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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: Today at 01:59:45 AM
The second episode of the Metatheory podcast is up! Give it a listen, I think it's coming together quite nicely and each episode we get more comfortable recording.

We talk about some interesting stuff, including thoughts on PT, the legacy of Miyamoto vs. the legacy of Hideo, and social awareness withing the gaming community.

I was hoping to have an interview with Astro Gaming, who makes headphones for gamers and sponsors a lot of professional eSport players, baked into the show but my visit with them got cut short and we rescheduled the interview to be conducted during PAX.

I'm still figuring out how to get the sucker on iTunes and the like, that should start happening shortly.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: Today at 01:49:28 AM

Quote from: Roman on Today at 12:26:29 AM

Can I kill clickers with it?

I'm pretty certain I've killed clickers with the bow, maybe not always with one hit though.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 04:40:48 AM
I'm resisting the urge to dip-and-a-half! Bought the PC version, didn't buy Reaper of Souls.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 20, 2014, 01:02:07 AM
I don't find it to be that dark... it has a sense of humor about it that manages to lighten the mood for me.

5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 18, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
I just started recording a new podcast for Gaming Trend (linky). The first episode was posted last Friday and I intend to keep a weekly cadence. Give it a listen if you're interested in exploring a new show.

Initially it's going to be a somewhat traditional gaming podcast but my goal is for it to evolve (sooner rather than later) into something much more interesting, think This American Life or Radio Lab but centered on gaming and other interactive media.

I'm still working out the technical kinks, you'll be able to subscribe via iTunes/Android Podcast apps soon. For now you can listen via browser.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 18, 2014, 04:40:51 PM
He can't be in witness protection if they're making a new show where he continues doing business as Saul Goodman, right?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 18, 2014, 04:38:11 PM
I don't have any advice, I just want to say how envious I am that you can buy a home like that for $200k. I have an apartment in Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale) and as someone who is hoping to buy in the next 2-3 years (that's when my wife and I plan to start contributing to the overpopulation of the planet), it's looking hopeless unless I am willing to put up with a crazy commute, buy something in a shitty neighborhood, or accept charity from family. And I'm not OK with any of those options.

So congrats!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 18, 2014, 04:21:00 PM
The hotel basement segment that you guys are talking about is where I gave up during the PS3 version. I just got through it in Remastered and I'm convinced they tweaked the difficulty because the bloaters go down way more quickly than I remember. I'm pretty sure two shotgun blasts and two fire bottles were all it took.

Either that or the funky framerate issues in the PS3 version were the culprit.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 03:07:14 AM
I can probably find this in reviews, but is the only difference between the PC and PS4 versions going to be controller support or are there other fundamental gameplay changes?

Also, does the UI of the PS4 version better suit a TV than the PC version would if I were doing big picture mode with my PC?
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 15, 2014, 04:52:19 PM


I wasn't sure what PT was after reading about it through all the Gamescom announcements. I knew it was an interactive teaser, but I thought that meant it was a YouTube video that you could perhaps "click to continue" and link into branching trailers. I once worked with a PR firm that did something similar to that for Jennifer Lopez, where users were able to decide how she got to the Grammys.

Someone on Twitter said to search for PT in the PlayStation Store, which is what alerted me to the possibility that there was something more to it. Lo and behold, it's a game demo. And Gooood Lawwwd, is it terrifying. I mean, I've played the recent kings of horror, Amnesia and Outlast, and PT still tops them. It's not scarier, per se, it's not just about monsters popping out of nowhere and attacking you. It's... what Silent Hill does best. It's psychological terror, it sends shivers down your spine. At one point my wife walked out of the bedroom and into the living room where I was playing (it was late at night, she had already gone to bed) and I kid you not, I gasped for air out of fear.

Turn down the lights, put on headphones if you have them, and experience this thing. Silent Hills just won a customer.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 11, 2014, 04:40:48 PM
I tried co-op last week and had a lot of fun with that mode. It's certainly the way I would prefer to play were it not for having to coordinate with another person for so many hours of gameplay.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam] Guns and Robots (F2P) on: August 08, 2014, 06:04:09 PM
I'm playing it this weekend for preview on the site.

Love your hair, Hark!
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 08, 2014, 06:02:37 PM
Looks like there's more to this update -

"We're giving old and new fans a lot reasons to pick up the game, as we've gone beyond just increasing resolution and running at 1080p," said Dan Sochan, senior producer at United Front Games, in a press release. "We listened to the fans: We tuned gameplay, we added to the ambience of Hong Kong, increased audio fidelity and pushed the visuals further than we could on the previous generation of consoles."

I wonder if the PC version gets the update for free? If not, I might bite on the PS4 version. This is one of the few video games I've played in a long time that left an impression on me long after I stopped playing it.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1 & PC] Ryse on: August 08, 2014, 05:59:48 PM
I love me a good PC tech demo but for such I would not pay more than $20. Hopefully that's where it's priced at.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 07, 2014, 08:11:43 PM
I spend way too much time in photo mode  paranoid
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart 8 [Wii U] on: August 07, 2014, 08:11:12 PM
I think it's kinda cool. You don't have to choose those karts, obviously, and the DLC is free. More than anything I like that Nintendo doing things they haven't done before (at least not that I can think of).
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 07, 2014, 08:09:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 06, 2014, 09:45:30 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 06, 2014, 09:00:39 PM

To be more accurate, the PC version is coming to XBO and PS4  retard

Hehe, yeah, but the PC version looked pretty friggin good.

Definitely, I just think attaching verbiage like "remastered" is funny.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 06, 2014, 09:00:39 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 06, 2014, 06:43:13 PM

What's this, a complete remastered HD version for next gen consoles?  Yup. 

http://kotaku.com/looks-like-sleeping-dogs-is-coming-to-xbox-one-ps4-1616950253

Not sure why they would try to charge a full $60 for it when so much of the DLC was cosmetic or shortcuts though. 

Out 10/14/14


To be more accurate, the PC version is coming to XBO and PS4  retard
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 31, 2014, 04:31:20 PM
I bought one of those $200 refurbished Wii U consoles and just received it and set it up last night. I had returned my previous Wii U because I was having network connection issues.

This console looks brand new and works flawlessly! I bought the digital versions of Mario World and Mario Kart 8, looking forward to some local multiplayer on both.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 31, 2014, 04:27:28 PM
I would actually love to see more ports on PS4 through Plus. For example, Crysis 3 at 1080/60fps. It should be much easier to do than somethnig like TLOU: Remastered, since there's a PC version already built with the high-res assets and such.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 30, 2014, 05:16:25 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 30, 2014, 02:10:52 PM

Looking at the photomode pics people are putting up and it's really tempting me to grab it again despite having a bunch of other unfinished games to play...

Yeah, the photo mode is pretty ridiculous (in a good way). It's a mini-game unto itself.

The framerate is odd. It's not a rock-solid 60, I noticed dips - likely into the low/mid 50s- during some explosions in the opening gameplay. Also, the motion of the characters during cutscenes seems too fast, the way movies in 48fps do.

I'm not complaining, I'm fine minor dips that don't affect the gameplay (like making it harder to aim, etc.), and I'm sure I'll get used to the motion in the cutscenes. It's certainly a beautiful game and benefits from the higher resolution. I'm looking forward to actually finishing the game this time around after putting it down half way through on the PS3.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 26, 2014, 08:23:27 PM
I was hoping Journey would come to PS4!
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oddworld: New... but is it Tasty? on: July 22, 2014, 05:12:09 PM
Oddworld New 'n' Tasty releases today on EVERY platform. It takes the story and overall style of the original, Abe's Oddysee, and completely rebuilds the rest. The reddit review thread shows very positive reviews. I missed this game when it first came out on Playstation, but intend to buy the PS4 version this evening when I get home.

Looking forward to impressions!

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: July 22, 2014, 05:02:53 PM
I finished this on Saturday night. Overall it was a fun game but I enjoyed the first half much more than the second, the level design and combat scenarios just started degrading at that point. I enjoyed the prolonged narrative sequences, where you're just exploring the area and talking to people, it reminded me of Starbreeze games like Riddick, The Darkness, and Syndicate, all of which I greatly enjoyed.

This was a great first effort by Machine Games as a new studio, I'm glad the game was successful for them and I look forward to their next project.

If I was reviewing the game (which I suppose I am!) I'd give it a 3/5.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 18, 2014, 09:41:48 PM
Analyst, Business Intelligence and Performance at SoftBank, a Japanese telecom that just bought Sprint and is planning to buy T-Mobile next. I analyze data and build reports.

Also an Editor at Gaming Trend =)
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 17, 2014, 01:38:15 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 16, 2014, 05:02:25 PM

They're saying that's not the case and it's there more for the purists as apparently it was requested.  We'll see either way in a few weeks.

Good to know!
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 16, 2014, 04:55:50 PM
There was a Sony press event last night and many outlets played Remastered, I enjoyed Polygon's impressions on the updated graphics. What makes me nervous, though, is the fact that they're including a 30FPS lock, which indicates a wavering framerate. I'm hoping the lock is geared towards multiplayer...
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I urge you to experience Towerfall's local multiplayer on: July 15, 2014, 08:16:11 PM

Quote from: The Grue on July 15, 2014, 07:53:08 PM

I have it downloaded, but haven't tried it yet.  I don't think I realized there was a co-op mode.  Will have to play with my daughter.

Yep, the co-op mode was added for the PS4 and PC versions (this originally released on the Ouya).
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I urge you to experience Towerfall's local multiplayer on: July 15, 2014, 07:29:05 PM
I haven't done much multiplayer gaming in the last 3-4 years. I've always attributed it to a lack of time - I don't want to schedule gaming sessions and I don't want to spend the time to get good at anything. However, after my session with Towerfall I realized it has a lot to do with the games themselves. My friend wanted to celebrate getting a job at Blizzard by playing some video games together, so I invited him over last weekend with Resogun, Mercenary Kings, Trine 2, and Towerfall Ascension on PS4 as our options (all free PS Plus indie titles!).

Each game is great for local co-op, but Towerfall is by far the most fun. We played for about three hours, going through the coop quest mode and facing each other 1 on 1 in deathmatch. The gameplay is made up of arena based combat that, to me, draws from Super Smash Bros. and PacMan. The action is fast-paced but very strategy oriented, there's a great balance of needing to be nimble with your movement, accurate with your shooting, and intelligent with your approach. It's a very simple game up front but, similar to SSB, gets deeper the more you play it.

With just my friend and I we had a blast with Towerfall, the deathmatch would have been even more fun with 3 or 4 players. It's easily one of the best local multiplayer games I've ever played, partly because it's so easy to pick up and grasp.

The game is out on PS4 and Steam. Find some friends, grab your mom, find a local gaming group, and play this game.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: July 15, 2014, 06:48:29 PM
Aside from the first Crysis and Far Cry they haven't been very successful. I did enjoy Crysis 3, though.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: July 09, 2014, 05:24:45 AM
I'm still making my way through this on PS4 after starting it on release date. I guess getting married and moving take up all your bloody time!

Anyways, I was loving the game up to the moon station level. Terrible level design. I'm hoping I'm in a third act lull and things will pick up during the final stretch.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: July 01, 2014, 06:10:48 AM

Quote from: Travis on June 29, 2014, 08:31:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 28, 2014, 07:04:26 PM

so, general consensus on this one?  Steam has this for a flash sale at $8.49 today. 
I quit half way through.  It just didn't grab me and I am an adventure game fan. 

I didn't like it. I thought the puzzles were lame and the gameplay extremely repetitive, even compared to the usual amount of backtracking in most adventure games.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 24, 2014, 01:04:21 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 23, 2014, 05:46:38 AM


I wonder what prompted the price drop. I already have it pre-ordered, so that's cool if they want to give me $10 back.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 16, 2014, 07:59:39 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 16, 2014, 03:21:28 PM

The alpha has been extended for a while.  btw, had I known that the alpha keys were going for $40 on ebay, I would have tried selling it.  insane that anyone would pay that much for a limited time trial. 

Quote from: @Bungie
There's a rumor that the #Destiny Alpha might be extended to allow dangerous experiments. Play beyond the official close at your own risk!

Is the risk just in losing character data? The way they're wording it, you would think the hardware was at risk...
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 13, 2014, 11:32:45 PM
Zelda looks fantastic. Nothing else caught my attention, though. I would love for the Wii U to start turning around, maybe after a few more releases and another price drop it will find its groove.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart 8 [Wii U] on: June 03, 2014, 10:02:38 PM
Is Luigi the only character in the game who looks at opponents and/or makes an angry face?
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/23/14 on: May 23, 2014, 09:55:03 PM
Wolfenstein and Dust: An Elysian tale for me, with a dash of Hearthstone on iPad.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: May 23, 2014, 07:26:10 PM
I didn't think the gun sounds were too low, but the old guy whose always yapping at me over the radio is hard to hear when there's action going on, I usually rely on subtitles.

I'm really, really digging the game so far. I'm still extremely early in the campaign, but I came across the first collectible letter and was delighted at how well-written and interesting it was. The story of the soldier in Africa being ambushed was riveting. I hope the letters maintain that level of quality, I'll be searching every nook and cranny for them.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: May 23, 2014, 02:45:44 AM
I think he was playing with the invincibility cheat code  slywink


40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: May 22, 2014, 07:53:30 PM
When I first heard about Evolve I didn't think much of it, but watching the new trailers that have come out this week has piqued my interest considerably. It looks like a really fun, polished multiplayer experience. I love the graphics, too.
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