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161  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
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I'm hoping Act 2 is better.
162  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.
163  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?
164  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?
165  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).
166  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?
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Outlast on: February 19, 2014, 05:38:10 AM
I started playing this last night. HOLY CRAP.

168  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.
169  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.
170  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?

171  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.
172  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!
173  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?
174  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.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 16, 2014, 08:35:09 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on February 16, 2014, 07:47:22 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 16, 2014, 06:42:09 PM

game is fun no doubt, I'm hoping there's more to it though.  After my 3rd day, I'm starting to get bored.  With that said, graphics looks great on the PC and the network speeds are extremely fast with no lag and no frame rate stutters like you see in COD

Yea after the newness wears off wonder if it will have any staying power.

That's kinda where I'm at. Granted, this is basically a demo so maybe once we have all the maps it won't feel that way.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 15, 2014, 01:18:20 AM
I've only played a few hours so far but it's a lot of fun. Most people, including myself, don't have the wall run and double jump hard-coded into their routines yet, so I haven't seen a lot of vertical momentum in the combat. The Titans are very, very interesting. You have a lot more access to your Titan than I was expecting, at least in Attrition mode which is all I've tried so far. I would say probably 30-35% of the match you will have your Titan.

I can see this game having the potential to be one of the best multiplayer shooters ever made. This is the thing to bear in mind though: If multiplayer shooters never did anything for you before, or you've gotten burnt out on them over the years, or you don't have the time to spend honing your skills on a regular basis, Titanfall won't change anything for you. I used to play Counter Strike religiously, but now when I try to play MP shooters I fatigue very quickly. It's no different in Titanfall - I find myself fatiguing in about as much time as I would playing other MP shooters. So while it might be an amazing MP shooter, it's still just that.

For those of you who live and breath the likes of CoD, BF, Counter Strike, etc., I think you're about to discover your new obsession. 
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 14, 2014, 07:06:26 PM
Good to know I'm not the only one experiencing the issue, here's someone else's impression:

As far as performance goes, I did notice a slight problem with vertical sync. It seems to make the camera jitter if you have either double or triple buffering v-sync on.

Investigation continues!
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 14, 2014, 07:03:52 PM
Hmm, having an odd issue with the PC version. It has something to do with VSync - even though I'm getting a rock solid 60FPS, it feels like I'm experiencing framerate drops. When I disable VSync the problem goes away.

I'm trying to investigate but not many people have the game yet.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/14/14 on: February 14, 2014, 07:01:23 PM
Titanfall Beta.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: February 12, 2014, 10:23:01 PM
I've never played an inFAMOUS game before, but from what I read about Second Son's good/bad paths, it seems to have a genuine effect on the narrative, dialogue, and character relationships. Did the first two games not pull this off well?
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 12, 2014, 10:19:35 PM
The game certainly looks amazing. I haven't seen such ubiquitously positive feedback since... GTA V. Still, not too many games can achieve that.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 12, 2014, 10:17:43 PM
13-2 and Lightning Returns were released purely for milking purposes, no? To recoup some of the losses the publisher has seen lately.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 05, 2014, 11:49:09 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 05, 2014, 03:46:49 PM

From what I've read, the Japanese console market has been in decline for some time. I'm sure the PS4 will sell, but consoles in general aren't doing great over there.

Not sure anything that isn't small and cute sells in Japan.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 05, 2014, 11:44:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 05, 2014, 06:39:10 PM

Titanfall on the PC will require Origin   I know EA  has made Origin better, but I still refuse to download it... 


Anyway, I'm buying digitally from MS anyway

You're buying the Xbox One version digitally?
185  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [Price Drop] Assassin's Creed 4 Steam Code - $25 on: February 05, 2014, 11:42:33 PM
bump for price drop
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 04, 2014, 03:52:02 AM
Outlast for PS4.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: February 01, 2014, 12:46:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 31, 2014, 01:28:01 AM

3 hours in, and I'm absolutely loving it...and this is coming from someone a) with zero investment in the Metal Gear games and b) who typically doesn't like action games very much.  This one is completely absurd, but a hell of a lot of fun.  My only real gripe is with the sometimes wonky camera, but it only cause me problems a couple of times.  The combat system is incredibly fluid (no surprise, given the devs), it looks incredible on my new gaming rig, it's alternately corny, ridiculous, hilarious, and pulse pounding, and the set pieces are fantastic. 

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2014, 07:24:12 AM

I'm definitely rooting for you to enjoy the game, Gratch. It probably was just something that didn't click with me.

Sounds like that's the case. 

Save your judgement until you finishing playing through it. What difficulty setting are you on?
188  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [Price Drop] Assassin's Creed 4 Steam Code - $25 on: January 31, 2014, 05:52:49 PM
I just got a new graphics card that includes a code for this, but I already have the game on PS4. Selling the code for $25 and accepting Paypal.

Thanks!
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 28, 2014, 06:42:10 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 28, 2014, 05:23:41 PM

I feel like the Gears of War franchise doesn't get enough credit for how far the game play and level design advanced between the first and second games.  Maybe it's because there's no one major change you can point to, but rather a thousand subtle tweaks that collectively made a big difference.

Still need to play Gears 3, though.  I really liked that second game -- maybe I'll put that next on the list after my in-progress stuff is finished.  ATB hasn't given me a bad game recommendation yet!

-Autistic Angel

I agree with this. I think GoW and CoD in particular modernized the shooter genre considerably.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 28, 2014, 06:40:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 28, 2014, 01:56:46 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2014, 10:57:09 PM

I skipped 3 and Judgement, but it's still exciting to think of what MS could do with the franchise on more powerful hardware.

Go get 3 now. It can be had for cheap. Best game of the series both SP and MP (but especially  MP).

I already gave away my 360 so unless they port it to PC or PS4, that ship has sailed for me. I played 2-3 hours into the campaign at a friend's house, it seemed decent enough but I think, like many people, I had already checked out of the GoW franchise at that point.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 27, 2014, 10:57:09 PM
I skipped 3 and Judgement, but it's still exciting to think of what MS could do with the franchise on more powerful hardware.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 27, 2014, 07:24:12 AM
I'm definitely rooting for you to enjoy the game, Gratch. It probably was just something that didn't click with me.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 26, 2014, 03:26:08 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 26, 2014, 01:39:11 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 25, 2014, 08:32:55 PM

Fuck this game. Fuck this game. Fuck this game.

I literally hate this game... I can't stand the combat, the camera, the boss battles, the music, the writing. It's the type of game that makes me hate this entire hobby, it's utter garbage.

Stay far away from this game. Do yourself a favor and spend your time better; plant a garden, volunteer at an old folk's home. ANYTHING but waste your time on this drivel.

/rant end

You seem to be very much in the minority

I'm quite interested in this one, but not at full price.  Will pick it up on a Steam sale someday.

I respect where they were going with the combat system and the design of the character models is phenomenal. But it's not a good game... the people saying otherwise are doing so either because its a Metal Gear game or because of their Japanime obsession.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 26, 2014, 03:21:15 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on January 25, 2014, 09:54:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 25, 2014, 08:32:55 PM

Fuck this game. Fuck this game. Fuck this game.
I literally hate this game

Total time played?   icon_twisted

The game records my play-through at 6.5 hours, not sure if that's counting VR missions. And it's definitely not accounting for retries which would easily add 30% more time. I spent like 3 hours just on the final boss sequence
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 25, 2014, 08:32:55 PM
Fuck this game. Fuck this game. Fuck this game.

I literally hate this game... I can't stand the combat, the camera, the boss battles, the music, the writing. It's the type of game that makes me hate this entire hobby, it's utter garbage.

Stay far away from this game. Do yourself a favor and spend your time better; plant a garden, volunteer at an old folk's home. ANYTHING but waste your time on this drivel.

/rant end
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 22, 2014, 10:16:29 PM
I'm mostly barreling through this game to see it through as I'm not enjoying it a whole lot. Raiden is a cool character from a superficial standpoint, but the writing and narrative is god awful. Coming fresh off my second play-through of Bioshock Infinite isn't helping the matter.

To be fair, I'm not a fan of games with a heavy emphasis on mechanics. This is probably a dream game for those who love deep and intricate combat engines, as well as gratuitous violence.

Oh, and the camera is horrendous. 
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 22, 2014, 07:41:11 PM
Infamous just became available to pre-order on PSN (the digital version). Pre-ordering upgrades you to the Limited Edition with extra content.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 22, 2014, 12:37:21 AM
What's everyone's next big PS4 purchase, anyhow? Mine's been collecting dust. It's surprising how much better the PC platform is than any of the consoles, strictly speaking in terms of the flow of quality releases. The PS4 has been dry since launch week, but on my PC there's something new worth purchasing on a weekly basis. Not to mention all the sales. This has only become apparent to me recently because I'm using a console again (I hadn't touched my 360 and PS3 in ages), plus I've got my PC connected to a TV and booting straight into Steam Big Picture mode while mainly using a 360 controller for games, so it feels like another console. The delta wasn't so obvious when my PC was being used in a more traditional PC fashion.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 22, 2014, 12:19:48 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 15, 2014, 03:12:38 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 15, 2014, 02:59:18 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 15, 2014, 02:06:25 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 15, 2014, 12:37:25 AM

If you want to compare apples to oranges, good for you. BC has meant the ability to play your old games on your new system. PS3Phat60GB did it, older PS3 emulated it, and 360 did too (select titles).

Wii *was* BC to GC.

Stuff you rebuy is a rerelease. It isn't compatibility, its programmed on the new platform. So opinion on that is pretty open/closed on that - BC is new being set up to use old, not reselling old on new.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backward_compatibility

"In telecommunications and computing, a product or technology is backward or downward compatible if it can work with input generated by an older product or technology."

It's not generated by an older product or technology, it's generated by brand new technology. The content may be old, but what generates the content is new  Tongue


Are you saying a game isn't a product?

Technically you can label anything a product. But in this case I'm calling the console the product and the game the content. It's just semantics, I know, but is there really anything else to argue about in forums? smile
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 15, 2014, 02:59:18 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 15, 2014, 02:06:25 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 15, 2014, 12:37:25 AM

If you want to compare apples to oranges, good for you. BC has meant the ability to play your old games on your new system. PS3Phat60GB did it, older PS3 emulated it, and 360 did too (select titles).

Wii *was* BC to GC.

Stuff you rebuy is a rerelease. It isn't compatibility, its programmed on the new platform. So opinion on that is pretty open/closed on that - BC is new being set up to use old, not reselling old on new.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backward_compatibility

"In telecommunications and computing, a product or technology is backward or downward compatible if it can work with input generated by an older product or technology."

It's not generated by an older product or technology, it's generated by brand new technology. The content may be old, but what generates the content is new  Tongue
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