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161  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?
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Outlast on: February 19, 2014, 05:38:10 AM
I started playing this last night. HOLY CRAP.

163  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.
164  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.
165  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?

166  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.
167  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!
168  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?
169  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.
170  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.
171  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. 
172  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!
173  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.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/14/14 on: February 14, 2014, 07:01:23 PM
Titanfall Beta.
175  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?
176  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.
177  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.
178  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.
179  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?
180  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
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 04, 2014, 03:52:02 AM
Outlast for PS4.
182  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?
183  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!
184  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.
185  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.
186  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.
187  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.
188  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.
189  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
190  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
191  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. 
192  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.
193  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.
194  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
195  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
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 12, 2014, 02:07:22 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on January 11, 2014, 05:32:37 PM

Sony isn't hindering the future of games distribution. They have pushed it on the PS3 with their Day 1 Digital on PSN and with having all digital buying ability on the PS Vita. If you want to not ever buy a disc/cart with a PlayStation product you can.

Same goes for Nintendo at this point. I'm not sure if it's the case for the Wii U, but I haven't need to buy a physical game for my 3DS since launch day.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 11, 2014, 02:31:06 AM
I'm a few hours in so far and it's not exactly knocking my socks off. It feels like a very clunky version of DMC. Not sure I understand the design choices here - fast moving character who covers lots of ground very quickly fighting in confined spaces, and throw in a mediocre camera for good measure.

It's got some PC port issues, like low-res textures and various graphical bugs but, to Konami's credit, they've been slipping in minor patches in response. At least they decided to release it on PC and at a discounted price. I got it for $23.99 on Steam (full price is $30).
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 10, 2014, 06:37:48 PM
Comparing PS Now to Microsoft's DRM policy doesn't make sense. Like Scraper said, PS Now is an optional game service that you could choose to never use.

I'll only take issue with PS Now if it means getting games like The Last of Us in a streaming format INSTEAD of a digital download format. I want the option to go either way (so I never have to stream my games, which is a joke at this point in time).
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 09, 2014, 08:49:53 PM
I would rather download the games to my hard drive and play them locally so as not to worry about all the headaches I associate with streaming content. I don't want my games to stutter and/or look compressed, I don't want to attempt to play the game and discover the service is down or under maintenance, I don't want my broken ass PS4 to not be able to connect to my wifi and cockblock me from streaming games the way it does Netflix movies, I sure as hell don't want ads during loading scenes or anything of that nature.

I think this a great directional strategy, but rubber to pavement I don't think it's going to be a fun ride for a while. There are reasons that OnLive didn't catch and technical roadblocks were a significant factor. I'm rooting for Sony here, but until the streaming experience can match the local experience to a T, I won't touch it.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 09, 2014, 07:07:33 PM
The PC version is out today, ya'll. I've got a copy preloaded and ready for my hacking and slashing pleasure.

This is my first new game of 2014. Exciting!
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