamous also has a bigger vertical aspect.

There's less real-time reflections going on the past gen game as well.

In the end, if you're making an open world game set in a city, eventually you're going to get a lot of parallels since there's only so many extra effects you can throw in.

Keep in mind that Sleeping Dogs came out almost two years ago. I'm not that impressed with Second Son's graphics from a raw technical perspective, which is fine because I don't go to consoles (PS4 and XBO included) for high-end graphics, but I am hoping for advances in other areas such as animation, AI, gameplay, etc. If all it ends up being is a better looking version of the previous games, I don't think it deserves being labeled a definitive next-gen experience. We should hold our standards higher than that.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 16, 2014, 05:34:16 PM
Aside from the character models , it looks in the neighborhood of Sleeping Dogs PC to me. I don't think Sleeping Dogs used mocap.





22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 12, 2014, 08:24:11 PM
So are we getting it earlier because it's releasing on a Friday with the EU release or later? smile
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 11, 2014, 04:47:50 AM
I don't understand the new difficulty levels. The game scales with the level of your character now, but you can still choose Normal, Expert, etc. I tried playing in Expert because my character was in Nightmare before, but the enemies were much too difficult. So why does the game scale yet let you choose a difficulty?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 08, 2014, 06:32:23 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 07, 2014, 09:44:34 PM

Nintendo is selling the Wii U deluxe for $200 on their website. I'm still not biting until they put out a good Zelda and/or Metroid.

It's refurbished, before anyone gets they're hopes too high.

I keep going back and forth on the Wii U. I want to player Super Mario 3D World, but I can't shake this feeling that Nintendo is going to abandon the system and move all current projects onto the next console.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 05, 2014, 04:58:38 PM
Wow, that's a great deal. I may bite...
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 04, 2014, 11:15:26 PM
Shouldn't we get the 50% XP boost when the expansion releases so we can power level the new class? Not sure I want to go through the firs four acts again, at least not on Normal.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: March 01, 2014, 04:18:00 AM
I just finished Act 1... and didn't like it very much. Maybe The Night of the Rabbit was simply a hard act to follow (it's the last traditional adventure game I played). I'm disappointed in the quality of the writing and the gameplay in general. The puzzles aren't very fun and the sense of adventure and exploration wasn't there for me. The world and the characters are somewhat interesting, definitely unique, but I never became fully absorbed by any of it.

Cool plot twists...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Reminds me of Ender's Game
.

I'm hoping Act 2 is better.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 22, 2014, 07:31:45 PM
Having a high-end PC, a PS4, and a 3DS is perfect for me and covers the widest spectrum of games. Having a Wii U and an XB1 on top of that would feel like overkill to me, as much as I like the idea of owning everything. If I need to, I have friends who own the other consoles that I can tap into if there's an exclusive I really want to spend time with.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls [Update: Laid Off] on: February 22, 2014, 02:12:58 AM
Thanks for the support, everyone!

Caine, what you said about being comfortably numb is so true. In a way I'm feeling very liberated and awash with a sense of freedom that I haven't felt in a long time. While I was grateful for my job, I hated it most of the time. My commute was nearly 2 hours each way, I didn't like my boss, the business itself is completely uninteresting to me. It was excellent experience, but it's time to find something that makes more sense to me (not to mention closer to home).

Is anyone interested or feel up to the task of critiquing my resume?
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls on: February 20, 2014, 09:47:08 PM
Yikes, I was just notified that I'm being laid off and my last day is on March 7th. I suppose I sensed it coming  paranoid The good news is they're providing me four weeks of severance, plus I'm being paid out for 75 hours of PTO, so I have some breathing room. Still, with my wedding in June I have almost no savings to fall back on once the severance dries up.

Like I mentioned earlier, I've already begun sending out my resume and taking interviews. I'm reaching out to my connections right now and applying to places I have a personal reference at. If anyone has any connections in the SF Bay Area, my experience is primarily in Business/Data Analysis, Product Management, Program/Project Management, and of course I write for GT so I could pick up writing gigs.

Emotionally I'm in good shape. I know that being laid off can take a big emotional toll on people, but I've been ready to move on from this company for a while and I know it's not necessarily related to my performance, so I'm not feeling too down about it. My only fear is not finding a job in the next 4-6 weeks, I don't want any gaps in my income, especially with a wedding right around the corner.

I need some advice about my bonus - I was supposed to get a bonus in April, but you have to be employed at the company when the bonuses get paid so now I'm not getting it. I worked the entire year and earned a bonus, but they're laying me off like 3 weeks before the actual payout, so now I don't get it. Does that sound fishy to you guys? Any advice on how to push back?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 19, 2014, 11:09:10 PM
At the very least it helps EA's public image. It's good to release a game that works out of the gate once in a while (assuming Titanfall will work at launch based on the performance of the beta).
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls [Update: Laid Off] on: February 19, 2014, 08:15:12 PM
Many of you have probably experienced a work lull, or otherwise significant downtime, at one point or another in your careers. Not counting unemployment.  

I've been working as Business Analyst at my current company for a little over 2 years now. However, in light of being possibly (80% likelihood) acquired by another company, we're shedding some of the fat and all of my projects were part of that fat. My manager and a co-worker got laid off, but they were far-removed from the company's core, working in a satellite office in LA (home office is in San Francisco, where I'm located).

There's still work for me in closing out two projects that used to take up 80% of my time, but as they come to a close I'm stuck in a lull until new projects come around (which are not guaranteed but are expected). It doesn't take more than 2-3 hours of my 8 hour day to get my work done, so I'm left looking for extracurricular activities and web surfing to pad the time.

I don't expect to be laid off, my new manager has suggested working with the QA department to become familiarized with our core product by QA testing it, so that when we land a new project that is expected to start soon, I can be assigned to it and hit the ground running. That's a good sign, but in the meantime it's a very unsettling feeling to not have much to do (even with the QA stuff).

I've begun sending out my resume and taking interviews, I'd rather join a new company than wait around to see if I get laid off at this one. But it's certainly an uncomfortable position to be in right now.

Has anyone else experienced this?
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Outlast on: February 19, 2014, 05:38:10 AM
I started playing this last night. HOLY CRAP.

34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 18, 2014, 08:56:38 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 18, 2014, 07:53:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 18, 2014, 07:45:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 18, 2014, 07:38:44 PM

2K still owns the Bioshock IP, I don't get why people have to be laid off. Can't Ken and his 15 disciples depart and the rest of the team continue building another Bioshock game?

That was my thought as well.  Odd that they would shut the whole thing down.

Take 2 obviously doesn't think the other 185 people are worth keeping.

Or in other words, Bioshock is not a lucrative enough IP without Ken. Bioshock 2 didn't perform as well as Take Two wanted, that might be a reason to not pursue another non-Ken Bioshock.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 18, 2014, 07:42:13 PM
So what do our multiplayer shooter veterans think of Titanfall? I've yet to hear any real impressions.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 18, 2014, 07:38:44 PM
2K still owns the Bioshock IP, I don't get why people have to be laid off. Can't Ken and his 15 disciples depart and the rest of the team continue building another Bioshock game?

37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 17, 2014, 10:35:38 PM
One a REALLY good day, which comes around maybe once or twice a month, I'll play as long as 4 hours. This happens on weekends when I wake up around 7AM and play all morning before anything comes up.

On average, around 60 - 90 minutes per session, 2-3 sessions per week.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 17, 2014, 06:57:56 PM
I loved RAGE, I thoroughly enjoyed playing through it. You all just reminded me that I bought the Scorchers DLC a while back but haven't touched it yet... time to reinstall the game!
39  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: February 17, 2014, 06:32:14 PM
Ugh... this game has been a complete bitch to get up and running. I'm still trying to get it to install correctly.

Anyways, Titanfall made me want to play this. Anyone still playing?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 17, 2014, 08:16:06 AM
I think the beta was enough for me and I can just pass on the full game and focus on inFAMOUS: SS (that's for you, Turtle  icon_twisted) next month. By no means am I saying it's not an absolutely fantastic game, it's just doesn't push the envelope like I was hoping it would. It's going to sell plenty of copies, but I no longer believe it's going to be the new King of shooters like I once did. I think it's just going to be thrown into the CoD/BF/Gears(?) rotation for most people.
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