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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: November 26, 2014, 04:56:59 PM
That was a great trailer, it made me excited for the game. Does it seem like the core game has changed much aside from the addition of the Batmobile?

I hope the PC version turns out better this time around, the last two (haven't tried Origins) weren't spectacular.
42  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 20, 2014, 09:21:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 20, 2014, 07:13:41 PM

I can't believe I'm getting tempted to step back into WoW.  How is Draenor for solo play?

I did 90-100 solo, there were only a handful of occasions where I need help but there were other people leveling who jumped in and assisted on taking down a tough enemy.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 09:17:11 PM
Child of Light.
44  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 20, 2014, 04:43:03 AM
I just hit 100 this evening. Fantastic leveling content despite a few poorly designed and/or buggy quests. I can't wait to do it again with my alts.
45  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 16, 2014, 09:00:49 PM
Ding, 96!

Ron, what made you decide to reinstall? The last xpac you played was what, Burning Crusade?
46  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 13, 2014, 08:30:46 PM
It's live and I'm about to hit 92! Is anyone else playing?

Shadowmoon Valley is gorgeous and garrisons are really, really cool.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 12, 2014, 06:59:49 PM
I talk a lot about Overwatch on this week's episode of the Metatheory Podcast.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: November 12, 2014, 06:59:05 PM
Metatheory Podcast Episode 9 is up, we talk a lot about Overwatch if anyone is looking for more info on it!
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 12, 2014, 06:22:00 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 11, 2014, 10:41:08 PM

So the game is going to be like WoW raids.

It's similar to an MMO or MOBA in that there are abilities with cooldown times. Pretty much everything - there are exceptions - except for the Hero's main ability has a cool-down after use.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 12, 2014, 06:18:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 11, 2014, 02:23:45 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM

If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.

And yet you said it reminds you of TF2 in your write up. Tongue

I wrote that before I actually played the game  Tongue
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 11, 2014, 01:41:51 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 11, 2014, 01:12:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM

I played the hell out of this at BlizzCon and will be posting my impressions soon. If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.

On the one hand Blizzard games have always been pretty compelling for me, but on the other as mentioned in other threads FPS is just not my genre.  I think the best I can hope for is that one of the characters will be different enough to fit/click with me.  This means a class that doesn't require a lot of jumping and aiming skills lol. 

Blizzard explicitly said that they do not want Overwatch to only be accessible to "twitch" style players, there are defensive and support classes that are focused on healing, buffing, and utility (like building turrets, for example).
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM
I played the hell out of this at BlizzCon and will be posting my impressions soon. If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 10:39:44 PM
I had no idea Ubi had went as far as to remove Unity and FC4 from Steam, that's nuts!!

I honestly didn't realize we were at this point with publishers pulling out of Steam (aside from EA, obviously).
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 05, 2014, 08:49:19 PM
When they say Infamous First Light, do they mean the core game + DLC or just the DLC content?
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 08:46:57 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 05, 2014, 08:41:02 PM


That's amazing! I can't imagine how good the PC version will look at 1440p  nod
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 08:45:18 PM
I can be more immersed while beating down hookers now?
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 04, 2014, 05:41:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 04, 2014, 03:54:52 PM

This is surprisingly spoilery for the first chunk of the game, but hilarious none the less.

Conan Clueless Gamer CoD


Yep, hilarious! If there was a YouTube streamer half as funny as Conan making videos like this he/she would be huge.
58  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So...those 900 series graphics cards on: October 28, 2014, 03:23:14 PM
I just upgraded from a 770 2GB to a 970 4GB (i7-377k, 8GB RAM). I can certainly play all games maxed with a solid 60fps framerate now. Once you have a high-end graphics card, if you have funds to spare you should jump to a 1440p monitor.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: October 28, 2014, 02:57:37 PM
Announced: There will be bonus content exclusive to people who bought the last-gen versions and also buying the new versions. Also, pre-orders get $1m in in-game currency. 
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 11:27:31 PM
The worst early adopter experience for me was the 3DS. They drop the price permanently soon after, offer a bunch of crummy games as compensation, then announce the XL.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 27, 2014, 06:10:31 PM
I can't explain how but the console versions look better than the PC version. Even on my PC at 1440p resolution and everything maxed, the game simply looks cleaner on consoles whereas the PC version maintains that painterly/slightly blurry look. Has anyone else noticed this?
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 06:08:20 PM
Sure, I can change it to "PS4 Discussion" to match the Xbox One thread. Yeah?
63  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [PC] Who has graduated to 1440p? What do you think and what should I know? on: October 27, 2014, 06:04:45 PM
I've spent a week with the new monitor and, aside from a speck of dust trapped in the screen that I'm trying to figure out how to remove, the monitor is pretty great. Games look noticeably sharper and the colors are much deeper. I wouldn't expect the same type of visual upgrade as moving from 480p to 720p or 720p to 1080p, but it's certainly the way to go if you're in the market for a new monitor - assuming you have the hardware to power games at this resolution.

One thing to consider when operating at such a high resolution is that many interfaces are not designed with it in mind, so expect smaller icons, fonts, and application windows (like Steam). If you artificially increase sizes you'll notice some textures get blurry - I increased the default zoom for Windows 7 to 125% and, while icons held up well, internet browser UIs suddenly looked low-res. I also have to CTRL+ on web pages for them to look normal.

In terms of games supporting the resolution, every game I've tried so far supports it except The Night of the Rabbit (super small budget indie game from Germany). I've loaded up WoW, Diablo 3, The Swapper, Ancient Legends, RAGE, Bioshock Infinite, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Broken Age, and a few others, all scaled to 1440p (2560x1440) without issue.

In terms of this monitor specifically (linked above), it consists of components taken from a high-end Samsung monitor and placed in a lesser quality frame. The stand is a little weird in terms of its tilt range, but it's quite sturdy compared to the stand that was holding my Viewsonic. VESA mount screws do not go deep enough so if you want to use a VESA stand expect to apply 5-6 washers to each. Like I mentioned, there's a speck of dust that is creating a grey spot due to it blocking the light. There's not a single dead pixel and light bleed is minimal, but I'm either going to exchange this monitor or attempt to take the case off my self and get rid of the dust speck. I made the manufacturer aware of the issue and they are going to determine whether they can help me fix it, offer a refund, or offer a discount. The response speed is also high at 8ms, which supposedly affects twitch heavy games, but I can't tell from my normal gaming routine, and I believe there's a way to overclock the response and refresh rates.

Bottom line: 1440p is a nice visual upgrade from 1080p, but it won't redefine the image the way previous jumps have. There are caveats to bear in mind with general UI scaling but there are ways to deal with it. I don't recommend replacing your 1080p monitor just for this, but I do recommend upgrading when it comes time to buy a new monitor.

64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 05:12:01 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2014, 04:42:07 AM

Well, there's a big difference between a console reversing its success from one gen to the next, and that same console being "dead." The PS4's slow start compared to the Xbox 360 didn't kill Sony, and they had far fewer resources to spare on it. The XB1 still has a huge install base and plenty of room for growth, so it's not going anywhere.

However, I will concede that the XB1's performance this gen could kill the successor to the XB1. MS's shareholders have been wanting to get out of the console business for awhile now, and MS may just say "F--- this" and bow out next time. That would not surprise me one bit.

Shareholders are ignorant, though. Have you ever listened to them ask questions during shareholder meetings? Most of them have little or no expertise in the business they've invested in, they just look at data points on a chart and make knee jerk reactions. The gaming industry as a whole is supposedly valued at nearly $50 billion and is growing every year, why would you pull out of such a market?

Microsoft is making extremely healthy strides towards improving their product, there's no reason to believe that just because they weren't as quick out the gate as Sony that they're in trouble.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 04:55:17 PM
I agree, business is about being nimble and reacting to the market. Microsoft is doing just that.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 27, 2014, 02:53:54 PM
I can see where you're coming from. There were a few moments where I got my ass kicked and it was frustrating, but it made me better and I eventually prevailed. That's much more rewarding than being spoon-fed the content, for me personally.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 02:48:50 PM
Watch our video review - Ron gave it a 90!
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 27, 2014, 02:57:26 AM
Has anyone finished this yet? I keep dipping my toes in the pool but can't seem to fully dive in. I already bought the game, but I question whether the time should be spent elsewhere.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 02:55:35 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2014, 01:47:19 AM

Any talk of XB1's demise before Master Chief Collection & Halo 5 come out is super premature.

I really don't get people's prerogative to do so, it just goes to show the lack of business sense within the community.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 27, 2014, 02:49:25 AM
I just beat the game this morning, it took quite a bit of time on Hard difficulty. To be honest, anyone who is playing this on Normal is missing out. Sure, you get the story, the art, and the characters served to you, but you're missing out on a really great combat system.

Easily one of the most underrated RPGs of the year.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 02:46:56 AM
I'm getting it and am fairly excited for it. I haven't been paying too close of attention to the previews, but Ron's impressions were positive so I'm going off of that.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 25, 2014, 04:37:30 AM
Metatheory podcast episode 6 is up!
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 08:06:17 PM
GT's review is up!
74  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Xbox One Kinect on: October 21, 2014, 06:50:30 PM
I pre-ordered the Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle which I'll be receiving next week. Ron's review of Fantasia made me feel like I would be a bad Disney fan if I don't play it and it requires a Kinect. Is anyone willing to sell theirs for cheap?
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 21, 2014, 06:48:07 PM
Our review is up. Ron struck my Disney fan chord in his review and now I'm debating on buying this game and a Kinect. If anyone wants to sell me theirs on the cheap... =)
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: October 21, 2014, 06:42:16 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on October 19, 2014, 08:39:52 PM

This still is in my backlog. Loved what I've played thus far though.

What's in front of this game right now? I'll help you decide whether it should be moved up or not  icon_twisted
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 21, 2014, 06:41:40 PM
Or simply create two lines, one for recently used apps/games and one for your full library, with various sort options like Alphabetical or Release Date.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 18, 2014, 03:30:04 PM

Version 2.0 of the PS4 OS unveiled.

The PS4 already displays apps in order of last use, doesn't it?
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 10:52:29 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 20, 2014, 06:09:28 AM

Early impressions of the Korra game, before release, from various gaming podcasts was that the game was looking good, and up to platinum's gameplay standards.

But, I'll wait for reviews since I've never played a Platinum game.

For me:
Dreamfall Chapters
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Dreamfall so I can see what they've been doing all this time since I backed it. Then will just wait until the final episode is released before playing it again.

I'm really, really, really hoping that they got the netcode issues worked out for Beyond Earth. Even when my friends and I got together for a LAN party, we had nothing but trouble getting Civ 5 working.

Not to sidetrack the thread but which gaming podcasts do you listen to?
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 10:51:27 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2014, 03:37:33 AM

Debating whether to bite on Dreamfall Chapters now, or wait until it's finished.  I really want to play, but I'm afraid I'll forget major plot points if there is a significant gap between installments.  I really want to wait, but my love of that series may just win out.

I was going to do the same thing but it's probably healthier for the game (in a financial sense) if we pay up front as it'll help fund the rest of the episodes. So, I'll be buying it this week.
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